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March 2018

The children had a wonderful time dressing up for World Book Day. Together with staff, they celebrated their favourite authors, made book trailers and illustrated favourite scenes.

Year 5 children enjoyed a ‘clockwork’ STEM day at Church Stretton Secondary School.

Year 3 and 4 children competed in the inter-school hockey championships at Church Stretton.

Year 5 and 6 children spent the spring term reading the Shrewsbury Bookfest books, making movies, perfecting their artwork and writing letters to book characters. Once all activities were complete, the children voted for their favourite stories. We look forward to the results in April.

well done to Class 1 who won a creative workshop from ‘Scrappies’ Church Stretton. The children spent a wonderful morning creating seascapes and creatures.

Year 5 and 6 children attended the Ludlow Easter Experience. The children followed an Easter trail between the Ludlow churches.

Well done to Oli, Sophie, Lois, Archie, Shaun, Maisie and Hannah who took part in the inter-school dodgeball finals at Church Stretton.

Reception and Year 1 children spent the morning at Church Stretton Secondary School. They took part in the schools’ sports festival.

The term ended with a special service at St Peter’s Church. the children performed ‘Easter Praise’ and sang beautifully.

February 2018

At the start of Lent, each child in KS2 was given a special Lent book to complete daily at home.

Well done to all of the children who entered a story onto the Radio Two 500 words story writing competition.

Thank you to the ‘Friends’ who organised a very successful film night.

January 2018

The annual Christingle took place at St Peter’s Church.

Thank you to Meredith Vivyan who visited us with is guide dog. The children had many questions and enjoyed meeting Victor, the dog.

Class 3 children took part in a dance workshop with a professional from the National Welsh Dance Company.

Class 1 children enjoyed a morning with story teller Sal Tonge.

Well done to the Year 5 ad 6 children who took part in the Dodgeball finals. Later in the week they also took part in the inter-school netball finals.

December 2017

Thank you to the ‘Friends’ who organised a successful Christmas Fayre.

Many Year 6 parents, governors and volunteers joined us all for Christmas lunch at the village hall. This was followed by an early evening performance of the Nativity. The village hall was packed and the children performed beautifully.

Well done to the Key Stage 2  A team who took part in the inter-school Basketball finals.

Snow closed the school for two days. Unable to access the roads, the annual visit to Theatre Severn for the pantomime was cancelled.  Fortunately, Father Christmas managed to make an appearance towards the end of the week.

The autumn term ended with a special Christmas service led by our Year 6 children.

November 2017

Shropshire Music Service provided us with a live Jazz Band. This group of musicians entertained all of the children and introduced the children to a variety of musical instruments.

Thank you to Class 1 who invited Veolia to elad an assembly on recycling and caring for our planet.

Year 6 children took part in and RAF STEM Day at RAF Cosford.

Wildlife Watch experts joined Class 1 for Forest School activities.

Great fun was had by all when we celebrated Children in Need. The children came to school in spots. Thank you to Class 1 who held an end of day cake sale.

Many children performed as a choir at Concord College Christmas Fayre.

Class 3 children visited Jaguar Landrover for STEM workshops and a factory tour.

Severn Trent visited to school to talk to the children about water and how precious it is.

October 2017

Thank you to Church Stretton Martial Arts who provided all Key Stage 2 pupils with a free workshop.

The annual walk to Eaton for the Harvest Festival was well-attended by parents and visitors who walked with us or joined us at the church. The children had the opportunity to ring the bells and find out more about the church. After the service, the children delighted in collecting conkers from the church grounds in preparation for the annual conker competition which this year was won by Lois.

Year 2 had an exciting morning at Church Stretton taking part in a variety of sports activities.

Story teller Sal Tonge entertained the Key Stag 2 children with a fun story workshop.

Thank you to Mrs Madeley who joined us to celebrate World Egg Day. The children enjoyed a special assembly. Class 1 children had great fun creating special stencil designs on eggs.

Everyone celebrated the news that we had once again gained the gold award for Britain in Bloom.

All Key Stage 2 children visited Theatre Severn for a live performance of David Walliam’s ‘Awful Auntie’.

September 2017

This year we have introduced ‘Digital Leaders’. This national initiative helps to promote esafety to school age children.

Violin lessons continue with Mrs Beynon. In addition the school introduced guitar tuition with Mr Longmore.

An early parents’ meeting was held for new Reception parents. This meeting was greatly appreciated by all new parents

Key Stage 2 children took part in the Millichope inter-school cross country event. In addition, well done to the children who took part in the inter-school football and netball championships.

August 2017

Well done to Saskia Gravestock who’s garden was built at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show. Saskia’s design was based on Buffalo Bill and the Wild West. Several families joined Saskia to help build and create the garden.

July 2017

At the beginning of July we welcomed our new reception children for three induction mornings. Tis was followed by an open afternoon for all parents.

‘Songs and Sketches from Alice in Wonderland’ was the end of year show. The children had a fantastic time rehearsing and performing this colourful production.

Year 6 children took part in a two day, Bikeability course. All children passed the training and had great fun cycling in the school grounds.

Once again we were visited by the Britain in Bloom judges. Well done to the children who showed the judges round and made sure they received home-made ice-creams from the cookery group.

In the last week of term, parents joined us for a summer picnic in the school grounds. The sun shone, the chefs put on a barbeque and everyone had a lovely time.

Following many requests, the school held a pet day. Children brought in their pets, introducing us to them and looking after them in school for the day.

Year 6 children spent a day in London visiting the Houses of Parliament and taking a river cruise. Everyone had a fantastic time.

Thank you to George who brought in his racing car. George and his Dad talked to us about the car and the many championships that George competes in.

June 2017

The second half of the summer term started with the KS 2 residential visit to The Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer. Despite turbulent weather, we had a fantastic time. The children were exceptionally well-behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the activities on offer.

