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Easter Bonnet Competition

On Friday 5th April 2019, our pupils brought in their entries for this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition.

There were some fantastic bonnets on display and it was extremely tough to pick the winners.

Thanks to everybody who took part and well done to the winners!

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Matrix Performing Arts Show

This year the prestigious Matrix Academy Trust performing arts show was held at Etone College. Ranging from all Key Stages with a mixture of both dance and drama performances. All academies came together to showcase their performances from after school clubs and exam pieces. The collaborative show gives pupils the opportunity to gain inspiration from their peers.

The Dance pieces crossed all genres of dance from Ballet to Body Locking. There were solo’s, duets and group pieces bringing different dimensions to the showcase. The Drama touched on sensitive issues but also brought humour to the proceedings. The audience gave such support to all performers which added to the brilliant atmosphere.

As always it was a pleasure to see all our schools from within the trust sharing their talents with one another and celebrating their successes. A huge well done to everyone involved.

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Red Nose Day 2019

Well done to both Bloxwich Academy Primary and Secondary for all their support and contributions towards Red Nose Day 2019. We will update you with a grand total raised.

Well done to Bloxwich Primary for their grand total of £324.01

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Year 3/4 Football Stars

After winning their group in tremendous fashion, the Year 3/4 team reached the Walsall League final, where they faced the winners of the other group.

Unfortunately, we lost 1-0 to an incredible free-kick that was quite simply unstoppable. Nevertheless, the future looks bright for our Year 3/4 team if they can keep up the hard work and teamwork.

On behalf of all the staff and pupils at Bloxwich Academy, we would like to say a huge congratulations to our team for making us so proud. Their behaviour, attitude and teamwork was superb.

They also looked extremely smart in their lovely, new kits!

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World Book Day 2019

On Thursday 7th March 2019 we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from our favourite books!

A variety of activities ran across the day, such as shared reading sessions and a costume parade during assembly.

We also announced the winners of our potato head competition in assembly. We would like to thank all of our pupils and parents for your entries, they were all fantastic!

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International Womens Day

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Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. She is co-founder of BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company based in Kenya. BRCK was formed to realise a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative technologies. Juliana also co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specialises in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world.

 

 

Artist: Thandiwe TshabalalaThandiwe is a Cape Town-based graphic artist. Her work is bold, colourful, and conceptual. Her motto as a creative is: “Communicate don’t decorate.” In 2015 she was awarded with the prestigious Mbokodo Award for South African Women in the Arts, in the Creative Design category.

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Dr. Hayat Sindi was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists. She is the Founder and President of the i2 Instituteand a co-founder of Diagnostics For All. She was ranked by Arabian Business magazine as the 19th most influential Arab in the world and the ninth most influential Arab woman. Sindi has a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Newnham College, Cambridge, which she obtained in 2001; she was the first Saudi woman to be accepted at Cambridge University to study the field of biotechnology, and the first woman from any of the Arab States of the Persian Gulf to complete a doctoral degree in the field.

Artist: Lidia Tomashevskaya is a freelance illustrator from Tel Aviv, Israel. She has worked with publishing houses on book illustrations and has produced illustrations and graphic design for brands such as Hewlett Packard.

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Tu Youyou is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and educator. She discovered artemisinin (also known as qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, drugs used to treat malaria. Her discovery was a significant breakthrough in 20th-century tropical medicine, saving millions of lives around the world.

For her work, Tu received the 2011 Lasker Award in clinical medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, jointly with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura. She is the first Chinese Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine, and the first female citizen of the People’s Republic of China to receive a Nobel Prize in any category. She is also the first Chinese person to receive the Lasker Award. Tu Youyou was born, educated and carried out her research exclusively in China.

Artist: Xu Hui. Xu Hui is an illustrator from Jinan, China. You can see more of her work on Behance.

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Gladys West is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning GPS. Her contributions to GPS were only uncovered when a member of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, read a short biography West had submitted for an alumni function.

Artist: Geneva B is a self-taught illustrator from North Carolina. She loves working with colours, drawing big hair, and adding whimsy with a touch of realism and happiness.

