Open Day

Our parents and carers were invited to visit our school for the afternoon to observe lessons, tour the school environment and be audience to some special performances from the school choir, Rosen class and our after school dance club. We also had a workshop running for parents who wished to learn more about setting restrictions on their iPad's.

As some of you may be aware, Mrs Reader, our choir teacher retired last year so Ms Kaur and Zoe have stepped in together to continue running choir practice. They have taken a much more modern approach to running the choir and are using backing tracks, acoustic guitar and acapella to create a new sound. They have entered into Young Voices 2017 and will be looking to attend many more musical concerts where possible. They currently have an impressive 50 children attending choir during their lunch time on a Wednesday which will be moving to a Monday after school from September 2016. This will allow longer time for practice in the run up to Young Voices and gives more time to warm voices before the session starts. During our open day they performed a 'mash up' that Ms Kaur and Zoe created themselves of Adele and New Radicals. This was a success and the choir sounded great!

Following the choir performance our after school dance club performed a routine to Justin Timberlake - Can't stop the feeling. Our dance club is currently being run by a professional dancer from an outside agency who comes in throughout the week to work with two different groups of children. He often takes part in international dance competitions and can teach the children various routines in no time. One session is based totally on dance and the other gymnastics. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated instructor working with our children. All children that attend the clubs absolutely love them and have learnt a lot in such a short space of time. Each child showed great amounts of confidence and passion throughout their performance and even tried to encourage their parents to dance.

  

We were then finally treated to a performance from Rosen class. They had been exploring and learning about the Ancient Egyptians and as part of their topic had been putting together an Egyptian dance during their PE lessons. It was very exciting and it was great to see all children involved in the routine. Well done to Mrs Delahaye for supporting the children throughout their routine.

  

Our iPad restrictions workshop was run by Zoe who has attended a few workshops now on the use of iPad's in education and currently manages the iPad use throughout the school. Online safety is something we as a school take very seriously and do all we can to ensure that all children at Gallions Mount are supported to surf the web and use the iPad's safely and effectively. We are also very careful and strict when it comes to the safeguarding of all pupils at Gallions Mount and this is linked with our internet and social media use through strict policies, consent forms for photo use and social media use agreements between the school and parents/carers. 
The workshop was based on informing parents and carers of the dangers that could be faced if you do not set specific restrictions on the devices your children use. Zoe talked parents and carers through the steps to setting up iPad's  specific to the age of their children and also giving guidance on how to protect parents and carers from unexpected charges built up through purchases children can make through the app store. 
Zoe is hoping to increase her knowledge on the restrictions for other tablets and devices and is looking to hold another workshop focusing on restrictions for multiple devices. If you were unable to attend the workshop you can find a useful slideshow attached to the Online Safety page that will be created in due course.
 

 

All parents and carers had very positive things to say about our school and the changes being made to better the learning and environment for the children in our school. Our new Sensory Garden was a hit with a lot of our parents and carers who enjoyed spending time in there with their children.

  

We like to encourage all parents and carers to visit our school during such events and are very proud of the relationships with have with our families and thankful for all of their support.

We look forward to holding more events like this in the future.