|Volunteering at Schools|
When you arrive in the Sixth Form, you suddenly find yourself with lots of study periods and volunteering is a great way to spend some of them. There are lots of placements available at local schools for a variety of purposes: art club, maths help and so on. Students have found their placements highly beneficial, not only through helping younger children but also in providing some light relief away from the pressures of school. Working with young children is a great way to develop communication skills, artistic talents and patience!
Some of the placements this year included:
had a great time at my community serivce this year with Grasshoppers
at Reigate Parish School. The children were
fantastic and everyone was really nice. I've really enjoyed being able
to go there on a Friday morning – it’s always a highlight of
|Reigate St. Mary's||This year I have participated in community service
by helping with a Reigate St Mary's art club for 9-11 year olds every tuesday
after school from 4.10 - 6.00. I have helped them to make model rockets,
paint wooden tiles, and use the pottery wheels in the Art rooms here.
|St John's, Redhill||
I received a placement at St John's Primary School and found myself in reception class. The teacher was friendly, opening my eyes to making learning fun. Each week a new nursey rhyme or poem was explored and the classroom revamped to accommodate this theme. I really enjoyed my Friday afternoons and found myself looking forward to them. The kids were really lively and fun and I found myself doing all sorts of things such as planting trees to playing a lollipop lady in play time! It was really nice watching their reading and writing skills improve. The school was warm and inviting and the person who takes over my placement is very lucky indeed!
|Holmesdale School||I thoroughly enjoyed going to Holmsedale
School every Monday afternoon, and was lucky to have been put in a class
of 5 year olds who were always fun and enthusiastic. I spent most of the
time helping the teaching assistant with her continuously growing workload,
which involved preparation, supervision and artwork, as well as helping
the children with reading and sport. I feel that not only did I really
gain personally from the experience, but I think that I was some help to
such busy and hardworking teachers. I look forward to this September, when
I will rejoin the 'Hedgehog's' class again.
|Reigate Priory School|
|St. Mary's Church Crèche|