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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Oldbury Wells School has developed a new system for rewards and praise this year. The whole school benefited this week with a specially designed surprise reward after a particularly busy week. It was an appreciated treat at the start of the hot weather, with 1000 ice creams presented to the whole school.
"We have always used rewards and praise as a way of motivating our young people," explained Mrs Godden. "But over the last year we have asked our students to help us to redesign how we do it."
Students have all been involved with redesigning the system through the use of the School Council and Year Councils. Pupils now earn points when they impress teachers with their work, attitude or thoughtfulness. These points then get translated into rewards, such as small things like badges and certificates, or going into lunch first, or bigger rarer rewards such as a cinema visit.
"We also give our young people experience in leadership and citizenship." said Mr White, Assistant Headteacher who has introduced the new system. "Last week 16 of our Year 7 pupils volunteered to be Year 7 Ambassadors. They made speeches to 175 sets of parents and year 6 pupils, who will be our new intake in September."
The school recognised that achievement with a much appreciated ice cream, served by the staff in costume, including Mrs Godden, Miss Thomas, Deputy Head and Mr White Assistant Head. The Year 7 Ambassador's group then went on to help serve the school.
"We thought the whole school deserved recognition for their excellent work this week," explained Miss Thomas . "We had a successful visit from Ofsted and wanted to say thank you in a fun way, to staff and students alike, for their contributions."