Balsall Common Primary School’s Inspiring Futures Day

Pupils from a Solihull school got the chance to find out whether they might be the engineers of the future when they took part in a special ‘skills day’ recently.

The day gave children the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a safe environment in small groups giving them a tremendous overall experience.

The event held at Solihull College, Woodlands Campus, and covered six areas:

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Balsall Common Primary ‘Slips into Slippers’ for Older People’s Day

Balsall Common Primary School recently took part in Slip into Slippers for the second year running. Age UK Solihull is one of their favourite charities, not least because the children love to hear from one of their teachers, Miss Hughes, about her weekly visits to Stan aged 93, as she volunteers as a befriender for Age UK Solihull. Miss Hughes also took part in the Great Birmingham Run in support of the charity on 18 October.

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Lorraine Hart, Fundraising Manager at Age UK Solihull, says, “It was great to see so many schools, staff and local business people take part this year. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for the charity, but at the same time there’s a serious message about the value of older people in society, both at work and in the home, and a way to recognise all that our parents and grandparents do for us”.

Howard Rose, Funding & Publicity Manager at Balsall Common Primary School said “this is the second year we have supported Age UK Solihull through ‘Slip into Slippers’ and I am pleased to say we have been able to raise even more money this year. The children really enjoy the day and it is a great way to support such a fantastic charity.”

Age UK’s Big Knit campaign is now well underway. If you can knit why not join in, all the information and patterns you need are online at www.thebigknit.co.uk .

If you are interested in fundraising or volunteering for Age UK Solihull, contact 0121 704 3361, email events@ageuksolihull or visit www.ageuksolihull.org.uk .

Long serving member of local school staff retires

The end of term this year will see one of the longest serving members of staff leave Balsall Common Primary School. With 30 years of service Sue has the longest service record since the 1950’s and is the second longest serving member of staff in the schools 102 year history.

Sue said there are so many happy memories over the years but the thing she will miss most are the children, over the years she has taught nearly 1,000 children.

She is now looking forward to spending more time with her family and finally finishing lots of the DIY jobs she has started!

Graeme Burgess, Headteacher at Balsall Common Primary School said, “What an incredible achievement, I am sure Sue will be missed by both the children and staff. We all wish her a very happy retirement.”

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Victory for Balsall Common Children at Twickenham Rugby Final

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Balsall Common Primary School rugby team are celebrating their 7-1 win at the Aviva Schools Tag Rugby Final which took place on Saturday on the hallowed turf of Twickenham in front of a 81,193 strong crowd.

 

Boys and girls aged 7 and 8 from the top performing school have worked hard throughout the season with the support of Berkswell and Balsall RFC. 

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Balsall Common Primary School children to play Aviva Premiership Tag Rugby final at Twickenham on 31st May

Children of 8 and 9 years from Balsall Common Primary School yesterday won the Aviva Tag Rugby Regional final at Worcester Warriors Sixways stadium. They secure a place in the Aviva Premiership Tag Final at Twickenham on the 31st May which takes place at half time during the Premiership Final in front of tens of thousands of spectators.

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Balsall Common Primary School recently received an outstanding OFSTED inspection in all areas, which places it in the top 4% of schools in England.

 

Several of the children are also members of Berskwell and Balsall Rugby Club, who are currently running a comprehensive programme to forge links with local schools. In April the school team won a festival at the Honiley Lane based club, competing against several local schools.

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This Saturday (3rd May) the club celebrates the school’s achievement at their junior presentation day, bringing to an end a successful season at the club which now sports a junior membership upwards of 200. This family day starts at 1.30pm and includes BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Bucking Bronco, Sumo, Gladiator Dual, Dad & Lads match and Medal Presentations. Entrance is free and parents and children interested in joining the club in September are welcome.

 

They are also taking a party down to Twickenham to cheer the children on.

 

BBRFC offer mini and junior rugby to children aged 5 and upwards every Sunday from September-April. For more information on the junior section visit the club website http://www.bbrfc.com and follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/BBRFCMJ 

 

 

Article by Neil Cooke