Grantham children have their 'bingo' cards stamped when they attend school
Children at a primary school in Grantham have been given a bingo card to be stamped every time they complete an activity as part of Attendance Awareness Week.
Each child at Little Gonerby Infant School has their card stamped every day upon completing a number of different activities in the playground between 8.30am and 8.55 am.
The activities are designed to encourage the children to be at school every day and on time. The school says every stamp received is a celebration of the hard work the children and adults have put in to get to school on time.
Lydia Gallaher, the school’s family support advisor, said: “Children who attend school regularly are more likely to do well in their education, especially core subjects such as reading, writing and maths. Just by being present at school, children are learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view. The activities are varied to maximise on the children’s interests but also to tap into real community life.
“It is so lovely to see the children eager to get to school each morning to take part in the activities arranged and to get their card stamped. A big thank you goes out to all the parents and carers who have ensured that the children get to school every day on time.”
One activity involved the children writing on a sticky note what they like about their town or country and sticking it on to a map of the UK. Many of the children commented about the new cinema, going to the park and going to the seaside.There was an overwhelming positive response to being part of Grantham and all the good things that Grantham offers.
Members of the local community have supported the initiative. Glen Esk Flowers in Grantham donated 160 single stem flowers for each child to give to their parent or carer as a thank you for taking them to school.Anytime Fitness provided a mini workout for all the children and parents, offering complimentary day passes.
One morning the children were welcomed by Grantham College and each child was entered into a prize draw for their parent or carer to win a complimentary voucher at the college salon and restaurant. The local police and fire brigade have also given their support.
Every child who completes a full month of attendance will be given a prize for their achievement and the school will be interested in seeing the impact this has had on the overall wellbeing of the children.
HeadteacherHelen Hilton said: “This has been a fantastic way to start the new school year. Seeing the children so excited to get to school each morning and discover what surprises await them, as well as the way families have been engaging in the activities together and helping everyone to have a positive start to the day, has been wonderful.
“The children are then coming into class engaged and motivated to get straight into their learning and so make great progress.”