Anti-Bullying Week 2018
Anti bullying Week 2018 is being held between the 12th and 16th November. This year the theme is 'Choose Respect'. We invite all children and staff to wear odd socks to help promote individuality and show support for such an important subject.
As you know the effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. Anti bullying week is a great way to get involved, take a stand against bullying and raise awareness in school.
Power of One Anti-Bullying Show
All the children had the opportunity to watch The Power of One Anti-Bullying Show. The actors helped us to work out a definition of what bullying is and we decided that bullying is: "HURTFUL, PURPOSEFUL, and REPEATED behaviour towards someone else." The actors acted out different scenarios to explain the negative effects of different types of bullying, the roles that people play that make bullying possible, and what each of us can do to help us to prevent bullying from happening in our school. Through the scenarios we also looked at the role of the bystander who knows that someone is being bullied but does not do anything about it and how important it is to tell an adult and have the Power of One.
Throughout the show four large, coloured boxes where used to represent one of the roles involved in bullying. These were: green for Bully, purple for Target, yellow for Bystander, and white for the Power of One. At the end of the show the actors stacked all four boxes up and put the white box (Power of One) on the top. Then as they spun the boxes around, all the boxes all turned white! This helped us to recognise that we all have the power and courage not to be a Bystander, but to report bullying when they see it and know it is happening. Together we have the power to make our school a bully free zone!
At the end of show we all agreed that:
I will not bully others
I will not stand by while others are bullied
I will report and deal with bullying whenever I see it
Because I have the Power of One
Year 2 Get Creative
In Year 2 on Friday 9th November, we made untuned percussion instruments from plastic containers, cardboard tubes, rice, pasta tubes and spaghetti. This was part of our ‘Let’s Create’ theme. We had great fun making our instruments, and were very impressed with the results!
Schoolgirl helps youngsters in Uganda
Aoife Cross, has donated her unwanted glasses to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), Joanne McDonough, who is supporting a charity who works in Uganda. Aoife’s mum heard about the appeal and her daughter soon found her old pairs of specs to donate to help others.
School Glasses Appeal
On the back of Aoife’s generous act, we as a school are appealing to anyone who has any old glasses to bring them into school and we too will send them to Joanne McDonough who supports TUSC Uganda who send clothes and medical equipment to deprived areas of the African country.
Children in Need - Spotacular!
We will be having a ‘Spots & Stripes’ non-uniform day on Friday 16th November 2018 for Children in Need and asking for a £1 donation per child.
School Kitchen cooks up a spooky treat!
Well done to our Year 3 children who put on a wonderful harvest celebration for parents. We also want to thank everyone for their contributions to our Harvest collection and for helping us support Doncaster Foodbank. The school donations weighed 198.0 KG, enough to provide 471 meals for people in crisis in the Doncaster area. This is a fantastic way to help support our community, thank you! Your contributions do make such a huge difference to local people who are in need of extra support.
Reception children's Forest School
Our reception children enjoyed their forest school taster session on Friday 26th October, they cannot wait to take part again after half term!
The children and staff had a great time at our annual Monster Ball. We saw some brilliant costumes and it was lovely to see the children all enjoying themselves. We held a competition for the spookiest costumes and the winners were:
Foundation stage and KS1
1st Heidi Farr-Voller
2nd Alfie Woodcock
3rd Finley Firth
Key stage 2
1st Connor Harris
2nd Katy Peagram
3rd Thomas Levick
Family Learning at Mallard Primary
A fantastic morning was had by all at our Family Learning event which we hosted on 17th October. Doncaster Adult Family and Community Learning Services came in and provided a fantastic opportunity for our children and parents/carers to collaborate and create some impressive Halloween crafts! Arts and crafts are a fantastic way to engage with children and develop their fine motor skills and encourage imagination. Along with benefiting the children these courses can help parents and carers:
- Be part of their child’s education and development
- Meet other parents and share ideas
- Develop their own skills and confidence
Year 3 Ewden Water School Visit
Jackdaw and Jay classes have both been on their school trip to Ewden water treatment works this week and had a brilliant time. We learnt about the water cycle and where our water comes from. We were shown the ‘Baddies in the Works’ presentation and how they remove the ‘baddies’ from the water that we use. Then, we were given a guided tour of the site to see how the water is treated with some really cool headsets to use to listen to our guide. After lunch, we looked at the differences between communities in Ethiopia and the Yorkshire region. We learnt about WaterAid and how they are working to bring clean water and sanitation to those less fortunate. It was a really busy and fun day learning about what they do at Ewden and with lots of great questions being asked by children from both classes.
Year 2 visit to Yorkshire Sculpture park
As part of our topic ‘Let’s Create’ Year 2 have visited The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and experienced working with the artist Pui Lee for the day. We all took part in a creative journey through the Park and responded creatively to sculptures through joining in discussions, sketching what we could see and recreating sculptures through the medium of clay
Macmillan Cake Sale
On Friday 28th September we held our annual Macmillan cake and coffee event. A huge thank you to all the parents and children who helped us make this event a massive success. The cakes and buns which were brought in were all extremely tasty and we really do appreciate your ongoing support with our events. As a school we raised a total of £457 which is brilliant and will help Macmillan support those in their times of need. A special thank you to Katy Peagram, Lily Mclaren and Alexis Demis who had their own stall on the day and raised £109.20 towards the school total, that is such an achievement girls and we are so proud of your contribution to the community.