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Rosalind Franklin was a pioneer of the study of molecular structures receiving recognition among scientists for her research on the molecular structure of coal, viruses, and DNA. Her X-ray diffraction images of DNA enabled the University of Cambridge’s Francis Crick and James Watson to identify the molecule’s double helix structure. For years her work on the structure went unnoticed as only Crick, Watson and Franklin’s colleague Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for the discovery in 1962. In 2003 The Royal Society established the Rosalind Franklin Award to bring attention to outstanding work of women in STEM.

Artist: Juliette Brocal is an animation student & illustrator from France who likes to draw seaside places, folk stuff and people playing music.

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Mae C. Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization.

Artist: Karina Perez is a Mexican American Illustrator/Designer. She’s always interested in exploring storytelling through design and colour to visually communicate the love and acceptance she receives from those around her.

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Maria da Penha is a Brazilian biopharmacist and human rights defender. She advocates for women rights, particularly against domestic violence. When Maria da Penha was almost killed by her husband, there wasn’t a single police station she could go to in Brazil that specialised in violence against women. The case Maria filed languished in court for two decades, while her husband remained free. Years later, in a landmark ruling, the Court of Human Rights criticised the Brazilian government for not taking effective measures to prosecute and convict perpetrators of domestic violence. In response to this, the Brazilian government in 2006 enacted a law now known as the Maria da Penha Law on Domestic and Family Violence, which increased the severity of punishment for domestic violence against women, whenever it occurred in a domestic or family environment.

Artist: Camila Rosa. Camila is a freelance illustrator and designer from Brazil. Her work translates women from an alternative perspective: Latin-American, brave, powerful, and not fitted to mainstream beauty standards. Camila believes it’s important that her work can be used to support and educate girls and women around the world.

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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She is a pioneer of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning.

Artist: Joana Neves is a digital artist from Portugal who loves drawing and started teaching herself how to digitally paint in 2014. She is driven by her longtime interest for fashion, folk tales, burlesque and animation.

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International Womens Day

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Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. She is co-founder of BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company based in Kenya. BRCK was formed to realise a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative technologies. Juliana also co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specialises in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world.

 

 

Artist: Thandiwe TshabalalaThandiwe is a Cape Town-based graphic artist. Her work is bold, colourful, and conceptual. Her motto as a creative is: “Communicate don’t decorate.” In 2015 she was awarded with the prestigious Mbokodo Award for South African Women in the Arts, in the Creative Design category.

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Dr. Hayat Sindi was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists. She is the Founder and President of the i2 Instituteand a co-founder of Diagnostics For All. She was ranked by Arabian Business magazine as the 19th most influential Arab in the world and the ninth most influential Arab woman. Sindi has a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Newnham College, Cambridge, which she obtained in 2001; she was the first Saudi woman to be accepted at Cambridge University to study the field of biotechnology, and the first woman from any of the Arab States of the Persian Gulf to complete a doctoral degree in the field.

Artist: Lidia Tomashevskaya is a freelance illustrator from Tel Aviv, Israel. She has worked with publishing houses on book illustrations and has produced illustrations and graphic design for brands such as Hewlett Packard.

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Tu Youyou is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and educator. She discovered artemisinin (also known as qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, drugs used to treat malaria. Her discovery was a significant breakthrough in 20th-century tropical medicine, saving millions of lives around the world.

For her work, Tu received the 2011 Lasker Award in clinical medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, jointly with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura. She is the first Chinese Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine, and the first female citizen of the People’s Republic of China to receive a Nobel Prize in any category. She is also the first Chinese person to receive the Lasker Award. Tu Youyou was born, educated and carried out her research exclusively in China.

Artist: Xu Hui. Xu Hui is an illustrator from Jinan, China. You can see more of her work on Behance.

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Gladys West is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning GPS. Her contributions to GPS were only uncovered when a member of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, read a short biography West had submitted for an alumni function.

Artist: Geneva B is a self-taught illustrator from North Carolina. She loves working with colours, drawing big hair, and adding whimsy with a touch of realism and happiness.

