Ranelagh's Inclusion Ambassadors wanted to promote our excellent practice so decided to celebrate duricng Autism Awareness week. Autism awareness is not something that is isolated to one week at Ranelagh Primary but it’s something that we promote each and every day. This can be seen in the classrooms, in outside play as well as in the lessons that teachers plan.
"Ranelagh Primary School represents all that is best about inclusive practice," director of IQM.
‘ It is abundantly clear that school and parents together have created an exceptionally strong partnership’ the words of Joe McCann , a director of Inclusion Quality Mark in his report which awarded Ranelagh flagship status for inclusion for a third consecutive year. Eventhough, we have had a year like no other our ethos of inclusion runs through the veins of our School and community.
The report states, ‘ The school is valued by its community and parents and children have great trust and confidence in their staff who strive to ensure that they can “Be the best that they can be”.’
Our outstanding highly successful and inclusive practice could not have been achieved without the amazing leadership of Mrs Patel, Mrs Chowdhury and Miss McDonald - our Inclusion team. Their tireless promotion of excellent practice - supporting teachers, children and parents - is the inspiration to be better. As the report says, ‘ there is a driving passion to support and a high aspiration for all pupils and parents. ‘
Mrs Lawrenson, the head teacher, said , ‘ This is an incredibly important accolade , especially in these times. We have all needed to lean on each other to get through the year . But we have never lost sight of the future and what our community can bring to that future - kindness, bravery and resilience.’ It is this which drives our inclusive practice. Each individual in our community no matter whether parent, governor, teacher deserve the opportunity to have their voice heard , participate positively in society and make the future that we all want for our children.
The report began with ‘ Ranelagh Primary School represents all that is best about inclusive practice.' We hope that our voice, our community’s voice and our children’s voice will be heard and the inclusive future in which Ranelagh trails is one in which all the children from Ranelagh can proudly stand. Read the report here.
Silly Dances, Silly Faces - Raising Laughs and Money for Comic Relief
Ranelagh was awash with a sea of red as the School Council had organised doing something funny for Money for Red Nose day. This is an annual event at Ranelagh and our community has always been very generous in raising money. This year was n
Ranelagh's favourite day of the year, World Book Day, was not going to be stopped by Lockdown. A virtual assembly saw all the children dressed as their favourite character hosted by Burglar Bill , then there was a special story from the Little Red Hen . This was followed by a live stream marathon of story books read by the teachers .
The afternoon's session kicked off with a reading and re-enactment of Little Red Riding by Mrs Sheikh.
' Books are magical, ' one child said , ' you can go anywhere or be anything. '
We are delighted to have your children return to school on Monday 8th March. We imagine that some parents will be incredibly happy and some parents will be incredibly worried and that some will be a mixture of both. The Senior Leadership team have assessed the risks to ensure the school opening is as safe as possible. There will be lots of questions, please click here for all you questions answered. If you would like a copy of the risk assessment , please contact the school via Studybugs - Click here if you have not signed up for Studybugs .
The snow came and with that came a vast amount of learning opportunities - away from the screen. Look at the children's amazing creativity at school and at home over the week. Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 5 made snowmen. Whilst Year 2 created their very own ice decorations and hung them in their gardens. As you can see, they are beautiful.
This week Ranelagh Primary and Nursery School was awash with different shades of yellow to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week.
The theme this year was to learn about expressing your thoughts and feelings using a range of ways. This could be through art, music, drama and a few cool dance moves. The pupils took this challenge up with extreme enthusiasm using Lockdown Learning and Google Classroom to share how they could show good mental health.
From singing songs in the Early years to passionate debates in Year 6 the children showed the many ways they could achieve a positive state of mind. Lots of children enjoyed sketching, playing marbles and one even practised beating their own record of solving a rubik cube puzzle as a way of calming down and relaxing.
Even the parents got in with the act and told staff , during our coffee mornings, how they were keeping good mental health.
‘A daily walk in the park helps get rid of mine and the children’s worries’. One parent was brave enough to ‘switch off the television and just talk to each other’.
The week was rounded off by Ranelagh's Friday celebration assembly - a time when we can all come together, become connected and enjoy each others company.
Due to this pandemic,our children are spending long periods indoors and are unable to see friends and family - now, more than ever, it is important to raise awareness of good mental health and to encourage our children to talk about their feelings.
For more ideas and support on Mental Health for you and your family see www.mind.org or speak to a member of staff for more information.
The final week before Christmas is magical in a primary school: Winter fairs, winter concerts , nativities and singing around the Christmas tree. It has been a very strange last week, whilst we continue to deal with the repercussions of the pandemic.Despite this,we wanted to spread some christmas hope and joy and that is exactly what we did.
On Tuesday ,the community raffle was a roaring success with magnificent prizes donated by Sewell flowers, Gand R butchers, Bachay.com Morrisoms and Protocol. The winners can be seen here.