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.
Our Spring Term was an extremely busy one with lots of exciting events and activities taking place. These included:
- Scooter training for children in Years 1, 2 & 3
- The school choir taking part in the Young Voices event at Sheffield Arena
- An amazing fortnight of international and Fairtrade activities
- A visit to London for a group of our Year 6 children to look at democracy at a National level
- A visit from Debs from Eggucation and a film crew when we received our eggs which have since hatched into seven lovely chicks
- Our ‘Shakespeare in a Day’ event for the whole school, culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Our Family Workshop afternoon linked to our International & Fairtrade Fortnight
- Our Sports Relief events with children competing against the staff in their class (and winning!)
- Over forty children achieved their Spring Term Reading Ladder Award for 50 days of reading
- Our Musical Showcase Assembly where our talented musicians shared their talents with the whole school
- Two computing theme days for Kangaroos’ class focusing on programming and animation
- Many sporting events both locally and further afield for children of all ages, including Olympic Day at the English Institute of Sport.
More information about many of these activities can be found on the individual blogs of each of the classes.
We have been focusing on safety and wellbeing in many of our assemblies this term. We have discussed how we stay safe in school and the importance of sharing worries. We have introduced a Worry Box where children can share any worries that they may have which has been really successful and have led to initiatives such as our relaxation sessions for Year 6 pupils who were a bit worried about the forthcoming SATs tests.
We also had an assembly on the Underwear Rule which resulted in many amazing entries to our Design a Pair of Pants competition. Congratulations to the winners: Jessica, Charlie, Tulisa & Noah, who each received some Crayola art supplies in recognition of their super designs. You can see all of the entries on our Underwear Rule display in the school hall.
I have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries into this year’s decorate an egg competition and the number of Easter bonnets created. It is lovely to see children and families working together to create such beautiful products. All of the children who created a bonnet have received an Easter egg. The egg decorating competition winners were:
||Ted Milnes & Poppy Needham
||Ollie Barnham-Wilkin & Poppy Parker
||Lydia Braithwaite & Charlie Kershaw
||Alicia Davies & Charlie Oldfield
||Abbie Riley & Kyle Bacon
The winners have received a large Easter egg with a smaller egg for all of the entrants in recognition of their super efforts. As we did last year, we have aimed to recognise the efforts of the children themselves and also the families who have worked together to create their child’s entry to the competition.
Thank you also to all of the staff and parents who organised and ran our Easter Disco. Without the time and commitment given by this relatively small group, we would be unable to run the number of school events that we do. Thank you also to each member of our staff team – each of whom goes above and beyond to ensure that our children receive the care, guidance and support that they would want for their own child.
I am very much looking forward to seeing what the Summer Term brings and to creating lots of exciting memories of our wonderful children, staff and parents.
Following visits to The Cooper Gallery last academic year, Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Goodison were so inspired and enthused by the lino print workshops, that they decided to offer lino printing as a Golden Time activity. The children have worked really hard, under the watchful eyes of Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Goodison, and produced some stunning prints. Well done to all of the children for their perseverance and efforts – I am really impressed with your prints.