We have high expectations of the children at Sandwich Junior School and the pupils love to do their utmost to be the very best that they can, upholding our Core Values at all times. Our teachers always encourage children to strive to reach the top of the Steps to Success and to radiate with positivity. At Sandwich Junior School, we believe in using a variety of methods for rewarding the wonderful work that our pupils produce.
Steps to Success:
At the end of each week, Miss Roberts presents the celebration assembly, in which we reflect upon the events of that week and focus on the wonderful successes and positive outcomes. Each class teacher awards a certificate to a child who they feel has gone above and beyond in their work, used determination and taken risks or demonstrated exceptional behaviour and attitude to learning. As well as this, any certificates that have been won in outside events or in children’s own pursuits are celebrated with the whole school. Furthermore, Pen licenses are awarded along with house points being announced. It is a wonderfully positive way to end a week, leaving children with a warm and assured feeling – and on special occasions there may even be the chance of a celebratory dance.
Children are placed into one of four different houses when they arrive at Sandwich Junior School. Our four houses are Vikings, Saxons, Romans, Normans, represented by the colours blue, yellow, green and red respectively. When children demonstrate work or behaviour which embodies our Core Values, they can be rewarded with house points, which are then added to their house’s totals. Each week a running score is announced, giving the children a Wolf-like drive to play their part in collecting more points to boost the progression of their house. At the end of the autumn, spring and summer terms, the House Cup is awarded to the house with the most points. This creates a great amount of excitement to be a constructive member of our pack and a valuable part of the team.
Children at Sandwich Junior School are encouraged to write with clear and legible cursive writing. From the moment they enter the school, pupils strive to achieve their Pen License, which is only awarded to them once they have proven their dedication to writing neatly with pencil over a period of time. From then onward, children are welcome to make use of a fountain pen in their writing – the excitement at receiving this prestigious award is always clearly written all over their smiling faces.
Core Value Stamps
The coveted Core Value stamps are a rare honour, which are only awarded when Miss Roberts truly believes that a child has exhibited the Core Values in their work to the highest degree. When a child has put the greatest amount of effort into a task and really impressed with their attitude and outcome, they could receive a Salmon, Eagle, Dolphin or Wolf stamp – a unique tribute to those who really want to fly high and have climbed those Steps to Success.
Head Teacher Award Stickers
These shining gold stickers are a privilege to receive, reserved for those who have shown themselves to be truly Wolf-like in being kind, helpful and respectful to others. At Sandwich Junior School, we encourage children to go out of their way to help and assist their peers as well as staff members - those moments being celebrated and rewarded, whilst honouring the children for being such strong and positive role models.
Good Behaviour Stamps
At Sandwich Junior School, we like to recognise and celebrate positive behaviour which we see so regularly on a day by day basis from all of our pupils. Therefore, at the end of every week, all children who have had an untarnished record of behaviour will receive a Good Behaviour Stamp in their Home Contact Book. Parents at home can keep track of their child’s behaviour, as well as certificates being awarded once children collect enough stamps.