A copy of this term’s newsletter was emailed to all parents/carers today. You can see a copy by clicking here.
We would like to introduce to you a new group in school that was founded during the last term – the RotaKids. We have been working with the Rotary Club of Vale of Belvoir who have supported the group as they have become established and they are now ready to begin planning their community work for the future.
The primary AIM of RotaKids is to provide young people aged 12 and under with the opportunities to participate enthusiastically in active citizenship to improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities. We aim to meet the following targets:
- Develop long term citizenship and leadership skills through identifying and taking responsibilities for real life problems within their school, local and global communities. There are RotaKids groups all across the world!
- Learn the importance of respect, dignity and caring for all people by working together to build friendships/teams and learning about the significant impact of their projects.
- Recognise the high achievement and effect of completed projects that improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities.
We feel that the aims of RotaKids supports our school ethos and values and we are very proud to have a group up and running at RMJS. The children have had several meetings already to get organised and begin to think about and plan ways to get involved or improve our local community. Children from across the school have been asked for ideas and the group’s first project is to organise a choir from school to sing in the community.
Our RotaKids group acts like a mini version of the main Rotary Groups – children have elected a President, A Secretary and Treasurer and they are learning really useful skills such as how to run meetings, take notes, organising finances and more. They are keen to listen to the ideas of all members of our school community and have set up suggestion boxes for the wonderful ideas children have.
We will bring more news as the group activities continue. Here is our RotaKids committee:
You may remember reading recently about our participation in the Triathlon Trust’s Space to Earth Challenge. They have added a great video to their YouTube page from the day. You can see what an enjoyable and active day it was!
The whole school were recently set a Reading Challenge by Mrs Melhuish, our English leader. The children had to read as much as they could for an entire week and if they managed to reach 1,000 hours in total then Mr Gilbey promised each class £50 to spend on new books for each classroom, and £10 per class for each 100 hours over! It was great to see how children responded – everyone read a bit more than usual, those who already read loads and those who were reminded just how wonderful it is to get lost in a book.
When the week finished, the totals were handed in from each child and class and the numbers crunched. The total was… wait for it… 1,254 hours and 5 minutes! This then means that each class has a grand total of £75 to refresh their classroom reading stock. Well done to everyone and thanks for all the support from home.
Finally – don’t stop reading! The challenge was a fun way to get children reading more and hopefully encourage more reading in future.
We took a choir of 34 children from years 4 and 6 (year 5 were in Ilam) to join children from the other schools in Equals Trust for the first ever joint Choir Concert. As you can see from the rehearsal photos, the Albert Hall in Nottingham provided us with a wonderful venue to sing in and the acoustics were incredible. The 370 children joined together to sing 3 songs and each school sang a song of their own choosing.
It really was a fantastic concert and great to see so many children from the Trust coming together in this way.
The long walk along Dovedale:
Orienteering, the Tram Museum and the Hostel:
The rain stayed away and we enjoyed a great first day orienteering at Ilam today!