St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance


Y3/4 Cricket Festival

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

All of the children who have attended cricket club throughout the term enjoyed a fantastic day out playing a number of cricket matches against other schools. We also got to participate in personal skills challenges, practicing and improving our technique in the key areas of batting, bowling and fielding. It was great to see the boys develop and improve as the day went on. It was an excellent day out! In the end we won 3 and lost 2 which was very positive. Our school then received a special mention for the improvements made by our children as cricketers. Well done to all involved.

Brushstrokes Toy Appeal

Monday, 10 December 2018

As part of our Advent fundraising we held a toy appeal day to collect toys for Brushstrokes Charity. The Smethwick based charity supports refugees and migrants across Sandwell and Birmingham. Martin McNally and volunteer Diane were happy to accept all the donations and were very excited at the amount of gifts and toys donated. Thank you to all parents for their generosity.

Multicultural Showcase Assembly

Monday, 10 December 2018

Today all children at St John Bosco came together to showcase their learning about different faiths in a Multicultural Showcase Assembly. The children were eager to share their knowledge and understanding about the different religions and information gained through visiting various places of worship. Each class displayed forms of Art, DT and literacy to reflect their learning. The theme throughout the assembly was to accept and respect each other in all faiths and beliefs. This was a truly wonderful celebration of Multiculturalism.


Year 1 Judaism

Year 5 Islam

Year 6 Hinduism

Year 3 Catholicism

Parents attended the Showcase Assembly





Yr 6 Trip to Shri Venkateswara Hindu Temple

Monday, 10 December 2018

Year 6 enjoyed visiting the Balaji temple to find out more about Hinduism. They explored the different shrines across the site and the meaning behind each shrine. The devotees commented on their impeccable behaviour during the visit and their in-depth questions. Well done Year 6!

KS1 Cricket

Friday, 7 December 2018

On Thursday, some children in Year 1 and 2 competed in a cricket competition. We were scored on the number of runs the batter made as well as the number of completed catches we did with our team mates. As fielders we had to collect all 3 balls the batter stuck and return them to the starting position. This is the first time we have played this sort of game of cricket; however, after a hard-working, exhausting day we were able to place 8th in the entire competition! Well done KS1!

Girls’ Football Success

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Having qualified strongly the week before our girls played brilliantly in the indoor 5-a-side finals against three other strong teams. Our defence was excellent throughout and indeed, we didn’t concede a single goal all evening. We managed two 0-0 draws, then beat Wood Green 1-0 in our final game. This meant that we were joint top but ended up with the Runners-Up medals based on goal difference. We were delighted with the outcome as all the teams were so good and the girls had given everything they had, thoroughly enjoying their football. Well done to the whole squad. As ever, they were a credit to the school.

The Rainbow Room Parents’ Workshop

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Thank you to the parents who attended the workshop today to find out more about our Rainbow Room. It was a chance to share with parents the interventions that we offer to support children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health concerns. Parents had the opportunity to view the Rainbow Room and the resources we use.

Swimming Year 6

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Well done to Year 6 as all children were awarded with at least one badge this term. Special recognition goes to Daniel and Krrish who can now swim without the aid of supports/floats. Their determination to swim unaided showed great perseverance and effort. Well done!

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 30 November 2018

Children visited Holy Cross Church to celebrate and participate in the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All through Autumn term children have been learning about Benediction and how to pray with meaning. During this service the children showed great reverence in praying for divine help, blessing and guidance. Well done to all children who were extremely focused and demonstrated a deeper understanding of prayer.



Girls’ Indoor Football

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

We travelled to Wood Green Academy for a 5-a-side competition. One team unfortunately dropped out so we played two other schools twice. Although the rules are a bit different indoors our girls adjusted straight away and played some excellent football. We won our first two matches 3-1 and 2-0, with all girls contributing. The attitude and togetherness amongst the girls was excellent throughout. In the second round of games we won 1-0 then drew the last game 0-0 to top the group and reach the finals at the same time next week. Well done to all the girls and good luck in the finals.