Welcome to this area where you will find information on what has been happening in and around our community, allowing us to put our school at the very heart of the Banners Gate community. �At Banners Gate Primary School we are very proud of our partnerships and link with other schools, the community and outside agencies.
Here are the details of some of our successful partnerships;
Birmingham City University/University College Birmingham/University of Wolverhampton/Newman College
We are pleased to be partnership schools to these universities to develop their trainee teachers experience. Supported by School-based and Faculty-based Tutors, trainee teachers have the opportunity to teach classes at Banners Gate as part of their teaching practice.
We work regularly with The Streetly Academy and Bishop Vesey Grammar School to deliver P.E and language lessons.
Banners Gate News January 2017
Tesco Extra New Oscott
We have had an extremely good working relationship with the Tesco store at New Oscott over the past few years. We continue to work with the Community Champion Jo James at the store. If you would like to know more about the store and the work they do in the community then please follow the link below
Tesco's have also, very kindly donated to us a range of stationary for our children we are very grateful for this donation from the store. Our children will benefit greatly from the use of the items donated to us. We really do appreciate the support Tesco Store New Oscott give to our school and extend our thanks to them for their continued support.
Takeover Day is a day run by the Children's Commissioner for children. The point of the day is for children to takeover part or all of an adults job for the day. We were invited to visit Tesco Store New Oscott where children from Year 6 had the opportunity to takeover the tills. �This was an amazing experience. The children stepped up to the challenge and worked extremely well, they quickly got into the swing of things, scanning the items, taking the money and returning the change, They then took over part of the internet shopping aspect of the store, picking items off the shelves and bagging them up ready to be delivered to customers. We extend our thanks to Tesco for assisting us with this activity and placing thie trust in our children to do a good job - which they did!!!
In November the Head Boy and Head Girl had the opportunity to 'Takeover' part of Councillor Rob Pocock's job. Councillor Pocock invited the children to attend a scrutiny committee meeting at Birmingham City Council House we had an amazing time, the children sat in on the committee meeting and were able to ask questions on behalf of Councillor Pocock. Councillor Pocock had then arranged for the children to have a tour of the council house and the council chambers. We extend our thanks to Councillor Rob Pocock for his continued support of our school and supporting the Takeover Day initiative.
Please follow the link below to see Jess and Louie at the Council House.when they visited in November the previous year.
Monarch Pilots return to School
Our Nursery children have been working hard on their topic of Everyday Heroes. As part of the topic they looked at the life of a pilot. We were very fortunate to have a visit from Captain Colin Moore who flies with Monarch Airlines. Captain Moore was brilliant and spent a good deal of time with the children, who were fascinated to see his photographs of aeroplanes and places he had travelled to. They also enjoyed making paper planes and seeing how far they could travel, as well as making planes out of lego and stickle bricks. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable morning with Captain Moore.
We extend our thanks to Captain Moore for visiting our school and sharing his experiences with us.
Merit Reward System
Children in school who work hard all the time and consistently show positive behaviour have been receiving Merits. As a school,we look at ways to reward the top merit earners. The children chose the rewards they receive at the end of each goal, for the Bronze Award - 15 Merits - they chose extra play, for achieving their Silver Award - 30 Merits - they chose Tea with Mrs. Greaves and for their Gold Award - 50 Merits - the decision was made that they would receive a reward of their choice, such as going to Costa Coffee for a drink and cake, or a Pizza lunch to be delivered to the school. The children enjoy earning Merits and achieving the certificates at the different levels.
PCSO Lucy Chave, PCSO Russ and PCSO Jack
We work very closely with all the services and in the last two years PCSO Lucy Chave has come into school to work with us on an initiative on 'Getting Grown Ups Growing'. This was a day where our School Council had the opportunity to clear an area which had become overgrown and unusable. The children worked alongside PCSO Chave and volunteers from our local community. We were very fortunate as the weather was kind to us and we managed to clear the area and plant new shrubs and trees.
PCSO's Russ and Iain have recently worked with reception on road safety and they brought in a police car. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the PCSO's and trying on their uniform, they also had an opportunity to sit in the police car. The children were all extremely excited and had an enjoyable day.
We have welcomed many visitors into our school this year, with the majority of them being parents. Reception parents were invited into school to work with their children before joining them for lunch. This was a fabulous event and the children really enjoyed sharing their knowledge and work with family members. Every year group holds an Inspire Workshop for children with parents throughout the year and this is a brilliant opportunity for parents to come in to school and share the learning experience with their child. Parents have also joined us for congratulations assembly, where we celebrate the work that the children have been producing within school - this is a lovely event and we have refreshments afterwards so the parents and children can spend time together celebrating the award.
We have recently been working with Specsavers in Sutton Coldfield. Our Head Boy and Head Girl attended the store to last year where they were fortunate to receive a donation of books to our school which will support the school's literacy scheme. We were overwhelmed by the donation we received. The books support our literacy scheme in school and are being used for group reading alongside further books being used in our library.
Specsavers have also donated high-viz jackets to the school.
These are extremely important to us, as when we go off site it is safe for the children to be wearing these. We are very grateful for all the support Specsavers give to our school. For further information on services Specsavers supplies follow the link below:
As a school we welcome volunteers in to our school to help us with reading across all year groups. The volunteers who come into school are extremely valued by us. The children respond well to our volunteers and there is always a rush to ensure they get an opportunity to read to a visiting adult. Our volunteers help us in many other ways as well. Recently a number of the volunteers helped us with a gardening day, helping the School Council to reclaim an overgrown part of our school grounds. If you would like to know more about volunteering at our school then please contact the main office on 0121 464 7355 and we will be happy to discuss this with you.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations:
The whole school had a memorable day when we celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. We had our very own Queen, Rhiannon, and Prince Philip, George. The day started with parents and members of the community being invited to come into school and join us for refreshments, where they met the Royal Party. During the morning, members of the community spent time in the classrooms talking to the children about how they had celebrated the Coronation of the Queen in 1953; this was really interesting and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. The community members commented on how polite the children had been and how much they had enjoyed sharing their experiences with them.
At ten o'clock the Queen's horse and carriage arrived: this was generously provided free of charge to the school by Birmingham & Staffordshire Carriages. The Queen, Prince Philip, our Headteacher Mrs. Greaves and community volunteer Mr. Slater, who was our Archbishop of Canterbury, were taken around the streets which were lined with children and local residents waving their flags as they went past. We followed this with a Crowning Service for our 'Queen' and a full sit-down lunch with all the children eating together, waited on by their teachers.
The afternoon was time to party! Traditional English games were played whilst the PTA arranged numerous events for the children to enjoy - face painting, biscuit decorating, and a coconut shy to name but a few.
Our thanks go to Tesco for the donation of food to the coffee morning, and also to parents for the donation of cakes. We also thank our PCSOs, Jack and Russell, for spending the day with us and joining in so gamely with the activities. Our especial thanks go to Birmingham & Staffordshire Carriages for the magnificent horse, carriage and coachmen, and to everyone who helped to make the day such a huge success.