Good To Be Green and Star Pupil
Friday Assemblies are a time to celebrate the marvellous work pupils at Ashfield Infants and Nursery School are doing.
To celebrate good work throughout the school, each week teachers choose one pupil who they feel has worked particularly hard and they become the Star Pupil. Teaching staff will then also choose one pupil for the Good to be Green award; this pupil is someone who has generally been a good citizen throughout the week. The chosen children come to the front of the school so we can all share in their celebration. The children are given a Golden Jumper to wear for a week. Pupils are also then given certain privileges such as lining up first for dinner or choosing the book for story time. In addition to this, pupils are given stickers and certificates as a record of their achievement.
These special assemblies are every Friday apart from when we have Class Assemblies or Citizenship Assemblies.
Ashfield Infant and Nursery School Citizens are
Helpful Responsible Caring
Kind Thoughtful Respectful Honest
The benefits of encouraging children’s positive character development are enormous. Research has shown that children who grow up with strong, positive values are happier and perform better in school. They also are better able to balance their personal wants and needs against those of others and make positive contributions to society.
Throughout the year pupils are nominated by their peers and members of staff to receive an award for being an outstanding citizen at our school. Pupils are then selected to receive an award from Mrs Field, the headteacher, at a special assembly. Parents and family members are invited to join in the celebrations of this award.
As part of our school citizenship we are part of Friends of Mettupalayam Trust.
At Ashfield Infant & Nursery School we are eager to encourage the children to think about others and for a number of years we have had close links with a school in Tamil Nadu in India. Miss Jones visited the school several years ago and has an email link with the staff of the school.
We also sponsor Rajeshwari, a little girl who is deaf. We pay for her to attend a school for the deaf. When we first heard of Rajeshwari, she was living in a silent world; unable to communicate. She is now talking, learning and has numerous friends. She is no longer isolated but is happy and thriving. The children and parents at Ashfield Infant and Nursery school have changed the life of this little girl and her family. We have also bought sandals for every child in the village and provided them all with a tooth brush and tooth.
This year we plan to raise money for the children of the school to buy them “Dental Camp” lessons. We hope we can raise money to pay for a Doctor to hold lessons to teach the children about teeth, how to clean their teeth correctly and how to care for their gums.
Each term there is a focus in school on the different criteria of being a good citizen at Ashfield Infant and Nursery School.
When it has been noticed that the children have been, for example, kind and caring, Golden Tickets are awarded. Towards the end of the term the tickets are counted and the two children in each year group with the most tickets are invited for tea with Mrs Field in her Headteacher’s office.
Natterjacks are a special group of children who are selected to go visit the local care homes in our area. This takes place once a week for several weeks at a time. The children sing and play with our elderly neighbours as well as take part in craft projects.
Our transformers are selected from Year 2. This extra special group are chosen to be positive role models for our younger pupils in Reception. Once a week they will visit our Reception classes and play and do activities with them.
We have a very active school council at Ashfield Infant and Nursery School.
There are twelve school councillors. One boy and one girl from each class each chosen by a voting system. We hold meetings once every month to discuss school issues. Councillors and staff bring items to the agenda.
We successfully improved the local environment outside the school through planting foliage and by providing a bin.
We also have improved the playground through the installation of new playground equipment. New foods have been added to the school menu and wet play times are also more exciting through suggestions made by the Councillors.
The Councillors feedback to the staff and children every half term during our citizenship assembly.
You can tell who our school councillors are by the badges that they wear. Please feel free to ask us any questions or make suggestions on how we can improve our school.
We have an Eco Warrior team which comprises of two representatives elected from each class in Reception to Year 2. The team meets every half term to discuss current issues around the 9 elements and how they may be addressed in school.
Our Eco Warriors this year are:
- Reception – Alice, Ella G, Kai, Matthew F
- Year 1 – Lily R, Lily F, Mark, Leland-James
- Year 2 – Harry J, Dee, Izzy, Beau
The nine elements are:
Every new project undertaken at school takes environmental consequences into consideration as we try to minimise the impact on our environment.
We have successfully gained our Silver Award from the Eco Schools scheme. Please check out the link below to find out more.
You can tell our special Eco Warriors by the badges they wear. Please feel free to ask us anything or make suggestions on how we can make our school and our environment a better place.