Whole School Projects 2018-19

I am delighted that our enthusiastic staff and pupils have embarked on a number of exciting new collaborative projects this year. These provide great opportunities for children of different ages to get together and take part in a wide range of activities.

The School Games Mark is a government led scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. To fulfil the criteria for this award, children in all classes have taken part in a range of sports activities including matches against other schools, inter-house events and lunchtime clubs including table tennis and hockey.  We are on track to gain the Silver Award at the end of the year.

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 67 countries, it improves the school environment, and raises environmental awareness. Here at Checkendon, pupils on the Eco-committee have designed notices for light switches reminding everyone to turn off lights when rooms are not in use, planned a wildlife garden and campaigned about marine pollution. All their hard work has led to a Bronze Award and they are now working on their action plan with the aim of upgrading this to silver by the end of the year. Watch this space!

The Arts Council Artsmark Award recognises schools that make the arts come alive and provides schools with support to use the arts to engage and develop happy, confident children. The wide range of opportunities the school provides for pupils to get involved with arts and cultural projects means that we are well on the way to making a submission for the Silver Award. So far this year, activities have included: drama; A King Is Born nativity, theatre visit, weekly drama club, The Six Wives of Henry VIII play; music, Autumn Songs, school choir, Big Sing (in Oxford), Christingle choir (in church), music club; art, outdoor sculptures from natural ‘found’ objects, paintings Portraying Relationships, solar system mobiles, WW1 Remembrance Exhibition poppies, drawings A Tiny Flake Of Snow; product design, Containers inspired by Canopic Jars of Ancient Egypt; and religion and culture; Chinese New Year, Diwali, Hanukah, Shavuot, and a French Christmas.

Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours Award is about empowering children to be active global citizens. The school council is leading this project and we are very excited to have been selected to host the Uprooted exhibition advertised elsewhere in this publication. We made our submission for the Bronze Award at the end of last term and we are awaiting the result!

In UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools children’s rights are promoted and adults and children work towards this goal together. The RRSA Steering Group meets regularly with me and we use the resources provided to help children of all ages learn about the big issues facing the world today, from the refugee crisis to climate change. We gained the Bronze Award this term and have started to work towards our Silver Award.

Kindness UK has the goal of making kindness a greater part of everyone’s daily lives and increasing awareness of the positive benefits of kindness to health and the overall wellbeing of society. Checkendon has been accredited by Kindness UK as a Kind School. We continue to use lots of the ideas to promote everyday acts of kindness throughout the school.

It is absolutely fantastic to have so many exciting projects going on at the school! Our pupils are sports enthusiasts, environmental campaigners, artists, singers, designers and actors; they are global citizens and children rights activists - and they are kind! It’s a great place to be!

  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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