Class 1 were treated to an exciting story-telling workshop from Sal Tonge.

Year 6 children attended Crucial Crew at Lacon Child’s Secondary School.

All KS2 children took part in the inter-school athletics championships at Church Stretton Leisure Centre.

The sun shone for the annual Sports Day. The ‘Friends’ ran out of strawberries and refreshments for visitors. However, at the end of the afternoon, all children enjoyed an ice-lolly treat.

Year 6 visited Longnor Primary School to watch the ‘Loudmouth’production – ‘My Mate Fancies You’. This excellent performance helps prepare out Year 6 children for their transition to secondary school and covers the National Curriculum’s Sex Education programme.

Pupils, local residents, community police officers and a Local Authority representative attended the annual safer schools meeting. The school gained the Safer Schools Award for 2017 – 18.

May 2017

Following an inspection on 9 and 10 May 2017, the school was judged to be outstanding in all aspects. The inspection report, which was published at the beginning of June, provides a glowing account of a rich and varied curriculum, excellent teaching, exemplary behaviour and exceptional leadership.

Lead inspector, Sarah Somers, reported that ‘Pupils thrive in this caring, safe and motivating environment. They make excellent progress in their learning, whatever their starting points.’ She also noted that the school benefits from strong governance and an inclusive, safe and stimulating environment that provides ‘high-quality experiences, activities and resources that excite pupils’ interest and encourage them to learn’.

Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Pentecost experience. Spending the day in Ludlow, the children followed a trail around local churches and were treated to presentations and stories.

Tempest photography joined us for school photos.

Year 5 and 6 children had great fun taking part in the inter-school orienteering event at Cardingmill Valley. Well done to Archie and Will who came second out of 93 teams and Max and Aiden who came fourth.

Well done to all of the children who took part in the design a drone competition. We had some super inventions.

Well done to everyone who designed a garden for the Shrewsbury Flower Show. This year we will be creating Saskia’s garden with input from several other children.

April 2017

Year 5 and 6 children visited the Shrewsbury Whiteman Theatre to take part in an inspirational workshop to celebrate national Shakespeare week. The children took to the stage and performed scenes from The Tempest and Macbeth.

The children had great fun decorating their own egg for out Easter egg decorating competition. Well done to Petra Class 1, Josie Class 2 and Hannah Class 3 who won this competition for their super decorations. The winning eggs were chosen by Mrs Papaioannou.

Well done to Chloe Child who has made it through to the second round of the BBC Radio Two 500 words story writing competition. This national competition received 131,798 entries. Chloe’s story, Bermuda Island, made it into the top 5,000 stories. The final 50 stories will be selected in May. Chloe’s story is available to read in the Class 3 tab on the school website. Good luck to Chloe from all of us.

On Saturday 8th April an Easter egg hunt and jumble sale took place at the school. There was an Easter bonnet competition, egg decorating, raffle and refreshments. Thank you to the Friends who organised this well-attended event.

The term ended with our special Easter service at St Peter’s church. Thank you to the Year 6 children who led the service and all of the children who sang beautifully.

The summer term started with weekly swimming lessons at Church Stretton school.

In the first week, KS 2 children visited the Wenlock Edge and Snailbeach as part of their local study. Visiting the Wenlock Edge, children looked at rock formation and went on a fossil hunt. We found an amazing number of fossils! At Snailbeach, children found out about the village’s history and life in the past. The visit included a trip down the mine.

March 2017

A fantastic time was had by all when children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters. All of the children took part in a day of activities and celebrated their favourite authors.

Well done to Hannah and Maisie who took part in the Year 5 maths challenge at Wrekin College.

Year 5 children visited Church Stretton secondary for an interesting day of STEM activities.

Celebrating World Commonwealth Day, all children researched the countries and cultures of the Commonwealth countries. Class 1 children made wonderfully colourful flags and KS 2 children created a quiz.

Year 3 and 4 children took part in the inter-school hockey championships.

Class 1 visited Birmingham Sea Life Centre as part as their topic about fish and the sea.

Our reception and Year 1 children took part in the inter-school sports festival at Church Stretton secondary. Great fun was had by all.

Key Stage 2 children took part in the South Shropshire swimming gala. Well done to everyone who took part and especially those who reached the finals in their heat.

February 2017

All of the children took part in safer internet day. Children created thoughtful posters to remind us how to keep safe online.

Class 1 went on an exciting visit to Blists Hill open air museum. Travelling back in time, the children had a wonderful day learning about life in the Victorian era.

MP Philip Dunn visited the school. He was impressed by the work the children were doing and the innovative ideas we have implemented.

Well done to Hannah and Maisie who represented the school in the Year 5 Wrekin College maths challenge.

Congratulations to the Year 3 and 4 Dodgeball teams who gained first and third place in the inter-school dodgeball championships. Sixteen teams took part in this event.


Well done to all of the children who wrote stories for the Radio Two 500 words story writing competition. We entered some wonderful stories.

Congratulations to all the Class 2 children who gained first and third places in the area schools’ dodgeball championships. The children competed against 16 local teams. A superb performance by all – well done.

January 2017

The term started with a professional development day at Longnor primary school for teaching staff. Staff took part in ‘Global Learning’ workshops.

The children took part in a Chrsitingle service at St Peter’s church. Everyone made Christingles and the children took part with readings. Rev. Nancy Cleaton and Rev. Virginia Clements led this special service.

Fingers crossed for all of the children who entered the BBC radio Two 500 words competition. We had some wonderfully imaginative entries.

Some children took part in the national bird watch.

Key Stage 2 children were treated to a wonderful story telling session with Sal Tonge. The theme was Greek myths and mazes.

