"Making a difference"
Whilst walking along a beach, an old man saw some people in the distance, leaning down, picking things up and placing them into the ocean. As he got closer, he saw it was a family who were picking up starfish and returning each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The mother paused, looked up, and replied “returning starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and enquired, "I must ask, then, why are you returning starfish into the ocean?"
To this, the son replied, "The sun is up and tide is going out. If we don't return them to the water, they will die."
Upon hearing this, the elderly man responded “But, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The family listened politely. Then they all bent down, each picked up another starfish, returned them into the breaking waves replying, “ Well we made a difference to those.”
The old man then headed back to the nearby town where he lived and shared this story with his friends and neighbours. Before an hour had passed, the whole of the town had joined the family on the beach. Working together as an even larger team, they managed to make an even bigger difference and all the starfish on the beach were saved.
At New Milton infant School, the children are at the heart of everything we do. As a team, we work together to develop and educate the whole child. Through instilling a range of skills and attributes we help them to become confident, successful and happy learners. Our high expectations are embedded in the ethos of achievement for all. We do this by providing a creative curriculum that challenges and engages pupils, promoting a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning, Running through all subjects are the lifelong skills of independence, thinking, perseverance and teamwork, which are known as our starfish skills.
We value our children as individuals by providing a nurturing and caring environment based on mutual respect and trust and through actively and explicitly promote the values of:
We cultivate a ‘can do’ attitude by boosting self-esteem with constant praise and positivity for effort as well as achievement. We take pride in ourselves and our school and continuously strive to improve and grow. Working in partnership with parents and carers is a priority as recognise that parents are children's first educators. We seek to give children the very best start on their journey to be life-long learners and well-rounded individuals who make a positive contribution to our world.