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Rosalind Franklin was a pioneer of the study of molecular structures receiving recognition among scientists for her research on the molecular structure of coal, viruses, and DNA. Her X-ray diffraction images of DNA enabled the University of Cambridge’s Francis Crick and James Watson to identify the molecule’s double helix structure. For years her work on the structure went unnoticed as only Crick, Watson and Franklin’s colleague Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for the discovery in 1962. In 2003 The Royal Society established the Rosalind Franklin Award to bring attention to outstanding work of women in STEM.

Artist: Juliette Brocal is an animation student & illustrator from France who likes to draw seaside places, folk stuff and people playing music.

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Mae C. Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization.

Artist: Karina Perez is a Mexican American Illustrator/Designer. She’s always interested in exploring storytelling through design and colour to visually communicate the love and acceptance she receives from those around her.

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Maria da Penha is a Brazilian biopharmacist and human rights defender. She advocates for women rights, particularly against domestic violence. When Maria da Penha was almost killed by her husband, there wasn’t a single police station she could go to in Brazil that specialised in violence against women. The case Maria filed languished in court for two decades, while her husband remained free. Years later, in a landmark ruling, the Court of Human Rights criticised the Brazilian government for not taking effective measures to prosecute and convict perpetrators of domestic violence. In response to this, the Brazilian government in 2006 enacted a law now known as the Maria da Penha Law on Domestic and Family Violence, which increased the severity of punishment for domestic violence against women, whenever it occurred in a domestic or family environment.

Artist: Camila Rosa. Camila is a freelance illustrator and designer from Brazil. Her work translates women from an alternative perspective: Latin-American, brave, powerful, and not fitted to mainstream beauty standards. Camila believes it’s important that her work can be used to support and educate girls and women around the world.

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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She is a pioneer of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning.

Artist: Joana Neves is a digital artist from Portugal who loves drawing and started teaching herself how to digitally paint in 2014. She is driven by her longtime interest for fashion, folk tales, burlesque and animation.

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Remember Together

Bloxwich Primary recently received acknowledgement of their continued support and contribution to the Remembrance. Bringing the community together and making an outstanding contribution to those who served in the First World War in the year of the centenary of the Armistice.

Well done everyone for your continued support.

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Timetables Rockstars

At Bloxwich Academy, we want all of our pupils to have great recall of their times tables so that they can make good progress in mathematics. This can be hampered by many factors, two of which are having low confidence in maths and having poor recall of times tables. 

We are always striving to achieve more and recognise that parents are supportive of this too. Because of this, all children in KS2 now have access to Times Table Rockstars to help them practise their times tables.

Times Table Rockstars is an online programme for times table practice that is both effective and motivational. It gives children the access to improve their speed of recall and, should they wish, to compete against their classmates and children around the world.

When it comes to times tables, speed and accuracy are important – bursts of daily practice are more effective than spending hours once a week. And this is where parents come in. For your child to be fully motivated and for them to get the best out of the practice, they need your help. 

Without your praise and your reminders, without you sitting down next to them or checking their work, practising times tables will not feel important to your child and the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Please encourage your child to play the game at home regularly over the next few weeks to develop a regular habit that will assist their mathematics, just as daily reading helps propel their reading and writing.

Times Tables Rockstars can be easily accessed with internet browsers or alternatively with phones and tablets using the Times Table Rockstar app. For internet browsers, visit https://ttrockstars.com/ for apps, visit the App/Play Store.

Contact your child’s teacher if…

  • You have username or password issues
  • Something isn’t working or you’re not sure how it works
  • You have a complaint or a suggestion
  • You have something nice to say about ttrockstars.com!
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Christmas Card Competition

A huge congratulations to Callum in Year 4 who was the runner up of Eddie’s 2018 Christmas card competition. The competition was run by local MP Eddie Hughes who represents Bloxwich, Willenhall and Walsall North. After receiving over 900 entries, 300 of which came from Bloxwich Primary, Eddie had the tough decision of finding this year’s competition winners. A massive well done and thank you to everyone who entered this year. We would like to thank Eddie for taking the time to come into school and look forward to working closely with him in the future.

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