Our Year 3 students have risen admirably to the challenge of being part of the Junior School, with a new leadership and school-based service initiative – Year 3 Duty Monitors.
You can see them here – ready for action – to help the two duty teachers on the playground at each break session. The duty monitors in this inaugural week have put their all into being at the right place and doing the right thing to help others.
Their distinctive green, yellow and red caps make them easy to spot in the playground, while also serving as an additional notice to students about the day’s air quality and play advice.
The Junior School Duty Monitor system is designed to:
· develop positive attitudes and the practice of good citizenship
· engender trust and responsibility as these student transition to the Junior School
· foster positive playground practices
· help the duty teachers
· ensure students walk in appropriate areas
A rota will be drawn up to include each Year 3 student at some time during the school year. They will have a duty, alongside a specific Duty Teacher, who will help them to develop during their “term of duty”.
The Year 3 Duty Monitor is expected to be prompt to their duties and stay with the teaching staff for the whole of their allotted time (maximum of 25 minutes). They can be called upon to send messages, help children in need and support the teacher on duty.
They will wear a cap at each duty (inside or outside, the colour dependant on the pollution levels) and this will serve several purposes:
· Sunhat protection when outside
· Clear indication that this student is “on duty”
· Indication to all children to the status of the playground (or inside play). RED is worn inside and indicates a rain or smog day. AMBER is worn on days when play is restricted, and could also be worn inside if it is raining. GREEN is worn when students should be outside and can play actively and freely (unless it is too wet).
Already, I have seen a huge sense of pride and helpfulness amongst the Year 3 Duty Monitors – a willingness to help others and to take an active leadership role. Well done, Year 3s!