16th March: The Mayor's Challenge.
On 16th March we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Cllr. David Pears, who presented a cheque for £500 to the Banners Gate Rangers whose ecological work around the school grounds in response to the Mayor's Challenge saw bulb planting in the shape and colours of the school's rainbow gate on the front lawn and the installation of bird feeders and hedgehog homes around the school grounds. The Mayor helped our Rangers to plant some seeds before presenting the cheque to Rangers leaders Mr. Baughan and Mrs. Allatt.
22nd February: Bronze Level Rights-Respecting School Award.
After six months of determined effort, many congratulations to Miss Breakwell on achieving the Bronze Level of the UNICEF Rights-Respecting School Award. This represents a Recognition of Commitment to achieving the award, which encourages a cross-curricular focus on the rights of the child including the rights to freedom from extremism, intolerance, and radicalisation. We are now working towards our Silver Award which we hope to gain by Spring 2019.
30th November: Takeover Day at Birmingham City Council Chambers.
2017 was the tenth anniversary of the Takeover Challenge, originally launched in 2007 by the Children's Commissioner for England to encourage organisations to open their doors to children to take over adult roles. The Challenge puts young people into decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain a valuable insight into the adult world and gain experience of a workplace, and this year our Head Boy and Head Girl, Reece and Abigail, were hosted at the Birmingham City Council Chambers by Sutton Vesey Councillor Dr. Rob Pocock who gave them a tour of the Council House and invited them to raise questions on his behalf in the Chamber. This was a unique opportunity for two of our senior children, who play an important role in pupil democracy at Banners Gate, to experience local government and democracy first-hand through the support of our local councillor.
17th November: Diversity Day.
On 17th November we were delighted to welcome representatives of the British Dwarf Sports Association into school to help our children to see that people may be differently-abled but everyone can achieve. Below, the visiting sportsmen and women can be seen introducing our children to activities including indoor curling prior to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in February 2018.
27th January: Sutton Sports - Primary School of the Year Award.
2017 began with Banners Gate making the front page of the Sutton Coldfield Observer after being named as Primary School of the Year in the Sutton Observer Sports Awards.We were absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious award, and are very proud of Miss Evans for her dedicated leadership of P.E. and sports at Banners Gate with the Year Six House Captains and Sports Crew, Miss Leake for her annual organisation of the school's represenation at the Sutton Schools Swimming Gala, our sports coaches Mr. Edmonds and Mr. Barrett, and Miss Clegg, Mrs. Msanide-Brookes, Mr. Hill, Mr. Heath and Mr. Yates for their help in supporting the various teams and events through the year.
8th July: Gold Sports Mark Award
Following on from our exciting award of the Bronze Sports Mark in 2015, enormous congratulations to Miss Evans whose hard work and encouragement of all our teams led to the Gold Award in July.
20th June: Christian Projects Handwriting and Art Project Award.
Inspired to create beautiful decorative artwork and illuminated letters with Mrs. Barr, four of our Year Five children won prizes and the school won a commendation after entering this competition to write out and decorate the Lord's Prayer.
In March 2016, the school emerged very positively from the Birmingham LA SACRE Audit of Religious Education and Collective Worship, with the school mentioned by name in the summary report Faith Makes A Difference: the 2015- 2017 monitoring and evaluation of the delivery of Religious Education and Collective Worship in Birmingham after the Auditor visited classes, attended an assembly and met with our School Council:
The school was very proud to demonstrate their values as well as the RE and Collective Worship provision. The Chair of Governors as well as other governors are very involved in the school and have conducted their own observations of Collective Worship and RE. (Banners Gate) pg.40