This month we are focusing on anti-bullying and how we can ensure our school community is always a safe and happy environment.
What is happiness?
How can we show happiness?
This week, Mabel has been at DHK (Dogs Helping Kids) HQ in Devon for a full day of training. This is in addition to puppy classes and 1:1 sessions she has been attending on the weekends. All her training is preparing her for her first full assessment at one years old, where she and Mrs Trickett, will need to complete their entry exams so she can work with the pupils and across school.
Today, in our first assembly of the year, we explored the skills and language of reflect / lead / aspire.
Here are some picture clues . . . what do you think they mean?
Can you match the language to the attribute skills? Which picture is a learning tracker or target setter? Can you find the picture that represents challenge chaser or team builder?
Welcome to the new school year. We are looking forward to all the children returning on Wednesday 4th September. School starts as usual at 8.50am. Please ensure all uniform is named/labelled and all children have a school bag and their PE kit.
Remember to pack school bags tonight and get the uniform out ready. No rushing in the morning!
This week in assembly we have been discussing how we let love in. We identified different ways we can show love and opportunities when we can do this. We also looked at pictures and thought about the following . . .
*We are all special – there are 6.7 billion people on the planet but there is only one us
*We are the apple of someones eye – knowing we are loved helps our heart to grow
*How do we develop love for ourselves? What do we love about ourselves?
What have you done to grow your heart?
Year 4 explored the power of their words this afternoon. They spoke kindly to one apple and used hurtful words to another. Although both apples looked the same, when we cut them open, one had been damaged and bruised by our words. How did it make you feel?
The learning has continued and it is now the start of a long, three year process. Mrs Trickett will be sharing information with Governors, children and staff in the run up to the summer holidays ready for a new school arrival in the next academic year. On Friday, Mr Trickett was learning how dogs can read!
Here is a poster to start thinking about and discussing as a family . . . . . .
On Thursday 21st, Ms Trickett spent the first day of training at DHK HQ in Devon. It was great to hear from a local school who shared their experience of having a school dog and the impact it has on school. With a pass rate of only 30% in the first year, of three years training, the focus is on choosing the appropriate bread for school and home. A lot of work to do but we hope we will be bringing a dog to Maple Cross in the new academic year. Be warned, in Year 1 the dog is behind the scenes and in training.
Check out more info on the DHK website – http://www.dogshelpingkids.co.uk