Year 5 and 6 took part in the inter-school dodgeball championships


December 2016

Thank you to Peter Baka and Stephen Grinley, Rushbury School chefs who served a wonderful school dinner to over 80 children and adults. The year 5 and 6 children hosted this special event which was attended by all of the children, Year 6 parents, governors, volunteers and staff. The event took place at Rushbury Village hall and was followed by a Nativity dress rehearsal and an evening performance to a packed audience. Well done to the children who performed brilliantly.

Well done to Max Blackwell who, for the second year running, took centre stage in the Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome. Max received excellent reviews for his performance as Fritz.

Well done to the Year 5 and 6 who took part in the inter-school basketball championships.

On 13 December, the children visited Theatre Severn for the annual pantomime ‘Cinderella’. The children were treated to a spectacular performance which included flying carriages and magic snow.

The term ended with a special carol service at St Peter’s church. The Year 6 children told the story of the Nativity through Bible readings and all of the children sang beautifully.

November 2016

On Thursday 3 November, the Friends held a most successful film night at the school.

The Key Stage 2 children participated in the inter-school indoor athletics championships at Church Stretton.

Together with Pat Stokes-Smith, ECO committee came up with some excellent strategies for saving energy in the school.

The school council organised a very successful ‘Spotty Day’ for Children in Need. All of the children had grear fun dressing up for this event.

The termly parents’ evening gave parents an opportunity to talk to class teachers and catch up with their child’s progress.

Children in Class 1 were part of the national flu immunisation programme.

On 28 November, Rushbury school started to provide wrap-around before and after school care. Sessions are available from 7.30 am and until 6.00pm in the evenings. Miss Carter has taken on the responsibility for this care.

The ‘Friends’ organised a wonderful Christmas Fair. Father Christmas made an appearance and the children had lots of fun.

October 2016

The annual Harvest walk to Eaton took place on 4 October. The weather was perfect. Little Acorns and many parents joined us for the walk across the fields. All children took part in the service, reciting poetry, singing songs and sharing art work.

Key Stage 2 visited Wroxeter Roman museum. The children had a super time exploring the ruins and learning about the past.

The visit to Theatre Severn for all KS 2 children proved a great hit. The performance was superb and the children had a lot of fun.

Thank you to Mr Davies who met with Paul Norton to complete a safety audit of the school.

Year 2 children enjoyed a morning of sports activities with other primary schools at Church Stretton Leisure Centre.

Class 1 visited Tesco in Shrewsbury. This was part of their research into where food comes from. The children have created a fascinating map to show where food in their cupboards at home originates from.

The NSPCC visited the school on 21 October to talk to all of the children. Year 5 and 6 children then took part in a workshop with NSPCC leaders.

September 2016

Class 1 took part in an inter-school sports festival at Church Stretton secondary school. The new reception children went along and had a super time.

Stretton Climate Care renewed its work with the weather station committee. Repairs had to be made as the rain gauge wasn’t working. Children in the new committee are: Rory, Archie, Emma and Scarlet. These children write a monthly report for the Parish Magazine.

LSAT, Helen Reidy, visited the school to make assessments and speak to any parents needing advice.

Year 6 pupils: Chloe, Scarlet, Will and Saskia, took part in the Wrekin College Year 6 mathematics challenge. The children competed in teams of two. Teams were organised into two groups of 35 teams. The children did very well, gaining places in the top 20.

To celebrate the birthday of Roald Dahl, children designed a sweet as part of the Espresso Roald Dahl competition. Children in all classes came up with some fantastic ideas and we look forward to finding out if there are any winners amongst us.

Key Stage 2 children took part in the annual Millichope Cross Country competition. The event was attended by many local schools. Well done to all of the children who took part.

The ‘Friends’ AGM took place on 26 september. The school thanked the ‘Friends’ for the many fund raising events and the support given over the year.

Year 5 and 6 children took part in the inter-school netball and football competition at Church Stretton secondary school. Congratulations to the netball team who gained second place and congratulations to the football team who came fourth. The children looked very smart in their new PE kit and worked exceptionally well as a team. Thank you to Nigel Wellings for coaching the children for this event.

On 29 September, children organised their Harvest charity fundraiser. This year we raised funds for Shelter. Key stage 2 children came up with fantastic ideas for stalls and games. The sun shone and the event was hugely successful. Overall £70 was raised.

Church Stretton secondary school held an open evening for Year 6 children. Many of our previous students were involved in open evening presentations and activities.

August 2016

Well done to everyone who took part in the Shrewsbury Flower Show. This year’s theme was ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, The school created two gardens:

3×3 metre garden – designed and created by Chloe Child. Gold Award

1×3 metre garden – a collaborative design by all children in the school. Built by Saskia, Clara, Thea, Petra, Emily and Abbie. Silver Gilt Award and winner of the primary school 1x3m garden design.

Thank you to the parents who helped to build the gardens and our sponsors: Shropshir Building Supplies, Dobbies and Ludlow Plant Centre.

In July, children wrote letters in Spanish to children attending a school in Nicaragua. The Wilson family visited the school during the summer holiday. Oli and Josie took part in activities arranged for the children by Mrs Wilson. In addition, the children sent letters back to our children at Rushbury. We hope to keep this valuable link alive.

July 2016

Staff and governors, past and present attended an evening of drinks to celebrate Mrs Thorpe’s service to the school.

We presented flowers and said goodbye to Miss Eleanor Phillips and Miss Bernadette Coleshill who had been students at the school for eight weeks.

As part of their sex education, Year 6 children attended a Loudmouth Theatre performance at Condover primary school.

Mrs Beynon’s violinists put on a wonderful performance at Theatre Severn as part of Shropshire Music services Class Act.

On 8 July, we appointed Mr Paul Norton as our new site-manager.

Heart of Britain in Bloom judges made their annual visit to the school. They were particularly impressed by the kitchen developments and use of the school greenhouse.

PC Dave Barron visited the school to talk to staff and pupils about e-safety and general safety issues. He led an assembly with the KS 2 children and many points were discussed.

