'A truly inclusive school which has rights at its heart'
St Andrew's CE Primary School is very proud to have been awarded a Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef. This is the highest award in this category and is the result of several years' hard work by staff, children, governors and parents.
The award uses the international UN Convention for the Rights of the Child as a basis to judge the performance of a school, including:
• How safe and valued children feel by each other and teachers
• How actively children are involved in their own learning
• How active children are in making decisions which affect them in the school
• How aware children are of the rights of all children and where these rights are not being met, either locally or internationally.
Two inspectors spent a day in school talking to staff and children, and parent and governor representatives, as well as looking at evidence of all our rights respecting work over the past few years.
These are some of the comments they made in the report:
Children showed a mature understanding of a wide range of rights and, as a result, they showed a great awareness of what it means to be inclusive and to respect diversity. Listening to children's opinion is an integral part of all aspects of teaching and learning and of day-to-day decision making.
Children reported feeling safe in school and gave a variety of examples about how the school kept them safe and empowered them to be safe.
Children are encouraged and empowered to be active participants in their learning.
The school has successfully engendered an ethos in which children feel safe to ask questions; rise to challenges and see mistakes as a natural part of learning rather than a personal failing.
Children have a strong voice in decisions affecting their lives in school.
Rights-respecting language and attitudes are central to the ethos of the school
We are very proud of all the hard work put in by staff, children, parents and governors to help us achieve this award.
Mel Lane RRS Leader
CHRISTMAS CUPPA "N" CAKE
The local community and the children's grandparents were invited into school for a Christmas Cuppa "n" Cake. They were serenaded with some delightful Christmas singing, recorder playing and bell ringing as well as enjoying a nice cup of tea and home made cakes. Even our local "bobbies" enjoyed themselves
On Monday we held a really informative Maths Mastery Parent Information Evening led by Mel Lane and Adam Gough explaining all about Maths Mastery. It was a real hands on approach and we all learnt a great deal about this new approach to maths which empowers ALL children to be able to "do maths" and dispels the myth that some children "can't do math".
Join us to see Maths Mastery in action in the classrooms on Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February in our Open mornings from 9-9.30 am. All welcome on one or both days.
It is time for us to say a big thank you to last year's Rights Respecters for all the hard work they have put into making this a level 2 Rights Respecting School. Thank you also to Ms Lane for all the hours she spends with our rights at her heart. Our new 2017 RRs have been voted for by each class and we look forward to hearing what they have planned for us.
Last week we said an emotional farewell to our lovely Sandra, or should we call her Princess Sandra, as she sat on her throne wearing a crown for the occasion! There were some new and old friends in the audience all who came to wish Sandra well. She has been such an integral part of the school for the last 15 years and will be sorely missed.
Sandra's last day began early with kind words and gifts from children and parents. Thank you so much for that. The farewell assembly was full of musical recitals and dancing. Eddie played while Willow Class danced to a special farewell folk song.
Children played the flute and piano. The staff wrote a heart rending poem for Sandra and then they sang a goodbye song with lyrics written by Mrs NC. Of course you may well know that our staff choir is 'STAND CORRECTED'.
The children, staff, parents, PTFA and governors then sang the song 'Sing' by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow. There was not a dry eye in the house! Sandra was then bestowed with gifts from everyone. I had to persuade Sandra to go home as she insisted on sending her few last emails
diligent and hardworking to the last! Sandra we will miss you.
Look where we have been reading and writing. Brilliant. Thanks for sending these photos in.
Thank you to all our helpers today cleaning the pool area, painting the changing rooms and tidying up the woodland area - PTFA members, parents, staff (and their partners) , governors and general good local sorts. Help is still needed tomorrow. Many thanks , it is sooooo much appreciated.
Paul Hollick leads his band of volunteers in making an amazing start on our woodland area. Miss Halsey nearly disappears in the mud and the weather was kind. We had a great day clearing our woodland area. Look out for more days to come so we can finish off this project. Thank you to the Dorset Garden Trust for giving us the money to fund this project.
Willow Class were amazed to see the work that had been done on our conservation area over the week end. Thank you to everyone who helped and to Willow Class for taking the time to say, 'Thank you.'
Ash class were intrepid Egyptian archaeologists today, exploring a long forgotten tomb, discovering 'treasures' and piecing together evidence. Do you like our 'table tunnel'?
We had a brilliant albeit a smidge damp on our sponsored Mile for Mosaic. We ran circuits around our field raising money for Mosaic who support bereaved children and for our outside musical instrument project. Adam Gough, Deputy Head said "Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone out in the rain this afternoon or running with the children. It was a fantastic event, lots of amazing running and hopefully a fair amount of cash raised! A special thanks must go to Mel Lane who coordinated the whole thing - thanks, and to the PTFA for supplying refreshments and medals for every runner. Enjoy our photos."
