Hello, my name is Marcella Penfold – I’m in Year 6 and the first ever Head Girl at Broadheath Primary School.I started this school in Year 2 and instantly felt welcome. This was helped by the system we have at the school, where you are given a ‘buddy’ to show you where everything is. In my classroom we have lots of equipment to help us learn – I like using the iPads. We get to sit next to different people in our class each term and work with them, so we get to know everyone in our class well. When we are unhappy about something that is going on, we can put a note in the ‘Worry Box’ and our teachers always sort out the problem. The teachers are all really nice.

I started this school in Year 2 and instantly felt welcome. This was helped by the system we have at the school, where you are given a ‘buddy’ to show you where everything is. In my classroom we have lots of equipment to help us learn – I like using the iPads. We get to sit next to different people in our class each term and work with them, so we get to know everyone in our class well. When we are unhappy about something that is going on, we can put a note in the ‘Worry Box’ and our teachers always sort out the problem. The teachers are all really nice.

Playtimes are fun, some of my friends and I get to help out with the little ones, teaching them games and helping if they fall over or get upset. My favourite thing is the big field – I love playing ‘stuck in the mud’ and doing handstands with my friends.

Most days we all get together for assembly. We do different things like ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ to get us moving, or another class does an assembly about an issue like global warming, or teamwork. My class did an assembly on learning how to be resilient and not let failures set you back. FAIL equals First Attempts In Learning. We sometimes sing at assembly and Mrs Lyde talks to us about what is going on in the school and in the news. Sometimes people come in to talk to us about things like bullying and first aid. I really enjoyed practising CPR on a dummy.

About 2 years ago, the school introduced lots of different sports clubs before and after school. I have been to lots of the early morning classes and enjoyed trying new things like archery and tennis. There are lots of sports teams too. This year I played football, joined the Wake Up Shake up team and was part of the first cheerleading team at Broadheath.

Broadheath cares about others across the world as well as the local community and we do quite a lot of events for charity. For example – last year we did a cake sale for Syrian refugees and also, I had lots of fun doing some sports challenges to raise money for the NSPCC – I raised £40. We have other events like discos, to help raise money for the school and it’s really fun when the new equipment arrives!

The most exciting activity for me this year, was the trip to Castleton Youth Hostel. There were lots of activities and I got to share a room with my friends. There are lots of school trips each year and they are always fun.

The school has expanded a lot since I started and next year we will have a second floor. But the building work has never been in our way and it’s exciting to welcome so many new kids of all ages. I met some of my friends this way and as the school has grown we have got lots of new facilities such as library equipment and books.

I have really enjoyed my time here at Broadheath, as did my sister before me. I will be sad to leave but I will also know that other childrens’ journeys at this school have just begun and it will make me smile.

Thank you.