Mrs Domkowicz spoke today at The Derbyshire Computing Conference. The title of her workshop was 'Inspiring learners through the use of iPads.'
She ran four workshops for teachers, headteachers and teaching and learning consultants from across Derbyshire that were attended by over 75 people! Delegates were buzzing and she received wonderful feedback.
A massive thank you to Mrs Domkowicz for sharing her practice in this way. In the last 12 months Smalley staff have led workshops at the Reading, Maths and Pupil Premium Conference. Mrs Armitage and I also led four governor briefings. As well as this we often have staff from other schools that come to Smalley to learn from our staff and observe their lessons.
This highlights what a strong and talented team we have at Smalley and we are incredibly lucky.
Enjoy the pictures below!
I am sure most of you will now have seen the new defibrillator that has been installed at school for the whole community.
Mrs Lorna Taylor had kindly arranged for training at school. A leaflet has already been sent out but I have attached a link to it again here.
Please contact Mrs Taylor to book a free place at either of the sessions.
Can I use this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Mrs Taylor for arranging the training but also for writing the bid for the defibrillator and ensuring that we have such a resource at school for us and the whole community. I hope we never have to use it but if we do it could save someone's life so I am very grateful as I'm sure you are. Please support these training sessions.
Our school vision is to be 'An outstanding school at the heart of the community' and this is another example of that vision being brought to life.
Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Amber Valley Basketball Finals at Swanwick Hall School.
After winning the cluster competition our team continued where they left off and won all three of our group stage games.
In a closely fought game against William Gilbert School in the semi-final we again managed to win and go through to the final.
In the final our team played against Loscoe Primary who were a big and skilful side. After another close encounter Loscoe managed to win through to the county finals in March. We want to wish them luck from all their friends at Smalley and may even get to play them in a friendly as practice for the finals.
A huge well done to all our team. They demonstrated huge amounts of skill as well as teamwork, heart and desire over the five games. I am very proud of them all and their sporting attitude was excellent tonight in their victories and defeat.
A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw and Mrs Rawlings for leading the team and also to all our parents that attended and have the team such wonderful support.
Lots of fun was had yesterday when our sports cluster mascot Ozzy the Octopus from Opengate arrived in school.
Inspired by Shonette Bason-Wood who is going to replicating the 'Perth Train' flash dance on YouTube Ozzy started dancing and everyone else soon joined in!
There were some brilliant dance moves as we are very lucky to have Miss Elizabeth with us who has recently graduated from a New York University after studying dance for three years.
We wish Shonette the best of luck in her latest venture from all her friends at Smalley!
A massive thank you to Miss Elizabeth for her skill and brilliant coaching and to Ozzy of course. What a brilliant way to end the half term!
Enjoy the video link and pictures below!
Ozzy the Octopus, mascot for Opengate came to our assembly on Monday. Opengate provide all sports coaching, clubs and competitions for the nine schools in the Heanor Cluster.
It was a fun assembly and Ozzy reminded the children how important it is to exercise and participate in a variety of sports to keep fit and healthy.
Enjoy the pictures below!
Before Christmas we had a very special day here in school when we officially opened our new classroom. The classroom was opened by the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Kevin Gillott and Ian Thomas, the Director of Children Services for Derbyshire.
It was also lovely to welcome back the project manager Dee Hill and Kev Walker who was Team Leader throughout the duration of the build. We had a lovely assembly and were joined by Governors, members of the PTFA and parents who help in school.
It has been in all the local papers over Christmas, an example of the write up can be found by following the link below:
The official photos from the day can also be found below.
Our Staff are starting off the new year in great spirits by participating in an initiative from Shonette Bason, an international speaker who visited our school last year. This is to make January a month of kindness to start the year and also reminding us how important it is to think of others and to make others smile.
We are hoping you, our wider community will join in by downloading the link below and then letting us or Shonette know via Twitter or Facebook. We will also share examples sent to us on our school website.
Please use @richardsoneps @shonettebason or beingbrilliant if sharing on Twitter.
Please open 'Permission to be kind here' - Download Permissiontobekind2015
Our children are taking part too and are already experts thanks to another leading inspirational speaker Andy Cope who worked with our school during Brilliant Derby. Following Brilliant Derby we created a wall of kindness and random acts of kindness are celebrated each week in assembly and one is chosen to wear a rosette for the week. A great example of this can be found by clicking the link below:
If our children can be so brilliant and kind then it's definitely a good time for our staff, parents, grandparents and friends to lead the way too to ensure that Smalley is the best community to live in the world.
Some pictures below will remind you of Shonette and Andy's visits to our school and the impact they have had. We hope to welcome both back in 2015 too!
Good luck and please contact us to share your successes on our website too!
I had the pleasure of accompanying our choir this morning to Asda. They performed a number of carols for an hour and at the last count had raised over £150!
You could hear their wonderful singing the other side of the store and even the ladies on the bakery counter were joining in!
A massive thank you to our wonderful staff; Mrs Mason, Miss Hill, Mrs Walton and Mrs Evans for their hard work and skill.
Also, thank you to the PTFA, parents and grandparents for your support.
Finally, a huge thank you to our talented children for entertaining the community this morning and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Everyone is now in the festive spirit at Smalley after a fabulous Christmas Fayre.
There was a fabulous buzz in the hall and such an amazing turnout from our community. Thank you!
We even had a visit from Father Christmas!
A huge thank you to our wonderful PTFA for all their hard work and preparation to put on such a brilliant event. We are very lucky.
We will let you know the final amount raised as soon as we have it. Enjoy the weekend.