Meet Beacon Primary’s latest recruit! CJ arrived this week to celebrate our Commando Joe’s ‘Value of the Week’ winners. Commando Joe’s RESPECT programme supports our whole school’s behaviour management, growth-mindset development and life skills education. Every week we choose a Commando Joe value that we look to see our pupils demonstrate.
The values are: Resilience, Empathy, Self awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication, Teamwork. The weekly winners have CJ as an extra pupil in their class all week, sharing their learning. For more information visit www.commandojoes.co.uk
Red class have been on a visit to St Mary’s island. They have been reading the books ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’, which is all about looking after the wildlife in our sea and ‘Sharing a Shell’, which is all about the creatures in our rockpools. The whole class behaved beautifully and followed all instructions about water safety. They all listened carefully about why they had to wear suitable clothing, and helped each other swap into their wellies. Everyone had a great time seeing the seals swimming and climbing on the rocks. They then carefully had a look in the rock pools and were thrilled when they found carbs, hermit crabs, shrimps and fish.
Commando Joe’s is one of the UK’s leading educational providers, utilising the expertise of service personnel to improve the educational outcomes for pupils through our RESPECT programme. Working on Resilience, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Teamwork.
Within the Beacon Centre, across both sites, young people will have the opportunity to complete challenges in order to build their RESPECT development areas. This will be used both during structured lesson times and during through times when young people need time to regulate and reflect on their behaviour.
In order for the programme to have the greatest impact, it was important that the staff at the Beacon Centre experience a session first hand and had an understanding of the theory / evidence base behind the practise. To that end staff completed both classroom based and out of classroom elements throughout the day. As can be seen in the photographs below.
At the Beacon Centre we strive to educate the whole young person, giving them access to life opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them. We are proud of the work we do with our young people and of the work they do. Here are some photos of some of the amazing things that have happened this term!
World Book Day was a Cross Site affair this year with some fantastic work being completed by all young people.
Here are some more photographs of World Book Day at our Primary Site.
We prioritise reading as we believe that the ability to read unlocks the world for our pupils. All of our pupils read to an adult every day bat school, and are encouraged to read to an adult at home every evening.
We actively encourage all of our pupils to read for pleasure and have developed a wonderful library which everyone loves to use. As you can see, they really do love reading.
Meanwhile at our Secondary site, young people engaged in reading and writing tasks. They read the published work of their peers and attempted to write similar stories.
They also had a book club in which they discussed their favourite books and talked about what they liked about them.
The young people at Beacon Secondary have been completing a project over the course of the autumn term about knife crime and its affects.
The young people are engaged extremely well with the project and produced some excellent work. They had the opportunity to speak to uindividuals from the emergency services as well as relatives of victims of knife crime.
This experience has culminated in a showcase of work, which included sculpture, art work, music and poetry, to the school and wider local community including the Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness and the Mayor of South Shields.
We are all very proud of the young people for the work they have completed as well as for their excellent behaviour during the showcase.
KEY was the first charity in South Tyneside to run a food bank, when people from local churches began making food bags for young people in 1992. They work in partnership with Churches Together, to collect food donations and distribute them across South Tyneside to anyone who is experiencing hardship. The bags contain enough food for up to 3 days. They also include toiletries and other household items depending on need. In March 2019, the food bank moved to its new home on Boldon Lane and was rechristened KEY 2 Life. They have a team of 35 dedicated volunteers who welcome people, offer support, sort and pack food bags, collect donations from local churches, supermarkets and schools.
Beacon Centre’s New Head Shows His Support.
The Beacon Centre’s new and energetic Head Teacher, Mr Gray, took time out of his extremely busy schedule to help sort food packages with young people from the Secondary site. All involved found the experience rewarding and worth while with one young person stating “It’s nice to be able to do something to help others”.
The group who attended with Mr Gray spent their time sorting packages of food, organiasing products and ensuring that they were in date order and organised to make putting hampers together as easy and staightforward as possible.
The Beacon helps in Santa’s Workshop.
Earlier in the day, a group of young people from the secondary site attended the food bank to support in the sorting of Christmas gifts. Staff and young people spent a rewarding morning sorting LEGO packs for children to open on Christmas day. Again, students found this experience rewarding stating they hoped “the kids like opening their Christmas toys”. The students were so enthusiastic about helping sort the gifts that the job was completed quickly and efficiently meaning that they could do more to help by transporting donations to the storage room.
Every Friday afternoon, Mrs Dixon leads outdoor learning which develops our children’s ‘soft’ skills such as instruction following, resilience, listening, turn-taking and evaluating. On Friday, the children learned how to tie poles together for building dens. The children worked as part of a team to travel across the ‘swamp’ to exchange some den building equipment with a different team. After the children had completed the ‘swamp challenge’ they worked as a large group to start building a den and evaluated how well they worked together. The children described each other as good listeners, good communicators, helpful and good at sharing and taking turns. Bear Grylls has nothing on Beacon Primary!
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