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  • Dream Catcher 9.1.2020 - Helen Bailey

    Published 09/01/20

    On Thursday 9th January, we were visited by Helen Bailey.

    Helen  lives in East London and loves designing fashion. She is a STEM school project administrator but in the past she has had many exciting jobs.

    In year 12, she studied business on a type writer and short-hand handwriting but soon decided that this wasn’t what she wanted to do. Then she studied being a secretary. When she went to college, she studied a four year degree in art as designing dresses would require her to be good at drawing. In her third year, she worked for a fashion designer called Helen Storey who had her own design shop. There she was encouraged to share her ideas and create.

    They did a project on Dvora cloths and printed a dress with cement (which stayed in a glass container outside for two weeks and cleaned the air inside it). Finally she finished her degree and worked in many bridal wear shops since. Then for a while, she had her own bridal shop.  

    Her nugget of wisdom was, “Remember that your education is always important. Everything you learn is important to remember as it will help you make decisions about what you do and don’t want to do later on in life.”

    Written by Amelia and Poppy Year 6

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  • Roebuck Does Reading- Mrs Elson

    Published 09/01/20

    As part of our push to inspire children to read more, we have asked some of the teachers to video record themselves reading a favourite story. If you click the links below you will be be able to watch stories being retold by Roebuck staff.

    In our latest edition Mrs Elson reads Walking through the Jungle

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  • Back by popular demand our Story Sacks workshop- book your place now!

    Published 19/12/19

    Our Story Sacks workshops is back in January 2020 for parents with children in Reception and Year 1. This is an extremely popular course. Please do sign up quickly if you would like to take part.

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  • A parent workshop for January 2020

    Published 19/12/19

    A leaflet about our exciting new workshop went home on Friday 13th December.

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  • Roebuck does reading- Mrs Thomas and Mrs Sparrow

    Published 12/12/19

    As part of our push to inspire children to read more, we have asked some of the teachers to video record themselves reading a favourite story. If you click the links below you will be be able to watch stories being retold by Roebuck staff.

    In our latest edition Mrs Thomas reads Peace at Last, while Mrs Sparrow reads, The incredible book eating boy

    Please click on the link below.    Mrs Thomas


       Mrs Sparrow



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  • Dream Catcher 5.12.19 Roy Caine

    Published 08/12/19

    On Thursday 5th December, we were visited by Mr Roy Cain who is a storyteller.

    Roy goes around to schools reading stories to children and making them smile. He lives in Hertfordshire with four sons and a wife and he came to our school to read the Donkey’s First Christmas written by an eleven year old girl. This book was about Mary, Jesus and Bethlehem but from the donkey’s point of view. This book was very entertaining and humorous and we would love to have him come back to Roebuck Academy and read more stories.

    Being a storyteller wasn’t his only dream as a little boy. Roy wanted to be a teacher growing up so he studied singing, dancing and script writing which he enjoyed and he now has a passion for storytelling.

    Roy’s nugget of wisdom for our children was enjoy your school, enjoy books, and enjoy life.

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  • Dream Catcher 28.11.19 - Owen Stephen

    Published 08/12/19

    On Thursday 28th November, we had a very talented man called Owen came in for a dream catcher assembly. 

    Owen is a musician and has been all around the world. Just recently, he came back from a cruise in Australia singing for all the people on board. He was due to go to Denmark the following weekend and then Los Angeles before Christmas for another cruise. He is very, very busy!

    Owen told us that he always wanted to be a football reporter/ analyst when he was younger as he enjoyed football but didn't feel he was that good at playing it. When he was older, in his late teens,he taught himself to play guitar by watching You Tube videos. Because he loved playing so much, he played all of the time and quickly became very good at it.
    Over the years, he has played at many gigs locally and he has visited over 60 countries. He has also been a music teacher. Owen sang us a song called Shot Gun which everybody enjoyed singing along to. 
    Owen told us that we should pursue what we like doing as in his case, his hobby has turned into his job which he absolutely loves doing every single day. We are all hoping that Owen comes back and visits us again soon as we really enjoyed his assembly!
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  • Dream Catcher 21.11.19 - Vanessa and Tina from Vision Loss

    Published 08/12/19

    On Thursday 21st November, we were joined by two ladies called Vanessa and Tina. 

