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  • Peter Slot- Latest Dream catcher assembly

    Published 06/04/19

    Roebuck Academy was visited by, recently retired Rocket Scientist Peter Slott this week. Right from the age of 8, when he was bought a book by his father about Space flight, Peter dreamed of being an astronaut or working on space rockets. Years later Peter achieved his dream having worked in Stevenage for Airbus in Gunnels Wood Road and was involved on a variety of projects including the design of satellites. His first project was designing the first Sky TV satellite, which was  launched from the Ariane space rocket and also included designing and making the Space pallet on the Space Shuttle.

    Inspired by watching the rocket launches during the space race in the 1970's, Peter completed a mechanical engineering degree and then he entered the aeronautical industry. A typical working day would involve a host of meetings and then working on his computer putting together designs orf a variety of parts on the satellites. 

    Finishing off the presentation, Peter provided the children with his nugget of wisdom which was to try and achieve your dream by any means how, there will always be a different way to get your dream job, just don't give up and keep trying.

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  • Mrs Elson and Mrs Prosser- Dream catcher assembly

    Published 06/04/19

    Talented staff members Mrs Prosser and Mrs Elson hosted a Dream catcher assembly at Roebuck. The Year 6 children wrote the following report on the assembly

    When Clare Elson (Mrs Elson) was young, she had a dream of writing a book. She spoke to her father  about her dream and he said just go for it. So she did. Later on in her life, she met a young lady named Sue Prosser (Mrs Prosser) who was really good at drawing and they  joined together to try and complete her dream. They started their work, Mrs Elson would do the writing and Mrs Prosser would do the illustrating. As a child, Mrs Elson had a note book full of story ideas that she had collected and she wrote a story in coordination with Mrs  Prosser called:The Garden Adventures of Rosie Red. Mrs Prosser drew the  pictures for the book that they they created (see pictures attached below). Later on they decided that they wanted to publish it for everyone to read. After sending the book to seven publishers, they decided on one of them. They sent it back and forth over and over again to the editors and publishers to make sure it was just right. Mrs Prosser used to doodle in her sketch book during meetings, which ended up looking like stunning drawings. She also drew whilst doing chores at home. Years later, they wrote the whole book and said to the publishers they were happy with the results. They are waiting now for the book to be published and will look forward to seeing the finished product.

    So when asked about a nugget of wisdom to help the children in their future, Mrs Prosser said that you could do anything if you put your mind to it. 


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  • We have Chicks!

    Published 21/03/19

    Nursery chicks

    Children in Nursery have had lots of fun this week watching the chicks hatch. The children have all been very excited and fully immersed in their learning, carefully watching for changes in the eggs. On Wednesday our first egg hatched and the children decided to name him Bear, as he looked fluffy. When the children came into school on Thursday morning all ten chicks had hatched and they are all happy and healthy in their new larger home. This is the first time we've been so lucky to have all ten hatch - we are very happy!


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  • Katherine Dunston- from Knebworth House Dream catcher assembly

    Published 16/03/19

    Last week, Katherine Dunston came to Roebuck and delivered a Dream catcher assembly. Katherine works at Knebworth House and she talked to the children about some of the work that she does there. Currently she is focussing her time on helping to develop an APP that will allow visitors, especially children, to understand more about the Watchman's Tower at the house, which is currently being renovated. Having first dreamt of being an astronaut when she was young, Katherine became a teacher in a Primary School, teaching Year 1 and 2 pupils and then she moved onto working at Knebworth House. Her working day varies , as she could be showing round groups of visitors, planning out work experience placements for students and even dressing up in costumes for classes of children to bring the history of the house to life.

    On finishing the assembly, Katherine gave the children a nugget of wisdom, which was to enjoy trying different things, especially when you are young.  

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  • Kit Davies- Dreamcatcher

    Published 16/03/19

    Chief Executive of the Hart School Learning group, Kit Davies, delivered our latest Dreamcatcher assembly. He talked to the children about his role as a Chief Executive and how this meant him doing a wide variety of jobs including managing budgets, talking about finances, meeting MP's, attending formal dinners and visiting schools. He mentioned that his main aim within the Hart Learning group was to make peoples dreams happen through providing them with a great education from Nursery right through to College. 

    Having grown up in London he initially dreamed of becoming a Tennis player or Coach and then a Lawyer. Eventually he trained to be a teacher. Once  he completed University, he then travelled abroad working in a variety of countries including Mexico, Japan and Spain where he taught English. When asked about  a typical working day, he mentioned that no day was the same as he sometimes had boring days when he would be talking about Budgets or finance, or more interesting days where he would be out meeting people. Kit left the children with his nugget of wisdom , which was to always be positive and think positively especially when you find a difficult situation or something goes wrong.

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  • Science Week

    Published 12/03/19

    The children and staff at Roebuck experience a Mega Science week during the second week of March. The learning that took place supports our journey in improving and enhancing STEM provision across the school. Staff have had an exciting training event where they shared their own ideas for investigations. Two staff members are also attending a Primary Engineering course so are looking forward to their new ideas and learning which they will share with us. Teachers performed a play to the whole school in assembly to show how magnets work. Each class have had extra time this week planned in to their weekly timetable to explore science in depth. 

