On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Year 4 were visited by TFL who presented a road safety workshop where the children dressed up and took part in road side scenarios. The children really enjoyed the workshop and learnt lots of important information about using pelican crossings safely and how to wear their seat belt correctly when travelling in the car.
Year 4 also learnt about the Junior Travel Ambassador (JTA) scheme that we starting Heronsgate. Becoming a JTA will involved taking part in road safety surveys, highlighting issues that we may have at Heronsgate, across both campuses and encouraging safe and active travel across all year groups of the school.
To apply for the role, the children are going to write an application form using their persuasive writing to explain why they would like to become a JTA and why they will be the best candidate for the role. They will then be shortlisted and have an interview with the ‘School Travel Plan Champions’ Miss Dalton and Mr Field.
We are looking forward to working towards a Gold award for the TFL stars scheme.
Nursery and Reception have been taking part in road safety workshops where they have learnt how to be safe when walking and crossing the road. They had lots of fun wearing costumes and props to role play crossing safely at a zebra crossing. The children really enjoyed learning and talking about the bright jacket that the lolly pop lady/man wears and how it is reflective at night so cars can always see them at the crossings. The children now know that they should always hold hands with an adult when crossing the road and are excited to spread the word with their friends and family to keep everyone safe while out on the roads.
We have noticed some road safety issues outside Heronsgate Primary School regarding parents and carers who have been parking outside the school gate on double yellow lines when dropping their children to school. Some children are also being let our of cars into the middle of the road. Please remember to always park and let your children out on the curb side of the road and not into the middle, as this is not safe practice. We want to keep our children safe especially out on the roads, so we have been taking part in some road safety workshops.
On Monday 4th December 2017, Year 4 were learning about careers in the ‘Arts’. We were visited by an actor and a set designer. We also made some ‘claymation’ stop motion animation. We are now actively thinking about our future careers.
On Saturday 25th November, the Royal Arsenal Choir performed as part of the Under1Roof Christmas celebrations. Before the switch on of the Christmas Lights, the choir performed a selection of modern and traditional Christmas songs, which were well received by the audience. They celebrated their performance with a snow fight at the centre’s indoor snow show!
On Thursday 28th September, children from Heronsgate who had produced some fantastic artwork, made their way to Under 1 Roof
in Woolwich for the grand opening of their own art gallery displaying their creations.
We were very honoured to welcome the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Peter Brooks, who officially opened the gallery for viewing. We are so proud of our artists and hope you will visit the gallery which is open until the end of the year.
The flyer for the gallery is here.
At Heronsgate School we have had the special privilege of being involved in the 2017 Silk River project. As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Kinetika have created Silk River, an ambitious project which explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River. This is culminating in a special performative walk from Kew Gardens to Southend.
Some of our Arts ambassadors and children from the Royal Arsenal campus had the fantastic opportunity to learn about this cultural relationship and were able to experience the amazing scrolls that have been created to mark this anniversary. They then designed and painted some fantastic scrolls of their own.
The Silk River project invites all children with their Parents/Carers at Heronsgate School to participate in the Woolwich part of the walk on Sunday the 17th of September beginning at 13.45 outside Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk Woolwich Dockyard London SE18 5QL and ending up at the West Thamesmead Festival at the foot of Gallions Hill at approximately 15.30. We hope that many of you can come along and represent our school and wave a flag with us!