Today we welcomed volunteers from Primary Futures - their aim is to broaden horizons and raise aspirations by connecting schools to volunteers from the world of work to share their fascinating life stories and help make the connections between learning and future jobs. The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers, check out the website to learn more. https://educationandemployersprogrammes.force.com/s/
The day started with 5 volunteers partaking in a whole school assembly where we enjoyed the game 'What's My Line?' Children were invited to ask the volunteers questions about their job role that would only elicit a yes or no answer. The big reveal at the end was very exciting.
After assembly, the visitors went into Year 6 to hold a 'Speed Networking' session where the classes were split into smaller groups and spent 6 minutes with each volunteer - hopefully inspiring them for the future...
The 5 volunteers were fantastic and the children really enjoyed the day and got a great deal out of it.
Another year, another brilliant Soup Share evening here at IVJS!
The children were fantastic and made some truly delicious soups for us to try, Year 3 made tomato soup, Year 4 made mushroom soup, Year 5 made pumpkin soup and Year 6 made some particularly good leek and potato soup (but I'm biased!).
The evening itself had a fantastic turnout, our school hall was chocka-block with hungry but very happy people! All the soups went down a treat and the children had some brilliant recipes to take home, even converting some of the fussiest eaters with them!
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us with our Harvest Festival collection, all donations will be sent to the Slough Homeless Charity for distribution to those who need it most.
We would also like to thank our very own Mrs Witheridge who spent all day making sure the soups were perfect!
Thank you to everyone who joined us today for the first Parent Coffee Morning of the school year! We had a fantastic time with our parents and a really good chat with some fantastic ideas for the school.
We combined our morning with MacMillan Cancer Research’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning and sold some very delicious cakes to raise money for charity. A huge thank you to Mrs Witheridge and our other parents for spending the week baking some of the most incredible cupcakes to help us support Macmillan Cancer Research.
Stay safe, it's summer
It's almost summer, although some children would like to stay outside and have fun there are many that may want to be browsing the internet. So this would be a good time to talk to your children or your child about staying safe online. There are many dangers online when playing games and using social media platforms so it would be advisable to make sure your children are staying safe. Even something as simple as taking a selfie and posting it online can be dangerous therefore make sure you are aware of your surroundings before taking a photo nearby where you live. Any clues to your location, such as landmarks or signs, can inform someone of your whereabouts.
This is the time of year where many children can get upset about what people may say or do online e.g. posting a negative comment about you or sharing an image or video without consent. E-saftey is becoming more and more important each day. Some children are unhappy online and yet don’t tell anybody or even report them because they are afraid - but we must educate children that they need to tell somebody or report it otherwise it will never stop. Many schools will have an e-saftey ambassador so if your child encounters a a problem online then they can go to them and they will know what to do and who they have to speak with to help them. Take this opportunity to talk with your children and see who they are playing with and what they are doing online. So stay safe online this summer.
Molly & Lacey
Become an expert online
Does your child love their computer and yet you have no idea what app they are using? Well, the summer holidays are close and you could take this opportunity to ask them what application they are using: they might respond with YouTube, TikTok, Instagram or Musical.ly. They may be connected to their friends online but you still need to make sure that your child and you remain safe online. Please click this link as these tips could help by updating you on how life online has changed for your children. Become an expert so that your children stay safe online.
Connor and Joules
On Monday, some Year 6 children competed in an Athletics tournament. The children had to compete in a 75m sprint, a vortex throw, a 600m run and a long jump to get the highest score. IVJS where competing against two teams from Butlers Court, Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross and one team from St Mary’s. IVJS ended up fourth out of the 8 teams which is a huge achievement!
Well done to all students and especially to Isabella and Nicole who picked up the Teamwork and Honesty awards respectively.
On Thursday this week, IVJS celebrated the third national Clean Air Day!
Our wonderful Eco Council presented an assembly to educate and inform us all of the importance of having clean air to breath and how we can all help by walking/cycling/scooting to school or even just by switching off our engines on the school drop off and pick up.
Later that day, 22 eco-friendly pupils took part in a project organised by our friends at Heathrow to create a dramatic and thought provoking artwork of a pair of lungs to make sure we always keep in mind why we are working so hard to clean up our atmosphere.
As part of their Science topic, Year 6 have been recording their lung capacity for a scientific investigation into the possible correlation between height and lung capacity. They also wrote pledges as to how they could play their part!
We are proud to announce that our Year 6 Reading Gladiators have been crowned the 'Overall Winner' in the latest mini-challenge about the book 'The Odyssey'.
Reading Gladiators were very impressed with the thought and creativity expressed in our entry.
The group of children were excited to win a set of books autographed by the authors.
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