Governor Update - Spring Term 2015
The spring term of 2015 has seen governors working hard in preparation for an Ofsted visit, which is likely to take place this year. We want to make sure that everyone is ready and the school gets the best result possible.
In addition to this our health and safety lead governor has been preparing for a health and safety audit at the school by the Local Authority and our finance lead governor has been working alongside the Head Teacher to finalise the budget for the next financial year.
The start of the year has seen two new governors join us, which takes the total number to 13.
Sam Hardy worked in IT support for 15 years and since becoming a mum is now a self-employed nail technician. She has 2 grown up step children as well as 2 younger children, both of which attend Lawn.
Andy Boorman brings with him a background in finance as a qualified accountant. He currently works at Zurich Insurance Group and has three children, one of whom attends Lawn.
TA for a day
We have introduced a new way of encouraging governors get to know more about how the school runs on a day to day basis. Two governors per term will spend time in a class as a ‘TA for a day’. Sam Hardy was the first governor to come into school to spend the morning in Mr Strevens’ year 5 class.
Sam said ‘I really enjoyed my morning, the class ran at a very fast pace teaching Maths & English with a RE assembly also. To watch the children be so engaged in the subjects was a delight. I enjoyed it so much that I now have a regular Monday morning slot to help the children with their reading and anything else that requires more one on one attention’.
The school always welcomes volunteers to help out in classes. If you are interested then please contact the school office for more information.
At our most recent full governors’meeting we spent some time hearing from the pupil council about what they have been working on. We heard how they have been looking at the schools anti-bullying policy, helping others to feel safe around the school and getting feedback from other pupils on the schools’ house points system. This was a great opportunity for us to speak with the children, discuss their future projects and ask questions, similarly they had plenty of questions for us!
Many thanks to the pupil council members and their parents for taking the time to come to school after hours to talk to us.
Grant secured from Intel
Intel has generously donated $5000 to the school to help purchase 15 sets of technical Lego, enabling a whole class to work together in pairs. All the sets have now arrived and we have already used them during science week to learn about energy. Moving forward we will use them in KS2 classes to learn about programming, robotics and many more exciting projects. In addition Intel has committed to providing volunteers to help use this new equipment over the coming year.
App inventor club
This club runs after school on Tuesdays and is run by Mr Strevens and Steve Sutton, the chair of governors, with the aim of teaching children how to write their own phone and tablet Apps. Recently a number of children have progressed to designing their own Apps some of which can be downloaded from the school web site here or by using the Search facility on the front page of the school web site to look for “Appinventor”.
On 26th April 2015, one of our governors, Greg Wells, will be realising one of his ambitions by lining up in Greenwich Park, South London along with 35,000 others to have a go at the 35th Virgin London Marathon, his first ever attempt at a Marathon at the tender age of 50.
Greg writes ‘I took up running 2 years ago, taking part in Swindon Parkrun a free weekly 5K run held at Lydiard Park, a year after that first outing and having completed a couple of half marathons I was filling out the entry form for the big one. Now 2 years after lacing up my trainers and having completed a total of 7 half marathons, I will be proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with the masses hoping the 26 miles 385 yards or 42.195K won't really seem that far.
I will be running in aid of The Guide Dogs, a charity my late dad was a great supporter of, The Guide Dogs do not receive any Government funding so rely solely on donations and fundraisers, my minimum pledge was to raise £2500.00. So far with the help of some very generous friends, family, work colleagues, Governors, anyone else I manage to harangue and some bag packing at Morrisons my willing team of fundraisers have raised a wonderful £3268.00 which I anticipate will top the £4000.00 mark by the time I cross the finish line.
So on the 26th April I will be heading off to Greenwich in search of Mo Farrah, see if I can give him a few tips, its quite likely that as I cross Tower Bridge at roughly 13 miles distance Mo will be heading up the Mall, I'm hoping to get round in around the 4 hour mark, but to be honest I will be pleased just to finish, the training has been going OK, couple of annoying injuries, but back on track now’.
Anyone wishing to keep up to date with Gregs antics can follow progress on www.facebook.com/gregwellsvlm