A trip down the rabbit hole

February 17, 2017

Blogging with Deputy Mitchell

Today I spent the day, along with the rest of the Monty and Percy team, learning the finer arts of blogging. Now to most people under 30, why I think getting to grips with any form of social media is akin to taking a trip with Alice in Wonderland is probably odd in itself. Yet to me, that’s what it felt like. Strangely enough, I’d always considered myself to be tech savvie, but then a few years ago there was a shift; social media became the norm and anyone who didn’t consume and regurgitate their news through Facebook, Instagram their breakfast or tweet their every thought found themselves on the outside trying not to look confused. However, here I am, eager and willing to cast aside my doubts, bravely bare my ignorance and declare myself ready to enter this brave new world.

The training itself was a great day.  David Mitchell and John Sutton had a wealth of information and shared it readily –  easing any concerns the blogging newbies had, challenging those more advanced users and inspiring all of us to be better bloggers. I’m hopeful that the real winners from today will be our pupils, who will benefit from all the learning (and the occasional scratching of the head) that took place today.

 

The truth is learning new things is fun and scary, and you need to be be willing to take risks, no matter how old you are.

Monty’s Voice

February 17, 2017

The school radio is proving to be a huge success. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn the mechanics of radio broadcasting and develop confidence in speaking. From writing the scripts and singing the jingles to mixing and editing, these shows belong to our children and showcase their talents.  You can listen to their latest broadcast below:

Woo Hoo!

November 25, 2016

Work has finally begun on the infant playground, which I think is fully deserving of a woo hoo!

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Playpod

November 7, 2016

With the new library almost complete, the builders have moved onto the next stage of our renovations project; the playground. The old equipment has been removed and the ground is being prepared for the new tarmac. The Scrapstore PlayPod was installed over the half term and some of the lunchtime supervisors have had training on how it will be used. The PlayPod is stocked with loose parts which are simply a collection of materials for use in the play setting. They can be pieces of wood, wood shapes, containers, toys or plants that can be moved around, carried, rolled or lifted to create new and interesting structures and experiences. We are hopeful that the PlayPod will revolutionise lunchtimes, encouraging creativity, teamwork and fun! The expectation is that the new playground will be ready by January.

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Parent briefing on the Scrapstore PlayPod

The PlayPod

The PlayPod

Library Exterior

Library Exterior

Life-long Learning

September 27, 2016

When my son was younger, he said to me once rather grumpily, “I’ll be glad when I’m a grownup and don’t have to learn anything anymore!” I said to him what I say to all the children here at Montgomery, that learning never ends and should be a life-long pursuit. Just to prove the point, teachers at Percy and Monty got together to do some learning of their own. We were lucky enough to have one of the scientists from Empiribox deliver training on conducting experiments. Holding paper plane races to understand the laws of aerodynamics? Coming soon to a classroom near you!

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The new library

September 18, 2016

What a fantastic start to the new school year!

The Library build is well on it’s way to becoming something pretty spectacular. All our visitors have commented on what a difference the bigger reception space makes.

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