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VE Day 2020

What is VE Day?

VE Day – or ‘Victory in Europe Day’ – marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before.

Articles and videos about VE Day here: https://bbc.in/3hUrvbn

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day we asked you to get
creative and we weren’t disappointed with the outcomes. As well as
some great artwork, our Bloxwich Academy CCF shared a message to
all key workers.

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Even more online lessons!

The BBC and the government have put together daily lessons for children across the UK. If you have finished the work we have set or you fancy something different, take a look.


Oak National Academy

I’m very pleased to welcome Oak National Academy, a new online classroom and resource hub, which has launched to support teachers until schools re-open. The online classroom will provide free lessons and resources for pupils from reception through to year 10. All resources, lessons and more information can be accessed here

As part of a collective response to the crisis, 40 teachers will be producing over 180 free online lessons each week, which will cover a range of subjects from English and maths to arts and languages.


BBC Bitesize 

This week the BBC is launching its own education package as part of their Charter across TV and online – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents. You can find more information about this here

The key difference between the BBC offer and the Oak National Academy is that the Academy is a planned and sequenced series of lessons for schools and trusts to use as part of their planned curriculum offer. Whereas the BBC offer is aimed more at parents and pupils.


Please note that we are not responsible for any of this content. If there are any technical issues, please contact the BBC or Oak Academy directly. We have found that the Oak Academy videos work best on Internet Explorer (the sound doesn’t always work on Chrome, but we are sure they will be ironing out these teething issues moving forward).


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Daily Live PE Workouts

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks The Body Coach is going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.

The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.  You don’t need any equipment, just tune in on YouTube at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. 

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Police Officer Visit

On Thursday morning, around 115 Year 9 and 10 pupils received a talk from representatives of the police force. Cadets were also invited to attend. We had Joe, Brian and Andy (PCSOs) along with Stacey and Liam (Criminologists) visiting the academy. The pupils heard about how each came to be in the job role they are in which was great to hear just before Year 9 pupils attended Options Evening later that day.

Andy spoke about some time he spent as a Prison Officer at HMP Oakwood which the pupils found interesting. We had some excellent questions from pupils that Andy answered – most were interested about the day in the life of a Prison Officer and a prisoner.

Later on, the visitors made their way up to the Sixth Form block to speak to current Criminology students. We had some very in-depth discussions about how important it is to consider mental health when dealing with potential suspects as well as rehabilitation options that the Prison Service currently offers.

The representatives of the police force spoke very highly of our pupils and said they were pleasantly surprised by how much information about the Criminal Justice System our Criminologists knew.

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Artsmark Walsall Gallery Trip

A group of some of our Year 9 high flying Arts students has the opportunity to experience workshops as part of Artsmark in conjunction with the Walsall Arts for All programme.

Pupils took part in many workshops, a tour of some galleries and some other activities linked to the Walsall Arts for All programme. This was a valuable experience and opportunity to learn from professional artists to help develop their artistic skills.

All students involved were fantastic and a real credit to the school. Students really enjoyed the experience and were so enthusiastic. They asked many questions throughout and really enjoyed all the activities.

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Author Visit – World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day this year we had a very special visit from author Stuart Hill, famous for the Icemark Chronicles (children’s version of Games of Thrones). Stuart joined us to work with a number of our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. Together they were able to look at numerous passages to consider how an author crafts stories before attempting to create their own ghost stories. 

We are looking forward to reading these entries in our very own department competition. Well done to everyone involved, you were a credit to the school. A big thank you to Stuart for taking the time to visit us.


A big thank you to everyone who took part in World Book Day through fancy dress and book sharing activities. We had some wonderful costumes!

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Prefect Applications 2020

The application process to become a Bloxwich Academy Prefect in 2020 is now open.

Applications are due by Friday 13th March 2020.

Have you got what it takes?

  • Are you a leader?
  • Are you patient with younger pupils?
  • Can you listen to others?

What does the role entail?

  • Working closely with Heads of House
  • Supporting the Leadership Team
  • Being involved in mentoring and supporting younger pupils
  • Giving up your own time to support others
  • Supporting Parent Evenings, younger form groups and Y6 New Intake Day

How do I apply?

  • Write a letter of application (no more than one side of A4), to include: A personal history of your life at Bloxwich academy, including anyway you have contributed positively in school, your ideas on the role of a Prefect and the personal qualities you think Prefects need.
  • Include the name of a teacher who will agree that they believe you are able to be responsible and trustworthy.  The teacher must be asked if they will be a referee for you and place their name in your letter.
  • The letter should be placed in an envelope and handed into the House offices for the attention of your Head of House by 3pm Friday 13th March  2020 and labelled with your name and form group.

What is in it for me?

  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Something of real worth to write about when you apply for College or University.
  • 2 days of high-quality training.
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Slick The Musical

On the last week of term, pupils performed in the school production of Slick the Musical. Since the start of the academic year, pupils have been working on the production after school and the Performing Arts team are incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment they have shown to produce a fantastic show. A range of pupils from year 7 to 13 performed – with year 7 students playing lead roles. Both nights were a sell-out and we cannot thank you enough for your support. We are incredibly proud of the performers and are already excited for our next musical production!

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Safer Internet Day

This week we will be joining the global Safer Internet campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.   Safer Internet Day 2020 is taking place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. The theme this year is “Together for a better internet”.  

If you want to get involved or brush up on your eSafety knowledge head over to our Parent Platform where we upload guides on everything from what individual apps do to helping you have conversations with your children about eSafety.

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