    Vanessa works at a charity called Vision Loss and this charity has been in Hertfordshire for over 100 years. Tina is being supported by this charity. They visited our school to tell us more about their charity and to give us an idea of what it might be like to work for one.

    Unfortunately, Tina lost her eyesight quite a while ago when she had a child who was only one. Luckily, this charity helped her to get through life while being blind. Tina described what happened and how she felt. “I was just scared because I couldn’t see and I didn’t know how to look after my child while being blind.” Throughout these years, Tina has got a lot of help with home life activities and situations.

    We were all very inspired by the assembly. We were moved by what a fantastic job the charity and its workers such as Vanessa do to help people and by Tina, who is an inspiration to us and who was so brave to come in and talk to us all about her daily struggles.

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  • Roebuck does Reading

    Published 08/12/19

    As part of our push to inspire children to read more, we have asked some of the teachers to video record themselves reading a favourite story. If you click the links below you will be be able to watch stories being retold by Roebuck staff.


    Story 1- Mr Alden- Supertato














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  • Dream Catcher 24.10.19 Sam Allnutt

    Published 26/11/19

    On Thursday 24th of October we met a lovely lady named Sam Allnutt who came and talked to us about her job and what she does.

    Sam told us that she works for The Dogs Trust and how she rescues dogs no matter what breed they are. She also told us that she works every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 8am to 4pm - that gives her a total of 37 hours a week! Can you imagine working with dogs of all kind for 37 hour a week?

    Sam told us that they get 84 dogs a day - that is 15000 dogs per year! Even though she works with many dogs and has so many to look after, she also has her own little French Bull dog to look after on top of all the other dogs she rescues and takes care of. During the assembly, she told us what some of the medicines that she gives the dogs do - they treat worms and fleas.

    Sam has always wanted to work with animals from a young age. They are something that she has been really passionate about all of her life. The nugget of wisdom she gave the children of Roebuck Academy was to find your passion in life and pursue it. Don’t worry about what other people are doing – do something you believe in and which makes you happy.   

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  • Dream Catcher 7.11.19 Jason Ejimadu

    Published 14/11/19

    On Thursday 7th November, we were joined by Jason Ejimadu. 

    He is a scientist who works at GSK in Stevenage.

    Jason has been doing his job for 14 years. He carries out tests on different medicines to make sure that they are safe for human consumption and that they effectively treat the intended diseases/ infections. Jason has helped create medicines that have treated respiratory and heart problems and ones which try and beat cancers.

    Jason was born in Wembley. He then moved to Nigeria and went to school and university there. When he was younger, in Year 5, he knew he wanted to be a scientist and help other people. He trained for 4 years in his job before he was able to work independently.

    Throughout his work, Jason needs to use a range of skills such as concentrating, analysing, reading, measuring and writing. He spoke to us about the importance of learning these skills well at school.

    Jason’s nugget of wisdom for us was to focus on what you want to be and go for it. Always try your hardest and work hard and you will achieve what you want to do.

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  • Dream Catcher 17.10.19 Tracy Collings

    Published 14/11/19

    On Thursday 17th October we met Tracy Collings.

    Tracey’s job is a Beauty and Holistic Therapy Lecturer at North Herts College. She teaches students how to give people massages, facials and do make up. She uses hot stones to give people hot stone massages too. Tracy told us about the importance of looking professional in her job which means you are not allowed to wear earrings, watches or nail polish. Her job can involve long hours on her feet and giving massages can be hard work!

    She is from London but moved to Stevenage later in life. She works in Hitchin. She has been doing her job for over 20 years and started her beauty career as a therapist in a spa. Tracy was then given the opportunity to train to be a teacher.

    We also learnt that Tracy loves horses and owns some of her own. She enjoys riding them and has even learnt to do equestrian massage!

    Tracy’s nugget of wisdom for us was to find something you enjoy doing and believe in yourself and your abilities.

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