Pupils at Shaw Primary Academy are encouraged to volunteer at school, at home and in the local community. When they have undertaken a volunteering activity they record what they have done, get their information signed by an adult and then put it in the boxes provided in each key stage. Updates on current volunteering activity are shared regularly in assemblies as a way of promoting volunteering. At the end of each year, a winner and runner up are announced, these children then get a prize and the overall winner has their name engraved on our 'Maggie Pollock Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community' trophy.
Maggie Pollock is a member of the locally community who works tirelessly to support local people and community projects in her spare time, this included many years as a school governor at Shaw Primary Academy.
Thank you Maggie, for your help and inspiration.
Maggie Pollock Award Winner 2019
Maya for her regular volunteering at home as well as in school. The prize is awarded to her for the frequency, variety and quality of the volunteering she has done throughout the year. She has been consistent in reporting her volunteering to me and I have found tiny notes on my desk on so many occasions that it has become predictable: it is from Maya! She has been consistently volunteering at home on a daily basis, taking on various responsibilities around the house, but especially supporting her younger sibling by reading stories, feeding him or helping him get dressed. She has also helped her teacher in the class and around the school.
Maggie Pollock Runners Up 2019
Akom for being very helpful at home throughout the year. Some of the things Akom has done are: cleaning the car, taking the washing off the line without being asked and putting the rubbish out. He has also keenly helped out his teacher around the class.
Amelie for her volunteering in the community. Under her the caring guidance of her mum, she has contributed to group sessions at a day centre for disabled adults. Some of the activities she took the lead in are: playing games, workshops and singing sessions. Amelie is making a great start to becoming a committed volunteer and understanding how to make the world a better place. Very well done Amelie!
Maggie Pollock Award Winner 2018
Emily has been an amazing volunteer this year, she has volunteered at home on numerous occasions; she has fed the dog on a regular basis and has also trained the dog, she puts all of her clothes away in her wardrobe, she has helped to make lunch for her and her sister, she has also helped her younger sister with her homework, she makes her bed every morning, she has helped her mum with the shopping and she has tidied the house; loading and emptying the dishwasher, hoovering the house. Emily has also volunteered to help family members; she helped to make her nans bed, tidied up the living room and helped her Nan to cook the dinner and wash the dishes.
Emily has volunteered in the local community by helping her neighbours tidying their garden.
More recently Emily has been a great help at home by continuously helping her mum and dad with her new baby brother. Emily has helped to feed the baby, change the baby and generally being a great big sister.
Emily has volunteered in school throughout this year and she has helped out in class on a variety of occasions without being asked to do so. Emily can be relied upon to help assist any teacher in the school with any computer issue that they may have, particularly in assembly – she is amazing!
Maggie Pollock Award Runner Up
Maya for continuously volunteering to help her teacher out with jobs around the classroom and for always volunteering to help her parents and her family with jobs around the house. Maya also volunteered at her local church by purchasing Christmas gifts for children, who are less fortune than them, in other countries. Well done Maya keep up the volunteering.
Zeenah - is an extremely helpful volunteer this year, she has helped her mum in a variety ways including doing the gardening, washing the dishes, hoovering, feeding the fish and even cooking without being asked to do so. Zeenah has also helped the elderly in her community; raising money for a charity. She has also raised money for the cubs, picked litter up from the local park and helped tidy up after cub camps. Well done Zeenah keep up the volunteering.
Maggie Pollock Award Winner 2017
Kimberley has been an amazing volunteer this year, she has volunteered in school throughout this year and she has helped out in class on a variety of occasions without being asked to do so. Kimberley has volunteered at home, she feeds the cats, waters the plants, helps her mum with the shopping, she helps tidy the house and her bedroom including helping to redecorate her room. Kimberley has also volunteered to help family members; she helped Grandad by feeding the cat, opening tins for him and tidy up and she helped her Aunty by hoovering the whole house.
Kimberley has volunteered in the local community by helping her local hairdressers by sweeping up, tidying up and making drinks for the customers. She has also taken the neighbour’s dog for a walk when she was unable to get out of the house. Kimberley has also volunteered at Girl Guides, cleaned out the horses, adopted an endangered animal the list of volunteering is endless.
Kimberley has recorded all of her volunteering this year in a special book and it was a pleasure to read – well done and thank you very much for working so hard to make a difference to your family, the school and the community.
Maggie Pollock Award Runner Up
Emily for continuously volunteering to help her teacher out with jobs around the classroom and for always volunteering to help her parents and her family with jobs around the house. Emily volunteered to cut the grass, walk the dog, clean her room, wash the dishes and feed the dog, as well as many other volunteering tasks. Well done Emily keep up the volunteering.
