At the end of a wonderful year…

July 17th, 2015

As I wrote the last newsletter of this academic year, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the fantastic amount of work that has taken place since September. I never cease to be amazed at the drive, energy and passion of our staff, who are dedicated to offering the best holistic education for our children. Through reflection and revision of policies and practice, they strive to ensure that lessons are fun, engaging, relevant, and matched to the need of each child. Teachers know where every child is in their learning journey and where to take them next, offering challenge and planning for their next steps in learning. This is a true skill and I am grateful that we have such talented staff. The support we receive from parents and carers is invaluable in helping children grow. It has been lovely to see so many parents and carers being involved in their children’s learning. It has also been a delight to work with committed and dedicated parents through RAFT who work incredibly hard to make sure our children have those little extras that make all the difference. Our governors work hard, often behind the scenes, with senior staff to plan the strategic direction of our school. They offer challenge in a supportive way and ensure that our school strives to be the best it can be. Members of our wider community have also made this year special. There are far too many to name, but these special people regularly volunteer their time and skills for our children. They are our school friends who make a big difference! Finally, I reflect upon our fabulous children who make our school special and the hard work worthwhile. They are excited and enthused about their learning, they care for one another and are proud of our school, they see the magic of the world and they make us smile. Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful year. There are many days when I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, but never a day I don’t want to come to school.
Three cheers for our Roseberry family!

Godly Play

July 2nd, 2015

Godly Play allows children time and space to think, reflect and ‘be’. After a discussion about Godly Play with Mrs Weyell this evening, I asked if she would share her experiences of our Year Six children’s final session. Here is what she wrote…
Our Godly Play session today was the final one for Year 6’s, so we took the opportunity to go back to our Circle of the Church Year. We remembered how many Christians mark the changes of the seasons with different colours, and when the major Christian Festivals take place. This week is shown by a brown arrow.

Children were asked to think about their favourite story, season or special time and mark it with an artefact of their choice, placed on the circle. Children were invited to share their thoughts on what they chose and where they placed it. The focus was on personal choice; some chose to keep this private, but some wanted to share. Everyone listened to what their peers had to say…

In Miss Burke’s class, many children chose objects related to Christmas – angels, St Nicholas, Frankincense, church, presents and a figure of a child – it became a busy part of the circle (a reflection on how Advent and Christmas sometimes feels?)

In Mr Moore’s class, some children placed objects to mark their birthdays, many objects provoked memories of loved ones such as grandparents. Harvey commented that the chain reminded him that one of his relatives had died in WWII. Thomas chose to write a word on a post-it note – ‘Sorry” – because “everyone deserves to be forgiven.” He placed this in the season of Lent.

In Mrs Murton’s class, George reminded us that Pentecost is when the tongues of fire came to the disciples. Alice showed where autumn starts by placing some acorns there. Alfie particularly liked the Italian icon of Jesus on the cross. Shay placed some red glass beads at Christmas Eve because “it reminds me of the warm glow I have when I go to bed excited for the next day!” Mollie marked her last day in Roseberry before her transition to Stokesley School with a heart-shaped stone because “this is where my heart is.”

Good luck Mollie and all the year 6’s as you move on. For every beginning there is an ending and for every ending there is a new beginning.

It leaves me with tingles up my arms and that funny feeling in my tummy!

How wonderful that Mollie feels her heart is at Roseberry and how proud I am that we have such reflective, mature and thoughtful children. Learning isn’t just about Literacy and Numeracy – it’s about spiritual, moral, cultural and emotional development too.

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July 2nd, 2015

Great news – the RAFT Summer Fair raised an amazing £2300! Thank you to everyone who made this possible – you are fabulous!

A blast from the past!

July 1st, 2015

This evening, I had the privilege of watching children from Years Five and Six performing in ‘A Blast From The Past’.
I felt tremendously proud of the children for their talent, courage and commitment to making their performance as good as it could be. I felt lucky to have such dedicated staff who, despite it being the end of a very busy term, are still pulling out the stops to make every moment count for our children. This evening I was, once again, struck by the overwhelming feeling of Roseberry being a huge team of friends working in harmony to produce something very special for the children of our community. What’s really special is that we care. We care about children’s achievements, both academic and personal. We celebrate them as they learn and grow into people we are proud to know. Well done and congratulations to one and all. You were brilliant!