At the Heart of the Community

Big Dig Day

Given the importance of role models in children’ lives, the importance of engaging with both parents/carers and the wider community is key. We have worked hard to ensure that Gulval School is at the very heart of the community it serves, the strong links we have developed give our pupils a sense of place and, through the support we receive,  our achievements and aspirations are bound by imagination only. Pupils at Gulval thrive on the input and the incredible community support we receive.

Community Engagement:

Big Dig DaysOur fourth Big Dig day was a huge success seeing nearly 40% of our parent community coming together on a Saturday to transform the school grounds. Big Dig work has included learning walls painted on the exterior of the school, the erection of a poly tunnel and outdoor classroom space, the installation of a tractor tyre park, the creation of an animal zone, library murals, creation of a music room, fence painting, gardening… the list is endless!
FROGS

(Friends Relatives of Gulval School)

Gulval School PTA is active and well supported, it supports the school by holding events including fairs, discos and coffee mornings. FROGS events have raised in excess of £6000 since September 2014.
Expedition WeeksEach year all pupils take part in expedition week, the aim being to develop character and skill through real life experience. In October 2016, 80 pupils completed the Coast to Coast challenge, walking 11 miles over moorland to achieve this. Community expedition weeks have raised in excess of £5500 through sponsorship and are very well supported.
Stargazing eveningA stargazing evening in September 2016, part of imaginative learning projects in school was well supported by well over 50% of the community.
McMillan Coffee morningA group of children regularly attend a local McMillan Coffee Morning, meeting and talking to residents of the village raising the profile of the school and strengthening links between us and the community.
Grandparent and WI lunchesWe regularly welcome grandparents to our café to enjoy lunch with pupils, these events are always well supported, they bring our wider community closer and provide pupils with opportunity to share and discuss with a different generation.
Coffee MorningsEach class hosts a coffee morning throughout the year, planning, organising and delivering an opportunity for our community to join us in school. The last event, with a WW2 theme was very well supported.
Shining Star AssembliesWe invite our community into school for assemblies and to share our successes in school. Bronze, Silver and Gold assemblies are always busy with pupils able to communicate and share their rewards.
Mazey DayEach year our school takes an enthusiastic part in Penzance’s Mazey Day cultural celebration by making a large willow sculpture, this is always a big event and is always well supported.
FacebookOur Facebook community is growing and is by far our most effective form of communication, the interaction with the community is a way to promote out core values, keep parents informed and share our successes.