Lolita - for always volunteering to help her mum out with jobs around the house – tidying her room, taking the dog for a walk, washing the dishes, hoovering and polishing the house. Well done Lolita keep up the volunteering.
Maggie Pollock Award 2016
Congratulations to the following children who were in the running to win the Maggie Pollock Award for Making an Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.
Runners Up -
Harley is continuously volunteering to help her teacher out with jobs around the classroom and always volunteers to help her mum with jobs around the house. Harley has signed up to the RSPB and looks out for injured animals and birds to take to the vet.
Runner Up – Alex
Alex is always helping his teacher with odd jobs in his break times and lunch times. He also asks other teachers and the office if they need any jobs done during his own time
Winner - Sophie
Sophie has volunteered in school throughout this year, she has helped out in class on a variety of occasions without being asked to do so. Sophie has also volunteered at home, completing chores for her parents, she helps mum out with washing, pairing socks and putting it away. She tidies up, helps with dishes after dinner and any odd jobs around the house. Sophie belongs to a Beaver club and attends events, she is one medal away from moving up to the next group. She also completed a voluntary walk to show her appreciation for the war - with the poppies etc.
In school she took upon the role to deliver the registers when the job wasn’t filled. She comes in every morning early and helps me set up (getting books ready, pencil sharpening, setting this out). Sophie offers to give up her lunch/break to sharpen pencils. Sophie is always the role model in the class that I can ask to complete a job for me, and I know she will always say yes!
Well done to everyone who did any volunteering over this year and thank you very much for working so hard to make a difference to your family and the school.
Maggie Pollock Award for Outstanding contribution to the community
This year we once again celebrated our Pupils Volunteering. Please find below the Winner and Runners up for the Maggie Pollock Award for Outstanding Contribution to the community. This year there is one overall winner as this pupil has made an outstanding contribution to the community. There are 5 runners up this year as they have also volunteered and contributed to the school, their home and the community. Well done to all of our winners!
Winner – Laura has volunteered in school throughout this year, she has helped out in class on a variety of occasions without being asked to do so. Laura has also volunteered at home, completing chores for her parents e.g. hovering, setting the table, prepared the dinner, housework , cleaned out the guinea park, sorting out the washing, cleaned up the garden, walked the dog, making cakes for the community and many other things. Laura, the adults in her class and her parents have recorded all of Laura’s volunteering this year in a special book and it was a pleasure to read – well done and thank you very much for working so hard to make a difference to your family, the school and the community.
These children have volunteered in school and at home and have made a contribution the school and the community.
Alex – 2V
Connor – 3I
Lucy – 6M
Zeenah – 2D
Patryja – 4R
Visit to Collins House
On Thursday, Miss Arnott and Mrs Baverstock took 5 children to Collins House in Grays. They sang songs and played skittles with the residents and spent some quality time just chatting. The residents were extremely happy to see them and we have been asked to return in September.
After school on Tuesday about 30 children stayed behind to design meal placemats for the Meals on Wheels service. There were some great designs which have been laminated and will be used by Meals on Wheels shortly.
Look at some of our designs. Thank you to everyone to volunteered their own time.
We would like to say a HUGE well done to Leonie Hale who found £30 whilst out shopping with her mum at Lakeside this week. Whilst it might have been very tempting to keep the money Leonie did the right thing and handed it in to a policeman at the centre.
I’m sure that you will have made someone’s Christmas with your fantastic community spirit – Well Done Leonie !!!!!
As part of our volunteering programme, all pupils were asked to enter a ‘Decorate a Christmas Cake’ Competition in conjunction with Leatherland Lodge (a local elderly residential home).
All pupils designed their own Christmas Cakes and Leatherland Lodge choose the finalists.
Please see the finalists designs below.
Don't Forget you can volunteer at home! Just ask who ever lives with you at home to write a note in your PAL explaining what volunteering you have been doing. Then show your teacher. Miss Arnott will keep a record of your volunteering efforts.
Maybe you could achieve the Maggie Pollock Award this year!
Look at our fabulous volunteering!
We are working towards the Maggie Pollock Award for Outstanding contribution to the community.
As part of our celebration of Harvest and in support of their new Volunteering Scheme some children volunteered to make cakes on Saturday morning and Monday after school.
On Tuesday 23rd October 2012 our volunteers went to Derwent Parade to hand out cakes to the local community.
Pupil Volunteer Gardening Event
On the 8th June Pupils at Shaw Primary Academy volunteered their time to improve the garden areas in our school grounds. Everybody worked really hard and Shaw Primary Academy is full of lovely plants and flowers again.
Maggie Pollock Award Presentation
Congratulations to Teigan Osborne who won the Maggie Pollock Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community. Well done!
Maggie Pollock attended our Prize Giving Ceremony to present Teigan with her award.