2018 - 2019
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
My name is Jude and I have three children at Meadlands, currently in Years 5, 3 and 1. We love Meadlands and I was very keen to get involved with the school, so I am a member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) which is good fun and we know that the school really appreciates all the work the PTA do to raise funds for the school. I also volunteer in the school and I really enjoy working with the children. I have helped with reading comprehension for Years 4 and 6, mainly one on one reading, and also some SATs practise with Year 6, which was really interesting. I spent a year volunteering in Nursery, as I'm interested in early years development. Miss Mace was great at showing me all the planning that goes into Nursery and teaching me how observations are completed on the children. Miss Mace also got me involved in a fine motor skill booster group for some of the children. She asked me to come up with new ideas for these sessions, which I really enjoyed. Last year Miss Davies asked me if I would like to set up an in-school Book Club for Year 4 to run in parallel with Battle of the Books (a borough wide inter-school competition), I named this group the WOW group (War of the Words) and we studied the same texts as Battle of the Books. Then at the end of the school year Miss Davies ran a competition at the school with mixed teams of Battle of the Books and WOW children, which was great fun! I have been asked to run the WOW group with Year 4 again this year, which I'm very excited about. I really enjoy all my volunteering and getting involved in school life and I find it very rewarding. The teachers offer me so much support, but also let me be independent and try new ideas. I would definitely recommend volunteering at Meadlands!
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.