As 90% of our school population have EAL, we have the luxury and privilege to not only have in-house interpreters and translators amongst our teaching and support staff, but also amongst our junior pupils.
Our Young Interpreters form a whole cohort of young people, who, between them, speak no less than 15 languages. Their level of proficiency in these languages covers the 4 skills of language acquisition.
They are a vital asset in promoting our EAL ethos of full access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities to all our EAL new pupils, playing a significant role in developing EAL peers basic social and interaction language skills .
They also play a significant role in assisting their own parents when they need to communicate with school staff, as well as the rest of society at large.
The School Council are chosen by the class. Once they are chosen they attend meetings each half term, discuss ideas to improve the school with others, discuss issues with the rest of their class and report back on their thoughts and ideas. They represent the school and they are role models to others. They play a very important role within the school and are encouraged to make a difference so that the school is made better.
The Learning Council is a very successful way of ensuring that there is a strong Pupil Voice when it comes to how pupils perceive learning should operate at our school. In the past three years, the Council members have made significant contributions to the development of learning for all pupils in the school. Learning Councillors are able to support the development of learning and act as ambassadors for our school. The Learning Council is made up of pupils representing their class and they focus on supporting the school’s Senior Leadership Team in improving the quality of learning even further at Newton Farm School.
Playground Pals at Newton Farm Schools
Playground Pals are a voluntary peer group of Junior School Children, who were selected according to their excellent behaviour and work. They have been trained to support children in the Infant School during their lunchtime breaks.
They patiently work very hard to teach the Infant School children safe play, help and teach and promote self-confidence, assist in resolving conflicts between the younger children as well as teaching the children new games.
As a school, our aim is to promote eco-friendly classrooms and environments. To do this, each class has appointed an ‘eco-monitor’, which forms an eco-council.
The role of the eco-monitor is to ensure that recycling is being promoted at every opportunity and the correct items are being recycled in each class, water is being saved and not wasted and that lights are being turned off when not needed to save electricity. Along with this, we would like to promote a clean and tidy school environment, ensuring there is no litter throughout the school.