Intake days were arranged for the children starting in September. The new children enjoyed the induction and joined us for lunch on their last day.

All children in the school were involved in our end of year concert. This year we performed songs and sketches from The Wizard of Oz. Children had lots of fun rehearsing and put on an outstanding performance, to a packed audience in St Peter’s church.

The ‘Friends’ organised a most successful Fun Night. We had super weather and everyone had lots of fun.

Year 6 children spent a fun day at Cardingmill Valley as part of an end of term treat.

A digital bird box was installed against the old school building. Over time we hope to have birds nesting in the box. We will be able to watch all the action on the school interactive board in Class 3.

June 2016

Thank you to Helen Reidy who made her termly visit to follow up 1:1 support work.

Class 3 children enjoyed an afternoon of inter-school rounders at Church Stretton secondary school.

Thank you to Archie Ayres and Maisie Momcilovic who represented the school at the LA Safer Schools’ meeting. Both children were commended for their initiative and ideas.

We had lots of fun celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. Children dressed in red, white and blue. We were joined by parents for lunch on the school field. Our chefs put on a fantastic barbecue, older children performed the maypole and the sun shone. Well done to Ryleigh-May Young, Thea Pinches and Emma Smith who won The Queen’s portrait painting competition.

KS 2 children had a fantastic residential visit to Anglesey. The visit will be used as part of their work towards the John Muir Award. Children visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo, the beach and the Anglesey Sea life Centre.

Well done to all of the children who took part in this year’s Concord College choir competition. The children’s singing was superb. Congratulations to Bicton school who claimed this year’s prize.

ECO committee led an assembly about their bug mat study.

Year 6 children attended Crucial Crew, the following day was spent at their chosen secondary school.

Little Acorns celebrated their outstanding Ofsted with a special tea party.

Class 3 children enjoyed a morning of athletics at Church Stretton school.

This year, our Year 6 pupils transferring to Church Stretton secondary school, attended individual interviews with the staff.

This year’s sport afternoon was a huge success. The sun shone and children were involved in a variety of activities. Congratulations to Caradoc House, who won the school cup.

ECO committee layed black square mats in Forest School to monitor insects.

Class 3 children made a visit to Dobbie’s garden centre and Ludlow Plant Centre to choose flowers for the Shrewsbury Flower show.

May 2016

Year 2 children enjoyed an afternoon of sporting activities with other schools at Church Stretton school

We are looking forward to working with the AONB and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust as part of the Shropshire schools’ wildlife project.

Class 1 enjoyed an exciting visit to Chester Zoo.

All of the children took part in this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show garden design. This year we will be entering two gardens. The main large garden will be created by winning designer, Chloe Child. The smaller garden will be created using ideas from all of the children. With a theme of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ there will be a lot of Red, white and blue.

Well done to all of the Year 2 and Year 6 children who took part in the national tests.

Year 6 children spent an afternoon with staff from Church Stretton secondary school as part of their Year 6 transition.

April 2016

Well done to the KS2 children who wrote thoughtful letters to refuges through Save the Children.

We welcomed Eleanor Philips (Class 3) and Bernadette Coleshill (Class 1), PGCE students from Worcester University.

Church Stretton warden, Jan Heaney joined us for an assembly to thank the children for their ‘No Dog Poo’ posters. The posters had such a great impact, so she asked the children if they would make some more for National Trust sites in Shropshire. Thank you to Pat Stokes-Smith who worked with ECO Committee on this project.

Year 4 children had great fun with rockets at a Church Stretton secondary school STEM Day.

Congratulations to Millie Momcilovic and Ciara Medlicott who won a prize for their animated trailer ‘Stonebird’ at the Shrewsbury Bookfest Awards, Theatre Severn. Congratulations also to Scarlet Aimson who gained the commendable prize of ‘Overall Runner Up’ for her illustration of Tiger Tales and Chloe Child who was Rushbury School’s winner for her illustration of Darkling Wood.

Class 2 children enjoyed an afternoon of tennis with local schools at Church Stretton school.

Parents and children enjoyed a weekend at the Wenlock Festival. Poetry from Rushbury school children was displayed at the event.

Sal Tonge visited the KS 2 children for an hour of story-telling an inspiration.

March 2016

Year 5 children visited Church Stretton Secondary School for an ‘Electronic Extravaganza’ STEM day led by secondary school teacher Sam Jones.

Thank you to the schools’ library service who visited the school to update and organise the school library.

Thank you to Mr Blackwell and Mr Davies who came into school to launch the Jaguar Maths Challenge with Year 5 and 6 children. The children were very enthusiastic and are looking forward to entering their cars into the national competition.

Thank you to Mrs Collins who accompanied the children to Court Farm for the farming club visit. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Norris for hosting this trip.

World Book Day was a huge hit with all children and staff dressing up as their favourite book characters. On the same day, Rushbury instrumentalists spent the morning at St Lawrence’s primary school taking part in an orchestral workshop with other local schools.



Congratulations to Little Acorns who received a well-deserved ‘Outstanding’ grading by Ofsted.

Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed an afternoon of Dodgeball at Church Stretton school.

To enrich their animal study, Class 1 enjoyed a visit to Chester Zoo.

On 14 March we held interviews for a Class 1 teacher. Congratulations to successful candidate, Mrs Sue Manley. We look forward to working with her from September 2016.

KS 1 and 2 parents joined us for a SATs open evening.

We welcomed Sara Povell who came to talk to the children about the Wenlock Festival.

Congratulations to all of the children who took part in the Swimming Gala. Successes included a brilliant second place in the relay.

Congratulations to Max Blackwell, Katie Helm, Chloe Child and Saskia Gravestock who got through to the Jaguar Maths Challenge semi-final.

Well done to the children who took part in the inter-school chess tournament at Condover primary school. Particular credit should go to Imogen Ingle and Katie Helm who both didn’t lose a game.


