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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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  • 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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  • Latest Dream catcher from Divyen Thakkar

    Published 25/11/18

    Wow! What an interesting assembly that was. We didn't realise how much work, effort and testing went  into the Job that Mr Thakkar does. We were every fortunate to have the latest Dream catcher  hosted by Divyen Thakkar , who works for Transport for London as a Senior Software Test analyst. Mr Thakkar told the children about how he has helped Transport for London develop test analysis software for the Oyster card system , which entails devising a test programme that checks what happens when an Oyster card is presented for payment at a machine. The software makes sure that people aren't charged too much for the journey that they have made and takes into account thousands of different combinations such as the distances travelled so that a cap is placed on the amount a person can be charged.

    Mr Thakkar talked about how as  a child growing up in India he dreamed of being a pilot but when he moved to England, he developed his skills in software analysis. On a typical day he would attend a variety of meetings about how the software programming for the system was working.  To be successful in his job, he said he had to study hard and he did Maths, Science and Computing. As his nugget of advice for the children , he said that to be successful you need to follow your dreams and do something in work that you enjoy. 

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  • Latest Dream catcher assembly

    Published 18/11/18

    This weeks Dream catcher assembly saw students from Thomas Alleynes showcase some of the work they have been doing in school and sharing the ambitions they have for the future. Each set of children presented learning they had worked on at school but it was obvious from their enthusiasm that these were areas that they had a real passion for ,as each of the children mentioned how they spent some of their own time out side of school continuing their interests in these subjects. 

    First up was Jack, who studies Biology, Psychology and Physics, and he talked about the psychology of sport and how that  in his spare time he does a lot of sport. He was then followed by Zander , who studies  Computer Science, Maths and Physics. He wowed the children with a robot that he made himself and he showed the children how he controlled it with coding using Python. In his spare time he mentioned that he  makes things using computer science. Finally it was Jemma and Lucy, who study Biology , Chemistry and Physics. They  showed the pupils how static electricity could help light a fluorescent tube bulb by flowing through it, as shown in the picture above. It was no surprise that in their spare time they enjoyed doing scientific experiments. Just before the end of the assembly the students provided their  nugget of wisdom, which was something that all of them agreed with  that, "If you want to do something don’t stop trying and do it." 


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  • Dreamcatcher with Reverend Kate Sharples

    Published 25/10/18

    This weeks Dreamcatcher saw Reverend Kate Sharples share her experiences of work with the children.  She has worked in St Peters Church in Broadwater for the last 18 months. During the assembly she mentioned that she spends a lot of her time planning for a variety of services that include Weddings, Christenings and Funerals  and these involve lots  of paperwork. She also does a lot of work in a variety of schools with visits and assemblies , which she has to try and make sure  are fun for the children to enjoy.  At first Reverend Kate wanted to be a plant scientist  and although her work now is very different she  was able to full fill her dream because in her job she sometimes goes to the Old peoples homes or elderly peoples  houses and sometimes helps out by doing the  gardening.

    To finish off with Reverend Kate left the children with her nugget of wisdom, which was to “Follow your own dreams and try new things, just don’t give up!”   

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  • Roebuck Remembers

    Published 25/10/18

    With the Centenary of the end of the First World War  quickly approaching, the pupils of Roebuck Academy have created a poppy display at the front entrance of the school. Using recycled plastic bottles, the children have created a "field of poppies." This display will be added to as the week of remembrance draws closer, with other events and work to be done by the children  at school.

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