Yesterday we went to our annual Megafest tag rugby tournament day. Its a day we always look forward too as its jam packed full of fun, lots of brilliant coaching by professional coaches followed up by a jam packed afternoon full of tournaments and matches. The children loved the day, learning new skills and trying a new sport for the first time, they all worked really hard and represented our school amazingly well! We even got a mention off a professional Wasps rugby coach on how well behaved and our attitude to learning was, which is always great to here.
We entered the Maypole FC schools football tournament this year for the very first time, the standard was exceptionally high with 11 schools entering the competition from all different regions of Birmingham. We were split into groups with only 1st and 2nd place making their way into the semi-finals. We managed to win every game in our group which qualified us for the semi-finals, we went into the semi-finals very confident and played some amazing football at times creating over 10 good opportunities to score but the ball wouldn’t hit the back of the net. After the full time whistle had blown the score was still tied at 0-0 so we went straight into penalties, we lost the toss and had to shoot second. The scores were tied at 3 scored and one miss each, they scored making it 4-3 so we needed to score! Unfortunately we missed meaning we got knocked out in the semi-finals. The guys were gutted because we played so well not losing a match all tournament, losing on penalties felt so cruel, but thats sport! Nevertheless well done guys great effort!
Yesterday our Year 6 footballers played in their last ever football tournament for our school. It was a wet and windy afternoon with a massive 11 schools braving the weather to take part which was great to see. Our boys played with their Billesley heart on their sleeves for the very last time and managed to win the whole tournament convincingly. They didn’t lose one game, conceding only one goal and scoring 14 which was fantastic. The guys were ecstatic once the results were read out and everyone here at Billesley are immensely proud. I would like to thank the boys personally for all their efforts and wish them every success in the future! Thanks guys, Mr Deakin.
This week the whole school took part in internet safety day and to highlight the importance of internet safety, RB2 took part in and created a play centred around the safe and unsafe use of the internet.
The theme of the play was performed in the style of the 90’s tv show This Is Your Life. Oliver played the host of the show who took us on a journey on Sam’s (played by Oscar) history of using the internet while Nathan played different characters from his past.
Some of the very important issues raised in the play included online gaming and online chat sessions. It is interesting to note how some children use the internet without fully understanding the perils and dangers that could lie within. That is why days like this are a strong reminder of the positive things we can do to make children and parents aware of safer internet use at home and at school.
Last December, the school had an enquiry day and the theme was human rights. As part of a group, the children decided we should do a Christmas cafe after the success of our summer cafe. The children wanted to give all the proceeds to charity and it was decided that the chosen charity would be Refugee Action. Oscar was very confident and phoned the charity in London to request their details.
Fast forward a few weeks later and we were well into the final preparations for the Base Christmas Cafe 2016.
Hot chocolate was being mixed…
Cakes, wreaths and decorations were being made…
And we were ready for business!
Everybody had a wonderful time and all of our visitors were extremely impressed with all the hard work and effort put in by all of the children.
Once the cafe was finished we counted up all the money and managed to raise a total of £103.78. The children were really pleased that all their hard work paid and off and were able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.
Last week the school received a letter from refugee action.
So a big thank you to all the children in the base because without their work we wouldn’t have had such an amazing event and thank you to all the mainstream children and staff who showed up and donated.
This week the West Midlands Fire Service came to the school to teach the children all about fire safety.
The base children were all very excited and answered some very interesting questions and made some excellent comments about fire safety, what the firemen do and how important their role is in society. They were even more excited once the sirens started blaring and really felt like they were part of what was an important demonstration.
Following on from our success earlier in the day our year 5&6 athletes tried to replicate our year 3&4 athletes by competing in their own competition. Again they had to compete in track and field events with the team consisting of 9 boys and 9 girls. There were 8 teams that took part on the day with the winning school going onto represent South Birmingham at the school games finals in February. We competed brilliantly and again our attitudes and behaviour was fantastic, always encouraging each other and congratulating the other teams once the race/event was over which was nice to see. We finished in 4th place overall just missing out on a medal spot by 4 points which the children were massively disappointed by. Nevertheless is was a great competition and all involved had lots of fun!
Yesterday we took part in our first Athletics competition of the year, the competition was held at the Billesley Indoor tennis centre as it offers fantastic facilities. We were one of 8 schools to participate on the day with all teams consisting of 9 boys and 9 girls who competed in either a track, field or both track and field events. The standard of the competition was very high and the children on the day were second to none, their attitudes, behaviour and competitiveness saw them finish in first place by a massive 42 points! Well done to everyone involved, another competition won this year.