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WALSALL COLLEGE OPEN DAY - SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY 2023
On Saturday 14th January, Walsall College will be holding an Open Day at many of our campuses between 10am and 2pm!
The Open Day is available for school leavers and adult learners (aged 19+) to come down and learn more about what courses are available to them, including courses you can do at home!
It could also be an ideal opportunity for anyone considering a college course from September to get the information they need by chatting to tutors one-on-one! We also have shorter courses starting over the coming months which might suit your needs!
On the day you’ll have the chance to check out our facilities, ask any questions you have to tutors and our guidance team, as well as finding out what short courses and home based courses we have available before September!
Campuses open on the day:
Green Lane Campus
Digital Engineering Skills Centre
Littleton Street West
Long Acre Street
Entry is free and people can walk in on the day, or they can register their place online via - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walsall-college-january-open-day-2023-tickets-469248132797?aff=Websiteevent
For an idea on the courses we have available, please see the attached prospectuses as a guide for yourself or anyone you know who might be interested.
FOOTBALL COMPETITION AT THE POUNDLAND BESCOT STADIUM - MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2022
A number of children from Year 5/Year 6 were chosen to represent St. Bernadette's at a Football Competition on Monday. They managed to get to the Final of their group only to get beaten at the final hurdle. Mr Davies said they played brilliantly in every game and he was proud of each and every one of them!
OPEN DAY - WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022
We have an Open Day on Wednesday 16 November 2022 from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm.
We would welcome the opportunity to show our School to as many parents as possible.
If you know of anyone with a child due to start Reception in September 2023, please let them know.
We also have spaces in other year groups and we would welcome any enquiries if parents would like to look around our School.
Just a reminder that the HAF registration is open all year round. Please make sure that you are registered now, in time for when bookings open on 1 November 2022. There are some lovely festive activities planned, including pantomime trips... so don't miss out! Letters have been sent out this week to those who are eligible. If you think you are eligible but haven't received any information, then please contact Mrs Hykin.
DESIGN A CARD FOR THE QUEEN COMPETITION
We had a very special Congratulations Assembly this morning. Wendy Morton, MP for Aldridge-Brownhills was our special guest who came to deliver a prize to Emilia, one of our Year 2 children who has won the Card for the Queen Competition. Her design has been printed on a card and has been sent to the Queen from the Aldridge-Brownhills Constituency. Her design was chosen from lots of entries from various Schools across the borough by Lord-Lieutenant John Crabtree OBE and Wendy Morton MP. We are so proud and honoured that a child from our School has won such a lovely competition. Well done and a huge congratulations! We are so proud of Emilia.
Pictured are Wendy Morton MP, Emilia and Emilia's proud mom
JC ACADEMY HOLIDAY CAMPS
We are pleased to announce that JC Academy Holiday Camps are coming to St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School!
Launching this Summer Holiday, sign up on their website to receive a FREE trial day in May Half Term (9am-3:30pm). When launched, the Camp will be open from 7.45am - 6.15pm with several time slots to choose from. Activities will include sports, fun games, arts and crafts and special visitors. For booking and more information visit their website www.jcacademy.co.uk.
WALSALL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY AND FOOD PROGRAMME (HAF) - EASTER 2022
The HAF programme is for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. Children and young people and their families will be able to access free activities during the Easter, Summer and Christmas 2022 holidays.
The Department for Education's (DfE) Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) has provided funding for the scheme.
For more information visit our website https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/haf_signup or you can email us at WR4C@walsall.gov.uk
CAFOD APPEAL - 2021
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to the CAFOD Appeal last year. St. Bernadette's raised a wonderful £187.78 for CAFOD's projects around the world.
For those of you who aren't aware of CAFOD and their wonderful work, please read all about them below.
CAFOD - CATHOLIC AGENCY FOR OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT
They are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Because of their global reach and local presence, together they have the potential to reach everyone.
Their local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Whether it’s a single mother living in a remote area, a teenage boy living in a war zone, or a disabled father and daughter who are discriminated against, they help anyone regardless of faith, gender and ethnicity.
