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Weekly Challenge

Keeping our minds healthy and active. Device Free Challenges.

Challenge 1

Following Christmas, Britain sees a significant increase in the use of plastics which have a big impact on our environment and global warming.

Create an under the sea display using plastic waste from around your house.  You could also make a jelly fish, crab and fish from plastics and other wastes.  Make a display explaining the impacts of plastic waste on the oceans.


Facts about Plastic

  • On a yearly basis, around 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans, seas and rivers.
  • It takes approximately 450 years for the ocean to break down man-made plastic items.
  • “Microplastics” – A smaller piece of plastic. These microplastics have now made their way into our diets through the sea food we consume.
  • 100 million marine animals die every year from plastics invading their homes.
  • By the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
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Christmas Carol Day

On Friday 11th December, Bloxwich Academy held our annual Christmas jumper day. Dozens of Rudolphs, copious amounts of elves and several Santas walked through the school gates that morning. Mr Kirkham even donned a fantastic Star Wars jumper!

We managed to raise an incredible £300.40! On top of this, we even had an extra special guest feature. The original singer and composer of ‘I wish it could be Christmas Everyday’ – Roy Wood (formerly of The Move, ELO and Wizzard) – sent a special message to the year 6 students. You can see this in the Christmas video below.

Usually, we would invite parents into the school for our Christmas concert but with current the situation, this was not possible. However, all the children made a fantastic effort to sing the carols in their bubbles. It’s safe to say that the Christmas spirit was well and truly in the school on that day. All the children were fantastic with their singing and made Bloxwich Academy proud!

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Food Bank Collection

A huge thank you to all our parents who donated food for ‘Walsall North Food Bank’. We had an amazing response, and the food bank was extremely grateful for all your donations for their families who may need a little help this Christmas. 

The food bank has been in contact to say thank you for the generous donation. They said:

“Dear Bloxwich Academy, 

We would like to thank you very much for your extremely generous Christmas donations to Walsall North Foodbank, weighing-in at a whopping 127.35kg. This year, our volunteer helpers have been busier than ever, and have had to adapt procedures to respond to the developing changes brought on by the pandemic.  

On behalf of our steering group and the rest of our team of volunteers, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped in any way to support the Foodbank. We would like to say, once again, a big thank you for the part that you have played in helping us to make this foodbank project sustainable. “

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Good to be Green

This term, we introduced a new reward system into the school: good to be green. Each week, the children earn an afternoon GTBG slot on a Friday. So far this term, we’ve had decoration making, chalk planet drawings, treasure hunts and many more fantastic activities. The children love taking part in the Good to be green activities on a Friday.

In December, we had our first good to be green end of term activity. Each class had the option to choose from one of many activities: archery, fencing, footgolf and disc golf. The children were all excited to take part in these events and had a great time doing so. 

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End of Term

We are very grateful to families for all the support we have received this term regarding our staggered start and end times.

Please note the end times for Friday 18th December, the last day of autumn term:

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Just Keep Skipping!

This academic year has seen many changes; as a result, PE and extra-curricular activities look a little different. As a school, we are currently participating in the Virtual School Games; October saw the start of the Black Country Virtual Skipping Competition. This was a virtual skipping competition against local primary schools over a two-week period, which then lead to competing against primary schools across the Black Country. The skipping competition created a lot of excitement and the children really enjoyed participating with their friends. There were some great performances across KS2.  

Ruby (Year 3) achieved 40 skips in 30 seconds 

Daniel and Emily (Year 4) achieved 55 skips. 

Blake (Year 5) achieved 69 skips. 

Harley and Riley (Year 6) both achieved 56 skips.  

It was great to hear children were practising at home and working hard to improve the number of skips they could complete in 30 seconds. It is also lovely to see skipping has become a popular activity which children are enjoying at break and lunchtime. Keep on skipping Bloxwich!

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Author Visits

We love reading at Bloxwich Academy so we were over-the-moon when we found out we would have the chance to have a virtual author visit! It was surreal to hear the actual author, of a book we love, read it out to us live!

Year 1 & 2 listened to Humza Arshad, the author of ‘Little Badman’, read his story out loud. He even brought along his illustrator to teach us how to draw some of the illustrations from the book. The children did a fantastic job of recreating the artwork.

We all enjoyed the author visits, and we can’t wait to read the books in class.

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Sixth Form Elect

Our newly formed Sixth Form Council have now elected their very first President and Vice President. The student council members were encouraged to put themselves forward for the two leadership roles and after giving speeches about why they thought they would make a good council President/Vice President, the election went to a student vote.

Huge congratulations to M Nyatanga (President) and E Julailati (Vice President) who will lead our sixth form council for this academic year. Look out for our new sixth form blog and social media channels to keep up with what we’ll be getting up to this year. 

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Year 6: The Circulatory System

In our writing lessons in year 6 this term, the children have been focused and have improved massively since the beginning of the year. This is evident in the work that they ended up producing around the circulatory system. The children learned all about the roles the heart, lungs and the different blood vessels have in transporting blood around our bodies.

They presented this difficult subject in an engaging way after completing their independent writing where they were then able to be more creative. The work they created was outstanding and the year 6 teachers were incredibly proud of what they produced. The children put their all into this work and the results show this. Mr Seager saw some of their writing pieces and he was blown away by the quality of their work. Amazing work year 6! 

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Christmas Dinner

On Thursday 17th December, children will be invited to have a traditional Christmas dinner during lunchtime. The options available will be as follows:

  • Roast turkey or pork (Gluten free)
  • Pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing and gravy (Contains celery, milk and cereals containing gluten)

Or

  • Mushroom and onion wellington (Vegetarian. Contains eggs, cereals containing gluten and sulphur dioxide)

All served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and mash

Angel sparkle cake (Contains eggs, milk and cereals containing gluten)


To ensure the school kitchen is able to meet demand, orders will be taken during registration on Wednesday 2nd December.

If your child does not usually have school dinners and you would like them on this occasion to join in, please ensure your child is aware that they will need to order with their class teacher as above. Children from Reception through to Year 2, and those eligible for Free School Meals will not have to pay. For those children not eligible, please ensure that their Wisepay account is credited with £2.00 in advance.

Children with identified allergies will be given an alternative dessert. Please be aware, if an order is not placed on Wednesday 2nd December, your child will need to bring a packed lunch.

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