Our work with the communityBack
We have been very lucky this term to continue to build relationships with lots of organisations in the local community. This is all part of our goal to offer our children as many opportunities as possible to develop their learning in the wider world, whilst also celebrating the successes of our school.
Earlier this week, we took delivery of a huge amount of brand new children’s football kit, which had been donated (unannounced and unexpected) to our school by the community trust at Reading FC. Our year 4 and year 6 students regularly work with Harinder, a coach from the trust, on Thursday, where he support PE and core learning in maths, English and PSHE. We are still in the early stages of our working relationship, but the future looks bright and there are lots of opportunities for our children in the pipeline for working with the club.
We have also been in discussions with Dee Caf, the local café on the parade of shops near to school. Tina, the lady who runs the café, is keen to use artwork from our younger children and develop a link between our school and her community food bank, which is operated on a Monday and Wednesday. Again, there are lots of opportunities for our children to celebrate, help and support our local community.
At the end of the last academic year, we began working with Reading Boys School once again. After half term, their older students will begin working mentoring our Year 6 students over zoom and have kindly donated headsets for us to use in this process. The mentoring sessions will take place across designated afternoons in the week and will therefore enable our students to ask questions and seek support from older role models.
Thames Valley police continue to support us in all that we need and we will soon have some visitors to school in the shape of police officers to come and talk to the children about being safe in the community.
Mr Ben Thomas