Y3/4: Kew Gardens Visit

To tie in with our topic, years three and four visited Kew Gardens this week to get as close to a rainforest as we’re likely to get without leaving the country! we felt how the air changed as we moved from the outdoors into the humid environment of the Palm House. We compared air and soil temperature, and measured the humidity and light. Some of us even met a Water Dragon!

We also had time to do a tree-top walk (where we got an excellent view of some parakeets that have made Kew their home) and some of us experienced the hypnotic thrum of ‘The Hive’.

What a fantastic day of learning.

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Parent Friday Somali Inspiration

We were offered an inspiring story of rags to riches as Mr Abdulrahman shared his moving story of surviving the war in Somalia and his journey as a refugee with only water for nourishment. It was a delight to hear him preaching the power of education and an inspiration to have his wife and son present – a son aiming for medical school next year. GOOD LUCK! We were also treated to a delicious meal of rice and chicken from Master and Mrs Abdulrahman – THANK YOU!

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FGB: 9th July 2018

Prior to FGB, our governors were treated to a ‘Festival of Learning’ where numerous staff and children shared their learning projects (separate post to follow). It was fantastic to see our learning community sharing their thoughts.

After that, despite the heat, our governors kept cool heads, didn’t get hot under the collar and got down to business. Topics covered:

  • We congratulated Ms Trickett on her appointment as Head Teacher.
  • We welcomed Ms Scourfield to the FGB in the role of Staff Governor.
  • The staffing & structure for next academic year was clarified.
  • We received Mr Roberts’ final Heads Report.
  • An update on a variety of projects across the school (tbc) was heard.
  • We thanked John Reynolds for his unyielding support as a Governor over the last 12 years. He has made a fantastic contribution to our school community

Finally, we thanked Mr Roberts for his passion, endeavour and good humour and wished him all the very best for the future.

Should you wish to speak to Amanda Erasmus, our Chair of Governors, please email chair@maplecross.herts.sch.uk

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Learning Festival 2018

Tonight the school hosted their second annual learning festival where members of school community shared projects and updates. Teachers and LSAs discussed through what developments have been happening and the impact it is having on children, them as professionals, the wider school community and beyond the school community.

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The Governors asked questions to find out more. Come and find out!

 

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The Big Debate 2018

The Big Debate 2018 paradoxical conclusion:

We need to treat disabled people differently so they can be treated the same!

The Debating Club planned, organised and ran our 2018 debate on their chosen theme: how  do we and should we treat disabled people. They offered the following options:

We treat them the same and we should do

We treat them the same and we shouldn’t do

We treat them differently and we should do

We treat them differently and we shouldn’t do

Not sure about any of those positions.

I was amazed at the level of consideration, reflection and debate that children from years 1 to 6 were able to demonstrate. Some critical points were raised – we want them treated the same – we are all human. But we want them treated differently because they might need a wheel chair. But we want them treated the same because we don’t want them to be bullied or made fun of. The over-riding final decision (the centre of the hall) became, it depends on the individuals and their situation and own desires. A favourite response from one child in Year 6, ‘I think we should ask them how they want to be treated rather than deciding for them!’

Well done to the debating club and all the children for another stimulating, inspirational and considerate debate.

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