KS3 Learning Gallery
Much needed R+R
As part of our rewards systems, pupils were able to visit Walsall Arboretum for an afternoon of fun following a successful week of learning. no matter how old we are, we still love the outdoors and having a go on the swings!
Knife Crime Workshop - January 2020
In January, Alison Cope visited the school to talk about the impact of knife crime. Alison is the mother of Joshua Ribera who was murdered in 2013. Since Joshua's death Alison has worked tirelessly to share her son's life and death story to educate young people about the real consequences of youth violence. There was a excellent response from pupils who listened intently to her presentation showing a great deal of respect for her personal journey.
National Space Centre Visit - January 2020
As part of their Stargazer topic, pupils had the opportunity to visit the National space Centre in Leicester. They were able to view the interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower. A real eye opening experience for our pupils being able to apply some of their learning to different contexts.
Children in Need
November saw our pupils helping to raise money towards Children in Need. With the usual competitive spirit between pupils, we held a 'Bake-off' style cooking competition, selling the completed bakes to staff, parents and visitors. The pupils made some great creations and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of supporting other children through their fundraising activities
Learn to ski!
Pupils had the opportunity to try something a bit different on Tuesday 22nd October. We visited Stoke Ski Centre where KS3 pupils took the first tentative steps on a journey of learning to ski. Initial trepidation gave way to big broad smiles as pupils began to come to terms with the unique feeling of wearing ski boots and being attached to skis. By the end of the session, the pupils were confident to perform snow plough stops and turns with some even progressing to using the drag lift to access further up the slope.
West Midlands Ambulance Station - Willenhall Hub visit
Pupils had the chance to visit the Willenhall Hub of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. They used the opportunity to deliver cakes that were made as part of our MacMillan coffee morning, to thank the staff at the hub for their hard work and dedication.
Primary pupils were able to view inside the ambulance and talk to the ambulance crew.
Secondary pupils were able to view the hub and the ambulance and received a talk about career opportunities in the service and the pathways that may be open to them.
Hollybush Garden Centre
Pupils had the opportunity to explore a variety of species of animals and pets at The Hollybush Garden Centre. The visit formed part of their "Beast Creator" topic - seeing at first hand a selection of mini beasts and insects. Pupils were able to identify similarities and differences between the animals, discussing why the animals had these characteristics.
Hollybush staff commented how polite and respectful the pupils were, testament to the efforts they make in developing their interpersonal skills.
Birmingham Dog's Home visit
Pupils attended Birmingham Dog's Home on the 17th May 2019, where they engaged in an outreach programme delivered by the dog’s home team. Pupils learned how to stay safe around dogs and took part in a ‘how to be responsible around dogs workshop’.
This was an engaging session for the pupils from start to finish. The Dog's Trust have invited the school back for a return visit in the autumn term.
Red Nose Day 2019 - Superheroes
5 a-side football v Woodbury School
New Leaf pupils travelled to The Way in Wolverhampton for their first competitive 5 a-side football match. The game was really competitive but played in a good spirit. In a close and high scoring match, New Leaf ran out winner 8-6. Well done to all involved!
Let's get cooking (and washing up!)
Here at New Leaf we aim to give the pupils a wide variety of skills. Some of our primary pupils have successfully made a treacle sponge - they tasted fantastic! English lessons were used to write up the evaluations of their creations.
Brooke Keats Poem "Daddy"
I can’t tell you daddy
How many tears I’ve cried
The day I got told my hero had died
It seems so impossible although it’s true
Everything around me reminds of when I was with you
It’s been so long since you’ve been away
Still miss you more than words could say
Some days it’s hard to get along but always remember I’ll be strong