Tuesday 27th March 2018, was a landmark for us in our history at Aureus School as we celebrated our 200th day and our official opening. We opened our doors to our visitors, partners & friends who came to celebrate with us.
We reflected on how much we have achieved in our first two terms in a student-led assembly. Our CEO, Jon Chaloner, our Vice Chair of our School Strategy Board, Bogusia Wojciechowska, our Oxfordshire County Council representative, Allyson Milward and local resident William Darley who found the Didcot Hoard that named our school, joined us in reflecting on our journey from an idea, to a building, to a school, to a community.
Our students shared their ‘Magic Moments’ from our first two terms together including Mindfulness, Family Dining, Personal Development Time, PGL, Student Council, Shakespeare for Schools and Hot Chocolate Friday!
Our guests all had a student-led tour of our beautiful facilities to experience the Aureus Way. Our staff and students showcased our different daily activities within the values-based education they experience at Aureus. It was great to have our Mayor, our local councillors, our community and our collaborative partners all there to share our celebration.
Being outward-facing and developing partnerships to bring value to our community is central to our shared vision and values. We were delighted that we had supporters with us from VBE, SSAT, Whole Education, TES Institute, Ambition School Leadership, Oxfordshire Teaching Schools and a number of our local primary school headteachers too.
We celebrate Arts being at the Heart of our school and have connected with lots of local artists and art organisations. We are proud to be the home of the Didcot Art Room, an art therapy space. This was an opportunity for our guests to see for themselves our stunning Art Installations from our STEAM provision. Thank you to Lorna Carmen McNeil who created our Light Up Your Life chandelier that hangs proudly in our assembly hall from the inspiration of the Didcot Mirror, held proudly here by Sue Wright from Oxfordshire Museums.
Dr Neil Hawkes officially opened our Sensory Room sponsored by Kitbox & our Thrive Room sponsored by McCarthy Stone. He has recently published his new book called The Inner Curriculum and he acknowledged that is exactly why we have created these 2 safe spaces at Aureus to nurture our most vulnerable students to enable them to grow learn and flourish. Sue Webb, one of the VBE consultants has been instrumental in helping us to scope and frame our values-led school.
Thank you to our fabulous catering team for a delicious afternoon tea including Aureus cupcakes. Thank you also to EagleSSL for our stunning fruit trees to symbolise our GLF mission to grow, learn & flourish.
The last 2 terms have flown by. The momentum of opening a new school is like a whirlwind of activity as each day, each week, each half-term there is so much for us all to do. All educators and school work hard but this really had required a new level of energy, commitment and resilience! Thank you and well done to all involved with Glorious Aureus – it is a team effort that has made us a success. The STEAM dream works because of our brilliant extended team.
Hannah, The Hopeful Headteacher
Currently feeling hopeful about:
- Our next 200 days – where will we be/ what will we have achieved by Christmas?
- The feedback from our School Evaluation Review today
- Our VBE audit in the summer
- The opening of our primary school in September
- The brilliant team we have recruited to join us in year 2 at Aureus and in the opening year of Aureus Primary
Currently reading and thinking about:
- Inner Curriculum – Dr Neil Hawkes new book
- Leadership Matters – Andy Buck
- The Simple Guide to Child Trauma – Betsy De Thierry
Currently feeling grateful for:
- Our fantastic team at Aureus School
- Our support from GLF schools
- Our STEAM collaborations
- Our community partners