Our devoted team of roving reporters take on the task twice every year to produce our jam-packed school magazine, full of interesting articles about the events that take place at Sandwich Junior School. This full-colour publication includes detailed descriptions, vibrant pictures and interviews with children and staff members, keeping everyone up to date with the latest happenings throughout the school.
Look out for pupils selling the new editions at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms!
At Sandwich Junior School, we feel that pupil voice has an important role to play in the development and understanding of a fair and democratic society where children can safely put their points of view across at School Council meetings. In turn, this links to the school's ethos and Core Value totem animals which lie at the heart of the school by giving the children an avenue to 'soar, strive and play' with the opportunity to make a difference.
Every year, pupils vote for the new members of their School Council; someone who is responsible, reliable and passionate about helping our Wolf Pack. A representative is voted for from each class whereby the children give speeches prior as to why they should represent their class and how they can make a difference. This supports speaking and listening by speaking publicly. The School Council, held and facilitated by Miss Smith, allows for the children's voices to be heard.
In previous years, prior to Covid restrictions, the School Council's first task of the new academic year was gauged towards our annual Harvest Festival celebrations. We help Deal Area Foodbank (a very dedicated and worthy charity that supports people and families in need), by encouraging all the pupils, adults and parents to donate as much as possible to help our local community and wider Wolf Pack. This enables us to support our community by showing the children the impact of service in action and the role which charity and generosity plays in their own world. The councillors would create posters to advertise the Harvest Festival, which were then displayed around the school including the notice boards and school gates.
Furthermore, the elected members representing each class have helped to raise the awareness of Road Safety as part of National Road Safety Week which the entire school takes part in. School Councillors speak to their classes and hold an informative whole school assembly. At the end of the week, the entire school takes part in a 'Be Bright, Be Seen' dress-up day which the School Council helps to collaborate and later on this is featured in the SJS Visual Media magazine that helps to raise funds for the school.
Sandwich Junior School pupils love to stay active and make the most of their play time and our enthusiastic Play Leaders strive to promote this value, taking on the responsibility of running energetic outdoor activities during their lunch times. Their role is to encourage all pupils into spending their free time productively in fun and active games, building up confidence and belief in themselves.
The responsibility of Play Leader helps to develop a sense of responsibility in our volunteers, as well as representing a wonderful example of how to contribute to the Wolf Pack. Pupils who take on this role learn an ability to guide and support others, as well as building up communication skills and an understanding of how to work with their peers to coordinate and organise their activities.
Play Leader Activities:
- Basketball Skills
- Hockey Skills
- Football Skills
- Diamond Cricket
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Rob the Nest
- Obstacle Course
- Tag Rugby
Our school library is a greatly valued location, where pupils foster an enthusiasm for their reading. The role of our school librarians is to further encourage and support their peers into a deep love of reading, while also monitoring and keeping track of the organisation of the many books that are available to read, both on location in the library or to borrow to read at home.
One to One Reading Mentors
Some of our pupils have such a love of reading that they offer up their time to spend with younger learners to support them as one to one reading partners. Children both love to take on this role of being a peer mentor, as well as enjoying being given this encouragement by their role models in reading. This is another example of the wonderful sense of being part of the Wolf Pack that we enjoy at Sandwich Junior School.