"Dear ‘Raise The Roof’ Colleagues,
I am emailing you to say a HUGE ‘thank you and a HUGE well done’ for the amazing ‘Raise the Roof’ Singing Festivals that you and your children have taken part in. 18 Festivals in total, 52 schools and approximately 4300 Year 3 & Year 4 children taking part. That’s a lot of amazing singing in North Somerset and something for us in this area to be very proud of!
I have been astounded by the very high standard of singing in all the Festivals-you have obviously taught your children extremely well!
Their enthusiasm and confidence when performing the songs was wonderful to hear and when they sang the tricky songs (especially ‘The world around me’ which had a lot of difficult, tongue twister-like phrases) and used Makaton signs to help them, they were sounded amazing. At the start of ‘Raise The Roof’, at the teachers’ seminar, it seemed like it was going to be a challenge to sing the songs from memory (especially songs with lots of words) but your children managed it beautifully.
I must also congratulate you all on the incredible hats, costumes and the dressing up. Some of the hats were quite remarkable and so impressive. We also had ‘Raise The Roof’ flags and even a Roman standard!
All of it, no matter how simple or how complicated it was, was fabulous and looked amazing. It added meaning and more understanding to what we were singing about and to the whole festival in general and the fact that it could all be shared with other schools/children/friends made it even more special!
It was interesting that in a recent interview with David Attenborough about the people, organisations, government etc who are now doing things to help improve the environment, he mentioned that it is the Primary teachers who are doing the best job of raising awareness with our children. So well done you!
Thank you for all of your support, your enthusiasm and your hard work for ‘Raise The Roof’-you are brilliant. And as I said at the Festival, without your hard work and enthusiasm your children wouldn’t be as brilliant as they were and their singing wouldn’t have been a wonderful as it was.
Thank you once again and a HUGE well done to everyone."
Anne Clough, Singing & Music CPD Manager, RE: Y3/Y4 Raise the Roof Singing Festival. November 2019
“Lovely seeing the children so engaged and having fun whilst learning.”
“Great idea to have an open morning. Hope this will become a regular thing.”
“Thank you for the visit, great to be able to look around the school and see children in their classrooms. All children engaged in their work and enjoying their lessons. Fab teachers. Great learning.”
“This has been a really great chance to have an insight into their time at school, and to put information I get into context. Thank you.”
“Thank you for welcoming my son and our family into your school.”
“What a wonderful thing to do to open your doors to us all – don’t want to go back to work now!”
Parents/Carers/Families on our first Open Morning, October 2019
"It has been lovely to see children from your school and their families in our library taking part in Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019. They have enjoyed choosing books and reading for pleasure. Thank you for your school’s support."
Staff at Clevedon Library RE: Summer Reading Challenge, September 2019
"I wanted to send you an email to put into writing of how impressed I was with all your students across the wheelchair basketball sessions.
With around 340 students taking part across the 3 days from 6 different year groups, the children all did exceptionally well with their listening and with their wheelchair skills. Whether it was Sharks and Fishes or playing a full game of wheelchair basketball, all children played in the right spirit, with fantastic values of courage (to even sit in a wheelchair in the first place), teamwork (to stop the opposition), perseverance (to continue in the face of challenges), and support (from the deafening crowd watching from the side).
What struck me most was this, and it may come across as a bit odd but so be it. Your children were losers. About 80% of them in my estimation. And what I mean by that is that those 80% in one way or another ‘failed’ or lost the game they played in. Yet not a single student, and for emphasis I’ll repeat, not a single student got upset, was bitter, refused to join in, or cried. This is quite exceptional, and against the odds of having 340 young children take part in physical activity.
A massive well done to them all and to the school for clearly instilling such good ethos and values.
I know so many enjoyed themselves (“That was awesome”, “can we do this every day”, “I want to sleep in a wheelchair”, “I want to cut my leg off”) and I’m sure we will be back again.