Class 3 children enjoyed an afternoon of orienteering at Cardingmill Valley. Competing against local schools they had lots of fun and got very wet!

Thank you to Class 1 who organised the ‘Wear It Wild’ day to raise money for endangered animals. Children and staff dressed up as endangered animals, stalls sold cakes and everyone had their hands painted.

Thank you to those children who presented their animations about endangered animals in the school assembly.





February 2016

Thank you to Rushbury ‘Friends’ who held a successful film night for all children.

Children had great fun when the Mad Science team visited the school to perform some wacky science experiments.

ECO Committee led an assembly to talk to the school about ‘Clean for the Queen’ an event we will be taking part in to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Artist, designer and teacher Karen Howell spent a morning with Class 3 children teaching them skills to help them with their Bookfest illustrations.

Class 2 children took part in the inter-school tri-golf competition at Church Stretton Leisure Centre.

As part of their work on famous artists, Key Stage 2 children went to see ‘The Boy Who Bit Picasso’ at the Ludlow Appletree Theatre. Artist studies this term have also included Lowry and Kandinsky. In addition, the children continue to take it in turns to lead a weekly assembly about an ‘amazing artist’.

January 2016

We welcomed Worcester University student, Maizie Barber-Jones who will be working with Mrs Collins in Class 2 for the spring term.

The term started with a training day led by the Shropshire IT service.

Children attended a Christingle service led by Rev. Nancy Cleaton and Rev Virginia Clements. Everyone enjoyed making the Christingles during the service. £135.96 was raised for the Children’s Society.

Year 5 and 6 children were introduced to the books they will be reading as part of this year’s Shrewsbury Bookfest. Children hope to enter the book illustration and trailer competitions.

The Year 5 and 6 dodgeball team gained a place in the finals at the inter-school championships.

Sam Newth from the Shropshire Music Service visited the school to help the children compose a school song. Each class spent time composing lyrics and creating a bank of ideas to be made into a school song. We hope to record the school song later in the term.

Thank you to Stretton Climate Care who donated a new rain gauge to the school.

Story-teller, Sally Tonge spent a morning working with Class 1. Children had lots of fun creating their own stories.

As part of their topic on the Stone Age, children in classes 2 and 3 visited Shrewsbury museum for a Stone Age, Bone Age workshop.

December 2016

Rushbury school welcomed Peter Baka and Stephen Grinley from Shropshire Country weddings and events who now prepare and serve our school dinners. The Shropshire Star visited the school to take pictures of the new kitchen and were keen to find out about this unique initiative as well as the recently set up garden produce stall. Rushbury children decided to set up the stall to sell excess produce from the successful vegetable garden. When in season, Peter and Stephen hope to use the school’s produce in our school meals.

Max Blackwell performed with The Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Max had a leading role in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. To celebrate this remarkable achievement we organised a visit to The Birmingham Hippodrome to watch Max perform. The children had a wonderful time. Max’s performance was outstanding and achieved critical acclaim in the national press.

This year the school held its Christmas Fair in the evening. Thank you to the ‘Friends’ of Rushbury for organising this successful event.

Year 6 parents, volunteers and governors were once again invited to the Christmas lunch at Rushbury Village Hall. Lunch was prepared by our new chefs and served by school staff. Year 5 and 6 children greeted visitors and served drinks. A great time was had by all.

Well done to the children who performed an excellent Christmas Nativity to a packed village hall.

Children visited residents at Ley Gardens Residential Home, Church Stretton to sing carols and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Mrs Pye and children from the school attended the Sunday Christmas, family service. Well done to the children who performed some Christams carols and took part in readings.

Children were delighted when Father Christmas made a special visit in the last week of term.

This year all children and staff went to watch Dick Whittington at the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. Thank you to the ‘Friends’ who funded the coach and refreshments.

The term ended with a special Christmas service in St Peter’s Church. The service opened with an outstanding musical performance by Saskia (cello), Scarlet (keyboard) and Rushbury violinists.

November 2016

The second half term started with a science professional development day hosted by Rushbury school. Keele University provided excellent training for staff from Rushbury, Condover, Dorrington Shrewsbury Cathedral and Wistanstow primary schools.

Key Stage 2 children entered the West Mercia Police, Stay safe, Be Aware poster competition. Congratulations to Katie Helm and Charlie Herbert who both reached a place in the final.

Class 1 children attended a ‘mock’ Baptism at St Peter’s church. Thank you to the Reverend Nancy Cleaton nd Virginia Clements who led the service for the children.

Stretton Climate Care worked with the school weather station committee to make regular weather recordings and put together a report for the Parish Magazine.

Children were delighted to receive news that they had once again been successful in obtaining the Britain in Bloom Gold Award for their gardening and ECO work.

Mrs Stokes-Smith held meetings with the ECO Committee to look at ways to enhance the school environment. Children agreed that keeping the school grounds litter free and tidy would be their next initiative. The children surveyed the school grounds and decided to appoint class litter monitors.

We were delighted to welcome Mrs Beverly Beynon. Mrs Beynon teaches the violin and keyboard. We now have over one third of Rushbury school pupils playing the violin.

Thank you to all of the parents and children who purchased books at the scholastic Book Fayre.

Well done to all of the children who took place in the chess tournament at Condover School. Well done to Imogen Ingle and Katie Helm who didn’t lose a game. Thank you to Tom Williamson and Geoff Taylor who run the weekly chess club.

On Friday 13 November we raised money for Children in Need by paying to dress up in our pyjamas. Staff and children entered into the spirit of the event and raised £81.16

We were pleased to receive the Sainsbury’s Gold Award for sporting achievement for the second year running.

Class 3 children took part in the Royal Mail ‘My Dream Job’ competition. The children had to write a letter of  application for their dream job. Children came up with some wonderful ideas. Copies of the letters are on display in the school library.

