For those of you new to the school, the whole school is divided into four groups known as 'Values Families'. These are represented by a family tree and are: Oak, Willow, Beech and Sycamore. The children work together in their families to earn Value Tokens which are then placed in our token collector (located in the hall). The children remain in the same Values Families throughout their time at Isham and the new Reception children will be assigned a family in the next few weeks.
The children earn Value Tokens by displaying the Christian Values that form the foundation of the ethos of our school. At the end of each half term, the tokens are counted and the winning family are awarded the 'Values' trophy and a family reward. Willow were our winners at the end of term and enjoyed a Golden Time reward complete with ice lollies!
The children all spend time in their families at different points over the year and it has been fabulous watching how the older children work with, and support, the younger children of the school. Go to the Christian Values tab on the school website www.ishamprimary.org.uk to see photos of some of our family events
Staff, governors and children have recently reviewed our school vision, which we would like to share with you. We always encourage you to come and discuss any issues with the Senior Leadership Team (Kirstin Howarth & Becky Hawke) should you be unhappy with any aspect of school. We can only move forward together if we know what the issues are, and this is a much better way of ensuring your child's happiness and success rather than through parental playground discussions. In working with you we hope to achieve our vision as below:
Nurturing the infinite worth of every person through love, respect, perseverance, honesty and forgiveness
Isham has always embraced the ‘whole’ child, ensuring academic rigour is set within a wider theological and educational context. We understand that the Arts, Sport and Faith together with good pastoral, spiritual & mental health support drive standards far more rapidly than any diet restricted to English & Maths and, thus, these feature heavily in our school.
We also acknowledge that mental health, resilience and good pastoral support is critical in supporting the staff team to pro-actively manage all challenges that they face, in ensuring our children leave us being the best they can be & well prepared for the next phase of their journey.
We share PDET’s vision in that the infinite worth of all in our school is measured by far greater outcomes than data alone; it is measured through smiles on faces, through positive attitudes, through standing strong as a team in the face of adversity, through faith, through talents, through laughter in the classrooms & staffroom, and through the vibrant ethos of ‘oneness’ that is nurtured here at Isham.
We intend that, in keeping with the Church of England’s Vision for Education, our vision is also for the common good of the whole human community and its environment, whether national, regional or local. It is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings. It invites collaboration, alliances and negotiation of differences, in order to serve the flourishing of a healthily plural society and democracy, together with a healthily plural educational system.
To achieve our vision, 5 fundamental Christian and British values lie at the heart of all we do and these are: love, respect, perseverance, honesty and forgiveness.
Isham are, once again, holding their biannual Scarecrow Festival this month and our Year 5s will be creating some scarecrows for the school - please refer to the Year 5 email and come come and join us on Friday 13th September. All scarecrows will be on display on 21st and 22nd. If you fancy checking out the scarecrows, details of the event are below.
Now is the time of year when potential applicants for our Reception class 2020 are asked to apply.
For those of you with children who will be 4 between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, our Open Hours for the 2020 intake are shown below. Please confirm your attendance by email or by calling 01536723956 and speaking to Sue Wood or Susanna Hogan. There are four Open Hours for you to choose from - all run from 11am-12pm. Dates are:
- Friday 27th September 2019
- Thursday 17th October 2019
- Tuesday 26th November 2019
- Monday 13th January 2020
The invite is for the full hour. You will have chance to hear a little about our school, meet the team, have a look around and ask any questions. The Exec-Head Teacher will also talk through the admissions process and how to apply to us - slightly different given our Academy status and our VA heritage.
The hour is intended for parents only and, whilst we don't seek to be awkward, we feel it would be easier for you to come without children in tow. That said, if it's impossible, we do understand.
The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020 (5pm)