So from myself, Joe and Kieran, thanks for having us Mary Elton!"
Alex Director of Nova Sports & Coaching, RE: Wheelchair Basketball, September 2019
"We have been looking at the list of schools which come to Mill on the Brue regularly and yours is one which has visited for 16 years.
We have decided that we would like to mark this in some way and to thank you for your loyalty. We are going to dedicate a special tree in the ‘new wood’ to Mary Elton with a label and the school's name on it, so that when your group visits again they will be able to see how ‘their’ tree is flourishing.
We will also be able to send you updates on your tree’s progress.
With best wishes, Matt & Tricia Rawlingson Plant"
Mill on the Brue, RE: Loyalty, June 2019
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for choosing VICTA as Triangle's charity event of the year and for looking after Chris, Colin and myself on Wednesday.
From the minute we arrived at the front office, we were made to feel so welcome.
Our event was organised by the EYFS team, saving us a huge amount of stress and hassle, we were able to go straight outside and wait for the children to
arrive. The day went so well and by far exceeded our expectations.
For the event, we split into two and Chris and Colin took questions and talked to the students about their marathon experience, and how life is as a blind person, while I managed the blindfolded obstacle course and run. Most of the children at Mary Elton had never met a blind person before, and I know that some were nervous about doing so, but by the time everyone left Chris had certainly broken down some barriers and changed everyone's perception of life as a blind person. Rather than living in a cave and never venturing out, Chris is quite the opposite and was perfect to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairments with his talk and question taking. After the day Chris took the train to London and took part in a guided run in Hyde Park then headed off to his parents in Romford, all on his own but with assistants to get him on and off trains!
We were all really impressed with the children's behaviour, they were respectful of the SATs going on and also asked some really interesting questions.
As for the obstacle course, I am pleased to say everyone had a go at guiding and being blindfolded with the exception of two of the children (who have ASD I believe). Even these two had a go at the guiding with a little encouragement from us and their support staff which I was delighted about.
It really was a fantastic day, and I am so pleased with the awareness this has raised with your children around sight impairments. Of course the added bonus of some money for VICTA is great, but for me the most important thing was breaking down barriers with the children and their perception of blindness. This was most definitely achieved through the delivery of the day.
I should also say thanks to Mrs Kinsley for arranging us a school dinner, much needed (!), Mr MacKenzie for assisting us through the crowds and the ASPENS ladies for sorting us out some extra potatoes! Thanks too to Mrs Sharp for organising our morning coffee break, we were starting to crave some caffeine so this couldn't have been timed better!"
Tom Sharp, RE: Triangle Charity Week Blind folded obstacle, May 2019
"I wanted to let you know how impressed we have been with the induction process, settling in of the children and the work provided to the pupils so far.
Our child is loving coming to school and I really enjoyed the opportunity to share his learning diary with him on Saturday. It was such a lovely, informal way to celebrate his work and he was clearly very proud of all his work and learning (both formal and informal). I had to read every label written out aloud - some several times! It was also a great opportunity for me to learn so much more about his time in class. The teachers and LSAs gave up their precious weekend to allow as many people as possible to attend and it is really appreciated. Please pass on our thanks."
EYFS Parent, RE: EYFS Bacon Butty morning, November 2018
"I am contacting you to say how wonderful it was to see all of our child's work on Saturday. It is amazing. Thank you so much for giving me (a proud Nannie) the opportunity to do this on a Saturday morning. He thoroughly enjoys school and is really keen to show all the family everything he is learning. He is so proud of himself!
Many thanks for all you do to make school so interesting for Sam and for your time at the weekend."
EYFS Nannie, RE: EYFS Bacon Butty morning, November 2018
"My child has been telling me all about what he has done today. If his enthusiasm is anything to go by the children had an amazing day!! Well done on organising!!"
Year 5 Parent, RE: Anglo-Saxon WOW Days, November 2018