‘Pupils feel safe and their behaviour is outstanding.’
Community (Local, National and International links)
Wilkes Green Junior School has well established links with its local community and the wider community also. There have been many events and activities organised in the past to establish these strong links, and more are planned for the future in order to sustain them.
Initiatives such as Health Week, Walk to School Week, My Money Week, Anti Bullying week, Parliament Week, etc. are organised yearly to motivate pupils in many different aspects of their general day to day life.
Events such as Sports Relief, Children in Need, Genes for Jeans Day, Poppy Appeal, Harvest Food, etc. are promoted to pupils to raise money for those in need and food is distributed into the local community.
To further enhance the pupils’ learning, trips to different parts of the community are planned e.g. a residential visit for Years 5 and 6 once a year, Fire Station visit, religious sites visits, visit to the Zoo, local football ground etc. During the Olympics several trips to Olympics events were also organised and attended by pupils, staff and parents.
Out of Hours learning
Various clubs are run before, after and during lunch time to extend pupils’ extra-curricular learning, these include: sewing club, I Pad club, Brass Band, Board Games club, cooking club, various sports clubs, various music clubs, etc. During the Olympics, various clubs to support the Olympics were organised to inspire pupils.
All staff and pupils work very hard to organise this event, which takes place annually during the Summer term. A variety of different acts perform on stage, including pupils, staff and even some talented parents! This event always proves to be a very successful evening, where all those involved enjoy taking part, and parents and visitors thoroughly enjoy watching the show.
The celebrations were carried out at Handsworth Park. The school brass band performed in the Bandstand while the pupils, staff, parents and other community members enjoyed listening to the music and eating their ice-creams. At the end of each performance all pupils were given an opportunity to take part in a helium balloon race. Each balloon had a number linked to a pupil, a tag attached with an email address and phone number so that public could call back and advise where the balloon was found. This was a very successful day despite the rain.
Various events are planned throughout the year. One of these events was an ensemble held at our school on Tuesday 20th March 2012. This involved the school brass band and sitar / tabla players, along with the local area schools brass band. This was initiated by Cormack Loane of Birmingham Music Service. It was a successful evening, demonstrating musical talent from the local area.
During the summer holidays Community Cohesion Post Holder visited Kerala, India for voluntary work in a special school (Cottolengo Special School) which is also an orphanage run by nuns. The post holder distributed sports equipment and stationary donated by Wilkes Green Junior School to the children of Cottolengo.
Before the visit there was also a competition set up for the whole school to write letters to the children in Cottolengo. One winner was chosen from each year group and given a prize. These letters were then distributed to the children at Cottolengo.
The nuns and children at Cottolengo have also written replies, sent pictures of their school and sent a handmade plaque as a thank you.