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Howe Dell Heroes, recognised again by staff, governors and pupils. One was even nominated by an impressed member of the public. There are so many wonderful moments to celebrate at Howe Dell. but here is our annual opportunity to applaud some highly valued members of the Howe Dell family.

What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development?

What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 1 Working with SLT, Day Care & Facilities Managers
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 2 School planning on Behaviour, Safety and Welfare
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 3 Leadership & Management with Succession Planning
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 4 How does it feel to be a leader at Howe Dell?
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 5 How did it feel to be a leader today at Howe Dell?
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 6 In our Training Day, what made me think deeply?
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 7 Leadership Day: what new learning took place?
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 8
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 9
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 10
What does our Leadership Team across the site value about opportunities at Howe Dell for professional development? 11

More to be celebrated after Friday's announcements and Roll of Honour published in our Newsletter! Growing Leadership from Within: Our Annual Leadership Day has resulted yet again with team leaders recognising individuals who are demonstrating increased leadership impact. This year we have decided to publish some of these as well as celebrate all in our Sharing Assembly.

Welcome back! Postcards from our staff, proving they work hard, but have a life outside School too!

We had a Shakespeare Focus for our INSET this year. This is how staff reviewed the day from Teachers' Senior Leaders as well as Teaching Assistants and Dinner Time Staff.

Our AMAZING TAs walked 25 miles and over 16 bridges for Charity!

Our AMAZING TAs walked 25 miles and over 16 bridges for Charity! 1

Howe Dell's Heroes 2016

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Howe Dell's Heroes 2016 

 

Our Roll Call of Howe Dell's Heroes:-

 

Name

Reason

The Facilities Duo – Colin & Sharon

This duo have had lots of projects to deal with over the past year – including the perennial battle with the wind turbine! (Which is now working!), the installation of the automatic car park gates and kestrels! Add to that Themed Weeks and Wonder Days for Maths, Shakespeare, Pet Day, Space & Time Travel week, Bird Art Attack and Our Living World, along with the regular annual Howe Dell events such as Sports Day, Remembrance Day etc..
Theirs is the kind of job that when things go smoothly they’re not noticed, yet in truth they deserve thanks daily.

Mel Chandaria

Mel is a kind, caring person who will go out of her way for anyone. She is an active member on the PSA whether cooking amazing food for an event, helping to set up or henna painting. She always has a smile on her face when greeting parents and staff, and is an active and willing governor, and is very supportive to her R.E subject leader in all areas, wanting to do the best she can for the school and children.

Mrs Massey

Mrs Massey is a one in a million head teacher. She gives the children in her care opportunities that they would not receive at other schools, through all of the Wonder Day, Wonder Weeks and Theatre trip experiences, as well as other projects run in the school. There are very few head teachers who are accessible to parents both at the start and at the end of the school day and who know the names of so many children. She is inspirational, passionate, dedicated and exceptional.  Howe Dell is extremely lucky to have her!

Julia Ellis-Hall

Julia is always bright, cheerful and approachable. She has many roles linked to Howe Dell but recently has been involved in some important Governor meetings. Julia has made staff feel appreciated and valued and this has been gratefully received during some challenging times. To ensure staff well-being she even brings staff packed lunches! She is also an active part of the community attending and supporting local events, even bringing along her ever expanding group of children who she child minds.

Lyn Walkerdine

Year 1 wanted to thank Mrs Walkerdine for reading with Year 1 children over the past 2 years. She has helped the children to progress in their reading and has helped them to grow in confidence. They respond well to her and look forward to her coming into read with them.
This is sadly her last year at Howe Dell and we will all miss her very much!

Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity.

Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 1 3 cheers for Miss Adams, from 2 supporters
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 2 A group of loyal and soggy supporters
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 3 After School Club came out to cheer
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 4 3 cheers for the Reds
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 5 Competition was strong
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 6 Keep marking your opponant
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 7 Goal!
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 8 Action shot!
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 9 Final win to Reds
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 10 What a healthy staff we have!
Well done those involved in Staff Netball Match for Sports Relief. £40 raised for charity. 11 Let's give some support to the Blue Team!

Mrs Heard's Thank You Letter.

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Staff Roll of Honour 2016

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Staff Roll of Honour 2016

Howe Dell Leadership Team Training outcomes

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What makes a good teacher GREAT at Howe Dell? Y4, 5 and 6 can tell you!

CONGRATULATIONS MRS RICHARDS – VOLUNTEER AWARDS
Well done to Mrs Richards, Teaching Assistant Year 4.1, for her British Red Cross awards – highest number of callouts attended in Hertfordshire, Bedford and Essex and Festive Responder - having attended a house flood on Christmas Day!
She is a volunteer for the Emergency Response Team, and attended
39 callouts last year, ranging from house fires, house floods, distraction burglaries, vehicles into buildings and the St. Albans sink hole.
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What do staff value about working at Howe Dell?

What do staff value about working at Howe Dell? 1 How development opportunities are rated by staff
What do staff value about working at Howe Dell? 2 What makes staff proud to be part of Howe Dell

An extract from staff survey outcomes, full report available below.

