Here are some of the ways in which our pupils, with the support of staff and parents (thank you!), have interacted with, and contributed to local, national and international communities:
Heavens Above July 2017
A big thank you from all at St Michael’s to all the pupils, staff, parents and carers involved in Heavens Above on Saturday, 8th July. The children gave excellent performances with their music and singing, making a very joyful sound. Thank you also for your support and participation in the rest of the afternoon’s activities! It made a lovely family fun afternoon.
Red Nose Day 2017
To celebrate this fantastic event we completed the following activities throughout the school day:
• Dress In Red – Donate 50p and come to school dressed in red.
• Design a Red Nose Competition – There were ‘Red Nose’ themed prizes for Reception, Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.
• Give Us Your Best Joke - Each class collected their 3 best jokes.
• Donate Your Small Coins – Following the mantra of ‘Every Little Helps’.
The total amount raised was £300.79. THANK YOU !!
Enterprise Club: Run 2 Rio
Run 2 Rio was a sponsored event organised by Enterprise Club starting on Monday 20 June, 2016. The aim of the event was to run (or walk) the distance between Telford and Rio to celebrate the Olympic Games. Over the course of 3 weeks, every child (and some adults) in the school ran, jogged or walked 1 mile each day to cover the 5764 miles to Rio (click here for the blog). This fits in with the focus on the Olympics this summer and also supports this half term’s Christian Value of “Service and the Community”.
The final total raised from the Run 2 Rio event was a wonderful £734.85 which will be split equally between the two charities chosen by the children: Make a Wish Foundation and Help for Heroes. Thank you all for your support of this.
Enterprise Club at the 2016 Summer Fair
Thank you all for your support of the Summer Fair. Special mention should go to the Enterprise Club who made a profit of £82.10 by running games and selling items such as grass heads and sock bunnies, all of which is being split between their chosen charities of Help for Heroes and make a Wish Foundation. Their current fund-raising project is Run2Rio - click here for more information.
NSPCC ChildLine (February 2016)
Our final total raised was a phenomenal £3264.24 which is the most that Gilly Hartley, the local representative, has ever collected from a school in Telford and Wrekin. The children were very proud of themselves and we are particularly pleased that they are living out aspects of the school prayer that they themselves wrote before Christmas: “Please help us to be kind to each other, to give happiness to those who are sad, to give hope to those less fortunate, to give safety to those in danger”. Thank you all so much for your support of this appeal.
Over the festive season our choir was in particularly high demand, performing at the 'Madeley Lights switch on', a concert in aid of Guide Dogs and at the Primary Schools’ Concert. Some of our Y3/4 also visited Coalport WI to sing to a crowd of approximately 50 adults where they sang and behaved beautifully and the audience very much enjoyed their visit. Earlier in the year pupils performed at the 'Heaven's Above' day at St. Michael's Church. Thank you to all the children who took part in these, to the parents for ensuring they were in the right place at the right time and to all the staff involved for enabling them to happen.
A highly successful 'Enterprise Club' in Year 6 uses 'seed capital' to produce items to sell at the Summer and Christmas fairs. The loan is then repaid and the children donate the profits to a charity of their choice. In July the 'Fletcher's Fun and Food' stall raised over £60 for Birmingham Children's Hospital. At this year's Christmas Fair cheerful snowmen and iced biscuits helped raise an impressive £78.20 which the pupils chose to share between the RSPCA and Cancer Research.
Christmas Smile and Operation Christmas Child
Once again our pupils and parents have been very generous in supporting these extremely worthwhile charities, the work of which has been explained to the children in school assemblies.
As a Heritage School, during the Summer term we worked very closely with a wide range of organisations including English Heritage and Madeley Town Council to focus on a very important (but not very well-known) local figure called Thomas Parker who led an amazing life.
During a Key Stage 2 'Thomas Parker Week' the children learnt about him and his life and took part in drawing portraits; creative writing and sketching his battery powered car; recreating electric tram posters in the style of the time; pen drawings recreating advertisements of his products and 3D models of the trams and electric cars he invented. Some of the work was displayed around school and more at exhibitions in Ironbridge and Madeley later in the year. In July some of our pupils attended the opening of a special exhibition of their work at the Footprints Gallery at Jackfield Tile Museum and had the opportunity to meet local historians and members of Thomas Parker's family.
Comic Relief, Children in Need, Jeans for Genes
Over the last few years we are proud to have raised significant amounts of money for these very worthwhile charities. This has been achieved in various ways including non-uniform days, bake sales and the publishing of a school joke book.
An increasing number of our pupils take part in the Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival, an annual celebration of music and poetry. Our school has been represented in many of the various performance categories including solo and group singing, group and solo instruments and poetry. Thanks to their hard work, and that of staff members, not only have the children enjoyed participating but have also achieved several medals and Highly Commended certificates. In March 2015 a group of Year 6 girls, Hashtag, won first prize for a complex and entertaining acapella performance.
Each year the school sells poppies to pupils and staff to support the work of the Royal British Legion. In November 2014, Year 6 children went to RAF Cosford to take part in a very special remembrance service. The service was led by Rev Alan Walden with some of the children reading poems and laying wreaths
In September a group of Year 6 pupils began the first stage of a First World War Arts project being led by the Access and Learning team at the museum. The participating pupils visited the Coalport China Museum in Ironbridge and took part in a glass blowing activity. The glass blown on the day by the pupils was turned into coloured glass poppies, commemorating The Fallen named on Madeley War Memorial, 2nd Lt Kevin Furniss and an airman ‘known unto God’.
Whilst work was underway in the studio creating the poppies, the Museum’s Access and Learning team spent time with the pupils in school, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the lives of Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Air Force Pilots during the First and Second World Wars. Children were encouraged to make links between the poppies they were making, the act of remembrance and those individuals who lost their lives in both World Wars.
The poppies were on display during the service and we were given one of them to keep in school. It is hoped the poppies will eventually also be displayed at the National Memorial Arboretum and at the RAF Museum London.