School and Church combine to support Refugees


School and Church combine to support Refugees

Kind-hearted pupils, parents, carers, staff and parish members from a local primary school have raised money for the recent Afghanistan Refugee crisis through a cake sale in school.

Each year, the children at Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary School in Cheadle celebrate Harvest and together with Rev. Nicky Grey, Rector of St Giles the Abbott Church, share songs, artwork, poems and crafts.

This year the school’s Worship Council, made up of children from Reception to Year 6, decided to raise money for ‘Refugee Action’, the UK based charity which supports refugees from all around the world who are seeking a safe place to settle and to live. After recent items within the news, the children chose this current crisis as the focus of their fundraising this year.

Kameel (4), said, “We need to help them (the refugees) and their families because it is a scary time when they leave their home.”

Eleanor (5) added, “The money we raised will buy them the things they really need.”

Jo Hill, school Collective Worship Co-ordinator, added, “The children and families donated cakes which were sold in school, raising £122.60. After sharing the school’s fundraising plans with Reverend Nicky, the church and parishioners also chose to fundraise with us. They raised £250 and together with the school’s amount, we were able to donate a brilliant £372.60 to a very important cause.

“The money raised, along with the children’s work created for their Harvest service which focused upon the true meaning of Harvest, will be sent to Refugee Action.”

Bikeability Bikeability



Last week, the children from Bishop Rawle C.E Primary School, took part in an annual cycling training programme, Bikeability. It is designed to allow children to get more out of the classroom, improving their engagement and attention span. This programme also allows children to learn important life skills; they gain independence, improved social skills and wellbeing.

Children in KS2 completed Level 1 which took place off-road. This allowed the children to confidently control their bikes whilst also being aware of obstacles around them. For those children in Year 6 completing Level 2 of the training, it was a great opportunity to experience ‘real’ cycling whilst understanding and negotiating the road and equipping them with the skills and confidence to safely ride alone.

The children shared their thoughts:

"The experience was amazing. They showed us how to be safe whilst on the roads. When you are turning, you put your hand out for 3 seconds so people know where you are going. If you wanted to participate in Bike ability, you’d have lots of fun! I’d love to do this again in the future." Emily, Year 6.

Sasha, Year 6 also said, "Throughout the whole experience, you are looked after. It teaches you everything you need to know. We now know that an ABC check must be performed in order to see if we are good to go."

Keith Hollins


Keith Hollins

It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Keith Hollins, former Headteacher and Executive Principal of The Cheadle Academy and Westwood College (amongst others), and CEO of the Staffordshire University Academies Trust.

Keith kindly offered advice and support as we formed The Moorlands Primary Federation and through his co-founding of the South Moorlands Schools Learning Community, created many positive opportunities for schools throughout our area.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

New Smiles for the New School Year


New Smiles for the New School Year

We are happy to start the new school year with some new smiles!

Although we were sad to see some of our pupils leave us in the summer and head off for new adventures, we are happy to welcome our new superstars, who have joined all of the other superstars here at Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary.

Big Weekend of Jabs for Staffordshire


Big Weekend of Jabs for Staffordshire

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get their Covid-19 vaccine during a Big Weekend of walk-in vaccinations.

The national NHS push to get as many people as possible vaccinated against Covid-19 will take place from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 June at various sites across Staffordshire.

All sites will be offering first doses to people aged 18 or over without the need to book an appointment.

Some sites will also offer second doses to people over 40, health and care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk, from eight weeks after their first dose.

Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Dr Johnny McMahon, urged all adults who haven’t received their vaccine to take full advantage of the walk-ins.

Johnny said:

“Whatever big plans people may have this weekend, I’d urge anybody eligible and still waiting to get their vaccine to take advantage of the NHS Big Weekend. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity to speed up the vaccination programme in Staffordshire and get more adults their first dose, and get eligible groups fully vaccinated.

"The sooner everyone is vaccinated the sooner we can begin to look to a future where we can live with this virus without the need for restrictions on our lives and freedoms."  


Vaccination sites will include Stafford’s Kingston Centre, the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent, Whitemoor Lakes in Lichfield and a number of GP practices and other sites.

A full list of the walk-in Staffordshire sites, dates and times can be found on the NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU website.

The NHS have a tool on their website to help people find their nearest walk-in vaccination site.

Anyone who has already booked an appointment for a first or second jab should stick with the appointment. People can also book an appointment through the national booking system online or by calling 119.

New Signs Keeping Us All Safe New Signs Keeping Us All Safe New Signs Keeping Us All Safe New Signs Keeping Us All Safe New Signs Keeping Us All Safe


New Signs Keeping Us All Safe

We were delighted to welcome five new members to school, in the form of signs featuring two children, a giraffe, a lion and even an elephant!

The two children are looking smart in their school uniform, and because the uniform is a little tight for the animals, they are standing next to a school badge! All of the signs are made out of weatherproof materials, so they can stand on the pavement in rain or shine, to remind roads users of the importance of parking responsibly.

Children in the School Council chose the new signs, and which characters were to be holding these, as part of their commitment to keep everyone in the school family and wider community safe at the start and end of the day.

If you see the new signs, please give them a wave as you walk or drive past safely.

Easter Bonnet Competition Easter Bonnet Competition


Easter Bonnet Competition

It is our annual Easter Bonnet (EYFS/KS1) and Decorate an Egg (KS2) event in school next Wednesday 31st March. Thank you to Friends for organising this. Please could we have your masterpieces in by Tuesday 30th March.

The Bishop Rawle Team

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'Toppings' of the class...

Look what Key Stage Two got to make last week! Morrisons very kindly donated pizza making kits to our school and the children really enjoyed making (and eating) them! Thank you again to the 'Community Champion' Janet for organising, we are very grateful to you!

Junior Bake Off


Junior Bake Off

Applications are now open for the 7th series of Junior Bake Off; a Channel 4 programme that celebrates the culinary talent and ambition of the younger generation in Britain.

They are looking for young budding bakers between 9 -15 years old.

Filming would take place from July 2021, but applications close on Sunday 28th March 2021.

Interested bakers can apply online at - WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK.



Goodbye Captain Sir Tom


Goodbye Captain Sir Tom

It was with sadness that we read of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore yesterday.

The World War II soldier, who rose to the public eye by walking 100 laps of his garden as he approached his 100th birthday, raised almost £33million for NHS charities and shone brightly with his message of determination and hope at a time when it was needed most.

Following his remarkable fund-raising achievement, and since reaching 100 years old, Tom went on to have many great experiences including a number one song with Michael Ball, and, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony, winning the 'Helen Rollason Award' and having the 'Unsung Hero Award' named after him. He also received the honorary title of 'Colonel'.

He capped off a remarkable year by being knighted in a special investiture by Queen Elizabeth II and became Captain Sir Tom. The Queen led tributes to Captain Sir Tom yesterday, "recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world".

Nowadays, the words 'legend' and 'inspiration' may be used a little freely, however, with Captain Sir Tom - they seem to fit well.

Captain Sir Tom was indeed a great source of inspiration and leaves a legacy of hope, encapsulated by his wise words, "Tomorrow will be a good day."

God bless you, Captain Sir Tom.

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