    Please ask your child what they have been learning about this week.

    Look above at the photograph - this is what happens when you add water to skittles? How is it that the colours do not mix and that they stay separated?

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  • Book week

    Published 12/03/19

    On Wednesday the children were surprised to find the special guests for the Dream catcher's assembly were two familiar faces. Mrs Prosser and Mrs Elson have been working together on a project for the last two years. Mrs Elson has written a children's story and Mrs Prosser has created the illustrations. The book is now in the process of being published. The whole school listened to two pages and need to wait to find out what happens next. Mrs Elson shared how she has always wanted to write a book and likes to jot down ideas. Mrs Prosser demonstrated how she created her portfolio full of wonderful illustrations she has drawn over the years.

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  • JP Zarka- latest Dream catcher assembly

    Published 03/03/19

    Roebuck Academy was visited  on Thursday blogger, JP Zarka, who took part in the latest Dream catcher assembly. Having grown up in Chicago, JP dreamed of being a basketball star, a Rock star and a best selling writer in his early life. However, since the age of 13/14 he wanted to come to Britain having been inspired by a change of culture and went into teaching. Having sporting interests such as basketball( with the inspirational Michael Jordan) and WWE wrestling, JP decided to try and share some of his ideas about wrestling by writing articles on his own website. Now he has written over 350 articles  and blogs and even starred in his own radio show, when sharing stories about wrestling and WWE. Having shared what a typical day in his work was: including taking his children to school, reading and researching material for his blog and then posting his blog on social media, JP gave the children a "nugget of wisdom", which was to try your best and forget about all of the rest. 

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  • Gobi Ranganathan- Latest Dream Catcher

    Published 20/02/19

    Roebuck Academy was proud to host their latest Dream Catcher assembly, Gobi Ranganathan. Gobi inspired the children when he talked  about his numerous achievements in the world of Para sports, and in particular badminton, where he has had a huge amount of success over the years, including winning British, European and World medals in his sport. But it hasn't always been plain sailing for Gobi as he talked about his hard journey to achieve  his success including having to overcome illness, injury and over 30 operations during his prestigious career. Not only that but he mentioned how he has had to be stubborn in his approach to training and in the way he has had to show determination to continue trying to improve in his sport, especially with limited funding.  One highlight of his career was being a torch bearer at the 2012 London Olympics and he mentioned that he still harbours ambitions to compete at the next Olympics in Tokyo. Gobi 's nugget of wisdom to the children was to, "be the best you can be, and if you try the hardest at whatever you want to do doors will open up for you."

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  • Latest Dreamcatcher-Catherine Lomax- Gordon Craig Theatre

    Published 04/02/19

    From the age of 7, Catherine Lomax wanted to either be an actress or a  Zoologist , because she liked animals. Having studied hard at school  and successfully achieved her GCSE's and A levels, Katherine then went onto University where she changed her mind and direction of the career  that she wanted to pursue. Instead of acting she decided to become more involved behind the scenes rather than on stage. Her current job is at the Gordon Craig, where  she the artistic director  and this involves organising drama classes and Art workshops for older children. As a nugget of wisdom for the children, Catherine said to choose to do something that you love as you will be more likely to be successful at it.

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  • Latest Dream catcher assembly- Mrs Green

    Published 03/02/19

    This weeks Dream Catcher assembly saw Mrs Green, parent of Harry and Samuel talk to the children about her role as a Senior Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She has been involved in this work for over 16 years and as well as attending incidents such as car crashes and domestic fires, she has even delivered 15 babies. 

    Having attended primary school in Knebworth and then Secondary school in Welwyn Garden City, Mrs Green went to College and was working in Education in a Nursery. However she decided to change what she was doing because she felt she wanted to help people. So she retrained and after 18 month of training she became an Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP). She is now usually one of the first people on the scene of accidents to help the people and assess if more help is required from emergency services.  Mrs Green now even helps train students who want to join the profession. When asked by the children what her "Nugget of wisdom" would be, she said to keep trying to do whatever you want to do, if you keep trying you will always succeed, it might just take you a little longer, but don't give up!

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  • Latest Dreamcatcher assembly

    Published 19/12/18

    The last Dream catcher assembly of the Year saw Mr Reavell, from Barnwell School, talk to the children about the way in which he became a teacher. Mr Reavell told the children how he needed to show a lot of resilience and perseverance when he was younger when he was trying to pass his English GCSE as he took the exam 5 times.  He was so determined to pass the subject he even went to night school and had private tuition, but he knew how important having the qualification was as he wanted to become a teacher. When he eventually passed he was able to got to Middlesex University and train to be a teacher. Mr Reavell mentioned that although he had been in the same school for a long time, he has had a wide variety of jobs, such as Teach Design and technology, Exams Officer for the school, Assistant head of Year, Head of Year, Head of House, Head of Enrichment and because of this he never gets tired of his job. 

    Finishing off the assembly, Mr Reavell gave the children a nugget of wisdom, that he really felt would help them in their future and it was, "God things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who work hard for it."

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