Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is woven into the ethos of the school. Pupils reflect deeply about their own and others’ experiences and use them to inform their perspective on life in order to develop respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. They have a keen interest in moral and ethical issues and act in a principled manner, understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
They have a sense of enjoyment and fascination about the world around them and embrace new experiences which broaden their understanding. They engage enthusiastically in artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities. This is firmly rooted in the school’s vision and ethos of promoting inclusion and a cohesive community.
RE is enjoyed by pupils and ensures that they understand, respect and celebrate the diversity of faiths and cultures in modern Britain. This is enhanced by visitors to the school and inspirational visits to art galleries, museums and places of worship, such as a Gurdwara, Hindu Temple and Methodist Centre. Through the delivery of Humanities, SEAL, Creative Curriculum and assemblies, pupils are imaginative and creative in their learning and are able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others.
Pupils learn acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the role of civil and criminal law in England. This prepares them to be tolerant and live in a diverse society. As a result they are able to demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
The school offers extensive opportunities for pupils to participate in a variety of communities and social settings including: local residential homes and hospices, toddler groups and nurseries, community action groups and work with local businesses. Pupils are encouraged to share and take responsibility for exemplary behaviour and conduct. The school elects Head Boys and Girls, prefects, house captains, peer mentors, ‘helping hands’, a school council, an eco-council and sports leaders. This has a wide-ranging and positive impact on their personal development, behaviour and well-being.
British Values and Iconic Music Inspiration Morning
On Wednesday 28th March, we held a British values and iconic music inspiration morning. During this time, each year group focused on the five British values and produced a piece of work expressing why Britain is so great and why diversity and multiculturalism is so important.
For the second half of the morning, each year group were given an iconic band or singer to explore thinking about how they’re creativity and lyrics changed music through the decades. These included: The Spice girls and The Rolling Stones for Year 5; Queen and The Beatles for Year 6; Oasis and Elton John for Year 7; David Bowie and Led Zeppelin for Year 8. The pupils used what they learnt to produce a piece of art celebrating the legends they had explored.
“I really enjoyed learning about what music was like in the 1980’s as my dad always talked about what he listened to when he was young and it was great to hear some of the music he would’ve enjoyed.” (Year 6 pupil)
Visit to the Palace Theatre
On Tuesday 6th February, 65 pupils from Years 5-8 were lucky to secure tickets to go to the Palace Theatre in Redditch, to watch a special performance by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. The conductor was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and inspiring; he introduced pupils to the different instruments and sections of the orchestra, as well as demonstrating how improvisation blends with the rules of jazz music, to make it a truly individual, creative and exciting genre.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance and had several opportunities to interact with the orchestra/music on stage. It was truly inspiring to see such a talented group of young people.
Theatre in Education group White Sock visit Year 7 pupils
On Friday, 26th January 2018, Year 7 were lucky to have the Theatre in Education group 'White Socks' come into school for a performance and workshop entitled 'Borrowed Time'. The performance was commissioned by the Illegal Money Lending service, to raise awareness about loan sharks and illegal money-lending. Pupils were provided with the opportunity to engage and recognise the relevance of this issue, through the medium of forum theatre, as part of their SEAL lesson. Pupils were enthused after the performance; we will be following this performance with some additional reflection in their SEAL lessons.
Theatre in Education group Round Midnight visit Year 8 pupils
On Thursday, 11th January 2018, we welcomed the Theatre in Education group Round Midnight into school to perform an interactive play called 'Cutting Ties' to our Year 8 pupils. The aim of the play was to educate about the facts, risks and the reasons as to why young people carry knives. The performance and workshop invited pupils to sit in on a conversation with Mia and her teacher after she is found in school with a knife. Mia explained the story from the beginning, telling how a solid friendship between herself, Aidan and Luke quickly turned sour as they embarked upon adolescence and Aidan fell in with the wrong crowd. The actors encouraged our pupils to focus on the vulnerabilities, relationships and consequences of the characters’ actions, which all led up to the climactic moment where a knife is brought in to school.
Our Year 8 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic format of the performance, which allowed them to engage with the relevant and serious topic that it covered. They were informed about why this issue is relevant to them, and were able to identify who they could go to if they needed help with issues relating to knives in the future. They were shocked to learn some statistics relevant to the West Midlands, and were encouraged to think carefully about the social choices that they make, with specific reference to the use of social media and peer pressure. We look forward to welcoming Round Midnight back in the near future!
British 110 metres hurdler Joseph Hylton visited Parkside on 24th November 2017 as part of our annual Superschools event. He performed numerous exercises and demonstrated his hurdling technique for the pupils, as well as delivering an inspirational assembly.
Visit to the Herbert Art Gallery
A group of key stage 3 pupils were chosen to visit and experience a local Art Gallery to explore its artworks and history.
We all learned lots of new facts and enjoyed the walking timeline; looking at Tudor times, through to the Victorian era and up to the modern day.
We also really enjoyed the practical tasks we took part in; trying on Punjabi clothes, weaving into textiles, Wax rubbings of ancient fossils, drawing from famous art works! The museum was very interactive and is a fantastic mix of Art and History, new and old.
Our pupils had a wonderful day out; asking questions, laughing and learning new things.
Olly Year 7 “ I didn’t realize that galleries were so much fun and that there was so much stuff that you could pick up and try out!”
Kirsty Year 7 “I thought it was going to be lots of old paintings, which there were but there was also sculpture, lots of modern art and lots more. It was so interesting – you never knew what you’d see next!”
