SMSC is promoted through so much of our daily school life that it becomes second nature to us
Essentially, the school really is at the heart of the village of Kilmington – we visit the two local churches for our assemblies where we consider a wide range of moral issues but also celebrate our learning on a weekly basis. We are also lucky enough to have excellent community facilities such as a village hall and local cricket field to use for our PE. Our local residents love to see us out and about in the village and always say, “Hello”, and the ladies and gents at Koppers Residential Home are delighted when our Nursery children visit to do crafts with them.
We love to perform and have carol concerts and school plays that involve every child in the school. Each class also plans and delivers their own assembly on a termly basis, parents are invited to these and the hall is literally packed out. Our Year 6 children take great pride in their assembly at the end of the year where they share their primary school experiences and invite their parents and staff to a tea party to thank them for all that they have done.
Our school prides itself on its teamwork. Our children vote in their choices for school council representatives who work on potential improvements for the school. They also vote for their Eco-school representatives who specifically target actions for environmental impact alongside the gardening club who are continually improving our grounds both environmentally and aesthetically. We also have a team of playtime monitors from Year 5 and 6 who are available every playtime for children to get advice on issues that arise. The role of playtime monitor is taken very seriously and candidates are interviewed before they take up the post, there are regular meetings between the monitors and the Head of School where they discuss and solve any issues that have arisen.
Our small school status means that we are a perfect size to promote cooperation and responsibilities between our year groups. We have mixed age classes, so our children are privileged enough to work alongside many different children – not only those of their own age. We also dedicate many occasions for children to visit other classes – whole school art or science weeks are often grouped vertically across the year groups and this is especially apparent at sports day where the older children in the sports teams actively help out their younger team mates. We regularly have paired reading which the Foundation class absolutely love: “When are the big children coming to read to us?” is a popular question.
We support many of the national charity appeals such as Comic Relief, Children in Need, Sport Relief and Save the children’s ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. We have participated in several music ensembles both in our own school and learning community and on a wider scale, for example at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra children’s participative concert. Our PTFA do a fantastic job raising money for the school and putting on fun events for children and adults; but they are also proactive in promoting the community spirit by offering litter picks and cake sales.
We offer two residential trips while children are in Key Stage Two. The first is a 2 night trip to a residential study centre not too far from home – a chance for many children to experience their first overnight stays away from home. The children learn so much about themselves during this trip and take part in a range of mainly outdoor educational activities which would be difficult to offer in school or on a day trip. This year the highlights were the bush craft cooking and low-ropes team building course! The second trip is a full-on, action-packed week bursting with adrenalin inducing activities from high-wires and abseiling to mountain biking at a PGL centre further away from home. The children absolutely love this week – suddenly being responsible for themselves and all their paraphernalia from Monday to Friday certainly takes some doing, but they get there in the end!