Our children thrive in our on-site Forest School, building on our school values. This year, we have Year 6 “Forest School Leaders”, who are trained in basic skills to support pupil’s in other year groups, with their outdoor learning. Mindfulness is observed in all sessions, along with important health and safety reminders. Whilst in the Forest area, pupils and staff can forget that we are in a built up, residential area and focus on nature and all of its wonder! The pupils demonstrate increasing: Perseverance, Confidence, Resilience, Determination, Pride and Independence.
Wentworth Court is our local elderly residential home. The Everyman Theatre have commissioned projects since 2016 and we have close links through Inter-generational Programmes. The children learn through listening to stories “keeping history alive” and building relationships with older people and the elderly residents keep “young at heart” singing, dancing and completing art projects with our pupils.
The Everyman Theatre
In the Spring Term, some of our pupils will be taking part in “Project Zebra” , a drama project, led by the Everyman Theatre. Staff are being trained in drama and leading the workshops, taking place after school which will culminate in a joint performance based on “Respect” at All Saint’s Academy. Other local primary schools will collaborate in the final show.
We were extremely fortunate to be invited to the pantomime, this year and last year, to experience the wonderful acting, musical theatre, setting, costumes and ambience. The children were amazed by the performance and theatre itself, sitting in the balcony with a great view of the stage!
The Play Rangers, started working with our school in Autumn Term 2018 and have a three-year bid to continue the work, promoting active play at lunchtimes and in the local park. They encourage, promote and train our children to be active and lead their own play. This year, we have KS2 pupils supporting Reception/KS1 at lunchtimes with games, activities and play. The Play Rangers visit our school every week (usually Wednesday) and then the children can meet them after school in the park, to continue their play in the local community.
Park Activists from Springbank attended the “No Child Left Behind” awards on Thursday 30th January as part of the “My Park” project. Tey won the #CelebratingChildhood category and the kids were so excited to get up on stage and meet Dame Janet Trotter to receive the award!
We are fortunate to receive free tickets for the Literature and Science Festivals, when possible. Our Year 5 pupils participated in Cheltenham Festivals “Across the Sky” Community Opera in July 2019. They spent a year writing and composing the Opera, with Author Miranda Walker and Composer and Musical Director Michael Betteridge. This work involved collaboration with a local choir, another local primary and secondary school. The opera was performed at the Town Hall to the local community and their families. Please see the link below to watch the highlights – it was amazing!
The group meets at our school, every week, although it is led and managed separately by the Boys Brigade. Many of our children attend the group and have wonderful experiences and opportunities such as sporting competitions, visits to the beach and summer camping trips. Mrs Boyer, who runs the group, is constantly fund-raising and received an award
Our Catering Manager, uses Creed Supplies for food ensuring local produce is sourced for our pupil’s school dinners. They also provide staff at Christmas to make our Christmas Dinner, a special event, as well as lending their onsite diner as a venue for cooking.
Pates Grammar School
Pates students visit our school weekly to hear readers and talk to our pupils about their “love of reading” and comprehension of texts. We have also liaised with Pates in catering, with some of our pupils and their parents/carers having cookery sessions, in their kitchens. Our pupils have watched performances, attended a Languages Day and look forward to other community links I the near future. These events allow our pupils to experience a local grammar school and all that it has to offer, for them to aspire and aim high – if they should choose to want to attend a grammar school, as well a building community links and positively sharing resources.
Open the Book
Open the Book are Christian Volunteers who lead our weekly Christian assemblies. They perform Bible stories. Our pupils enjoy the assemblies and often participate.
PCSOs and the Police
Positive links with the local police mean that the children get to see the police in and around school on a social basis, during school lunchtimes, before and after school on the playground or at the gates. PCSOs and the PC School Beat Officer talk to the children about topics such as: Road Safety; E-Safety; Respect; Diversity and any other issues that may become a current need for education.