PC Wilkinson joined us today to celebrate our Citizenship Award. It was very difficult to choose our nominees as we were looking for children who have good attendance, excellent behaviour and a great attitude at all times.
The nominees from Foundation Stage and Key Stage One were: Ruby, Lilly and Lainee.
The nominees from Key Stage Two were: Gabriel, Alex, Alanya and Tom M.
Our lucky winners for our Citizenship Award 2017 were Lilly and Gabriel!
Well done everyone!
On Monday 13th of November we celebrated Remembrance Day. Our Year 6 held a special Remembrance Day Assembly to remember those who sacrificed our lives for us.
At lunchtime our fantastic kitchen staff made us a traditional English dinner. Yum!
What is a governor?
A governor is first and foremost a volunteer. Governors have to be able and willing to devote their time, skills and experience to making sure the school provides an effective, challenging and safe learning environment, high quality teaching and safe school buildings for all our children. This involves ensuring that the school makes effective use of the resources provided by government.
Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have a strategic role in setting the direction, monitoring the progress and use of resources and analysing data and outcomes.
Training is available to help governors to understand their role and the national legal, social and educational frameworks within which a school operates.
There is much information provided on the Internet by both the council and the government about the role of governors.
South Tyneside Council provides the following:
Governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a high standard of educational achievement.
They act in a strategic manner to help direct the development of the school through the effective management of its resources.
Roles and actions
The governing body is likely to:
- Develop and review a range of written policies and procedures
- Set the staffing structure and make decisions on staffing issues
- Set the school’s budget and monitor expenditure
- Make sure the national curriculum is implemented
- Maintain and improve school buildings
- Contribute to and review the school development (improvement) plan
- Use a combination of reports, visits, results and other activities and information in monitoring the progress of the school
- Delegate responsibilities to committees and/or individual governors
Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school’s aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.
Being a governor is a very rewarding voluntary activity. It can be time consuming and in order to be an effective governor it requires objectivity and an open mind to personal learning in order to keep up to date with activities in school and the national agenda.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage One had a fantastic morning working with author Gareth P. Jones. We enjoyed listening to his pirate stories and joining in with his songs. Gareth also said that Ms Gilbert would make a fantastic pirate!
At Marsden Primary School we are very lucky to have lots of good citizens. To celebrate our Citizenship Award, each class nominated one pupil and PC Wilkinson came into school to present our lucky winners with a special prize.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the nominees were:
Aimee Rose, Dylan, Dakota, Sadie and Daniel.
Our lucky winner was Dylan!
In Key Stage Two the nominees were:
Rosie, Oscar, Evan, Alania and Phoebe.
Our lucky winner was Rosie!
Congratulations to Ava who stunned Year Four with her beautiful poetic language this week!
Our first job this year was the VERY important decision of who would lead our four houses to victory this year.
The Year 6 children all stepped up to the task and wrote some amazing speeches to convince the rest of KS2 to vote for them.
So, we are very proud to announce that are new Captains and Vice Captains are:
Tom and Deacon
Amelia and Charlie
Phoebe and Adem
Alex and Reuben
As part of our Mamma Mia topic, Year Four sampled some Italian delicacies – risotto, prosciutto, focaccia, pepperoni and tortellini. Every child tasted something and the responses were overwhelmingly positive! Over the next few week, we will be designing our own Italian dishes and, at the end of the unit, we hope to invite parents in to taste our dishes!