  • I believe we make a real difference to the children in our care and everyone shares the same vision and drive to make this school so great. It is a daily challenge and everyone rises to it.
  • There are so many initiatives to encourage the children’s learning – wonder days, trips. The team work really well together and it feels like an extended family.
  • Everyone works hard with each other and not against each other.
  • This is a school with exceptionally high values of integrity in a fast paced and exciting environment; an excellent place to grow and perform.
  • I feel listened to and appreciated. I feel I am learning from extremely experiences and inspiring colleagues – from all areas of the school.

What do children think makes a good teacher GREAT?

Staff Survey to inform appraisals and future school planning and resourcing

What do staff do during INSET days?

Leadership Team meet to review staff skills, knowledge and experience in ensuring every child continues to matters, every day at Howe Dell.

Leadership Team meet to review staff skills, knowledge and experience in ensuring every child continues to matters, every day at Howe Dell. 1
Leadership Team meet to review staff skills, knowledge and experience in ensuring every child continues to matters, every day at Howe Dell. 2
Leadership Team meet to review staff skills, knowledge and experience in ensuring every child continues to matters, every day at Howe Dell. 3

Henry V provided plenty of inspiration to reflect on staff leadership styles for a whole site INSET involving teachers, TAs, MSAs and After School as well as Breakfast Club workers

3 staff weddings to launch the new year! See PowerPoint for images of all 3.

3 staff weddings to launch the new year! See PowerPoint for images of all 3. 1 Miss Sharp's dad and his guide dog all involved
3 staff weddings to launch the new year! See PowerPoint for images of all 3. 2 Howe Dell girls waited in rain to see the bride
3 staff weddings to launch the new year! See PowerPoint for images of all 3. 3 Just like a princess!

3 beautiful brides celebrated via a PowerPoint from our Main Entrance

Introducing our Howe Dell Heroes 2015: staff and volunteers including governors who go above and beyond to make our school a wonderful place to learn.

Introducing our Howe Dell Heroes 2015: staff and volunteers including governors who go above and beyond to make our school a wonderful place to learn. 1

Mrs Massey as support to the Manager has instigated Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this?

Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 1 Special Needs provision considered
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 2 What do we do for children with little English?
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 3 Teams mixed to find most evidence
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 4 Lots of knowledge about where evidence is
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 5 How to meet vulnerable children's needs?
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 6 Deputy Miss Daniels and Early Years lead joins in
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 7 Lots of chatter as ideas escalate
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 8 Positive review of Parental feedback
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 9 How individuals feel about evidence captured
Mrs Massey as support to the  Manager has instigated  Day Care Training, with a focus to review provision against New Early Years Framework. How do the staff feel about this? 10 Commitment and passion summarised
Come and meet the staff at our school.
Debra Massey Headteacher
Emma Daniels Deputy Head / INCO
Pete Mason Deputy Head
Helen Brind Assistant Head

 

Teachers

Teresa Hymas Nursery
Viv Scott-Clarke Reception 1                            
Anna Geaves Reception 2
Sarah-Jane Pratten/ Aleks Miksiewicz Year 1 Class 1    
Claire Pearson Year 1 Class 2                        
Helen Brind / Jo Middleton Year 2 Class 1
Kathy Adams Year 2 Class 2
Sarah Blow Year 3 Class 1
Camille Bogard Year 3 Class 2
Colleen Brien/Julia Kiely Year 4 Class 1
April Golder Year 4 Class 2
Becky Woolfe Year 5 Class 1
Rachel Mylrea Year 5 Class 2
Carys Woodworth Year 6 Class 1

Lauren Madden

Year 6 Class 2
Emma Miller  
Sara Warwick  
Nicky Traynor  

Chances to join in new learning opportunities for staff

Chances to join in new learning opportunities for staff 1 Dress Up Days
Chances to join in new learning opportunities for staff 2 Fellowship Afloat
Chances to join in new learning opportunities for staff 3 Supporting our PSA many Events

Teaching Assistants

Danielle Arnold Andrea Nash 
Sally Climo Jo Newland
Emily Cowan Catherine O'Sullivan
Belinda Dye  Victoria Stratford
Penny Galloway Helen Taylor
Karen Garg Laraine West
Ria Georgiadis Anna Woodland
Chelsea Hill Sharon Worsley
Sharon Jansen (HLTA)  
Krisztina Joo  
Gemma Lawson (HLTA)  
Jane Long  
Suki Lota  

Sam Marsh

 
Barry Masterman  
Aleksandra Miksiewicz  

Office Staff

Mel Allgood Office Manager
Jo Gooding Admin Assistant
Dani Harrison Admin Assistant
Rachel Gordon Extended Services and Projects Administrator
Ros Sheldon                                   Bursar

 

Facilities Team

Colin Wareham            Facilities Manager
Sharon Hill Deputy Facilities Manager
Steven Smith Facilities Assistant

 

Midday Supervisors

Debbie Wilder (Lead) Stacey Hulkes
Natalie Clarry Valmira Lokaj 
Edith Dorogi  Penny Lowde        
Alan Harling  Rijvana Mohamed Ali
  Tina Wright

Other Staff

Nina Williams Partnerships and Community Manager   
Mel Chandaria Breakfast Club Assistant    
Will Andrews                           ICT Technician
Jackie Sayers Cook

 

Wordles arising from staff feedback

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