Zac is a former pupil at BWJS who left Year Six just over a year ago. He spent a substantial amount of his time at BWJS fighting leukaemia whilst still taking a very active role in school life. Sadly, Zac’s leukaemia has returned, and he is need of a stem cell transplant.
Zac’s mum writes:
Zac’s going to need a stem cell transplant and soon they will be searching the national donor register to try and find a match for him. I’ve been working as a volunteer with the charity DKMS for a while, to try and encourage as many people as possible to sign up and join the stem cell donor register, to improve the chances of finding a good match.
Awareness around stem cell donation is really poor and most people are frightened by the idea, but its free to sign up, it only requires a cheek swab to join the register and if you are identified as a match for someone, then its actually no big deal to donate stem cells – the process is a bit like giving blood, but you get to save someone’s life!
Yesterday DKMS launched a media campaign for Zac on Facebook so its been circulating quite widely in the last 24 hours. So far its had 22,000 views and I’ve been told that 216 people have registered as a direct result of his campaign. I wondered if any of the teachers or parents might like to sign up and encourage their friends to do the same. You have to be aged between 17 and 55 and in good health.
Year 3 have been very creative over the past couple of weeks by creating Binky Bears at home! Using a variety of craft materials and expert sewing skills, the children were set the task of creating their very own bear which they could bring in and share with the rest of the class. The adults in Year 3 were stunned with the amount of effort and imagination the children put into their homework – a huge well done to everyone! We will be making a display of the bears in the shared area next week.
Year 3 have been having great fun learning how to play Tag Rugby in PE. They have been using the value of collaboration to ensure fair teams each week as well as being able to mark out their own playing area. The children have been great at using the space in their playing area to pass the ball to their team mates. And judging by the mud on the children at the end of the lesson, we can tell they have certainly enjoyed themselves!
This afternoon we were visited by P and G Wells book shop who ran another successful book fair. The pupils had time with their classes to browse the large selection of books available and it was great to see so many parents visiting after school too. As well as providing the children with an opportunity to invest in some exciting new books and promoting a love of reading, the school also receives commission for all sales. The more you spend, the more the school benefits and can continue to stock up on books for the library and classrooms – so thank you for every penny you spent today!
Our next book fair will be held on Wednesday 8th March to coincide with World Book Day – look out for information in Spring term about how we will be celebrating.
On Tuesday we were visited again by Mandy from the NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ team. Having led a whole school assembly and workshops for years 5 and 6 earlier in the month, she was visiting again to announce the total that also the pupils raised for the charity. All pupils took part in Buddy’s Big Workout on Friday 11th and gained sponsorship for their efforts.
We were incredibly impressed that the final total raised was £1273.01! Well done to all the pupils for taking part in the event and to those who gained sponsorship for such an amazing cause. Well done to Redwood class in particular who received a special award for returning the most sponsorship out of all the classes.
We hope that the children enjoyed the fundraising and also learnt about the important work that the NSPCC do. Mandy also shared some important messages with the children which we hope they will remember.
Thanks to all parents, carers, grandparents, other family and friends who sponsored a pupil and helped to raise such a lot for the NSPCC!
In year 4, we have started to learn about the smashing Anglo Saxons. First, we were archaeologists and dug for any artefacts we could find. The children managed to find most of an Anglo Saxon helmet and pieces of Roman mosaic. This showed that people had lived in Britain over a long period of time. Following this, we used the school’s timelines to place the Anglo Saxons in the correct period of time, discussing what they had learnt in year 3. They also discovered that Mr McKenna wasn’t old enough to have seen the Pyramids being built, even if he has visited them in more recent times!
During Geography, we looked at a range of OS maps of the area surrounding Bishop’s Waltham. We had lots of fun finding different features on the map such as motorways, train lines, churches and schools! We then practised reading and using grid references to find places of interest on the map.