Thank you for an amazing Summer Fair!

June 28th, 2015

On Saturday, we held our Roseberry Academy Friends and Teachers (RAFT) Summer Fair and it was nothing short of amazing!
As well as getting caught up in the carnival atmosphere (and the stocks!) I was overwhelmed by the sense of family in our school. RAFT not only managed to create the best Summer Fair ever, aiming for a high quality event and achieving it, but they created an amazing feeling of unity. This was felt on two levels for me. There was the unity of adults and children from our school community working together as friends (the atmosphere and spirit were amazing), followed by the wider community being actively welcomed into Roseberry. There was the clear message of ‘if you’re in our village, you’re an important part of our school’.

The money raised is always, obviously, a really important part of the fair but for me there was something very special happening yesterday. Being there wasn’t a chore – it was a celebration of all that we stand for – a celebration of our school family. I felt so proud to be a part of it and so very proud of the adults that worked so hard to make it possible, including Claire Davis and Sara Papworth who planned and coordinated the event so successfully (kindly assisted by Claire’s sister). You really are amazing, RAFT, and I am so grateful for all that you do for our children and the support you give to me. Thank you – you’re amazing!

Happy boys at East Barnby!

June 17th, 2015

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Fun at East Barnby!

June 17th, 2015

For the last two evenings, I have taken a detour on my way home to visit our fabulous Year Six children and the brilliant staff who have given their time and energy to be with them during their adventure holiday. The children have been at one with their surroundings, bright, bubbly and very excited to tell me all about their experiences. Yesterday, they faced their fear of heights and climbed rock faces. During the evening, they sledged and made bin bag fashion! Today, they have tried body boarding on the waves of Whitby. They took part in beck scrambling and came back wet, muddy and happy!
The staff that take children to East Barnby are amazing. They are dedicated and generous with their time and energy. They are on call 24 hours a day and work hard to ensure that every child has the best experience possible. They nurture and challenge children, encourage and support them. They even find time during the evening (when most of us are relaxing with a cuppa) to write on the blog! Finding a precious few moments away from the children and somewhere where wi-fi is accessible is a tall order sometimes!
I’d like to take a moment to thank Mrs Murton, Mrs Hall, Mr Murton and Mrs Weyell for giving up their time to be with the Roseberry family rather than their own and to our Year Six children for trying hard, being brave, being fabulous and having a great sense of humour. East Barnby – what an amazing experience!

Fantastic rafts!

June 11th, 2015

Special visitors

June 3rd, 2015

Today, we welcomed some special visitors from the Enquire Learning Trust family into school. They came to carry out an enquiry into how well children collaborate and learn together. Mrs Stanley and I took our visitors into each classroom to see great learning across the school. We both felt very proud of everyone. Adults offer great learning opportunities, whilst encouraging children to become independent learners. Children are excited about learning and work really well together, sharing ideas and using tools and skills to help them to get ‘unstuck’ when they find learning tricky. I drove home tonight feeling very proud of the Roseberry family – again!

An act of kindness

June 2nd, 2015

At lunch time today Chloe, Katie and Izzey earned Act of Kindness tickets. When I asked Chloe what she had done to earn hers, she stated that she had seen a bee on the ground and realised that it may be dehydrated. She and her friends promptly fetched it water so that it could recover. Chloe had recently watched a TV programme about caring for bees and looking out for bees in need of help. What kind and thoughtful young ladies!