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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




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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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  • Dream Catcher 3.10.19 Alice Richardson

    Published 26/10/19

    On Thursday 3rd October, we met a twenty-eight year old lady called Alice. 

    She told us about her life in the baking and sports industry. Alice works for a sports club and is a sales and retention manager. In her spare time, she bakes cakes.

    Alice went to school in Hackney and in Broxbourne. She then went to university and trained to be a PE teacher. Since then, she has used those skills in her job at a sports club. Alice loves talking to people and helping them achieve their long term goals.

    Right from as early as she can remember, Alice loved baking with her Grandma. It has been a hobby she has been passionate about for years. Last year, she started a cupcake business by selling cake to her friends and family (chocolate, vanilla and lemon). In the first month, she only got 5 customers, after 2 months she got 8 customers and after 3 months she got 12 customers. Alice makes birthday cakes, wedding cakes and party cakes. She sells her cakes all over Hertfordshire. 

    Her nugget of wisdom is that, “If you are good at something, follow your dreams and never stop trying.”

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  • Dreamcatcher assembly- Martyn Burrows

    Published 05/10/19

    On Thursday 12th September, we had our first Dream Catcher assembly of the year. We were joined by Martyn Burrows who is a trainee train driver for Govia Great Northern Railway.

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  • Latest Dreamcatcher - Samantha Daisley

    Published 02/07/19

    Roebuck's latest Dreamcatcher assembly was a first for the school as the children were visited by a former student, Samantha Daisley. Samantha is a former pupil of Roebuck Primary School from around 14 years ago. Samantha currently works at the Stevenage Museum as a Senior Museum Assistant. She talked about her role at the Museum and the work that she does there, which includes meeting a variety of different people and setting up the special exhibits at the Museum.  She likes her job as it is always very different with no typical working day. She loves to greet people when they arrive through the museum doors and when asked to give her nugget of wisdom for the children, she mentioned that you should never give up being what you want to be!

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  • The NED show

    Published 24/06/19

    WOW! How lucky we were to have a visit from Megan this week who came to tell us all about NED and amaze us with her yo-yo skills. She taught us the importance of Never giving up, Encouraging one another and Doing our best! All the children and adults absolutely loved her show and the children have talked about it constantly ever since!

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  • Peter Slot- Latest Dreamcatcher 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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