"As a native English speaker, the opportunity to be able to teach something I am passionate about in my own language is wonderful." Emma Eyre, bildlärare
Greetings from Junior Club!
Blog post 2 Monday 26 March 2018
Hello and happy Easter to you all!
Many things have happened since Christmas when I first shared our first blogpost! Mrs Le Roux and I have come up with some fantastic activities that will keep our members occupied for a longer period of time.
On the last Friday of every month, “Drama club” (an activity within Junior Club) will have a concert where both our members as well as other students in the school can sign up and perform on stage! They can sing, dance, do acrobatics, do magic tricks, read a poem or whatever they want!
We had our first concert on Friday 23 March, and it was a success! Eleven students performed and although they were nervous, they all did a good job!Thankfully we had support from our Music teacher Mr Dryden, who plugged everything in and made sure we had sound!Our P and AP were of course invited and they really seemed to enjoy themselves, along with 50 other students from the school and some enthusiastic teachers.We are looking forward to a concert in April, and I will soon start advertising for rehearsals.
Mrs Le Roux has noticed that a lot of students want to improve their handwriting, so she has come up with an activity in JC that she calls “Handwriting Club”. Our members, and other students as well, take it very seriously. Every wednesday for about an hour, she offers her help and support. She also arranged for our members to get a chance to listen to a story in her “Story telling club.” She has a very pleasant voice and she is fantastic with all the voices- the kids love it!
We have also arranged for an excursion in April when we have an in service day. There is a inside playcentre called “Busfabriken” and we are planning to take our small but charismatic group there, so they can run and play and maybe get schoolwork out of their heads for a couple of hours.
Myself and Mrs Le Roux love to work with Junior Club, and we are always on the lookout for new and interesting activities. We love Pinterest and free printables and of course, but we always try to do outside activities, no matter what the weather. We go outside and do a nature friendly activity or gather sticks and stones that we can use for crafting.
A group of students are working on an IES Helsingborg School newspaper so we are trying to encourage Junior Club to write some poetry and maybe some short stories that we can publish in it! If we don’t have time, we might use some of our “old” poetry that Junior club wrote.
The sun is out now, and although it is quite “stress free” in the school without the students, they are missed, and we especially miss our JC members with their giggling, smiles and hugs. That’s what we love most about our job. The appreciation and love we get back from the students. Being able to be there for them, listen to their problems, try to make them feel better again. To be able to help them with their English and Swedish, and encourage them not to give up and have a good mindset towards their tasks ahead.
Take care, be well and we will keep in touch!
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Myself and the other staff members from Junior Club Helsingborg are proud to say that our group of members are very creative, curious and eager to learn! They are currently a small group of around 20 children from year 4 and 5 and we can't wait to recruit more members in time.
Every day after school, they have two activities, one before snacktime and one after snacktime!
For example, right now they are making Christmas cards with Mr Hill and they are also working on a choral verse from the popular Christmas poem "Twas the night before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore with Mrs Le Roux! The goal is to perform it on stage before Christmas break! Also, they recently had a project where they were supposed to create a Winter Wonderland in glass jars! The results are beautiful!
On tuesday this week, we visited "Fredriksdal Muséeum och Trädgårdar" here in Helsingborg, which is a botanical garden, cultural and historic site, where our members got to "travel back in time" to the 17th century Sweden. They were invited into a small cottage from the 17th century, and "Thea" a woman from that time who "lived" there invited us in to take part in the food preparations before Christmas. It was a fun and intresting activity where they learned about the traditions, routines and events from that time in an enthusiastic and theatrical way.
Here are some pictures!
Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Junior Club Staff