We are very lucky to have a number of volunteers, who regularly come into work with the classes throughout the school to enhance their learning. Volunteers come into hear children read, help run the school library and to support extra-curricular activities such as workshops and outings.
Etz Chaim is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If you think you may be able to offer some of your time, please contact the school office. We will arrange for you to have a DBS check carried out prior to you joining us in school for regular volunteers. All our volunteers will carry out an online safeguarding training course as well as read the Parent Volunteer Policy.
If you think you may be able to offer some of your time, please contact the school office.
Please click here to view our Volunteer's Tea December 2016
Here are some comments from our volunteers.
Mrs Shlackman, 'I appreciate my opportunity to volunteer at Etz Chaim so much its incredible to hear that the 1 to 1 work I do with the children has made a difference to their learning. I love being in a busy, lively classroom too, it gives me an opportunity to challenge myself, and its a real high being able to tune in to a child's small priceless victories, be it learning to share or pushing themselves to write a complete sentence, they and I together are having a chance to grow beyond our comfort zone and actualise more of who we truly are- and there's nothing better than that.'
Mrs Shaw, ‘After taking early retirement from teaching, I wanted to be able to continue to use my professional expertise and give something back to the community. Volunteering at Etz Chaim has proved to be the perfect solution for me. I really enjoy coming into the school and working with the children. It has been so gratifying to watch them develop and feel that I have played a small part in their learning journey. The staff make me feel so welcome and the children are always a delight to be with.’
Mrs Lewis, 'I love reading with the children at Etz Chaim, so nice to see how they improve through the year and getting to know all the lovely children!'
Mrs Selwyn, 'I thoroughly enjoy helping the children with their reading and it is great to be part of their progress.'
Mrs Zinkin, 'I’m delighted to be able to use my professional expertise to help out at Etz Chaim. I run lunchtime library club twice a week as well as managing the library stock, ensuring the breadth of books expands ahead of the children's needs. It’s a privilege to have hands-on time with the children, helping them select books for reading for pleasure as well as reading new and favourite picture books with them. Their reactions are delightful to observe and knowing that I’m helping children to love reading is a rewarding experience.'
Mrs Levin, 'I have no direct contact with the school, but I wanted to give something back to the community. I really look forward to my reading time with the children, they are so responsive and happy.'
Mrs Courts, 'I really enjoy coming into Etz Chaim to listen to the children read. I love volunteering as I find it very rewarding to see the children making progress and talking to them about their book that they are reading.'
Mrs Rose, 'I love volunteering at Etz Chaim school which is with reading Reception. I find it amazing how much children mature during the course of the year and how their reading improves.'