If you would like to volunteer help in school you will be very welcome. Your help with activities such as art and craft, cookery, games or sharing a story will be much appreciated by the children and staff. It will also add that little extra to the life of the school. We are always grateful for your time and enthusiasm in the classroom.
If you have a special skill to offer, or simply invaluable time and enthusiasm, please do let us know!I
Our Commitment to You
As one of our valued volunteers, we are committed to giving you the following:
- a friendly and supportive working environment;
- enthusiastic children;
- an opportunity to contribute to decisions about how volunteering in the school is managed;
- recognition for the work that you do and its impact on learning;
- a reference if you apply for paid work here or elsewhere.
Your Commitment to us
Please be aware that you will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. If you are not known to the school we also ask that you provide two referees and attend an informal interview. You will also be required to attend child protection training.
We are well aware that your time and energies are given freely and willingly. Most volunteers work in school at a set time each week, and if you can commit to this for at least half a term, we would find this helpful. However, we do not insist that you commit to working for a fixed or indefinite period of time, or give notice when you wish to stop volunteering at Mereside. We do ask that you agree to and abide by the guidance found in the Volunteer Handbook, issued to you when you apply to volunteer.
We would also ask that you let us know if you have made an arrangement that you later find you cannot keep. Your work is valuable to the school and staff may have been counting on you to help with an activity. Just give us a call as soon as you know you cannot come.
As mentioned above anyone volunteering or undertaking work experience in our school will be required to undergo and enhanced DBS check and Child Protection training.
If at any time when working in the school you have concerns for the welfare or safety of a child please seek to share your concern as soon as possible with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Liz Holmes (headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads are: Mr Jason Gathercole, Mrs Ffion Carr and Mrs Rachel Harper
We appreciate the help that all our volunteers give in supporting the work of the school.
Mereside CE News
- Bag 2 School
'Thank you' to everyone who filled a bag for the PTA fundraiser 'Bag 2 School'. A fantastic £76.00 has been raised for school funds.
- Plastic Bottles Update!
A huge 'Thank you' to everyone who sent in their empty 2 litre plastic bottles. We have received over our target of 1500 bottles and will begin building the greeenhouse before Easter.
- Comic Relief Red Noses!
From Monday 25th February, 2019 we are selling Red Noses. If your child would like to support the charity and join in the fun they can purchase their own Red Nose from the School Office at a cost of £1.25 per nose.
- Online Safety
The MOMO challenge is a particularly unpleasant 'challenge' which has managed to hack into a wide range of online games, video & social media sites displaying disturbing images & challenges. A link to the National Online Safety website is attached.
- World Book Day 2019
To celebrate 'World Book Day' on Thursday 7th March, 2019 children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Latest School Events
- Year 5 & 6 School Choir Performance - Romany Wood25Mar2019
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm @ Theatre Severn
To celebrate the theatre's 10 year anniversary, our Year 5 & 6 children from the school choir will be taking part, along with children from other Shropshire Schools, in the Shrewsbury & District Primary Schools' Music Association production of 'Romany Wood'. The children will have rehearsals from 4.30pm with the performance starting at 7.00pm. Tickets for this event are available from the Theatre Severn Box Ofice; 01743 281281.
- Otters Class Swimming Lesson26Mar2019
9:00 am - 10:50 am @ Prestfelde School
Otters Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.
- KS1 Singing Festival Rehearsal - 'Space'27Mar2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am @ Belvidere Secondary School
Some of our Year 2 children are attending a rehearsal for their performance at the KS1 singing festival 'Space'.
- U11 Boys County Plate Football Tournament (Round 2)27Mar2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm @ Telford College (TCAT)
Our U11 boys football team are taking part in the second round of this tournament. This is the rescheduled event which was cancelled in January.
- KS1 Singing Festival Performance - 'Space'27Mar2019
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm @ Belvidere Secondary School
Some of our Year 2 children are taking part in the Shrewsbury & District Primary Schools' Music Association KS1 singing festival 'Space'.