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Y6 at Safali School

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Year 6 pupils from St John Bosco Catholic Primary School spent the day on Monday at Salafi Independent School in Small Heath Birmingham. Salafi School is an Islamic School teaching children of the Muslim faith and the visit was arranged to develop a link between the two schools and increase awareness of each others’ faith and teaching. In their RE lessons this term the pupils at St John Bosco are learning about the pillars of Islam and during ‘diversity week’ they had a talk from Matthew Cooper, head of Salafi School which is where the idea for the visit came from.

On arrival at the school the children were given a guided tour, the first difference was that, from Year 4 upwards children at Islamic Schools are taught with boys and girls separately, so this was the case for the visitors. They joined with the appropriate Year 6 class at Salafi and saw a lesson in Arabic. There were many differences but also many similarities including the maths scheme used which is exactly the same as at St John Bosco.

Allowing the pupils of Salafi to continue with their studies for a while, the St John Bosco pupils went on a tour of the bookstore and media centre attached to the school and were told a lot of interesting facts about the school and faith by Mr Cooper. They then returned to school to enjoy lunch and social time with the schools mixing together. Many common interests including football quickly emerged. The teachers from Salafi set up a Wii challenge and football match between the two schools with a victory for each, Salafi with the console, St John Bosco with the ball.

At 1.30pm all Muslims join together to pray, something they must do 5 times a day. The St John Bosco pupils were very fortunate to be allowed to join them, experience the rituals prepared with getting ready and then experiencing the service in the Mosque which is used by both the school and local community. There can be over 1200 worshippers there on some occasions, but at the time of the visit there were around 200. After the service Mr Cooper could not praise the St John Bosco pupils enough for their outstanding behaviour and respect during the prayers.

After a quick snack and game on the playground, the two schools said their goodbyes with a much greater knowledge and respect of each others’ faiths and hope to continue this partnership through a range of communication in the future.

Football Tournament

Monday, 23 May 2011

On Monday 23rd May, 12 children from each of Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 went with Miss Ellicott and Mr Edmunds to Dudley Goals to play in a football tournament. We had six teams altogether with 5 or 6 children in each team.

All of the children played really well and did the school proud.

In the Year 5/6 tournament we had two Year 5 teams. Team A captained by Sandeep Ghik won 2 and lost 2 of their games. Their highlight was a 4-3 win in which their captain Sandeep scored 4 brilliant goals! Wiktoria Brodziak played in goal in two of the matches and pulled off some amazing saves!

Team B were captained by Megan Hill and they too managed to win 2 and lose 2 of their matches. Their highlight was a thrilling 5-4 win against St Philip’s with Mitchell Wilkinson, Ethan Green and Luke Whitehouse all chipping in with goals.

In the Year 3/4 tournament we entered 4 teams who all did really well. One of the teams led by Elliot from Year 4 managed to win all of their games. Elliot along with Elliot Hill and Doyle scored loads of their goals and they were supported by a superb defensive display from Josh Harris and fantastic goalkeeping by Dylan who did not concede a goal in the whole tournament. Abbie Humphries battled really hard and made it hard for the other team to play.

Other players who stood out were Alfie who scored 7 goals on the day, Jamie who had a great tournament, Abi Stambridge who made lots of great tackles and Joseph who captained his side with confidence.

All players got a medal for taking part.

Elliot, Elliot, Abbie, Dylan, Josh and Doyle were the overall champions and so they each received a winners’ medal.

They also awarded a player of the tournament award in each age group which Josh Harris won in year 3 for his solid and disciplined defensive performance. Well done Josh!

The highlight of the day though was when they announced that the overall winners, who received a big trophy were St John Bosco! Well done everyone!

Report by Wiktoria, Justin, Sandeep and Mitchell

Year 6 at Drayton Manor

Sunday, 22 May 2011

On Friday 25 members of Year 6 went to Drayton Manor Park. This was a reward for giving up 3 days of their Easter holidays to attend SATs booster classes. Everyone had a great time going on the rides, round the zoo and eating huge amounts of less than healthy food. Thanks to Mr Masterson for funding the visit. We’re sure our results will be worth it.

Pirate ship

On the Rapids

Mrs Carter looking cool

Bumper Cars

Cross Country

Sunday, 22 May 2011

On Tuesday a team of 12 runners from year 5 and 6 went to the Priory School in Birmingham to take part in the Catholic primary cross country tournament. They were accompanied by Mr Mobberley, Miss Ellicott and Mrs Golding. Before anyone ran we walked the course to see where we had to run (Miss Ellicott passed on this due to her footballing injury!). First up was the boys’ race and our team lined up in the funnel and were off. Once this was over the girls set off on the same course of about 1km. unfortunately St John Bosco were not among the medals, however all 12 runners did complete the course.

Boys Team: William Slevin, Ashish Patel, Kacper Morus,Luke Whitehouse, Ethan Masih, Henok Kolela Kouka

Girls Team: Bethany Golding, Victoria Loa, Sophie Perry, Sabrina Banga, Breanne Preece, Chelsie Latham

Ready for the off

Good Shepherd Mass

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Outside the Cathedral

Singing at Mass

On Tuesday, Year 6 along with Mr Mobberley, Mrs Finnegan, Mrs Cresswell and Mrs Carter went to St Chad’s Cathedral to take part in the Good Shepherd Mass along with lots of other local schools. We travelled to the Cathedral by Metro : Mrs Finnegan’s first ever experience of this mode of transport. On arrival we took our seats near the front and Sharonjit sat at the very front as she was reading one of the bidding prayers. The Mass was conducted by Bishop Philip Pargeter and involved lots of singing. When it was time for the Offertory Procession 2 representatives from each school took up their donation to the Fr Hudson’s appeal. In our case it was William and Breanne who took the £227 we had raised. When the Mass had finished we enjoyed refreshments underneath the Cathedral, then returned to school on a much lesss crowded Metro. All of the pupild conducted themselves superbly. Well done.