Key Stage 2 children enjoyed a morning with story-teller Sally Tonge. Thank you to the ‘’Friends’ of Rushbury school who fund this termly partnership with Sally.

All pupils took part in national anti-bullying week. Children created posters and took part in discussion workshops.

Well done to all of the KS 2 pupils who took part in the inter-school indoor athletics tournament at Church Stretton leisure Centre.

Class 1 had great fun and learnt lots when they visited Enginuity, Ironbridge.

October 2015

At a well-attended Curriculum Open Evening, parents and carers were given information on curriculum, assessment, our ‘Respect Yourself’ scheme of work and given the opportunity to ask questions.

Children enjoyed organising the annual Lulindi fundraising event. Over £125 was raised towards the purchase of cattle for Lulindi School.

Weather conditions were perfect as parents joined us for the annual Harvest walk to St Edith’s Church, Eaton.  As we arrived the bells were ringing. Mr Richard Clements offered each child the opportunity to ring the bells before the start of the service. Class 1 opened the service with a Harvest song followed by a short sketch by Key Stage 2 children called The Global Café.

As part of this year’s Harvest celebrations, children set up a garden produce stall at the front of the school. Children hope to sell their produce to local residents, passers-by and parents. Children are keeping a balance book of expenditure and profits.

Year 5 and 6 children spent the afternoon at Church Stretton secondary school, taking part in the inter-school football and netball competitions. The sun shone and children put in a great effort.

Helen Reidy (learning support advisory teacher) made her termly visit to assess progress of all pupils in reading and comprehension. She met with some pupils to carry out additional assessments. In addition, Helen carried out work for the school on behalf of Woodlands support unit. Rushbury has agreed to trial a new catch up scheme for children making slower progress in reading. Anna Child will implement this scheme with ‘catch-up’ groups.

We welcomed volunteer Gemma Alexander who will be supporting work in Classes 2 and 3 on Fridays. Gemma is volunteering as part of her pre PGCE work experience.

Violin teacher Beverly Beynon came into school to talk about learning the violin. After an inspirational assembly, 20 children signed up to start lessons after half term.

In addition, keyboard teacher Hannah Wells visited the school. Hannah will be teaching keyboard to a number of children after half term.

Key Sage 2 children enjoyed an exciting visit to Liverpool. In the morning they visited the Prince’s Road Synagogue. Lunch was spent on the Albert Dock while afternoon activities included a visit to the 1940s Piermaster’s House and the Liverpool Museum. Photos of this visit can be seen on the school website.

Year 2 children joined other schools for sports activities at Church Stretton.

A meeting was held at the Shirehall for governors and Local Authority representatives about school meal provision at Rushbury school and the possibility of funding support for our kitchen project.

Half-term ended with a visit to RAF Cosford for Key Stage 2 children. Exciting ‘Battle of Britain’ workshops included ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ and ‘War in the Air’.

September 2015

Children started the term following two themes. Class 1 – Lighthouses and Marvellous Machines. Classes 2 and 3 – The Battle of Britain. As always, staff have worked hard to inspire the children with engaging activities and interesting resources.

A successful bid for a Shropshire youth grant has enabled us to offer free transport from homework club for pupil premium children. Attendance at this club has significantly increased.

The annual parent questionnaire was sent out this term

Class 1 children took part in the Key Stage 1 Sports Festival at Church Stretton. Together with other local schools children enjoyed this fun event.

Anne Thorpe organised the annual Millichope cross country competition. Competing against 6 local schools, Rushbury children put in a great effort with a number of children gaining top ten places. Well done to Katie Helm who gained first place in the Year 6 race.

Diane Pye attended the Rushbury Parish Council meeting. Planning for the school kitchen was discussed as well as proposed plans to extend the school car park. Local residents have complained about the dangerous parking outside the school at the beginning and end of the school day. Diane Pye asked whether the Parish Council would contribute to the extension of the existing car park. The council said this was unlikely due to limited funds. They would look into the possibility of securing funds from a government youth grant.

Diane Pye attended the funeral of Dulcie Henderson. Dulcie would often call into the school and make generous donations towards school activities. In addition she often supported school fund raising events. The late John Henderson was the chair of the Wainwright Trust.

Gareth Ball spent a morning in school observing children in lessons and chatting to staff and children. Gareth’s visit coincided with a visit from the Universal Infant Free School Meals Adviser (Gwyndaf Pritchard) and Local Authority building surveyors and contractors (Darren Ellis and RG Edwards). Discussions were had about the building work and future provision of school meals. Gwyndaf Prtichard spent most of the day in school. He later produced a report about the provision the school receives from Shire Catering.

Building work on the conversion of the brick P.E. store to a new kitchen started in the last week of September.

Well done to all of the children in Class 1 who had their stories published. All pupils received a copy of the Young Writers story book.

August 2015

Staff, parents and pupils joined together to help create an outdoor show garden for the Shrewsbury Flower Show. Phoebe Smith won the 2015 primary schools’ climate change garden design competition. In addition to winning £400 for the school Phoebe was given the opportunity to see her garden built for the show. In addition we were delighted to win The Horticultural Judges’ Primary School National Award for Horticultural Achievement.

July 2015

July started with the Key Stage 1 sports festival at Church Stretton leisure Centre. Class 1 pupils joined children from local schools to take part in a number of fun activities.

Well done to all of the children who took part in the annual end of year concert at St Peter’s church. Children had lots of fun performing songs and sketches from The Jungle Book.

Thank you to the ‘Friends’ who organised a most successful Fun Night. Attractions included a ‘Bake Off’ , donkeys, stalls, bouncy castle and barbecue.

Key Stage 2 children took part in a STEM morning at Dorrington Primary School. Children took part in challenges such as moving electronic limbs and electronic problem solving.

