May was another busy month for training bookings – with an emphasis on training for positive behaviour, lunchtimes training and training for primary schools in particular. On 19th May Jenny was asked to carry out a training day in Conwy by Wendy Ostler, a Healthy Schools Co-ordinator who worked with Jenny a long time ago. Wendy had been on one of Jenny’s Train the Trainers courses years ago and has remained a firm believer in the Golden Model. As Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, Wendy invited all the schools in her area to attend an exciting day of re-invigorating Circle Time and visiting the basics of Circle Time with people who were new to the idea. The day went very well and Wendy wrote this lovely letter shortly afterwards:
I just wanted to thank you for a really inspiring day. Nobody wanted it to finish and I was thrilled with the reaction of the teachers and TAs – they were all really enthusiastic and many people said that the day had reminded them about the core values of education. It is so easy for them to get side tracked by all the pressure to improve standards and to forget the joy of working with children. Many people also said how they appreciated your acceptance that we can’t be perfect all the time and your lovely stories about your own imperfections as a mum made it ok for us to own our own failed attempts to be the perfect parents we all long to be. The demonstration circle was brilliant – we were all mesmerised by the way you worked with the children and how quickly you gained their complete trust. What a joy to see 9 year old boys skipping with their magic skipping ropes with no hint of cynicism. We also appreciated how gracious you were with the children and in the discussion about the children declining the invitation to ask for help from the group. Lots of people I spoke to said that the fact it wasn’t ‘perfect’ will make it easier for us to take the plunge – it takes the pressure off practitioners to be faultless.
For me the day was a great reminder of how Quality Circle Time can underpin the emotional health of self esteem and staff and bring us back to the core values of education. I will be following up the need for re accreditation with my colleagues across Wales.
Thanks also for the cd which I listened to all the way home driving over the mountains- a golden moment which lasted the whole journey!
Wendy Ostler, Cydlynydd Ysgolion Iach / Healthy Schools Coordinator
Bwrdiestref Sirol CONWY County Borough Council”
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