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TakeOver Day Success

On Friday 11th November Whitegate End participated in the Children's Commissioners TakeOver Day. Companies, organisations and schools hadned over the running of their establishments to children for just 1 day. At Whitegate End this meant our Year 5 children asumed the responsibilities of adults across the school.

Kendall made a fantastic headteacher, her letter to all pupils and parents can be found below.

Among his tasks for the day, Rowan, in his role as school business manger has ordered some phonics resources for children in key stage 1, paid for the R.E. resources that arrived in school recently and checked that all items in a delivery were present and correct.

Our learning mentor, Jack, presented the trophy in assembly and reviewed our attendance figures and prepared a display for the bubble. Miss Lees has such a long list of jobs to do on a daily basis, even both Jack & Miss Lees together didn't get through it all.

Our cooks, Megan, Luke & Jake, did a fantastic job preparing and serving our lunch, their cheese and onion pie went down well with all who ate it.
Teaching assistants for the day supported the learning of children throughout school, and others imparted their knowledge in the role of a teacher.

Our site managers, Luke, Ellis and Thomas, conducted vital safety checks to ensure our school is a safe place to learn; communicating with the school alarm centre to ensure a fire alarm check didn't cause a false alarm at the fire station.

Once again the children relished their opportunity to learn about the jobs available to them as they get older and to start to think about the skills they need to develop to be successful adults of tomorrow.

In an extension to this year's TakeOver Day activities we invited adults from our community into school to talk about their own jobs and careers that are outside the field of education. The response to our request was amazing and a big thank you goes to those who volunteered. The quality of questioning was brilliant across school, as was evidenced in the recording made by Gerald Brierly of Oldham Community Radio who record the question and answer session he had with children in Years 3 & 4. This was broadcast on Tuesday morning, and we all listened in. (Click here to access the listen again service)


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