Say hello to our lovely Aspire Trophy Winners from the week of the 16th of October, well done to each and every one of you for your exceptional effort and hard work.
With just 3 weeks to go until the funding round closes on 11 November 2017, we wanted to make sure you have everything you need to make the most of the Co-op Local Community Fund.
So far, our cause has raised a total of £883, this has been raised from the 1% Co-op members earn when they buy Co-op branded products and services and from the sale of our carrier bags. However, there’s still £2,482 of unallocated funding up for grabs in your community.
How can you help? Register on the Co-op website or ask in store.
Our growing therapy service has had such a positive impact on the school community that we would like to share it with the wider community. Mental Health services are under so much pressure that help is rarely available. Only the most severe cases can expect to get seen and there is no help for ordinary families needing a little bit of help or someone to talk to. Children are especially vulnerable and when parents and families are suffering, then children do too. Helping families to have happier and more secure relationships increases mental health and benefits the whole community.
Our experiences are very much a part of who we are and difficult - even ordinary - life events can create painful feelings which can become unbearable when we have our own children and are managing the everyday stresses of family life. This can interfere with our ability to understand and manage our family relationships and leave us feeling frustrated, angry, helpless and alone.
Our aim is to provide a regular, weekly drop in session for families and the community to access some of the specialists we have available in the school. There will be a chance to chat over a cup of tea with other parents, the school’s Family Champion, or to have a brief 20 minute one-to-one session with one of our therapists. If needed, extended one hour sessions, or even a 6-session block, can be arranged to work through some of the more difficult experiences and emotions which may be getting in the way of relationships within the home. A creche will be provided to entertain preschool babies and children.
Each month, a therapist or child development expert will give a talk and lead a discussion on a relevant topic, such as “Managing and Understanding Tantrums”, “Why doesn’t my child sleep?”, “Children who don’t eat.”, “My children won’t listen to me!”
Our therapists are experienced and qualified in working with young people and families and are trained in child development. They have studied the effects of all types of trauma on the mind and body and provide a safe and empathic space to think and work creatively.
Aviva funding will allow us to provide:
Family Champion on hand to chat and signpost suitable help.
Individual sessions and counselling with Therapists.
Talks by visiting experts.
A creche with suitably qualified staff
All of the above each week for 1 year (possibly stretching to 2)
32 weeks (allowing for Bank holidays and first weeks of term)
Therapist: 2hrs x 32 x £40pw = £2560 (every month an hour is given over to a talk and discussion, the rest of the time to ‘clinic-style’ hours.)
Visiting speaker: 3 x £150 = £450
Family Champion: 2hrs x 32 = £64.68 x 32 = £2069
Creche: 2hrs x 32 = £21.80 x 32 = £607.60
6 week therapy blocks 16 x £240 = £3840
Tea, coffee refreshments annually= £473.40
Over the past two weeks, Owls and Hedgehogs have been learning all about Elmer the patchwork elephant. We have retold the story using Talk for Writing, investigated mixing colours, created our own mini Elmer's walking through the jungle and worked together to create an enormous patchwork Elmer. After all our hard work, we had our own Elmer celebration day today with the children wearing bright colours to look like Elmer. We had a party where we danced and played party games. Well done Owls and Hedgehogs - you have worked really hard. Have a great half term.
Year 3 have been finishing off our volcanoes topic with a bang! As part of a special sculptures project with Miss. Lovelock, the children created their own volcanoes. This afternoon, we went outside and explored chemical change by mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar and made our volcanoes erupt. The children loved it and are now looking forward to next half term's project of Antarctica!
Owls and Hedgehogs enjoyed another fantastic reading morning with their families reading and sharing stories. We want to say a big thank you to all those families that have taken part in our reading mornings as the children love sharing books with you. We will be continuing reading mornings every Friday after half term and it would be great to for you to join us. Thank you for all your support with the children's learning this half term.
Today the Owls and Hedgehogs were delighted to welcome our families in to share our amazing learning this half term. We retold the story of Elmer and then everybody got stuck in creating mini Elmers, building houses and baking cakes in the mud kitchen. Everybody had a great time and we can't wait till the next Stay and Play next half term.
On this six week FREE course you will:
Course times: 10:00-12:00
There are only 8 places avilable on this course. Please contact Carol in the school office asap to confirm your place.
We can offer a creche if needed for the course time.
Yesterday, Year 5 and 6 were fortunate to have some very special visitors. Mike K, Christine S and Professor Lynch visited to talk about their lives and achievements. They are part of an organisation called Global Outreach which is designed to show young people that anything is possible with enough hard work and determination. It aims to help integration across the community through a variety of outreach programs.
Professor Lynch, who used to be the Queen Mother's Gynecologist (and delivered the future King of England, Prince George) talked to the children about his humble upbringing and how his hard work and dedication had led him to become the leading authority in preventing hemorrhages during child birth.
The children finished the day feeling thoroughly inspired by the people they had met.
Henry, Year 6 said, 'I enjoyed learning about Professor Lynch's life and being able to meet people with a similar background to me who had gone on to be so successful.'
Liam, Year 6 said,'I loved seeing the artifacts from around the world and learning about how sculptures were often used instead of written words to express feelings. It was really interesting.'
As part of Black History Day, Year 2 were learning about Walter Tull. We found out about his background and about his challenges that he overcame. He was a talented footballer and did extremely well to be signed for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town. We then learnt about his time as an officer during the First World War and were impressed at the way in which he overcame his challenges and he opened his mind. In the afternoon we looked closely at photographs and drawings of him to recreate these using pastels.