Leadership – leading projects across school

Tonight four members of Maple Cross were joined by colleagues from Rickmansworth School and Watford Grammar School for Girls for an evening workshop. The focus of the workshop was reflecting on the impact of leadership, the value of networking, analysis of our emerging stories and identifying the ripple effect of impact.

It was a privilege to be part of such high quality dialogue and reflections. The true collaboration between schools is leading to many exciting developments.

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Leading and learning

Tonight colleagues from Maple Cross travelled to Amwell View School to join the HertsCam Network event. Ms Heydarzadeh shared a poster about a project she is leading in Reception. Ms Heydarzadeh is using Edward DeBono’s thinking hats to support and develop pupils self-regulation. She spoke with a range of other practitioners from primary, secondary and specialist provisions to gain insight and ideas into her project.

Ms Thanki, Mr Flint and Ms Scourfield led workshops around their project themes including developing reasoning skills, use of technology and the computing curriculum and creating music makers and pupil leadership.

Speak to them to find out more.

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Food Bank Donation

Huge thanks to our Maple Cross community for raising a magnificent £231.30 at the KS1 Christmas performance and Christmas Celebration at St Thomas’ church.

Our School Council agreed that this should be donated to the local food bank so that we can help local people who, for a variety of reasons, don’t have enough money for a decent meal. Iris, from the food bank, explained to the School Council how the food bank works and showed them how they organise all their food. It’s quite an operation!

Mr Roberts often talks about ‘making a difference. By making your donation, you helped us to help Iris and her team to make a big difference to nearly 70 people/families in the WD3 area.

Thank you, and Happy Christmas!

 

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Moggerhanger Park

Orienteering, den building, mini raft building, designing structures with nature and exploring the woods! What a fantastic day of outdoor learning!

Year 4 spent the day at Moggerhanger Park and experienced, first hand, the joys of learning outside.

We focused on our communication skills, developed our ability to solve problems by learning collaboratively, had the opportunity to build on our enquiry skills and all experienced something new!

Come and ask us what we found out!

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School council and members of school visit Palace of Westminster

Today members of our school council and representatives from each class visited the Palace of Westminster. We travelled by public bus to the station and then hopped on the tube to Westminster. On the way back the children shared their most inspiring/surprising/though provoking moment of the day. Their responses were wonderful to hear.

“I was surprised that the Queen puts her own crown on” (at the state opening of Parliament)

“We got to go to parts that the Queen isn’t allowed in”

“We saw the marks Black Rod makes at the state opening of Parliament”

“They didn’t finish the paintings in the robe room so after 16 years hung paintings instead”

“Parts were so gold and very posh”

“I can’t believe how old the hall was, it was built in 1097”

“The most interesting part was the secret door to the Queen’s private toilet!”

 

Here are some photos; due to tight security we were only able to take photos in a few areas of the Palace of Westminster.

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