On Thursday the school held a training and celebration session for our adult volunteers that come into school. Some work in class and others help fundraise with the Friends of Shaw – many do both. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their time a commitment to Shaw.
Celebrating our Volunteers
In our Prizegiving Assemblies on the 20th and 21st July 2016 we took the opportunity to thank our 16 volunteers that have worked to support the school over the last term.
Over the whole of 2015.16 we have had 20 active volunteers that have given 1214hours to the school making a total of 5364hr since the scheme started in Sept 2012 both working in classrooms or as part of The Friends of Shaw.
Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do at Shaw so if you are interested in coming to help, please contact Mrs Lamberth via the school office.
During our Prizegiving Ceremonies we said thank you to our band of volunteers that give their time so generoursly to support us. This term we have had 30 volunteers in school who have given 614hours – that’s a total of 4150hrs since the scheme started in Sept 2012.
If you are interested in volunteering at school please leave a message for Mrs Lamberth who will contact you in September.
Volunteer Training Event
As part of our continued commitment to encourage and develop the skills and knowledge of our parent volunteers, we provide a termly training session in a subject of their choice.
On Wednesday 20th May, twelve of our volunteers took part in ‘An Introduction to First Aid’ led by Nick from Triple L training. The group covered a whole range of topics including CPR, the recovery position, choking, bleeding and burns. The feedback was extremely positive with everyone feeling more confident about administering first aid at home should the need arise.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Thank you to our Volunteers
On Thursday we celebrated to work of our Volunteer Helpers who give up their own time to come in and help in class or run events via The Friends of Shaw. In total this term our 19 volunteers have given 444hrs to the school which makes such a difference to the children’s learning and their school experiences. We would like to thank you all, once again, for your dedication and commitment.
Volunteer Helper Scheme Training Event
Wednesday 4th February saw the first of our Volunteer Helper training sessions – the focus was Reading.
Mrs Awolola, the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator, explained to the volunteers how we encourage children to build up their knowledge of sounds, using the Read Write Inc. scheme, and how this then helps them ‘decode’ words.
Each member of the group was also given a booklet containing other reading strategies, which they were encouraged to try when reading with children either at home or in the school setting. These include:
· Using the pictures to look for clues
· Looking for smaller words hiding inside bigger words ie ‘each’ in the word ‘teacher’
· Thinking about what words they know that are similar to the one they are struggling with
· Going back and reading a word or sentence again if they don’t understand it
· Reading on to see if they can make sense of a word they don’t know
· Imagining what is happening and creating a picture in their head
· Encouraging them to ask questions
The way reading is taught has changed dramatically over the past 30 years so everyone in the group had a slightly different experience but everyone agreed that reading is such a key skill – one that will help you right through your life, in all sorts of situations – so it is vitally important that children are taught to ‘crack the code’ as early as possible in order that they can achieve their potential.
Finally the group discussed the joy of reading for pleasure – curling up and getting lost in a good book is a wonderful way to pass the time. Volunteers were reminded that children often copy their parent’s habits so if they see you choosing to read they will think it’s a great thing to do. What better excuse do you need?
On Tuesday we celeberated the work of our volunteers in school. We have 27 volunteers that give their time to either support children in class or help raise money as part of the Friends of Shaw. In total this term they have given 429hrs and 3092hrs since we started the scheme in Sept 12. Thank you to everyone who gives up their time so readily – you really do make a difference and events such as the discos, bazaar, production refreshments and inflatables day wouldn’t happen without you.
Volunteer Helper Scheme
We are currently looking for volunteers to help us in the classroom and/or by helping us to organise events and fundraising activities at Shaw. We appreciate that everyone has
extremely busy lives, but if you have a few hours to spare you can help us make a BIG difference to the lives of our children and their families.
We ask you to commit to volunteering a minimum of 2hrs per week to work in a classroom. You can specify a preference as to which age group you would like to work with and, of course, pick a day and time that is convenient for you.
This scheme is ideal if you would like to know more about how best to support your child, if you are looking to enhance your CV or if you are looking for a change of direction.
Did you know that our previous volunteers have given 2600 hours to the school in the past 2 years ?
9 now have jobs at Shaw and 4 others have entered further education to study childcare.
On Wednesday we were delighted to have a special assembly to celebrate the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers. We have a group of parents that come into school on a weekly basis to help support the children in class and also our ‘friends of Shaw’ who organise events and raise money for the school throughout the year.
Each volunteer received a certificate and Easter egg as a thank you from the school - without their help we would not be able to do a lot of the ‘fun’ activities that take place during the school year.
If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers (either to work in school or as part of The Friends of Shaw), please pop your name and contact number on a bit of paper and put it in the message box in the school office or let us know via the ‘contact us’ page of the website.
Fascinating Facts – Did you know that this term our volunteers have given 285 hours of their time to helping in class.
Since September 2012 they have volunteered 2453 hours – that is amazing !!!! Thank you everyone.
The school runs a Volunteer Helper Scheme which encourages parents to help in school. In return for a commitment of 2hrs a week the school then gives parents the opportunity to take part in a number of developmental workshops i.e. First Aid or CV writing and rewards them on a termly basis for the time they have given. As a school we encourage both staff and students to volunteer in the community if they are able so if you are interested, please leave your details at the school office and the Deputy Headteacher will contact you to arrange mutually convenient sessions for you to attend. Please note that all volunteers will be expected to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau Check.
Volunteer Helper Scheme Graduation – The Popettes Arrive!!!!
On the 18th December we celebrated our volunteers who had supported the school during the Autumn Term. Our Volunteers had given at least 25 hours of their valuable time which is much appreciated by the whole school community.
During the ceremony, the volunteers were entertained by ‘The Popettes’ - a close harmony group singing pop classics with a vintage twist and creative renditions of Christmas tunes. They were presented Bronze Stars (25 hr service) by the Headteacher Mrs D Copping and light festive refreshments followed.
Volunteers acheived their Silver Stars!
At the end of the Spring Term we celebrated those Volunteers that had achieved their Silver Stars which is 50 hours (or more) of volunteering in our school. As a big thank you we visited Top Meadows Restaurant for afternoon tea and cakes.
The volunteers have completed 433 hours for the Spring Term. Together with the 876 for the Autumn Term that totals 1309 hours. We really appreciate all their time, hard work and commitment
Volunteers reach 75 hours of volunteering – Wow!!
At the end of the Summer Term we celebrated those Volunteers that had achieved their Gold Stars which is a staggering 75 Hours (or more) volunteering in our school.
As a continued huge, big thank you, we invited our volunteers to attend our Prize giving assembly.
Our Volunteers have had another successful start to the year. We have some new volunteers to the school, we welcome them and thank them already for their committment to Shaw Primary Academy. Our volunteers provide additional support in the classroom, hear children read, take part and plan events and are a valuable contribution to the pupils progress.
Some of our volunteers are in their second year of service/volunteering and have now received their Bronze Plus Stars - well done !!