The core educational topics are, of course, our number one priority. But by engaging in a wider range of activities, children build long-lasting friendships and connections; gain essential life skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving and time management; and build their confidence.
The school council has been a little limited in what it can achieve this year, under the restrictions of the pandemic, but hopes to make amends!
Junior Road Safety
We are committed to promoting road safety to ensure our children are safe whilst travelling to and from school.
Mrs Wallace and Mrs Dickson held a competition to design a road safety poster. The winners from Lower School and Upper School received a prize each and had the honour of their poster being displayed around school.
We have recently appointed two new JRSO pupils for our school, Oliver and Isabella. They attended a special training day at a local school. A JRSO is a young person with the special responsibility of helping children keep safe on the roads. Our JRSO pupils will soon be holding their own assembly to tell you all about how to keep safe while walking or cycling to school.
We encourage all children to develop an awareness of environmental topics in the classroom that can impact our world. We provide children with an opportunity to take leadership of environmental issues in our school and local community.
The Eco Schools programme allows schools to embark on a path towards improving both the environment in both school and the local community while at the same time having a positive impact on the lives of pupils, their families and school staff.
The Eco Warriors meet at least every half term to discuss current issues around the 10 elements of the Eco School and how they are addressed in school.
We have four Year 6 children who lead the children's leadership team as our school ambassadors. The children act as role models for our younger pupils and help to lead events such as celebration assemblies and services at St Thomas' Church.
During celebration assembly, our ambassadors award star awards for children who have displayed our school values in their work and play throughout the week. One of their favourite reasons is for being a kind and caring friend.
We believe that children should be active as much as possible, with at least 2 PE sessions each week.
Lower School children take part in swimming lessons in the spring term of each year at Northcroft leisure centre where they are taught to swim by qualified swimming teachers.
We regularly hold inter-house sports competitions and also compete against other schools from the local area in sports such as rugby, football, netball and cross-country.
Year 6 house captains are elected each year by the school community.
As well as organising sports at our school, they also help out at St Thomas' Infant School with their sports events.
Overnight camping in school grounds
2 nights Stubbington Study Centre
2 nights on Isle of Wight
4 nights at Calshot Activity Centre