The children have all worked so hard together last term and their hard work and determination has been recognised through the amount of dojos the children have received.
The three teams all received 6000+ points which is a huge recognition of the effort they have put in. The winning team for Autumn term 2018 was the blue team. The head boys and girls will be deciding with their team on their reward.
Well done to everyone!
This year, the school council along with class councils have decided to elect Head and Deputy boys and girls for each of the colour teams we have in school. These prestigious roles were only available to Years 5 and 6. In the past couple of weeks the children have completed an application form and have been interviewed by the chair and vice chairs of the school council. Natasha and Kelan then decided with Mrs Hunt and Mrs Parker who should be put forward for the whole school vote.
Next week, all the school will have a chance to vote for the Head Boy and Head Girl they want for their colour team. A ballot box has been set up in school and the children will have their ballot papers next week to be able to cast their votes….
Since starting at Springwood, the school council and I have been reviewing the different roles that children have in school.
We now have Befrienders from Narwhals, Dolphins and Parrots are: Chayse, Layla, Scarlett, Alexandra, Marley, Josh, Mateusz, Archie, Elouise, Amelia, Kayden, Kelan, Natasha, Lauren and Leon ….. and they are already busy doing their roles and wearing their hi-viz jackets with pride at playtime.
Today, Mr Gale also spoke to Years 4, 5 and 6 about becoming Playground Leaders. These children will lead games at social time and ensure that our social time is ‘good enough’ for the children. Playground Leaders won’t also be Befrienders
The children have also decided to elect some very prestigious roles. We are currently appointing our House Team Leaders and these will be classed as Head boy, Head girl, Deputy Head boy and Deputy Head girl for each of the three coloured houses in school. These children will lead their teams and represent the school at all times. These roles are only available to Years 5 and 6.
I have met with our School Councillors again today. Jake, Zac, Tulisa, Ewan, Archie R, Maisy, Kelan, Natasha and Mason have clearly been leading their Class Councils brilliantly. Natasha has been voted as Chair of the School Council with Archie and Kelan voted as Vice Chairs and I know they will all represent the school with the ethos of Together We Shine!
The School Council are very keen on the role of ‘Befriender’ being used in the school to support the children. If you think your child would be interested in this role in the school then ask them to speak to their School Council representative to find out more.
What a wonderful first few days it has been at Hoyland Springwood. The whole school community have just blown me away with how respectful and thoughtful everyone is. I have had the most wonderful welcome.
Thank you to all the parents who came to see me yesterday and stopped me eating all the chocolate biscuits. Also for all the ideas for the school’s ethos ‘tagline’. These will all be shared with school council tomorrow and decisions will be made.
The children seem to love the new reading journals. These were purchased to support reading at home and to give parents further ideas for activities in the home but mainly to promote the love of reading in the home.
As always if you have an queries about anything, please ask.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to welcome you all to the new school year at Hoyland Springwood. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th September when the school officially opens its doors again to all the pupils.
We had a really exciting assembly this morning as the children who have entered the ‘Bling Your Bike’ competition showcased their entries to the whole school. The children have made a fantastic effort and the bikes (and scooters) sported a wide range of embellishments including bows, streamers, pictures, windmills, pom poms and even lights! We were all very impressed. The winners will be announced in our assembly tomorrow morning.
A number of our families enjoyed an afternoon of creativity in the school hall last week, taking part in a range of activities organised by Mrs Parker including making flags and decorating biscuits. It was lovely to see parents and children (including younger and older siblings) working together and enjoying the activities. Here are a few photos from the afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Parker for organising such an enjoyable workshop!
Our children continue to enjoy a wide range of musical opportunities – to learn instruments, to sing in a choir and to perform for a range of audiences. Every child has music lessons each school year, usually in a block to enable children to build on skills on a regular basis. For children in Kangaroos, Peacocks and Elephants, this has been delivered by Mrs Wright, our Music Teacher and Choir Leader, who is an experienced music teacher and also a Musical Director of Barnsley Children’s Choir. Children in Lions continue to take part in the First Access Programme, having weekly woodwind lessons with Mrs Laycock from Barnsley Music Service.
Our School Choir took part in the Young Voices event in January this year with thousands of other school children from South Yorkshire and beyond. The children learnt a range of songs which they then performed at Sheffield Arena for parents and friends. Amazing, super and brilliant were just some of the words used by the children to describe the experience. They represented our school brilliantly. The choir will be performing some of the songs they learnt for Young Voices at the Summer Term Choir Concert. Choir rehearsals are held on a Friday lunchtime.
A number of children have peripatetic music lessons in school, delivered by staff from Barnsley Music Service. The instruments they learn include drums, piano, keyboard and guitar. The children recently showcased their talents in our Musical Performance Assembly along with Lions’ class on their recorders and our School Choir. It was great to see the children enjoying their performing. There will be further performance opportunities in the Summer Term at the KS2 Music Festival and the Barnsley Vocal Festival.
If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument or would like to join choir, please do encourage them to come and see me.