our local area
It is important that our children know and understand their own community and also the communities of those further afield. Below are some local and distant community groups and organisations we work closely with.
- Although we are not a church school, we value the links we have with our local churches which include St. Mary's Willesborough; we love it when Reverend John and Captain Graham come in to celebrate assembly with us
- We work closely with Surestart and local Pre-schools.
- Several local organisations use our hall and facilities including; Brownies, Slimming World and Asian dance group
- We work in close partnership with local Junior and Primary schools
- We contribute articles to 'The Pilgrim'
- We link with local organisations and businesses to enhance children's learning such as the RSPCA, post office, fire service, ambulance service, police
We had a fantastic time during International Week this year! We had such a busy week filled with lots of different activities. We especially enjoyed the Indian Story telling workshop and Mrs Dhamrait's talk about India. We were lucky enough to experience African drumming, Indian dancing, origami and so much more. What a busy week we had!
Each class had their own country to learn about during Let's Explore and had the chance to share some of the amazing facts they found during our celebration assembly on the Thursday. It was impressive to hear about just how much each class had learnt throughout the week.
Oh, and we can all sing our International Week song; "hello to all the children of the world" brilliantly!
A big thank you for all the parents support, especially during the International Week fair. We hope the children enjoyed showing you some of the exciting activities they participated in over the week. We also really enjoyed seeing you participate in African drumming and Yoga with the children and many of you looked cosy in the stories from around the world book corner.
A big well done to Jack from Parrots for winning the International Week home project competition. All the children's home projects were incredible! It was so hard to choose just one winner. Thank you to all the children and grown-ups for all your hard work.
Fire Safety Talk
On Friday 6th October a local fire-fighter called Pat, came to speak to us about fire safety. Pat told us all about the work of the fire service and the different ways they help people. We watched a short film about ‘Frances the Firefly’. Frances was not very sensible at the start of the film. She learnt about the dangers of playing with matches and, by the end of the clip, she had learnt her lesson and was a very sensible firefly. Pat told us how important it is to have a smoke alarm in our homes. They should be checked once a week to make sure they are working properly. So please make sure you have a smoke alarm in your home and check it regularly.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Some very clever canines came to see our Year Two’s this March! As part of our charity topic, we enjoyed an informative visit from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The children had an enlightening presentation about how guide dogs are trained and just how much they help the blind. As well as this, the children were able to meet a puppy in training named Noah and an experienced guide named Gold. Both pups were so well behaved! We are all really looking forward to sponsoring a puppy as a school and being part of his guide dog training journey.
The YR2 children visit the Church
In March, year 2 visited the local church, St Mary the Virgin, in Willesborough. Reverend John told us all about the church and the important Christian symbols. We had great fun exploring the church!
Thank you to all the parents who helped on our trip to the church and thank you to Reverend John for letting us visit.
'We are making reindeer food in school to sell at St Mary's Church Fair to raise money for our school funds'
Toddler Tucker helps our healthy child focus. The 4 week courses work with families to promote healthy lifestyles.
The Dental team will be visiting various groups within children's centres. reducing tooth decay in children is one of our headline priorities for Ashford.
In August 2013 a group of very excited teachers and teaching assistants from some Ashford Schools went out to Romania as volunteers to work with and help orphaned, sick and disabled children and young people. The teachers included Mrs King, Miss Healy and Mrs Rusbridge. There is still much poverty in Romania and there are some very 'needy' families. This mission was arranged through 'Cry in the Dark'. There is a link below if you would like to find out more about the charity. We are continuously building on our links with Romanian children through 'Cry in the Dark'. This Christmas the children of Willesborough Infant School made up shoe box gifts to send to the children in Romania they have been learning about. Mrs Beretta, Butterflies Class teacher delivered them in person! We loved sharing her experiences with her in assemblies. She had lots of photos to show us and news to tell us.
This is Alexandru, he is six years old.
Parts of Romania are very poor. Many houses do not have water like we do. We forget how easy it is to turn a tap on at home. These people have to go to a well to get water.
October 2015 - For the second year, the gift boxes made by the children of WIS begin their journey to Romania! Mrs Beretta and Mrs Rusbridge drove them to Colchester, where they will be loaded onto a lorry. The lorry will carry 1200 in total!
August 2016 - Mr Wright went out to Romania to help build houses for some families this summer. He came back in September and told us all about it.
October 2016 - We have just launched this year's appeal. Start collecting children. Miss Baxter is going to deliver the shoe boxes in Romania this year.
December 2016 - Miss Baxter was part of the team of volunteers that delivered the shoe boxes for ‘Cry in the Dark’ this year. Whilst she was out in Romania she had an eventful week visiting Casa Albert in Luncani, a Romany village and Casa Lumina (The house of light). She couldn’t believe the delight on the children’s faces at receiving their shoebox. Thank you so much for your support in creating them. They were most definitely gratefully received.