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    to change the world
    Nelson Mandela


JOG English teacher launches ‘Colour Mile’ event

A JOG English teacher inspired hundreds of students, staff and the wider community to raise money for great causes by launching the area’s first ever ‘Colour Mile’ at her old school.

Amid a riot of neon paint showers, 260 people took part in Hungerford’s first Colour Mile fun run – a spectacular event hosted by John O’Gaunt School and organised by English teacher Kelly Delaney.

Kelly hosted the event to raise money for Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where her mother was cared for before passing away in 2015.

The rest of the money raised went to JOG’s Parents and Students Association.

During the run, participants of all ages were showered with neon paint powder, making the rainbow dash a brilliant spectacle. There was a also a barbecue, bouncy castle and refreshments, plus other fun and attractions.

Ms Delaney said afterwards: “I feel it went really well. Everyone had a great day and I heard nothing but good things about the whole event.

“We ended up with 260 entries, which was amazing, and they were all ages, which was great to see.”

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‘The Flying Head Teacher’ skydiving to raise vital funds

Nicola Coupe, Principal of Burbage Primary School, is one seriously devoted head teacher! Nicola is preparing to jump out of an aeroplane at 15,000ft to raise money to develop her ‘growing school’.

On the 17th June, Nicola, who has an inherent fear of heights, will take the plunge in a bid to raise £8,500 towards fitting out the school’s new classroom and developing the school grounds as an outside classroom. This will include the creation of a butterfly-friendly wildlife area, fencing for the school’s chickens, vegetable and flower plots and a mud kitchen.

The school is looking to develop its ‘growing school’ status by improving the facilities for outside learning, which is a strong focus. The school team believe that learning outside the classroom and gaining real-life experience enable students to become global citizens. Nicola says: “It’s not only about what the children learn but how and where they learn. Outdoor lessons add value to classroom learning, helping to raise achievement and supporting development of key life skills such as problem-solving, co-operation and communication. The children at Burbage Primary School love our outdoor spaces as they offer opportunities for them to explore their creativity and sense of adventure!”

However, with crucial funds required for the development of the outdoor space, Nicola has found herself agreeing to do a sky dive in order to raise money. At 15,000ft, Nicola will be doing the highest skydive available in the UK and freefalling for 60 seconds. Nicola explains: “I can’t think about it too much as I am utterly terrified at the prospect. A whole minute feels like a long time to be falling through the sky! But, at Burbage Primary School we encourage our children to challenge themselves and that is exactly what I am doing in agreeing to jump out of an aeroplane! It’s a real moment of facing my fear!”

Nicola will be jumping with GoSkyDive near Salisbury, and the team there have assured the children of Burbage Primary School that they will look after their Principal! Nicola will also be joined by the Reception Class teacher, Bev Thompson, and one of the parents at the school, Anita Campbell who have offered their support by agreeing to jump too!

Nicola has set up a fundraising page where people can donate to her cause.

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Meet the Hub Manager at St John’s Marlborough

Sean Harper, Hub Manager at St John’s Marlborough tells us about his position and being a role model:

‘The hub is a setting for students who currently cannot, for a number of reasons, access main stream lessons full time. In the hub we deliver lessons that are part of the curriculum but we also offer alternative interventions, schemes of work that meet the child’s individual needs. The full time students have tailored targets set on a day to day basis and are encouraged to pick goals that they would like to achieve either that particular day or throughout the week. Our aim is to work intensively with a student and then return them on a structured programme back to lessons with the maximum chance of success. We offer continued support in this process and slowly increase the time with in class and the number of lessons being attended.

I started at St Johns In September 2016 and quickly found my feet here. The students are wonderful and the staff have been very helpful in pointing me in the right direction and offering support. In February I was lucky enough to be given the role as Hub Manager.

I genuinely look forward to coming into work every day. I love being looked at as a role model and for children to aspire to be like when they are older. I enjoy making the small difference that improves the future of the children.’

Nicky Edmondson, Principal at St John’s Marlborough said of Sean: ‘Sean joined us as a Cover Supervisor and was promoted to Hub Manager, providing support for vulnerable students at risk of exclusion.  He has established a very effective provision in a short time.’

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