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New children’s choice strategy 2019/20

Children’s choice meetings were previously held termly to ensure all voices were heard with regards to asking for equipment, activities, snack ideas, likes or dislikes at the club. This has now progressed to a wall display of a tree called Treesa. Treesa tree is situated on the wall above the children’s coat pegs. Treesa is our new children’s choice tree who has owls on her branches. The children are encouraged to put forward ideas for their after school club by drawing or writing down their request on a piece of paper which will be added to the owl. This is a more visual way for everyone of displaying the choices the children are making to help improve their experience at their after school club.

Spring/ Summer 2019

Activities

Our plans for this term will include but are not limited to: Jewellery making, wool braiding, balloon rockets, water play, Father’s day cards, planting, arts & crafts outdoors, pebble and shell painting, summer holiday water and ice-cream fun day on 26th June and end of term outing to Five Guys restaurant on 21st June 2019.

Autumn & Winter 2018

Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Charity

For the second Christmas running St Marys after school club will be collecting on behalf of Forth one cash for Kids charity. Mission Christmas works closely with social workers, head teachers and also the emergency services. They nominate families in financial crisis to be supported by the appeal. It is the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK!

PLEASE HELP MAKE A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THIS YEAR BY DONATING AN UNWRAPPED GIFT WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO A CHILD WHO MAY HAVE OTHERWISE MISSED OUT ON GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS.

**Mission Christmas have reported that they are currently short of gifts for babies and teenagers up to 18 years of age**

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Christmas Activities on offer between 03/12/18 & 21/12/18

Christmas tree decorations, Christmas door hangers, Scratch Art decorations, Christmas cards, Tealight holders, Snow globes, Christmas rubik cubes, Christmas movies & Last day term outing to museum.

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SNACK – 2017/18 

*Parental Involvement Provides A Positive Link Between Home and After School Club*

           We have previously provided a balance of healthy and enjoyable snack options daily on a 4 weekly cycle, however we are now looking for more parental involvement in our snack options and would like to kindly ask parents and carers to discuss with your child/ children what they would enjoy eating at after school club and inform staff so we can support children’s interests.

Snack contributions are always highly appreciated.

Unfortunately we cannot accept any home baking due to strict allergy guidelines, or foods containing nuts.

If you would like to get involved please feel free to drop off contributions with any member of staff.

N.B: St Marys after school club always take into account special dietary requirements.

Please see previous snack menus below for helpful hints or ideas for parent contributions.

Thank you from all of the After School Club Team  

*Please click the links below to view our previous snack menus…

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Snack Menu Spring summer 2016

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Please click the link below to view our latest inspection report …

Inspection Report (2016-2017)

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Latest Club Newsletter

*Please click the link below to view our most recent Newsletter…

NEWSLETTER website version autumn 2017

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Positive Reward system

               Our reward system which involves reinforcing our golden rules and children demonstrating positive behaviour is extremely effective. Our golden rules were created and written by our children. This term we have been reinforcing the golden rules by playing a memory game involving covering up either one or two of the golden rules and the children are encouraged to guess which golden rules are missing. The child who can guess correctly will receive a small prize. To promote fairness and equality, every child will be provided with the opportunity to correctly guess the missing golden rule.

Here is a photo of our Golden Rules

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Empowerment Project

Our empowerment project involves monthly ‘Children’s Choice Meetings’. The children have the right to their say regarding activities they like and dislike and what resources they would like to have at the club to make their time at the club more enjoyable

During Autumn 2017 term, our empowerment meeting was chaired by one of our children and two others typed up the minutes of the meeting whilst some other children participated in offering ideas. Please click the link below to view the minutes of the termly meeting. 

At St Marys after school club we make every effort possible to ensure children’s suggestions are met.

These photos demonstrate the children being actively involved in our recent empowerment/ children’s choice meetings.

Please click this link to view the minutes of the meeting: Children choice meeting Oct 2017

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Key worker System

We have a key worker system at St Marys after school club. This involves a member of staff having a small group of named key children. The Play Worker is then responsible for each individual child’s records, observations, planning, progress, behaviour management, communication with parents/carers and any problems that may arise. Each key worker will have approximately 10 children each. All children will be informed of who is their key worker and that this member of staff is their ‘special’ staff member. A list of key children and their key workers is currently on display in the club.

Here is a photo of our new key worker display for 2017/18

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Here is our previous display of the key worker list for 2016/17. The children designed their interpretation of what the staff look like…

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Halloween Party 2017

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Fancy dress disco – October 2016

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Children in Need – 17th November 2016

St Marys after school club and Planet Bar worked together to sell raffle tickets and have a pyjama party with special guest – Pudsey Bear! We are pleased to announce that a total of £405.22 was raised for Children in Need.

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St Marys after school club are participating in Radio Forth One Mission Christmas appeal 2017.

1 in 4 local children are living in poverty.

We are asking parents to buy an extra present that we can give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special. We need new (not 2nd hand) and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years, and you can donate at St Marys after school club from 20th November 2017.

Staff and children will take all presents received round to the Forth on studio at Forth Street before end school term.

                                                                 

Christmas Arts and Crafts will be available throughout the whole month of December!

 

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