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Minerva Primary receives donated laptops Posted on: 2/03/2021

Minerva Primary receives donated laptops

Locally donated business laptops, refurbished by local IT Volunteers group are greatly received by Minerva Primary Viridor Waste Management, whose HQ is based in Taunton, is excited to be working with SCHol.Tech’s volunteer technicians, to recycle 25 of its laptops to distribute to children from Minerva Primary School during the recent lockdown.  Championed by Viridor’s Head of IT Operation Andy Porter and IT Project Manager Jack Broughton, these laptops, which were earmarked for disposal due to a company upgrade, were given to SCHol.Tech, a brand-new community focussed volunteer-led company operating in Taunton, Wellington and Bridgwater.  SCHol.Tech’s 23-strong volunteer group of IT Technicians, drivers and administrators work to refurbish the machines with Windows 10 and fresh memory units. Viridor’s Andy and Jack said: “We release the machines to SCHol.Tech once all company information has been deleted.  Partnering with this great team means the laptops have the right software installed and that they reach the families that need them most.” Steve, Head of School of Minerva School was buoyant in response to this offer; “While we have received laptops under the Government scheme to support children who are learning at home, this is a short-term solution.  The chance for some families to have a laptop at home on a permanent basis is very welcome and we are grateful that a locally based company chose to identify Minerva and its community as a focus for this support.” Click the link below to hear the BBC Somerset interview:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p096ggfj      Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Priorswood Primary School Challenge their pupils during the recent lockdown Posted on: 1/02/2021

Priorswood Primary School Challenge their pupils during the recent lockdown

Priorswood Primary School Challenge their pupils during the recent lockdown Priorswood Primary School are determined to keep their children engaged in their learning during the recent national lockdown.  The school have been looking at different ways to entertain, motivate and encourage their pupils to stay busy and active.  One of Priorswoods popular initiatives has been arranged by Mrs Cullen, who has been setting PE and Forest School challenges each week using the online Dojo app, an app that connects their teachers, students and parents and allows them to communicate with one another.  During the first week back the school looked at Andy Goldsworthy, British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who inspired art for forest school and last week they created their own stickmen inspired by the Julia Donaldson's story, ‘Stickman’.        Mrs Cullen has prepared challenge cards from the PE Hub which has three challenges and they can choose each week which challenge they would like to complete. The children are then asked to send in their pictures via dojo messenger showing themselves completing the activities.  Winners are chosen for each PE activity and a KS1 and KS2 winner is chosen for Forest School. To really motivate the children, winners are chosen for the best effort which is also announced on class DoJo and certificates and prizes are sent home as a special well done. The Redstart Learning Partnership are absolutely delighted to see the fantastic initiative Priorswood are offering their pupils at home and are delighted to see the children so engaged in the activities.  There are so many fabulous initiatives being offered by our other schools to our home educated pupils at this very difficult time.  It is great to see so many pupils engaging and enjoying the challenges.  Mrs Cullen from Priorswood Primary said “The children are really enjoying being able to continue their PE and Forest School activities whilst at home, I am loving seeing their smiley faces whilst completing the challenges and feel that being able to stay active and get outside is hugely beneficial for the children's mental health and wellbeing, Feedback from parents has been really positive and they feel their children are really enjoying the challenges which is fantastic”.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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