Lessons learned from Jamaica and exciting times for our teams!

February 25th, 2016

During our visit to St Joseph’s Infant School in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr Moore and I were asked to judge the team events for the week. The children were split into teams, just as we have teams for team points, and were given the chance to meet once a week to practise their team song and motto, recite a passage from the Bible and sing the national anthem. Each team was given marks out of ten for their performance and discipline and these marks were converted to points and added to those achieved during sports day.
What impressed us the most was the children’s pride in belonging to a team and the fact that all children were intent on working together to be the best they could be. Children supported each other and wanted to do their best at all times for their team. They knew that even if they were not good at sport and wouldn’t win their races during sports day, they had the chance of making a valid contribution to their team’s success throughout the year.
On our flight home, Mr Moore and I had lots of time to reflect upon the many things we had seen during our visit. We couldn’t help but make comparisons between St Joseph’s and Roseberry, thinking about what each school does well and how we may learn from one another. We thought about the limited opportunities for our children to work together in their teams and knew straight away that we could change this very easily upon our return and promote a greater sense of belonging.
This morning, we held a special assembly to launch our new team challenges! The children were informed that staff have been allocated to their teams and that every other Thursday, teams consisting of children from 4 to 11 years will have their own meeting. As well as carrying out team activities, they will have their very own song and motto, which they will perform for the school at the end of each half term and during special events, such as sports day. They will be judged on their performance and points scored will be added to the sports day points for their team. They will also learn to sing our national anthem, promoting a pride in living and learning in Britain.
In addition to this, we will be introducing very special Gold Awards, which selected children will receive through the post to their home address. These will be awarded for exceptional performance, attitude to learning, personal qualities and citizenship. These awards will be extremely special and will be limited. If you receive one of these throughout the year, children, you should feel very proud indeed! These awards will also have a team point value, which will be added to the team to which the child belongs.
During an Enquiry Walk this week, a visiting Principal stated that she could see how proud our children are to belong to the Roseberry family. I look forward to seeing the pride that children have in belonging to their team and to hearing them sing their songs with gusto!

Attendance Award!

February 12th, 2016

There was great excitement during assembly this morning when I announced the winners of our attendance competition. The results were very close indeed, but the winning class was…Miss Burke’s class! Miss Burke and her children now have the task of deciding upon their treat – will it be pizza and a film? We’ll have to wait and see.
Congratulations, Miss Burke’s class.
The competition starts again on Monday 22nd February. I wonder who will win next half term? Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Super learners at home and at school!

February 12th, 2016

I have been delighted and astounded at the quality of the homework projects that have been brought into school in the last few weeks. It is obvious that much thought, research, time and effort has gone into making these project pieces. It is also quite clear that children have been supported with their learning at home, which is brilliant! Everyone should feel extremely proud of their achievements. Although work has been showcased in school and pictures have been blogged, I have asked teachers to make sure that homework is available for parents to see during Parents’ Evenings during the first week back after the holiday. We need to show just what you’re capable of, children! Well done!

Back in Brrrrrritain!

February 2nd, 2016

Brrr…it’s chilly! It was lovely to return to Roseberry today, even though I felt very cold during gate duty this morning!
It wasn’t until I saw everyone’s smiley faces that I realised just how much I’d missed my Roseberry family.
Mr Moore and I have begun to share pictures and videos of our Jamaican adventure and can’t wait to tell you more exciting tales…