On September 16th 2017, Team SJB took part in the annual Ulverston Lantern Procession. The community event sees Ulverston packed to the rafters with smiling people, live music and intricate lanterns. Some of the children made lanterns during school time with Mrs Barker and these were paraded through the streets as part of the procession.
We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You‘ to Mrs Barker for coming into school and helping us create our lanterns.
Today we had a great day with visiting poet Wes Magee. Wes performed some of his poems in assembly and the children joined in. He then visited Years 2 – 6 helping each class to write a group poem. The topics ranged from fire to treasure and back to the damp, dark woods!
We are enormously grateful to the family of Mr Richardson whose kind donation paid for this visit.
On the 13th of October we will be holding a poetry celebration event. Watch out for more details.
We are also launching a poetry competition. The winner will be awarded the Ernie Richardson Poetry Shield. Children will be given more information about this in school. Please encourage your child to take part.
Year 5 visited The Dock Museum today to begin their STEM based learning. This will be followed by a visit from University of Lancaster leaders and a visit to Furness College for the Engineering Fair.
They learnt about the history of aviation and then designed three paper aeroplanes. They noticed that the average flight distance increased with each new design and that modifications made an impact on flight and looping.
Many thanks to the museum for hosting us and for providing the transport. We had a great morning and Year 6 are visiting tomorrow.
Olympian Brendan Reilly visited SJB today and we all took part in Olympic style training sessions.
The former high jumper in the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games began with a very entertaining presentation about his athletic journey and the ups and downs he faced along the way. A particularly memorable quote was, “I knocked the bar off 10,000 times and had to recover from each of those moments.”
The children then asked some very good questions with many asking him to attempt a jump in the hall!
Most classes had 20 minutes sessions in the hall with Brendan but Year 5 and 6 went outside to practice three key athletic skills: throwing, jumping and sprinting.
Many thanks to Brendan and Squad in Touch for organising the day. We all very much enjoyed it and many pupils told him about the sports they take part in.
On Tuesday 5th September members of SJB’s Governing Body travelled down to London to celebrate the National Governance Associations’ (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2017 at the House of Commons.
We are very proud to announce that our governing body was named WINNER in the Outstanding Governance in a single school category!
The category recognises governing bodies that have improved significantly over time and in doing so have made specific impacts on their school and its pupils. We were among twelve governing boards and five clerks who received awards presented by Lord Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System) to recognise the unique and inspiring contribution that school governors, trustees and clerks make every
single day in schools around the country. Each of the finalists were recognised and thanked by the NGA, the judges and Lord Nash for their significant voluntary contribution to education and their impact on lives of so many young people.
The judges announcing our category, Duncan Haworth and Siddique Hussain, described and applauded our governing body for “demonstrating excellent interaction with school pupils, parents and staff” and praised our engagement with stakeholders. Judges also commended the “strong set” of governors as shaping the long-term strategy of the school “with a hardworking and thorough approach to governance.”
We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this prize. It reflects the hard work and commitment of all of our governors, but also the willingness of our staff, pupils and wider community members to engage with us as we conduct our business. The award ceremony was a celebration of school governance and its important contribution to the education sector. In receiving the prize, we represent the huge numbers of volunteer
Governors across the country who are passionate about education and its importance for our children and communities.
Year 2 have been busy this week learning how to program ‘Bee Bot’ on the iPads and writing algorithms. We had to work in teams to complete the levels and remember which way left and right was! Some children even managed to write an 18 step algorithm for Level 9 Bee Bot!
Congratulations to Mr Emms, Mr Maher and Miss Stuart for completing their ‘Leading from the Middle’ training. This was a demanding course over the 2016-2017 school year and had a significant positive impact on school life.