Through a local priest, a midwife or a water engineer – their global reach is present in the lived experience of local communities. These skilled women and men understand what people need because they are part of the communities they work in. Their commitment, passion and knowledge reach people other organisations can’t.
They have the potential to reach so many people because they are a member of a global Church network with a presence in 165 countries. The local Church is trusted even in the most dangerous countries, regions and communities regardless of religion. This means that everyone's support will help those who are truly in need.
They are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. With everyone's help, they reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against.
They believe that if one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life.
No one wants to live on handouts. That’s why their experts provide long-term aid to equip people with the skills, tools and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give back to their communities.
Poverty. Conflict. Climate Change. Inequality. Right now there is a child going hungry, a grandmother who is thirsty and a family without a home. It doesn’t have to be this way. Together with everyone's support, and the expertise of their local aid workers, they reach out to those that are excluded and give them the help they need.
They support teams of experts who can act fast, providing food, water and shelter for people who have lost everything. And they are there in the months and years that follow too, listening and helping people rebuild their lives and prepare for whatever the future holds.
When International Bodies and Governments make decisions that damage poor communities, CAFOD speaks out.
Campaigning works – it can take years of effort or be as simple as signing a petition. Increased aid for water and sanitation, action on climate change, protection for human rights defenders, and a clamp down on corruption have all come as a result of taking action together.
The amount of money CAFOD receives and exactly how we spend it changes each year. But one thing stays the same – their commitment to spending it wisely.
CAFOD is committed to good fundraising practice and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL - 2021
We are really pleased and proud to say that St. Bernadette's raised £169.69 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thank you to each and everyone of you that donated.
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK - FEBRUARY 7TH - FEBRUARY 13TH 2022
Children’s Mental Health Week is organised by the Place2Be charity and is taking place from Feb 7th-13th. This year’s theme is ‘Growing Together’. It’s a great time to look back and appreciate how far we’ve come, and how we can help others on their journeys in the future. Times aren’t always easy, so it’s also really good to see difficult moments in our lives as opportunities for growth and to see things in a new light.
1 in 6 children have a diagnosable mental health issue, so it’s really important to help each other out when we can, and to find ways to take care of our minds. One very simple but powerful way to encourage emotional growth within ourselves and others is through kindness.
Kindness is a simple way to help EVERYONE. Did you know experiencing kindness can actually improve our mental health? Research has shown that when we’re kind, when someone is kind to us – or even if we just witness kindness, our bodies release feel-good hormones which lift our mood, giving us what’s known as a ‘Helper’s High’. It’s also been shown that people who are kind have much lower stress levels, age more slowly and have healthier hearts. Kindness isn’t just a nice thing to do, but can help us improve our own well-being, while helping others at the same time. And Children’s Mental Health Week is a perfect time to start!
SAFER INTERNET DAY SPECIAL EVENT - TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2022
THE LAMP FOOD BANK DONATIONS
Our Head Girl and Head Boy are pictured below with some boxes kindly donated by the Lamp Food Bank to some of our needy families. Thank you very much to them, it is much appreciated.
BLACK COUNTRY TOY APPEAL
Thank you to each and every one of you that donated a gift for the Black Country Toy Appeal. We are going to box them up and take them to a drop-off today ready to be wrapped and given to a deserving family this Christmas.
HARVEST DONATIONS FOR THE THOMAS PROJECT
We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our parents/carers. Below are photos of just how much has been donated. Thank you so very much on behalf of St. Bernadette's and the Thomas Project.
The Thomas Project is based in Aldridge and provides activities to help improve well being for all. Creating a sense of purpose through building self confidence and providing opportunities for more social connections.
Their focus during 2021 is to tackle loneliness and food poverty. They provide a Food Bank as part of the Black Country Food Bank.
Through their work with churches, charities, organisations and the community, they aim to relieve hardship and distress in and around the Aldridge area.
THOMAS stands for:
The provision of food to
Help those in crisis.
Open to all for
Mission and friendship in
Aldridge and beyond as we continue to
Serve God and the community.