French Theatre Company visit a great success!
Review written by Amelia Duke - Language Ambassador
On Tuesday the 14th of November, Years 6, 7 and 8 experienced French theatre. Even though the entire play was French-based it was easy to follow. All of the pupils, throughout the production broke into peals of laughter at this performance. The play was a re-creation of the Tudor times when Henry VIII was looking for a new wife and he sent painters all over Europe to find the most beautiful women. They would the paint them and take them to the king. This particular story is of the painter, William Babbington, who travels to France to find a new lady for the king. Overall, it was funny and interactive with fantastic costumes and scenery.
Review written by some of our year 7 Language Ambassadors
The play was fantastic and so funny! Lots of pupils from the audience got involved which made us all laugh. It was a great way of learning, we didn’t even realise we were learning the vocabulary. This was a great experience and we were even able to meet the actors after the show! We really hope that we can do this sort of thing again, it was just brilliant! Thank you Miss Morris!
Year 8 Visit to Birmingham Central Mosque
As part of the Religious Education curriculum Year 8 visited Birmingham Central Mosque. Pupils were given a tour of the mosque and were taught about the Islamic religion. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed and was extremely beneficial to our pupils.
Harvest Festival 2017
We were joined by Reverend Wilde for our Harvest Festival this year. We talked about the history of Harvest and the importance of giving to people who aren’t as fortunate as us at this time of year. As a school we collected lots of non-perishable items and from this we were able to send food parcels to NewStarts, a local charity which provides emergency food parcels within the community.
Modern Foreign Languages Week - Week Commencing 25th September 2017
On Monday 25th September, we held a non-school uniform day with a European theme, to celebrate European day of languages and culture. All pupils were invited to come to school dressed in the colours of a flag of their chosen European country. We encouraged the children to bring in a fact or two about their country which they then shared with their peers on the day.
Hot chocolate and croissants were available for the pupils to buy, as well as having the opportunity to play a game of French boules. Photographs of Parkside Languages Day can be found below.
Throughout the week commencing 25th, French lessons were replaced with Italian sessions and there were opportunities for pupils to speak basic Italian phrases.
Since 9/11 - a day to reflect how the world has changed
On Friday 3rd February 2017, Year 8 pupils reflected upon the history of 9/11 and evaluated how the world has changed since that day. We discussed how stereotypes and prejudiced behaviour towards certain religions has increased over this period of time.
Pupils had the opportunity to share their opinions on current affairs in the news and had the strong belief that people’s faith or religion does not relate to the act of terrorism. All pupils were open-minded about the topics discussed and understood the importance of thinking about how people are perceived and the after-effects of something so huge.
Evaluation of the day:
“I have learnt about what happened during the 9/11 attacks and how, even though it might be hard, forgiveness is a key part of moving on. It is really important not to put everyone in the same light and open our minds to different religions. Since 9/11, certain religions have had a really hard time and it isn’t fair as not everyone is out to destroy the world.”
Teigan Hodgetts 8ED
“I have realised that people judge others based on their beliefs more since 9/11. It is important to respect everyone and not be stereotypical because of a small number of people. 9/11 was a horrific day that has changed the world."
Hannah Giles 8SC
We would like to take this opportunity to praise and thank all pupils involved for being so passionate about the world around us and for offering their opinion on how we should all work together to make the world a peaceful, happy place.
Respect and Tolerance Day December 9th 2016
On Friday 9th December we held a whole school inspiration day titled ‘Respect and Tolerance’. During the day the pupils reflected on what being British is in modern day Britain and also investigated and discovered modern British values. We discussed and explored the meaning of; ‘mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith’. The outcome of the day was an art canvas to symbolise respect and tolerance. This was produced collaboratively by each class and they are now displayed in their form room.
Superschools October 20th 2016
On Thursday 20th October all the pupils participated in our annual ‘Superschools’ event. During the morning all pupils were invited to meet the professional sports person, Grant Fielder, and have a photograph taken with him before participating in a series of physical exercises.
Once all pupils had completed their circuit of exercise, then it was time to see Grant in action, demonstrating his sport to all the pupils. As a professional BMX and Mountain bike rider, he set up his ramps in the playground. All the school watched in awe as he demonstrated the skills he has developed, skills that have made him a World Champion.
Responses from some of our pupils after the event:
“I thought that Grant Fielder was an inspirational person, who has a clear passion for his sport. He did amazing tricks and even did a backflip, on his bike, over Mrs Jenkin. The whole school was positively gobsmacked. At the end he said, “If you have a passion for something, dedicate your time to it, you never know where it will take you.”
He came to our school because of Superschools, where we get superstars to perform many different sports. The athlete comes to support you and sign an autograph and have a photo taken with you. I loved this day.”
“Wow! What an amazing morning!
Grant is an amazing person and I am sure everyone who saw him will aspire to be like him one day. Even though it was very tense leading up to the incredible jumps, it was one of the top highlights of my time in school.
My friends and I screamed and shouted with amazement. It was so hard to look as he made the jumps bigger and bigger.
I also learnt that BMX stands for Bicycle Mountain Cross. This is a day I will never forget!”
“I really enjoyed it because Grant did the impossible. He said, “flips are impossible,” but he did them easily. He followed his dreams and achieved his dreams of becoming a professional. I liked the bit where he did a backflip.
The Superschools event was exhausting but fun at the same time. I had a lot of fun.”