Awards & Initiatives
With so many families now having internet access, we’re making some school reading lists available online. We hope this will prove very useful for parents as the site gives some great information about suitable books and recommended reads for all age groups. The service is provided free by a website called Lovereading4schools.co.uk and all the books are available to buy at a 25% discount should you wish to purchase them, however you may just wish to use the lists as a guide to some good books! Uniquely, schools and parents can download a free Opening Extract of each book to find out which their children will most enjoy before buying a book or borrowing from the library. For every £100 spent by parents of our school we are given a £5 book voucher to purchase more books for our school library, benefiting your child even further. Click here to go to our online reading lists.
You will be asked to register as a parent and create your own account. It’s free, and very important as it enables us to be sent our free book vouchers for the school library. All you need is an email address and a password that you can remember. Once you have registered you will need to LOGIN each time you visit the school reading lists.
After registration you will be sent to the schools book page and there just click on any of the book lists to see the books in those lists. The book lists for our school are password protected – if you are asked for a password, please enter n32tdbooks.
Living the Olympic and Paralympic Values
St Theresa’s School has been recognised as living the Paralympic and Olympic Values in our lives and through our actions.
St. Theresa’s gained Healthy Schools status in 2010. Although the Healthy Schools Award is no longer available the government still supports the programme and provides schools with the Healthy Schools Toolkit In order for schools to maintain and develop the essence of being a healthy school. There are a number of different areas that St. Theresa’s had to improve on and continues to develop in order to maintain being a Healthy School. These include; healthy eating, keeping healthy through exercise, personal and social well-being, citizenship, looking after and improving our environment.
Sun Safe Schools
The Sun Safe Schools Award is the first and only accreditation scheme of its kind to launch in the UK with the key objective to prevent skin cancer through education. St. Theresa’s gained Sun Safe Schools status for the year 2013-2014. To achieve this award we have made sun safety a priority at our school. Sun safety is taught through assemblies, lessons, newsletters and leaflets home. Alongside the standard school cap, we have introduced Sahara hats so children can protect their head, face and neck. We actively encourage children to bring a factor 30+ sunscreen to school to apply throughout the day, to drink plenty of water and to find shade during hot spells. In June 2013 St. Theresa’s installed a large sun shelter on the playground to provide shade during playtimes as well as giving teachers the opportunity to teach lessons outside safely out of the sun.
Eco-Schools – Coming Soon!!!
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. The Eco-Schools programme focuses on nine key topics. These are: Energy, water, biodiversity, school grounds, healthy living, transport, litter, waste, global citizenship. Schools work towards gaining one of three internationally recognised awards – Bronze, Silver and the Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Pupils are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they form and lead an Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it’s the pupils that decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it. St. Theresa’s will embark on this new project in September 2013.
Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark
The Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the kitemark. St Theresa’s gained the GOLD award for the years 2014 -2015, 2015- 16 and 2016-17. To gain the kitemark Schools need to provide 2 hours of PE and sport within the curriculum every week, provide opportunities for extra curricular sporting activities, provide opportunities for children to compete amongst others in their school and children in other schools, develop children in sports leadership and officiation, display competitive sports on a school notice board and provide all children opportunities to take part in a selection of competitive sports.
Junior Road Safety Officers and Modeshifters
At St. Theresa’s we take road safety and protecting our environment extremely seriously. That’s why we have a School Travel Working Group consisting of school governors, teachers, teaching assistants, parents, and very importantly our school children.
The School Working Group meets on a termly basis in order to complete a School Travel Plan for St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School. The school travel plan is an official document that is written to improve road awareness and safety, and to increase sustainable travel at school.
Schools can be awarded a bronze, silver or gold award depending on how good the School Travel Plan is. In 2011-2012 St. Theresa’s achieved a BRONZE STAR (Sustainable Travel Accredited School) however for the years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, with all the hard work of the School Working Group, we achieved, and maintained our first ever SILVER awards.
Our Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) and our Modeshifters help to increase awareness in our school through a variety of ways. These include assemblies, discussions and competitions.
One of the best ways to improve our School Travel Plan is by walking, cycling or scooting to school. Even if you live far away you can park and stride. We can all do our bit to improve road safety and save our environment.
London Schools Gold Club
London Schools Gold Club is an annual scheme set up by the Mayor of London to recognise those schools that have managed to improve the aspirations and attainment of pupils – despite many facing poverty and disadvantage. Examples include showing how children eligible for free school meals or with previous low attainment can aspire to and do reach excellence in London. Like all the recognised gold club members, St Theresa’s has proven its ability to achieve through its published performance data for the year 2012-2013.
Barnet Partnership for School Sport (BPSS)
The BPSS is a “not for profit” organisation that has been established as a mechanism to retain the outcomes achieved by the School Sport Partnerships, including the organisation of events, competitions, festivals and leadership opportunities with a generic outcome of increasing participation at all levels.
The BPSS is a subscription based membership organisation, lead by the Strategic Manager to:
“enable all children and young people in Barnet schools to become confident, physically competent and emotionally resilient learners who can independently and successfully make sustainable healthy lifestyle choices and pursue personalised sporting and physically active pathways (including those for the gifted and talented) through the opportunities offered in their local and wider community.” St. Theresa’s has been a member of the BPSS since its establishment.