‘Britain in Bloom’ judges, David and Lesley Pritchard visited school to observe Friday afternoon activities. Children impressed the judges with their knowledge and engagement in the vegetable garden. We await the results!

Throughout the summer term, Key Stage 2 children worked hard towards the John Muir Award. Assisted by Cath Landles (AONB) and Ellie Larkham (Shropshire Wildlife Trust) children were given targets and projects to complete. Thank you to Lady Coussins who presented the children with their certificates at a special awards ceremony. Project work was displayed at the open afternoon.

Staff, governors and volunteers past and present attended a Leaving event organised for Mrs Chris Seager.  Chris  joined the school 18 years ago as a teaching assistant. For the majority of her time at Rushbury School she worked part-time as our office administrator. Seven Rushbury school headteachers attended the event. Chris was presented with flowers, jewellery and annual membership of the Arts Fund. Children presented her with a school teddy and a special book of messages.

The year ended with our Leavers’ Service in St Peter’s church. This year we said goodbye to Eleanor Mansell and Ted Cashmore. Year 7 pupils, Bethan Hotchkiss, Ceres Kempster, Andrew McAra and Peter Woodcock returned to present the achievement trophies. The service was followed by refreshments in the Sycamores.

June 2015

Day 1 of the John Muir Award took place at the Wenlock Edge. Pupils uncovered traps and found mammals, learnt about habitats, went on a bug hunt and observed birds from the hide.

Key Stage 2 pupils were treated to an afternoon with successful local author Catherine Cooper. Catherine entertained the pupils for an afternoon with her interesting stories, props and tips on how to be an author.

Thank you to Merle Lippitt who worked with some pupils from Class 3 on their local study project. Pupils went to the village hall to research previous headteachers of Rushbury School. Merle will also take the class to the County Records office. The pupils hope to find the names of all previous headteachers.

Up-to-date IT programming training took place at the school. Pupils and staff took part in the ‘Scratch’ training event led by Steve Compton from the LA.

Year 6 spent the morning at Church Stretton Academy as part of their transition.

Class 1 enjoyed a visit to Cosford Air museum.

Well done to all of the pupils who took part in the Concord College inter-schools’ choir competition. The pupils sang beautifully with an exceptional solo from Hannah Davies and outstanding group performances by Eleanor Mansell, Imogen Ingle, Chloe Child, Olivia Royce, Max Blackwell and Saskia Gravestock.

Year 2 pupils took part in a sporting activity afternoon with other local schools at Church Stretton Leisure Centre

Interviews took place for a new teaching assistant. The school is delighted to welcome Jo Byers onto the team from September 2015.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 had a fantastic time at the Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer. Thank you to Paul Cashmore and Peter Davies who joined us on this residential visit. The sun shone and the behaviour of the children was exemplary.

James Tipton and Millie Youngs attended the Safer Schools meeting at Rushbury with Chris Seager, LA representatives and members of the local community. James and Millie will be the 2015 -16 school representatives.

Day 2 of the John Muir award took place at the Millichope Estate. Pupils learnt about the working estate and how it contributes to the local economy.

Year 6 pupils attended Crucial Crew at Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth.

The annual sports day was a huge success. Ragleth won the house trophy. Thanks to the ‘Friends’ who provided refreshments for this event.

Thank you to Rev. Virginia Clements who hosted a supper evening for Dr. Lawi and Molle from Lulindi, Tanzania. Rev. Nancy Cleaton and the HT attended this event. Future fundraising for Lulindi school was discussed.

May 2015

Year 4 and 5 pupils enjoyed a morning competing in the inter-school orienteering championships. The successful event took place at Cardingmill Valley and pupils were divided into small groups.

A new cloud system was installed in the school. Teachers were given new laptops and all IT equipment was upgraded. Teaching and administration staff attended a training session from SITSS.

Thank you to Ali Whiteman who co-ordinated the employment of ‘Martin Rowlands’ SBM working group ‘handy man’. Martin will be paid by the hour to help with all of the maintenance jobs.

Year 5 and 6 Rounders Tournament took place at Church Stretton Primary School.

Diane attended the ‘Respect Yourself’ presentation evening at Shirehall. The school was recognised for its involvement in this award winning Shropshire scheme. Presented by Karen Bradshaw, Diane Pye gave a short speech about the work of the school.

April 2015

Thank you to Eleanor Mansell, Ted Cashmore, James Tipton and Imogen Ingle who presented the annual school report to the Parish Council. The pupils were a credit to the school and there were many favourable comments about their behaviour and presentation skills.

Meetings were held with Peter Baka and Stephen Ginley of Shrosphire Countryside Weddings and events re school meals provision.

The annual SATs meeting and Year 6 Sex Education meeting took place.

Year 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed the tennis championships at Church Stretton Academy.

Story teller, Sally Tonge delighted KS 1 and 2 pupils with her storytelling. The event was so successful that the school has established half termly sessions from the autumn term.

As part of their science work, Class 1 enjoyed a visit to Dobbie’s Garden Centre. Pupils returned with many plants and seeds for the school.

Thank you to Paul Cashmore and the ‘Friends’ who organised a successful Muck Lug.

March 2015

Class 3 took part in the, ‘I’m a scientist’ live chat week. Pupils asked questions and chatted to scientists across the country about their work. Topics included: sustaining health and the body.

Well done to the pupils in chess club who took part in the inter-schools’ chess tournament at Condover Primary School. Organised by Mr Williamson, the pupils enjoyed the event and came a commendable joint second place.

Mid-March we said goodbye to students Hannah Guest and Jodi Ward who were with the school for most of the spring term.

Pupils enjoyed Red Nose day and organised a ‘wear red’ competition.

Well done to the pupils who took part in the South Shropshire swimming gala. Thank you to Mrs Thorpe who organised this event.

Year 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed the quick sticks hockey competition at Church Stretton Academy.

