Rolvenden Primary School has come up with an ingenious new way to help increase students’ love of reading and get more books into their hands.
The Book of Brilliance scheme rewards students who are nominated by their teacher for demonstrating a CREATE value each week – standing for Creativity, Resilience, Engagement, Aspirations, Teamwork and Enjoyment. The nominated students – at least one in each class – receive a token to use in the school’s newest installation: a book vending machine. The machine is filled with a wide variety of new and nearly-new books in good condition, some of which have been donated to the school. The nominated students also receive a sachet of hot chocolate as part of their prize with the idea that they can enjoy this whilst they sit and read their book with their parents.
“We are constantly examining ways to deliver on our motto: Small school, big difference”, said Head of Rolvenden Nick Leggat. “Recently we have been looking for ways to encourage our students to read more, in line with the Trust’s focus on The Love of Reading, and we came up with the idea of having a weekly award scheme with books as the rewards. When we saw the advert for the book vending machine, and realised we had sufficient in our support fund, the plan quickly came together.”
The scheme has only been in place for a few weeks but has already created a buzz around the school, with great excitement as the first set of winners choose their books and placed their tokens in the machine. It has also received very positive feedback from parents.
The school is now looking at incorporating the scheme into its behaviour points system (Dojo).
Anyone who has new or good condition nearly new books that could be donated to the scheme should contact the school: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are sending home mid-year reports this week for all children. The video below explains how the reports work and how they can help you at home.
The term dates for 2021 – 2022 have now been finalised. Please find them below for you to download. The only date not yet fully fixed is the Term 2 staff training day. We will confirm this date as soon as possible.
Term Dates 2021 – 2022
Our Parents’ Evenings for this term will be held on Tuesday 16th March and Wednesday 17th March.
10 minute online (via Zoom) appointments are available on these days between 15:30 and 18:00.
Appointments can be booked at https://rolvenden.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ and this will be open from 12pm on Saturday 6th March. The system will remain live until 8pm on Friday 12th March. We are unable to accept any appointments after this time.
For a guide to the sign up process, please click the link below:
Parent Guide – March 2021
We have just released our February 2021 version of the ‘Welcome Back to Rolvenden’ video. This will take you and your children through all of the arrangements for getting back onto the school site on Monday 8th March 2021.
As always, if you have any questions after watching the video, please contact Mr Leggat or Mr Vincer.
We look forward to having you all back in person!
Please find attached the plans for re-opening from Monday 4th January 2021. This is for ALL families – those learning at home and those who will be offered a place in our limited on-site provision. Confirmation of these places will being sent out by Mr Leggat this afternoon.
Parent Information – Closedown January 2021
If you have any questions about the arrangements, please only contact Mr Leggat or myself – we will both monitor Class Dojo over the weekend.
Remote Learning in the Tenterden Schools Trust
We are delighted to launch the trailer for our Christmas Production 2020! As you can imagine, things are a bit different this year but our wonderful children have still managed to put together a great production. This will be released securely to family and friends on Christmas Eve but in the meantime you can enjoy our fabulous trailer.
Have a wonderful (and safe) Christmas!
We are excited to be launching our new School Dinner Menus from Monday 7th December. The meals will continue to be cooked at Tenterden Infant School and then transported to Rolvenden where they will be transferred to new ‘flight tray’ style plates in order for the children to eat them safely in their ‘bubbles’.
The new menu is attached to this post for you. Please do look at it with your children and decide which meals you would like them to be provided with in advance of the register each morning. Meals cost £2.30 and you can pick and choose which days your children have the meals on – it doesn’t have to be all week! If you are entitled to free school meals, the cost of every meal is covered by the school.
Rolvenden Hot Meals Menu December 2020