BACK TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER WITH CLARKS SCHOOL SHOE MEASURE AND FIT SERVICE
Here at Clarks we understand that the Back to School shop can be a stressful time. With this in mind we offer a fitting appointment service to make your shopping trip easy and convenient. The appointment lasts for around 15 minutes per child. By booking an appointment it means you will be a priority customer and you will not have to queue. When you book a appointment we can also control the volume of customers in store much more easily for everyone’s safety. This appointment can be used for both purchasing new footwear as well as checking any existing footwear.
We even do quiet time appointments that can be booked by calling us directly. This means that for the children that don't react very well to large groups and the noise that comes with shopping they can still make use of our measure and fit service. We can also dim the lights where possible and turn off the instore music, making the trip as stress free as possible.
With careful monitoring of the store's appointment system, we aim to always have plenty of appointment slots free.
Please find attached the Clarks Parents Newsletter, this includes our store details and instructions on how to book an in-store fitting/measuring appointment to avoid the queues and shop as safely and easily as possible.
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Raffle in support of West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue - 10 November 2020
The children have come up with the lovely idea of holding a raffle to help Joan and her poorly hedgehogs to raise much needed funds to buy food, medicines and blankets etc.
Tickets are 20p each of £1.00 a strip with all monies going to the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue.
We have 2 beautiful hampers that have been donated with Mrs Strazzanti showing off her skills by crocheting 2 beautiful hedgehogs.
We hope to raise as much money as we can for this very worthwhile charity.
The charity is always looking for donations of the following items, if you are able to donate:-
• Tinned Cat Food (meat based in jelly, no fish or gravy)
• Clean paper pet bedding & puppy training pads
• Old Towels/Bedding
• Dried mealworms
• Feeding Syringes
• Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
To find out more about the rescue, their website is:- www.https://www.wmhr.org.uk/
Photos of the hampers to follow.
"Prickly News!" - 9 November 2020
A couple of weeks ago, a few of our children found a hedgehog on our school field. As it was out during the daytime we knew something was wrong with it.
Mrs Murphy our Out of School Club Manager wrapped it up in a towel and put him in a box to keep warm with a bowl of water. Some of the children named him Fuzzypeg! Word got around school and Fuzzypeg had lots of visitors!
A member of staff knew of a local Hedgehog Rescue who would look after him/her and Fuzzypeg was transported there later on that afternoon. He/she was delivered to a lovely lady called Joan Lockley who runs West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue in Cheslyn Hay, Walsall along with a letter from some of our children. Joan promised to make him/her better and release him/her back into the wild.
Joan replied to the children a couple of weeks later with a letter and a photo of "Fuzzypeg" looking a lot better!
WEST MIDLANDS HEDGEHOG RESCUE
West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue is run by experienced hedgehog carer Joan Lockley. During her career she has saved thousands of hedgehogs.
Her aim is to always act in the best interests of sick, injured and distressed wild native hedgehogs. She'll never refuse a call for help, and will either look after the hedgehog in our purpose-built West Midlands Hosprickal, or help you find another carer in your area if you're not in her region.
Joan is always on a mission to educate people as to how they can help hedgehogs and about the worrying decline of the species. She holds regular educational talks and recently featured in Episode 1 of Nature Nuts with Julian Clary on ITV1. In October 2015 Joan won an IFAW Animal Action Award for her work with hedgehogs, and in October 2017 the IFAW followed this up with a wonderful blog post on their website entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Hero Hedgehog Helper'. In 2020 Joan featured in Channel 5's 'Saving Britain's Hedgehogs' with Steve Backshall and Brian May.
If you find a sick, injured, orphaned or distressed hedgehog it will require expert attention and care. If you are located in the West Midlands or Staffordshire please call us on 01922 419532 or 07837 409533.
If you are outside our region please contact The British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 to find the carer for your area.
Please do not use Facebook or Twitter to report a hedgehog in need as these services are manned by volunteers and you may waste time using these methods. Always phone us.