Well done to all of the pupils who entered their work into this year’s Shropshire Create IT Awards.  Congratulations to Saskia Gravestock, Scarlet Aimson and Rory Ayres who won the video award and Oli Wilson, Max Blackwell and Millie Momcilovic who won the e-safety award. The school gained first place in two of the four categories and attended the Shropshire Awards Ceremony at William Brookes Secondary School.

Thank you to Cath Landles of Shropshire AONB who was successful in obtaining a grant to fund Rushbury School’s participation in the John Muir Award. Diane attended the leaders training day with Cath and Ellie Larkham from Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Pupils will work towards stage 1 of this prestigious award in the summer term.

Pupils performed ‘Hosanna Rock’ and sang beautifully at the Easter service in St Peter’s Church Rushbury.

Thank you to the ‘Friends’ who organised an Easter Bonnet decorating competition and an Easter Egg Hunt. Both events took place at school on the PD day.

Organised by the Reverend Virginia Clements, Messy Church sessions started to be held on Sundays in St Peter’s Church and the Sycamores.

February 2015

Thanks to the ‘Friends’, Friday afternoon activities this term have included programming using a MakeyMakey. Children had great fun learning how to connect the equipment in order to create musical instruments. Their work was entered into the 2015 Create IT Awards.

Eleanor Mansell and Imogen Ingle set up the school newspaper club with the intention of producing a termly school newspaper. The club was well attended and the children had lots of ideas for future articles.

Archie Ayres (with the help of Mrs Collins) organised a visit for Farming Club to Court Farm, Cardington. Thank you to the Norris family for allowing the children to visit and explore the farm.

Class 1 children enjoyed a Key Stage 1 sports festival at Church Stretton Leisure Centre.

As part of their book week celebrations, Class 1 was visited by author Mo O’Hara. Joined by children from Dorrington Primary School, Mo delighted the children with her stories and fun ideas.

On World Book Day all of the children will be coming to school dressed as their favourite book character. On the same day, Classes 2 and 3 will be joined by Church Preen children for a performance and workshop provided by the Vamos Theatre Group.

January 2015

The term started with a PD day hosted by Rushbury School. Alun Morgan, motivational speaker and headteacher, provided inspiration and ideas to 50 teachers. The day was a huge success. Thank you to Van Doesburgh’s who provided an excellent lunch and the governors who came to help set up the hall the day before.

The school welcomed Mrs Alison Whiteman, Cluster Schools Business Manager.

In the first week, Class 3 was emptied, furniture put into storage and children relocated to the history room as building work got underway for the new roof. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures meant that work was delayed because of hibernating bats.

Hannah Guest (Class 2) and Jodi Ward ( Class 1) joined the school from Worcester University for their final teaching practise. Both students are outstanding practitioners and have contributed and enriched the education of the children.

Key Stage 2 children were delighted to gain second place in the inter-schools’ indoor athletics championships.

A group of Key Stage 2 children made a visit to Cardington church to find out about Saint James. The children will be creating a collage about Saint James in their Friday afternoon activity group.

The annual Christingle service took place at St Peter’s church. Thank you to the Rev. Nancy Cleaton and the Rev Virginnia Clements who worked with the children to create Christingles.

Well done to the Key Stage 2 children who took part in the inter-schools’ dodgeball championships.

Class 1 enjoyed a workshop about fossils and dinosaurs, delivered by the Ludlow Museum. Children were fascinated by the artefacts and pictures shared. This was followed by an exciting Forest School session when the children discovered giant dinosaur footprints on the school field.

The artefacts on display were incredible. The children also took part in ‘detective’ workshops and hieroglyphics art activities.

Year 5 and 6 children were visited by the NSPCC who delivered an assembly about Childline and personal safety.

December 2014

Community police officer, Dave Barron visited the school to work with all of the children. He led workshops on e-safety and talked to the children in assembly. The children found the workshops interesting and informative. Dave Barron also led a meeting after school for parents and staff.

The last week of term was busy with the school’s Nativity held at the village hall. Children enjoyed performing ‘The Apprentice’ to a packed audience. For the first time, the performance was recorded by Micro-video and parents were able to purchase a copy. Thank you to the Friends who provided refreshments and raised money for the school with a raffle.

The following day, children visited Theatre Severn for their annual trip to the pantomime. This year, children were treated to a wonderful performance of Peter Pan.

The children were delighted when Father Christmas visited the school and gave out gifts. Thank you to William Hotchkiss for his assistance.

The term ended with a special Christmas service, led by the children at St Peter’s church. The Friends of Rushbury provided refreshments after the service.

November 2014

The month started with Rushbury joining the ‘Cool Milk’ scheme which offers milk to all primary-aged children.

Community Police Officer, Dave Barron visited the school to lead an assembly about Fire Safety. He then spent time working with Class 1 on their firework project.

Virginia Clements visited the school to talk about Saint Andrew and his significance as the Patron Saint of Hope Bowdler Church.  The visit was linked to the Key Stage 2 project about Saint Andrew.

Recycler Robot visited the school and treated the children to a fun and informative assembly about recycling and looking after the planet.

The whole school spent a morning visiting Wellington Gurdwara.

Year 5 and 6 children took part in the inter-schools’ Tag Rugby tournament and were delighted to gain third place.

The school welcomed Mr Trevor Morris who took up his appointment as Rushbury School’s cleaner in charge. He now works alongside Lucy Medlicott.

Instrumentalists took part in an orchestral day organised by the Shropshire music service at St Lawrence’s school. The children enjoyed participating and performing in a large group.

Children were awarded a rosette and certificate for gaining first place in the Shrewsbury Flower Show floral train competition. The children competed against schools from all over Shropshire to nurture geraniums that were displayed in a model train.

The children’s safety committee water marked all of the school’s electrical equipment as part of their decision to protect school equipment.