Today we are wearing yellow around the school to support children and young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day.
Today was a crisp and cold one so what better a way to warm up than open up the Coffee shack! Reuben refreshed his Barista skills he gained last year and the staff were very happy to be able to purchase fresh coffee and warm up at the same time. They also had a free geography lesson. Thanks Reuben!
Did you know that more than one in ten of us are dyslexic?
Visit the BDA for more information and support at https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
This week we have pledged to support Dyslexia Awareness Week. We have done this through assemblies, wearing green on Tuesday and talking about dyslexia throughout the school.
Also, rather ironically yesterday we had a representative of the British Dyslexia Association in for an assessment day to observe teaching and learning in the school and talk to students and staff about dyslexia and our school approach. All the hard work that Sue, Adele and the rest of the team at Wilds have invested in educating staff, making small adjustments to the teaching and support that we give, have resulted in Wilds Lodge being awarded the Dyslexia Friendly school award! We have had a lovely letter from Rachael.
Just a very quick note to say thank you for such a lovely day on Tuesday – I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your inspirational school, and for seeing the wonderful dyslexia friendly practice in place. Thank you to all your colleagues for taking the time to talk to me, and to those colleagues whose classes I observed, and also to Matthew for talking to me.
I’ll send you a report next week, but you have most definitely got the Quality Mark!
All the best,
Head of Education
Friday afternoon we had Woodland Academy visit us for another fantastic football match. It was lovely to be able to host the game and welcome other students into our school. The match went well and we did manage to win but more importantly the students played really well and as a team.
Class DS/NH in KS2 took to the VR Headset as part of their Viking topic. They got to take part in daily Viking activities including drumming on a long boat, axe throwing, Dragon luring and running from Giants. This was a really fantastic way to not only learn about the vikings in a fun way but also to take part in some exercise.
This morning we have seen a huge number of amazing cakes being bought into the theatre foyer to prepare for the Macmillan coffee morning. Staff and students have obviously been busy baking for many hours! We began last year with our own coffee morning and received lots of support from the students and parents and so thought we would hold another this year. It is lovely to welcome people into the school and be able to raise money for such a worthy course and one that affects so may of us.
Macmillan………How did it all begin?
The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, we did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
Today we had the sunshine visit us as well as a whole range of local schools for the annual Wilds Music Festival. It was lovely to see so many of the students practice a range of songs and perform for all the visitors. There were arts, crafts, climbing walls and a whole range of different activities for everyone to take part in. What an amazing day!
Today Emma and Carol talked with KS4 about the rights of the child and the 54 articles in the convention. The school have started the journey towards the Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award and will be voting on their top 6 articles to learn about in more depth over the next few terms.
‘For every child, every right’ is the fundamental principle of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, an international agreement on childhood. The convention came into force 2nd September 1990 after negotiations by governments, non-governmental organisations, human rights advocates, lawyers, health specialists, social workers, educators, child development experts and religious leaders from all over the world, over a ten year period.
After some interesting discussions, we concluded that there is no doubt that the convention is a positive thing and is changing lives but that there is also a long way left to go. We look forward to learning more and some interesting debates as we journey towards the award.
We completed our two visits to The National Space Centre for our Personal Development Students. This term they have been studying The Solar System and in particular the moon landings. They are really enjoying their studies and both groups had a great day at the centre!
This evening the KS3 football team traveled to play against Stanground. This was the first game of the school year and all boys were very excited about the fixture. The main objective was to enjoy an evening playing football. A huge credit to all of our players who tried their best for the entire game but the quality of the Stanground players were just too much this time.
Joint players of the match:
Shay who ran relentlessly all game and Hayden who was in goal and easily cut the score down by half!
Final score. Stanground 10 - 2 Wilds Lodge School. Goals. Shay 2
We look forward to being able to report back on more fixtures in the future.