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BCPS in the News

November 2020

Balsall Common Primary School celebrate success in eco-friendly award

March 2020

Police Academy: Kids turn Cops at Balsall Common Primary

 

Balsall Common Primary School is working with West Midlands Police to teach ten pupils about becoming constables.

Road safety and anti-bullying are among the responsibilities for the young cadets.

The budding bobbies will have a passing out-ceremony, pledging to protect their schoolmates, on February 28th.

 

February 2020

BCPS went all green again with Severn Trent’s Water Day 

 

The Water Day was held as part of the schools ongoing commitment to Eco topics. The day started when Maxine Smith from Severn Trent delivered a memorable whole school water assembly, where the children promised to only fill the bath ½ full and only shower for 4mins – all to save water. 

 

They then went outside and joined Clare Dare and Dave Cork from the Severn Trent team to take part in a series of experiments, simulations that would be part of a working day at Severn Trent and to sort out what should and should not go down the loo.

January 2020

BCPS went all green with the help of Julie Dixon and E-on.

 

Renewable Energy assembly

 

Julie Dixon from Eon Energy recently visited us at Balsall Common Primary School to cover a very topical subjects.

 

What is climate change? What is carbon? How does it affect us? What can we do to reduce our carbon footprint? These were only four of many questions Julie discussed with our Key Stage 2 pupils.

 

The children also learnt that each household on average uses 12 tonnes of CO2 per year and picked up tips on how they could become carbon neutral. Did you know for example that 12 trees have to be planted each year to offset our carbon emissions?

 

 

November 2019

Jaguar Goes Green at Balsall Common Primary

Balsall Common Primary School went all green with the help of Jaguar Land Rovers’ Dave Handley and a team of 11 staff volunteers, who gave up their time to brave the damp weather and help tidy up the schools’ new Forest Area as well as some other key area.

 

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Ex Pupil Gives Back - Yet Again

Balsall Common Primary School Academy has been benefitting from the fundraising efforts of a former pupil, Mikey Akers.

Mikey suffers from a rare condition called verbal dyspraxia which affects his everyday life. The condition makes it difficult to communicate and sufferers often cannot speak well leading to shyness and lack of confidence with new people.

 

Picture: L-R, The Mayor of Solihull Councillor Stuart Davies, Kieran Prescott Year 4 Lead, Mikey Akers and Howard Rose, Director of Funding & Publicity.

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Balsall Common Primary School has a New Sponsor

Balsall Common Primary School pupils recently received new sports kits thanks to a local sponsor. David Murphy, Director of Telephone Europe, had been thinking of ways to get involved as his niece and nephew have both attended the school.

 

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Eco-friendly Students Study Underwater Creatures

Pupils from Balsall Common Primary School's Eco-Club were the first children to take part in a special workshop at The Bear Grylls Experience at the NEC.

The children studied the aquarium, which holds over 1,000 sea creatures in 1,000,000 litres of water, including sting rays and sharks. They had a tour of the facilities and discussed their eco-friendly approach to keeping

their animals healthy.

 

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October 2019

BCPS Prepares Poppy Project

In commemoration of the WW2’s 75th Anniversary next year, Balsall Common Primary School pupils were invited by The Friends of Willow Park, to assist clearing, digging and planting poppy seeds. The pupils had fantastic enthusiasm for this beautiful cause and will be back in May next year to see the poppies in bloom.

 

Photo: Rear: The Mayor (centre) with Local Councillors and  Friends of Willow Park with Staff and children of Balsall Common Primary School.

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BCPS gets to achieve Solihull Greener Schools Award

On the 18th of October, pupils from Balsall Common Primary school will be attending an awards ceremony held by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to receive THREE of its Greener Solihull Schools Awards, having reached the highest level possible.

 

Photo: Children on a trip to Severn Trent to learn about Sewage and Waste Management

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September 2019

Damson Wood School Inspection Success

Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School is now GOOD in ALL areas! ‘The headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, has transformed the school since 2016. Teaching, outcomes and behaviour have all improved under her effective and confident leadership’. (OFSTED Report July 2019)

 

Left: Graeme Burgess, Head of the Central Schools Trust (CST), Emily Hughes, Headteacher, Ros Fitter, Deputy Headteacher

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Balsall Common Pupils Discover Books

Mrs Brown, Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Shimmell, School Librarian and Mr Rose recently took a group of pupils from Year 3 and 4 to Warwick Books, Warwick, to discover the joys of a good old fashioned bookshop!

 

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May 2019

BCPS F1 Challenge 2019

Three teams from Balsall Common Primary School recently had the chance to design and race their own F1 cars as part of the 2019 F1 in schools challenge. 12 Year 4 pupils worked in three teams to create the most aerodynamic cars possible. As well as making the cars, the teams had to secure sponsors, deliver presentations to a judging team and answer questions about their project.

 

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April 2019

Year 3 Children Charity Fund Raising

A number of children from Year 3, at Balsall Common Primary School Academy, have been busy raising funds for the Lily Mae Foundation and for Marie Curie. Ryan Jackson, founder member of the Lily Mae Foundation, together with Amy McNaughton-Brown and Imani Adeyemo, from Marie Curie, attended the School’s Monday morning assembly to receive cheques for funds that the children had raised for these charities.

 

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December 2018

Balsall Common Primary Cooking Club Visit Local Hotel

Balsall Common Primary School Cooking Club was lucky enough to take a tour of a local Hotel & Country Club recently when Marriott, Forrest of Arden, extended an invitation to them once again. The children were very excited and had been looking forward to the trip for weeks. Karen Duffy, Human Resources Manager, was waiting in reception to give the children a warm welcome before they were taken off to see the hospitality side of the business, looking at guest rooms, the gym, swimming pool, then the golf and leisure club.

 

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October 2018

JLR Complete CSR Opportunity

This week we welcomed Jaguar Land Rover for the second time. Matthew Wright and his team from Global Sourcing Process have transformed our Year 6 quiet area, replacing tired old benches, digging out the borders and planting a variety of colourful plants that will flower through the year.

 

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