Executive Head Teacher: Donna Chambers
Head of School: Matt Rooney
Tel: 01777 703683
Email: head@st-giles.notts.sch.uk

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Week Three

What an amazing week!

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a ‘dull week’ at St Giles, but this week has been one of the busiest and best yet!

One of our pupil’s has landed the staring role in an ‘info-movie’, which aims to promote the importance of maintaining good tissue viability. So we’ve had camera crews around school, filming various bits and pieces, but it certainly created lots of excitement for us! I have heard a pupil shout “ACTION!”

A huge thank you to our amazing staff and David, Geri and Kimberley, from the NHS tissue viability service, for supporting our pupils so beautifully, to ensure they shone! I was very proud to receive such positive feedback about our school from the film crew!

This week we have met 4 prospective pupils and their families, who have been to visit our school. It was a huge moment of pride to learn that all of them had nothing but positive things to say about our school. They were overwhelmed by the kind, caring and positive interactions between staff and pupils, they loved the learning our pupils were enjoying and commented that our school felt vibrant and full of life! Go #TeamStGiles!

We also welcomed Ian and Jules back in to school this week, who have both been long-standing supporters of our work. It was the first time I had met them both and I was pleased to hear why they kept choosing to raise money to help our pupils. They believe in what we do!

This year, we have agreed to put the money towards the funding of our new reading programmes that will have such a positive impact on all of our pupils. We want to achieve all of the objectives in the Children’s Laureate’s ‘Right to Read Charter’ this year. More information on that to come!

I am hugely grateful to Ian (‘Beechy’) and Jules, and others like them, for their continued partnership and support, as we prove that ‘No DREAMS Are Out of Reach’!

Congratulations to Charlie, Louis and Reece, who received Head of School awards this week, for their exceptional achievements!

Thanks to all those who supported Jeans for Genes day today! A charity that is so pertinent to all of us here at St Giles!

Don’t forget that our first parent training and support session is next Wednesday afternoon! It is on ‘ensuring good tissue viability’ and is led by David Carter, an expert from the NHS. (Please ring the office to book your place)

Have a great weekend!

Matt

Week Two

Wow! What a first week it’s been!

It’s been great seeing our pupils settle so well in to their learning and our new timetables. We’ve allocated time for pupils to read and experience reading, which has been so well received!

It’s also been good watching pupils making new friends with pupils who are new to St Giles and pupils who have moved class groups this year. It’s also proved that 2-day early transition at the end of last term was hugely beneficial to pupils too!

The newest staff members of #TeamStGiles have also completed their staff induction programme, and we’ve published our staff handbook. So a huge welcome to Abby, Ashley, Dom, Charlotte, Charlotte, Gaynor, Josie, and Lynne. It’s great to have you with us!

Our new-look dining room has gone down really well with pupils and staff alike. It’s given the huge space a real sense of purpose and is enabling pupils to make more choices about the food they eat.

The newest staff members of #TeamStGiles have also completed their staff induction programme, and we’ve published our staff handbook. So a huge welcome to Abby, Ashley, Dom, Charlotte, Charlotte, Gaynor, Josie, Lynne,

Pupils who wanted to stand as Pupil Presidents on our school council have been out and about campaigning and presenting their manifestos to classmates. Elections have taken place in all classes and Presidents met earlier today and have made some pretty big decisions already – more of that in a couple of weeks.

We enjoyed sharing our successes together in the celebration assembly this afternoon. Pupils (and staff) were amazed as they walked in to our star-spangled hall, to reflect on our first full week of achievements. I also set my challenge to all pupils for the year ahead: by the end of the year, we want pupils to know more, remember more and do more! And they really did seem up for the challenge!

Huge congratulations to Jamie, Josh, Leah and Linton, who all received Head of School Awards too!

Enjoy your weekend!

Matt

Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer with your families!

Today at school, staff have been hard at work, preparing for the pupils’ return. We have been honing our new curriculum and revisiting our planning for the year ahead. We’ve also been learning an intensive reading programme called ‘switch-on’, which enables children and young people who find reading difficult to become more effective and active readers.

I am excited to have welcomed new members of #TeamStGiles, who started work with us today. It’s great to have been joined by new staff, who are experienced and committed SEND practitioners.

We have some amazing activities and experiences planned between now and Christmas. Educational visits will resume and we have some wonderful visitors who will be visiting school and we will also be contributing to the new town railway station and Mayflower 400 celebrations.

We’ll be running the first series of parent support and training sessions, which will focus on tissue viability, signs and symbols, sleeping better and reading.

I’m proud to have started as permanent Head of School and am I very much looking forward to our fabulous future together. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and welcoming our new students too.

Have a great week!

Matt

Visit by the Spring Farm

The Spring Farm visited us again today with sheep, goats, a donkey, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Visit by Therapy Dog

Primary classes had a great afternoon when they were visited by Harvey a therapy dog.