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November 2016

  • Spreading the Growth Mindset far and wide!

    Published 24/11/16

    Miss Short and Mrs Thomas have been out today spreading the Growth Mindset message across Hertfordshire at a conference in Stevenage. Our presentation was all about our 'Set your bubbles free' day and how we worked with parents. Teachers from Hertfordshire were really impressed at the fantastic turn out of parents we had for this event and this just shows what we can achieve when the whole Roebuck community pull together.

    We are already busy thinking about our next Mindset workshop where we hope to see even more of you there. Please do share your mindset moments with us. Post them in the feedback box, leave a comment on the feedback section on the website or pop in for a chat with us. 

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  • Choir sing loud and proud at Stevenage's 70th Birthday FinaleĀ 

    Published 21/11/16

    On Saturday, the Choir was invited to attend a 'Singing Playgrounds' event which involved learning five songs with actions in the morning and then performing these during a concert in the afternoon. The children were a credit to the school with many people commenting on their good behaviour and enthusiastic and dynamic performances.

    We are hoping that the children will now be able to teach other children the songs they have learned adding a different dimension to playtimes. Miss Whitfield and Mrs Thomas are incredibly proud of all of our children.

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  • Five Star Roebuck grab first win

    Published 18/11/16

    The Year 5 and 6 Football team produced a terrific performance to win their first match of the season against St Nicholas School. The score of 5-0 was a thoroughly deserved scoreline, with three different scorers finishing off lovely team moves.

    The goalkeeper and defenders deserve a huge amount of recognition too for their determination to stop the opposition scoring and keeping their shape throughout the game.

    A huge well done to the team and we hope to push our progress forward to achieve great things in the spring term.

    Team: Max, Aiden, Jayden, Ethan, Harrison, Archie B, Archie C, Sean, Kyle.

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  • Winning Start

    Published 17/11/16

    Our school netball team have got the season off to a winning start. The girls beat Ashtree School 9-0 today, putting on a very impressive performance for their first game. For many of the girls, it was actually their first ever game of competetive netball. Millie scored 4 of the goals and Ella scored 5 and there was some excellent build up play by the attacking players. We defended strongly too, leaving Ashtree without a single shot at goal until only the last second of the match. It was tough in the cold conditions and we are incredibly proud of all nine girls - well done!

    Team: Eleanor, Kasey, Lexi (c), Amelia, Lois, Isabelle, Tia, Ella, Millie

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  • Thursday at Kingswood (Part 2)

    Published 10/11/16

    Lunch was heartily devoured by all and then refuelled and refreshed the groups headed out for their final activities of their holiday. Group N descended into the caving system and managed to all find their way through the system without managing to lose anyone. Fears were overcome and all exited with more than they entered with. Group M then drove the Go Karts on a rather wet track. Apparently they were quite safe driving, with only the odd skid / power-slide from one or two of the boys!

    Excitement then reached a crescendo as Disco time was looming large. Frantically organising their outfits, fitting in showers and make up sessions as well as preparing for the grand depart, seemed to fly by and before we knew it the disco was in full flow.

    Well it seems to have flown by and with only our session on the Beach in the morning, before we know it, we will be heading back to Stevenage.

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  • Thursday at Kingswood (Part 1)

    Published 10/11/16

    Thursday started with rain dampening the ground but not our spirits.  With both groups being very active outside during the day, energy was flowing from the children. After another cooked breakfast and a flying visit to the gift shop the groups went their separate way, with group M dangling from the abseiling tower whilst group N braved a very wet and muddy nightline course. Taking turns to be leaders the children battled their way through the rain and the obstacles - and managed to emerge with very muddy clothes but a great sense of achievement.

    With the weather improving slightly the groups swapped activities. Miss Carter seemed to get into the spirit of Nightline without too much prompting - after mentioning how she had remembered what it was like when she visited Kingswood many years ago. At the same time Group N were showing what they were made of on the abseiling tower with every member of the group managing to visit the top, even if some just looked at the amazing view.

    Zip Wire saw Roebuck pupils soaring through the Norfolk skies at a rate of knots although no one managed to achieve the target of touching the tyre at the end.

