At Gade Valley, we want all our children to be GADE VALLEY LEARNING CHAMPs.
CHAMP is an acronym that was created by the whole school community to reflect the behaviours that we felt were most important in developing children as learners. It stands for: confident, helpful, attentive, motivated and perseverant.
C – Confident. This includes having positive self-esteem, taking risks and being creative.
H – Helpful. This includes good team-work, communicating effectively, cooperating with others and being considerate to others.
A – Attentive. This includes being reflective, listening and concentrating well and being focused on detail.
M – Motivated. This includes working hard, working independently, taking responsibility and being organised and well resourced.
P – Perseverant. This includes being persistent, showing resilience and having a growth mind-set.
We feel that if we can help our children to acquire and improve these skills we will be helping them to learn better at school and develop habits which they will use for the rest of their lives. This is achieved each week by placing a great emphasis on promoting and developing these skills and behaviours.
Each week, we have a CHAMP focus, which is reflected in school displays, assemblies and lessons. At the end of the day a child in each class is chosen, by the teacher, to be CHAMP of the day. Furthermore, at the end of the week in Friday’s sharing assembly, one child per class is awarded the much coveted CHAMP of the week certificate which is proudly displayed in the entrance area.