Monthly Archives: October 2015

Conflict – Visit from our local PCSO

This morning we had a visit from Danny, the local PCSO. He spoke to the children about his role within the community and what his job entails. On a daily basis, Danny is faced with low level conflicts which is his job to resolve. He explained that the most important thing to remember was to keep calm and remain professional. If he started to shout, it would only escalate the situation. Attached to his uniform was a radio which informed him of different incidents that were happening across Northamptonshire. It was also a way of him communicating with other officers if help was ever needed. On average, PC’s get called to an situation of conflict once an hour however PCSO’s have fewer incidents to attend.

As we have looked at restorative justice in PSHE sessions recently, we questioned Danny on his experience of it within the community. He said that it was an effective method which often works and helps to avoid repeat offenders. One example was a burglar writing a letter to the house owner and them meeting to help resolve the issue.

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Biography writing – The life of Mr Rees

Over the past week the children of Year 6 have been reading, unpicking and writing examples of biographies. Here, they are interviewing Mr Rees on his life so far. Look how focused the children are on making notes! You can read Churchill’s version below which was written using Office 365 and OneNote as a collaborative piece.

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Biography of Thomas David Rees

Dedicated Thomas David Rees, born 16th September 1977, has worked hard for his career renewing his dream of being ‘top dog’ at several schools. As head teacher at Simon de Senlis for the past four years, he has inspired young students to make a dent in the universe by sharing his many accomplishments and life experiences. Influencing Tom, his parent’s musical ability taught him how to recreate the rhythmic beat. Confident and proud in his musical talent, he and his brothers (Alex and Matthew) created a band called The Rees Boys before forming ‘Not the Beatles’, a tribute band of the famous group. This resilient learner has taken many risks in his life, would you do the same?

Thomas David Rees lived in Stafford until 1979 before moving to Earls Barton. He was raised here and went to Earls Barton Infant and Junior school.  A keen footballer, his most memorable childhood moment consisted of winning the Year 6 Wellingborough and district football tournament 6-2 against South End in 1987 which he describes as similar to ‘winning the world cup.’

Whilst at a young age, Tom Rees tinkered with several instruments including the violin and piano. At ten years old he was taught the base guitar before warming up his hands and learning the acoustic version eight years later. Continuing his passion for music, he formed several bands with his brothers. These included ‘The Rees boys’, ‘Not the Beatles’ and ‘The Landering Wizards’ with Alex and Matthew. Whilst in the latter, he performed three main songs called ‘Tears on my pillow’, ‘Wipe out’ and ‘Give me some Loving’.

Despite the fact he was a keen musician, Tom also showed a passion for playing football and cricket with his siblings. His best childhood memory was smashing a window with a cricket ball on Christmas morning. Instead of telling him off, his grandad came out shaking his head and telling him to keep the ball on the ground or he’d be caught out in a match when it mattered.

Tom had success on and off the cricket pitch and eleven years ago, Tom fell in love with the girl of his dreams. They got married on August 8th 2004, at Leeds Cricket Stadium and often describes this moment as winning the lottery.  The day before his wedding Mr Rees was playing cricket and scored eighty nine runs however got out with five runs to win. As he slowly walked off, the crowd were clapping and he saw his family grinning at him. He wanted the moment to last forever, so he slowed down his pace.

Just one week of being Mr and Mrs Rees, the couple took their happiness to Dubai, where Tom got a job at Kings School; a place of many nationalities.

Years later, after receiving a phone call, Tom came back to England hoping to succeed. He had to pay £450 to fly from Dubai to England as he had applied for a job there. Unfortunately he did not get it but later called the head teacher for feedback. Full of anger, shaking his fists, he jetted back to Dubai not wanting to tell the disappointing news.

A year later, in 2005, Freddie and soon after, Tom set up a charity called ‘Ups and Downs’ which this year alone they have raised over £50,000. He later extended his family further with Stanley arriving in 2007 and Ellen in 2012.

Before becoming head at Simon de Senlis, Tom had a substantial career in teaching as deputy head at Newton road and head teacher at Little Harrowden. Rees was inspired to be the best head teacher he could possibly be by his mentor Peter Hall-Johnson at Little London primary school in 1997. From deputy to head, his old school to new, he has gone from strength to strength, leading schools to victory. One of the reasons why Tom wanted to be head teacher (and not deputy) was because he felt more comfortable being in charge. After visiting Simon de Senlis primary school in Northampton and being shown around by the energetic and enthusiastic Mrs Lutas-Brown, Tom instantly knew what his career held at Simon de Senlis. Without a minute to spare, he applied and was awarded the job in 2012. Since taking over, he has made Simon de Senlis the leading Microsoft school in the UK and has engaged other schools in 21st Century Learning and enhanced their digital age.

To this present day, Rees’ influence has spread further and he now inspires the children of England- through becoming one of the few Microsoft Lead Schools.  In the future he wishes to develop Simon de Senlis as much as possible.  Each day presents its own challenges- today Simon de Senlis tomorrow the World! Childhood goes too quickly to stick to one thing- accomplish as many skills and experience as many opportunities that are bowled your way!



Restorative Justice training

Last week, as part of our immersion on ‘conflict’ we were introduced to the term Restorative Justice and how we could use some of the techniques within school.

‘Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.’

There are five main questions which help direct the sessions

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking at the time?
  • How were you feeling at the time?
  • Who has been affected by what has happened?
  • What needs to happen to put things right?
  • Key Questions – How did you feel during the session? What did you learn? How could you use these techniques in everyday situations? What is the benefit of this system over the traditional approaches?

Conflict – Always Negative?

Our new topic is Conflict. This links perfectly to World War 1 but also opens up learning from different areas of history and current affairs.

In class we discussed whether conflict can be good.

– Does the world need any conflict?

– Can conflict be good? Why?

– How would the world be without any conflict?