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  • Tuesday at Kingswood

    Published 10/11/16

    Well what a day. With the elements against us, cold and very wet with a bit of wind thrown in, both groups “manned up” and leapt into the day’s first activities.

    Careful driving in side by side was the order of the day, with all children in both groups managing to safely navigate the extremely wet and muddy course. After this the children challenged themselves with Jacobs ladder, with some excellent teamwork in navigating the very wet and tricky ladder. Notable performances from group M was Jamie who managed to get to the top and Kiera who managed to get to the 5th rung! Both groups then braved the elements at the front of the site to build shelters using the natural resources that were surrounding them. Some great effort from everyone, although there was some flagging when the wind picked up.

    After a refreshing lunch of fish fingers, spaghetti and chips, all groups spent time out of the weather indoors. Group M spent time scaling heights in indoor climbing whilst group N lit each other up in the laser tag.  The activities ended with indoor climbing for group N and some personal triumphs with most children achieving their goals and three children managing to reach the top of the wall, whilst group M enjoyed archery and were introduced to the tradition of shooting for cutlery. The evening entertainment saw the class dance the night away with 'Into the spotlight'.

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  • Kingswood Arrival

    Published 09/11/16

    Well Kingswood 2016 has definitely started, with the excited children really rising to the challenge in the afternoon with their first taste of life at West Runton. After a lovely journey the children settled well into the routine of making their beds, with some impressive efforts especially from Archie B- very efficient! With a lot of collaboration going on, eventually everyone managed to complete the task.

    The children then enjoyed their first activities of Caving and Archery. Group M sunk to new depths in the caving system, which had quite a bit of water, after some rain in the week. Miraculously some children managed to stay relatively dry. Apparently a new technique of crab scuttling through the cave was demonstrated by out PE specialist (Miss Carter) and others followed suit. Not everyone however managed to stay as dry with two boys, whose names are rather similar, demonstrating effective army crawling through the obstacles and puddles underground.  All children went through the cave, and came out the other side without too much fuss.

    Meanwhile group N managed to master the art of archery in the indoor shooting range. All children managed to hit the target on numerous occasions, with some expert shots really showing others how it should be done.

    Evening entertainment saw the children enjoy a rather wet pool party followed by hot chocolate and a relatively early night.

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  • Celebrating Music at Roebuck

    Published 03/11/16

    The pupils and staff have had an amazing day learning about a range of different music styles. Many thanks to all our visitors including Miss Prosser who sang to the children in assembly and performed for KS1. Thank you to Damien and Ross for performing the trumpet and electric guitar to the whole school. We were also delighted that staff and pupils from Thomas Alleynes and Barnwell could attend and lead workshops in singing and mixing music using computer technology. We now have many budding young DJs!

    This exciting day starts Roebuck on their journey to achieve Artsmark status. Our aspirations are high and we are aiming for Platinum (the top level awarded). We also hope to be seen as a Flagship school following our success as an Artsmark Champion school. We aim to improve music provision through the school and are working on continuing to develop strong partnerships with our local secondary schools. Many thanks for the time and help given from everyone involved.

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  • Tag Rugby

    Published 03/11/16

    Roebuck took part in the annual Stevenage Rugby festival hosted by Stevenage Sporting futures and Stevenage Rugby club at King George V playing fields. With a young and inexperienced squad competing against the best that Stevenage Primary schools could muster. Playing against larger schools, the team showed great spirit and determination and never gave up in keenly fought games, Despite losing four and winning only one of our pool matches, we were placed fourth in the league due to our superior try scoring record having consistently scored over 7 tries a game. Three of the games were only lost by one try and notable perfomances included a very close 9-7 loss to the eventual finalists St Vincent de Paul in which the lead changed hand on numerous occasions. Having then moved forward to the frendlies pool, Roebuck seemed to get rid of their inhibitions and managed to win two and draw their last three games scoring a total of 49 tries in the process.

    The whole team contributed to some great running rugby and we managed to just be pipped at the post for the fair play award by Round Diamond. A huge well done to the team of: Archie B, Logan A, Amelie B, Eloise B, Zohul H, Freddie G, Harrison M, Max A and Harry C

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