Sandown School

Sandown Primary School

Sandown Primary School
Thomas Becket

Young Carers 2017.2018

Sandown School Young Carers' Group 

At Sandown we recognise that sometimes a child who has caring responsibilities at home might need a little extra support to help them get the most out of school and so we have set up our Young Carers Support Group.

The whole school is committed to ensuring that all our children, including Young Carers, can access and engage with their education, with the right support where necessary, to achieve their potential.

We have 2 designated Young Carers leaders in school, Mrs Male and Mrs Skinner. Mrs Horrocks, SENCO, supports the group on behalf of the Sandown Senior Leadership team. We also have a school Governor, Mrs Rowe, who is taking a special interest in and responsibility for our Young Carers' Support Group.  They will ensure that families and pupils are aware of the group.  They can be contacted via the School Office by phone or in person.  Pupils can speak to Mrs Male, Mrs Skinner or Mrs Horrocks at any time during the school day or they can leave a confidential message in the box located securely in the School Office.

We have excellent links with external agencies and can make referrals to get support for Young Carers and their families, if they would like us to. We would only share information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to get the right support.  The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support so we would be pleased to hear your views.

The school uses Pupil Premium funding to minimise any barriers to education and learning experience by eligible Young Carers.

What is a Young Carer?

At Sandown a Young Carer is “a child in Year 1 and above who provides care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health problem, sensory disability, severe learning disability or who has a substance misuse problem”. We include in this children living with siblings who have any of these difficulties.

What do we do?

We meet once a month at lunchtime in the After School Club Room. We have our lunch together, either a school meal or packed lunch, and then enjoy activities together.

12th September 2017 At our first meeting this term we talked about the RHS School Gardening Big Soup Share which Mrs Collins had suggested we might like to take part in.

We thought this was a great idea so we talked about what soup we would cook and how we could run the event. Because we wanted people to share the soup with us we made invitations for our families and friends. We also made some coloured bunting to decorate Green Zone on the day.

3rd October 2017 – BIG SOUP DAY We had a great morning. We began by washing and chopping all the vegetables for the soup, which was going to be Leek and Potato. Then we mixed up ingredients for some blackberry sponge puddings. We put everything in boxes and took it all to Green Zone with Mrs Collins. Once the soup and the puddings were cooking on the campfire we moved lots of hay bales to make a seating area and made a table out of some pallets and wood. We set out cups, bowls, napkins and spoons and put up the bunting. We had to work quickly as our guests began to arrive. When all was ready we served our guests with soup, bread and pudding and then enjoyed some ourselves. It was a lovely sunny, warm day and everyone agreed it had been a marvellous “Soup Share”.

There are lots of photos on our notice board.

6th November 2017 We had received a call from Mr Palmer, the Manager of Deal Castle. He had 500 Crocus bulbs to plant and as he knew we were learning great gardening skills at Green Zone he requested our assistance. We couldn’t resist the challenge so off we went, with Mrs Collins, to Deal Castle. We cleared some weeds from the large round flower bed and then dug holes and planted the bulbs. We had to take care to put them in the right way up and cover them up with soil. We were very lucky that it was a sunny afternoon so our job was very enjoyable and we got all the bulbs planted in no time at all. We talked about when the flowers might appear and we are all going to remember to look out for them next spring, in February or March. We will feel very proud to think that we helped to make that flowerbed beautiful.

There are photos of our digging and planting activities on our notice board.

Christmas and New Year info For our meeting on the 5th December we had a lovely afternoon full of Christmassy activities. We made cards and decorations and decorated gingerbread men, all to take home. Some of us also made possibly the longest paper chain ever seen.  It was great fun and there was quite a lot of glitter and icing everywhere by the time we had finished. We also had Christmas music and snacks.

Our first meeting of 2018 was on the 5th February.  We had lunch together and talked about what we have enjoyed doing in our Young Carers group. Everyone agreed that one of the best things was meeting up with the other group members regularly. We were thinking about what activities we would like to do in the rest of our meetings this year. We each made a speech bubble of our thoughts to go on our notice board with our photos.

Easter treat on Monday, 26th March our Young Carers enjoyed their Easter treat.  They all had lunch together before the fun began!

They all worked together as a team to find as many coloured egg pictures as they could - they searched and searched until they could search no more!  All their hard work was rewarded with sweets and a chocolate egg.

Spring term: At our meeting on the 21st May it was such a lovely day that as soon as we had eaten our lunch we all headed out to the play park. It was great to have time out of school as a group and we all had lots of fun.

For our last meeting this year we were invited out to lunch by our Young Carers Governor, Mrs Rowe. On Monday 16th July we walked to Mrs Rowe’s house near Deal Castle where she was waiting for us with lovely cold drinks. Mrs Rowe let us explore all over her house and we enjoyed the lunch she had prepared for us. There are some fantastic views from Mrs Rowe’s house and we were up so high we could look down on the castle. We had a marvelous time but all too soon we had to walk back to school, although we did get ice creams on the way! Thank you Mrs Rowe.

Sandown Young Carers group has recently been given some money by the Inner Wheel Club of Deal. They read about us and wanted to help so they did some fundraising for us. We will be able to use this money to pay for something we will all enjoy doing together in the next school year so we send a big ‘THANK YOU’ to them for supporting us.