Medway Valley Countryside Programme
Micah from St James the Great Academy, enjoying one of MVCP's tree identification sessions
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Many of MVCP's projects include education and the engagement of local schools. The Past Plant, Future Flora school sessions usually relate to plant life generally or celebrate historical plant discoveries, however some sessions relate to the invasive species which now cause harm.
Delivering a plant themed outdoor session for each year group in the school, MVCP are delighted to be working closely with St James the Great Academy in East Malling.
Utilizing the local community woodland near the school we have been teaching the kids about trees and identification features in winter. Alongside Ash and other native trees, the site includes interesting (and non invasive / friendly) non-native species too such as Larch, Sweet Chestnut and London Plane. As such we have been able to include heritage and history alongside native tree identification.
'The children have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions so far. The lessons are exciting, interesting and informative for everyone and the facilitators are engaging and fun as well as being knowledgeable with their love of nature shining through' - Mrs Osmond from St James the Great Academy
The school, along with others in the area and further afield, has also taken advantage of the project's free School Pack, which is full of information with an emphasis more on invasive species. The school pack includes the projects own Children's Book 'Our Riverbank'.
Pro Soccer Academy Football Tournament - Year 3 and 4 - 28th March 2017
Some of the boys and girls from Years 3 and 4 attended the Pro Soccer Football Tournament held at Brookfield School on Tuesday 28th March 2017. Under Louis's captainship they won two matches, goals being scored by Louis and Levi. Blake was named "man of the match" for superb goalkeeping. They were all amazing and played really well as a team.
Parent and Carer Feedback 2016
Breakfast Club Re-launch 5th May 2016
Breakfast Club was re-launched on Thursday 5th May 2016, the children were joined by VIP guests from our new sponsors Greggs the Bakers and Keytree as well as our school governor Theresa Fennell. A good time was had by all.
Breakfast Club Funding
As of 25th April 2016 we are able to offer breakfast club to our pupils for free. This is fantastic for our school as we will be supported by both Greggs the bakers and Keytree, an international software company that are based in London. The Keytree staff are keen to become involved personally with us which is an amazing opportunity for both the school in general and the pupils.
The Greggs breakfast club scheme has been running since 1999, and is designed to provide a simple, nutritious breakfast to children in primary schools and is funded by Greggs as well as a growing number of partners. Their partners value the work of the Breakfast Club programme and the support it offers to children in local communities.
The Greggs breakfast club programme supports young people of primary school age who live in areas of the UK in areas where Greggs have outlets. The Greggs Foundation currently supports over 250 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales, providing a nutritious start to the day for over 14,000 school children.
Research into and practical experience of the effects of breakfast clubs has shown the following positive benefits:
- Improved attendance and punctuality
- improved behaviour
- Children complete more tasks and behave better
- Concentration and achievement at schools
- Longer-term benefits for memory and cognition
- Strengthening of school/parents relationship
- Opportunity for children to meet and communicate with others in a social setting
- Help for parents to take on training or work