Would you like to join our outstanding team of volunteers? At Meadlands, we are really fortunate to have such supportive parents and friends who realise the positive impact that volunteers can have on any community.
We have volunteers working across the school. These are some of the ways in which they are helping the children of Meadlands:
Listening to readers
Working with small groups in both Literacy and Numeracy
Supporting Literature through drama
Specialist SEN support
Design and Technology projects
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the online volunteer interest form or collect a paper copy from the office. Miss Taunton will then be in contact to ether invite you to one of our termly Volunteer Coffee mornings or to have a meeting with her. We want you to enjoy the experience too so we place a great emphasis on your skills and interests. We also hold a volunteers coffee morning to receive feedback and then act on this feedback. Some of our feedback so far, “Being able to help and being part of the school. It’s been a wholly positive and rewarding experience”, “Enthusiasm and energy of the pupils is infectious” and “The school has made me feel so welcome”.
Vounteer Interest Form here
I’m lucky enough to teach Lamda ( acting , verse and poetry ) exams at Meadlands for years 3 and 4 and I run the drama clubs after school . We explore poetry , choral speaking , plays and prose . Alongside this teaching work I volunteer for Meadlands. There are so many opportunities to give something to the school . For me , I wanted to work with the early years and so I run weekly drama sessions for nursery and reception . We re enact classic stories or explore voice and confidence through games and movement all connected to a story , adventure , tale or poem . We ask questions make choices and explore language and dialogue. I also work with year 2 and 4 Battle of the Books children in their annual book competition . We find the dramatic moments in the books and explore them physically . I love to help out at poetry events “ verse nursing “ children that want help . I only wish I had more time to do more . Alongside this I have also worked with reading . It’s wonderful to listen to the children and hearing them read is rewarding , calming and joyful and a huge help to teachers . The children enjoy the moments with you too. Volunteering even for an hour a week makes a difference . Whether you want to offer and share a skill or to support the teachers in a subject then there is definitely “Room on the Broom “ for you!
I am Linda Miller and I am just starting my fourth year as a volunteer at Meadlands. I worked for many years at Grey Court in various guises and have served there a Community Governor. I also served as a Governor at St.Richard's. I work on three days of the week for a total of seven hours. Since I started, I have been with Years 1, 2 and 5. Each year group require very different sets of educational and life skills and this adds to the job satisfaction. I enjoy reading with children who have a wide variation in reading attainment. I turn my hand to all kinds of admin work including preparing homework folders. Sometimes I have taken groups out of class to complete spelling tasks. I have helped with small groups in class. I started at the school after a conversation with a friend who is a Meadlands Governor. She told me that the school were looking to add to their volunteers. I cannot say how welcome all members of the Meadlands community have made me. I enjoy the company of the children. especially their hugs and stimulation of working in a stretching environment.