Our school is a relatively new school. We amalgamated ten years ago and during the process of our amalgamation the staff, parents and governors discussed the kind of school they wanted to create. Our vision reflects the aspirations of partners to create a school where the relationships between staff, children, parents and the community are held to be central to our purpose. We understand that people need to feel valued and wanted if they are to give their best and this philosophy became our starting point for our vision. We are an inclusive school in every sense of the word and we see social development and academic development as equally important. We have a Local Authority CLD Base that caters for up to 10 children with complex needs and we are well known and respected for the quality of our pastoral care. Local community mapping has highlighted that the area we serve is one of severe deprivation with many of the associated social issues but we deal with these issues in a caring and consistent way. We are a caring school and the staff are cared for as well as the students.
This is a challenging school and staff know that we have to work hard for our successes, however we are establishing a ‘can do’ ethos in our classes that will help our children aspire to be all that they can be.
Visit to Crosby High School
Pupils from Rose Class and Y6 enjoyed a visit to Crosby High School (specialist secondary provision for pupils with CLD). They assisted pupils from the high school in planting a number of tress. The project is being run by Mersey Forest School and the aim is to create a number of forest areas on both sites. The pupils really enjoyed the day and made lots of new friends.
We have strong links with Emmaus Merseyside (Homeless Charity). Emmaus Merseyside became custodians for the green-space now known as ‘Seaforth Green’. They have run a number of successful events with local organisations, which have helped to improve the image and community engagement in the local area. The whole school planted a daffodil bulb in the autumn term and went back in the spring term to plant wild flower bombs.
Pupils in years 3 and 4 took part in 'The Hands Project' which is part of a
larger programme funded by the Big Lottery to deliver British Sign Language (BSL) sessions into Primary Schools within the Merseyside area, free of charge.
The aim of the programme is to break down the communication barriers that still exist within society.
The programme is designed and delivered by both Deaf and Hearing coaches. The project sees children and young people learn a variety of different subject matter and learn 3 – 4 signed songs over a ten-week period culminating in a performance in front of the school and their families.
Anti Bullying Week
The theme this year was - 'Choose Respect'. The whole school enjoyed an assembly which delivered key messages about the different types of bullying, tolerance, respect and equality. The school council participated in a workshop afterwards and explored the themes in more detail.
School Council Equality and Diversity Event
On 5th July 2018, two representatives from the School Council at Rimrose Hope, joined with councillors from 10 Strand Network schools to present their equality and diversity projects to Mr Peter Yip.
The projects included work on responding to bullying and racism, promoting wellbeing, cross generational activities and enjoying the company of adults with learning difficulties.
Mr Yip was extremely impressed with the collective efforts of all our councillors. It was another enjoyable and successful collaboration with our partner schools.
The Great Get Together
The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. We have held this event for the past two years and our aim is to bring our community together and celebrate all that unites us. Parents, grandparents, parishioners and members of the local community joined us for an afternoon of tea and cakes. The theme last year was 'Building Bridges' and the children worked really hard in teams to build bridges using recyclable materials.
The Smile Challenge
The children in Year 6 were given £10 by Mr. Crilly. They were also given the challenge of using the £10 to generate and raise more money and then donate the profit to a local charity. The children chose the charity Four Seasons as they wanted to support a local charity that provided work and education opportunities for adults with additional needs in our local community. The children met with members of the charity and local adults who access the facility. Whilst there, the children decided that they wanted to do something that was eco friendly. The children came up with the idea of designing and making bags for life. The children researched plastic pollution and generated designs based on this. Bags were made and sold within the local community and at the garden centre within Four Seasons. The children made over £257 in profit, donating £170 of this money to Four Seasons. The children also decided to donate the remaining money to our Rose Class to create a sensory garden to create a calming environment that the children in the resource base can access.
Y Kids led a series of workshops for KS2 entitled 'Run for your Money.'
The children discovered what it is like to be a manufacturer of trainers and it raised their awareness of the unfair conditions many workers in developing countries have to endure.
Equality and Diversity Workshop
The children in Y6 took part in an interactive session on 'equality and diversity' workshop led by Peter Yip. This reinforced the importance of celebrating individuality, difference and equality, free from prejudice and discrimination. The children were encouraged to write a poem, song or rap based on the themes they had discussed.