Our lovely PTFA organised a brilliant day of activities at school today. We have over 80 runners, some doing the 5km and some the 10km. They set off at about 10:30am and after their run via Ryme they started to return just before 11am. First back was our very own deputy head Adam Gough followed by the rest of "the pack". Well done to all and thank you to our Fun Run sponsors Oxley Sports Centre to all our marshals who made sure our runners didn't get lost. The May Fair followed on with lots of fun for all the family including children's races and low impact Zumba. There was an abundance of refreshments - delicious bacon and sausage baps, cake,s Pimms and chilli con carne. Thanks once again to our super PTFA, we greatly appreciate all your hard work supporting our school. Thank you too to all our runners and families who came to enjoy this lovely spring day.
Dorset Gardens Trust Schools Committee
CONGRATULATIONS YETMINSTER ON GETTING YOUR ROYAL OAK SAPLING!
The Dorset Gardens Trust Schools Committee decided to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth ll, which was in 2016, by gathering (with permission) acorns grown that year in Windsor Great Park. There are some most interesting ancient oaks in the park:
Some history about the oak saplings from Windsor Great Park
tree is 1,000 years old and this one is 1,300 yrs.
This is "Prince Albert's oak tree" planted by Queen Victoria 25 November 1881 in memory of her "Beloved Albert". It was planted at the spot that Albert fired his last shot on his last shoot before he died as detailed on the adjacent plaque.
One of our members gathered the acorns at Windsor Great Park
Then members of the DGT Schools Committee planted the acorns and looked after them until they were ready to give to the school gardening clubs
Planting the acorns The first leaves
Ready to go to the schools Presentation of the Royal sapling at Yetminster school
GOOD LUCK PLANTING YOUR SAPLING, LOOK AFTER IT WELL AND REMEMBER THE STORY BEHIND YOUR ROYAL OAK TREE GROWN IN THE YEAR 2016
As part of our topic on 'Construction' the children were given a choice of homework activities. Many of them chose to make bug houses and here are some pictures of them. Aren't they fantastic? We will have the happiest bugs alive at our school!
There will be no Gardening Club on Friday 7th July due to Sports Day. Our last Gardening Club for this term will be on Friday 14th July. We hope to use the Conservation Area on this occasion and do some cooking over a campfire. Please let us know if your child has any allergies.
Fiona Payne and Paul Hollick
Here are some more photos of last week's splendid sporting events. Thanks Ali Sparks for making the week so special.
The Rotary Club give St.Andrew's CE £300 to buy a new gardening shed. Thank you.
Making and cooking Twizzlers, receiving a cheque from the Rotary Club and giving Mr Hollick a little present for all the time he gives to help run Gardening Club made for a a very exciting final club of the year.Thank you to all the children who help to make our grounds look so beautiful and something to be proud of.
We were so lucky to hear Chestnut Class's amazing concert on Thursday.The culmination of 10 weeks working with Dorset Music Service resulted in this great performance. 7 children are going to continue with their instruments next year. Well done!
Here are a few photos from the last week of term.
Welcome back one and all to exciting learning Autumn term. See you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Wednesday 6th September. Hope you had a brilliant summer.
Ruth Miskin many years ago wrote the Letterland phonic programme and more recently wrote the RWI programme which we have been using for just over a year now in our school. She is a very well known figure in the education world and has been listened to by successive governments. We were very pleased to welcome her to our school.
There will be no gardening club next week due to the INSET day. Thank you to all our hard working gardeners from this half term.Group 2 will begin gardening club after half term. We will have a bonfire party for both groups towards the end of term in our woodland area. Happy Gardening.
PTFA events to look forward to and support. Thanks you PTFA for organising them, our school really appreciates it.
The children so enjoyed the PTFA Spooky Disco and all those wonderful fun scary activities. Thanks to all the parents and staff that made it happen. Brilliant
Mrs Prelogauskas congratulates Maiden Castle, our winning House Team. Who will be the next winner? The children's individual points are now being converted into points for their teams.
Sika Class, Owl Class and Kingfisher Class all enjoying Greek Day. An amazing array of costumes - the children look fantastic and ready to play the role of an Ancient Greek! They have been making amphora pots and theatre masks, acting out Greek myths, designing and painting Greek plates and presenting facts about Ancient Greek Life.
The afternoon will bring tasting Greek food, a mini Olympics and learning a Greek dance. No plate smashing this time!!!
Pupils and staff from St. Andrew's C E School, in Yetminster, are celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment pack.
The pack contains 15 full football strips, which will enable the school's football team to wear matching strip for the first time in many years.
The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.
Also available is a free downloadable suite of resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.
Mathematician Rachel Riley and children's authors Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman also helped to create the teaching packs, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant and engaging context for children.
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: "Congratulations to St. Andrew's C E Primary School on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport."
Alison Sparks, PE Subject Leader of St. Andrew's, said: "having a full strip has boosted team moral and pride. Whilst the children are always proud to represent their school in any matches, having a full matching strip means they now lead out on to the pitch with increased confidence and pride. They feel united, and knowing where the strip has come from makes them feel that little more special. Every child, who plays football, wants to feel a connection with stars from the Premier League.We are now looking forward to using the online resources to develop teamwork and collaboration further within the school."
Thank you! Once again, our PTFA organised a splendid Christmas Fair which was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to everyone who came, supported and made everything so successful.
Apologies for the dark photos but hopefully you will get an insight into the assembly if you were unable to attend.