Our New Library!

Book party_project update.pdf

Dear Richmond Community,

As supporters of The Vineyard School, you are cordially invited to a thank you party on January 23 to celebrate our success in raising funds for the library!

We could not have done this without the many forms of generous support of the organisations, businesses and individuals of Richmond. We have highlighted those who helped at the Christmas Fair here.

The objective of this message is three things:

1- Thank you

2- Invite you to join our thank you party on Tuesday January 23 at 6:30pm at The Vineyard School gym. Drinks start at 6:30 with the formal program running from 7pm to about 8pm.

3- Get you to watch the 90-second video linked below to show how we aim to build a library centered on getting children to read while also reflecting our community with its great history, diversity and amazing riverside geography.

To build the library, we will use world class Design Thinking.

Championed by David Kelly at the Stanford Design School, design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation.

Design thinking is responsible for some of the most high impact and iconic designs of our time, ranging from the first Apple mouse, Oral B toothbrush to AirBnB. It is also behind the design of the world most inspirational classroom experiences and progressive learning programmes.

Among our parents, we have three design thinking experts who will bring us through the process. Our leader, Millie Dutto, has transformed the British Library and libraries for Camden Council.

We invite any and all members of our greater Richmond community to join us in bringing ideas, inspiration, concerns and practical tips about our children’s usage of the library.

How will it work? Click here for 90 seconds:

https://www.plusacumen.org/courses/introduction-human-centered-design

There is no long commitment required. Any and all input welcomed.

That said, anyone intrigued enough about Design Thinking to take what will be a master class in using it, is welcome to try it out and stick around if interested. We will be following a curriculum run by IDEO and working in small teams.

Thomas Crampton

Vineyard PTA co-chair 2017/18

chair@vineyardpta.org

Design thinking to create our children’s new library

Dear Vineyard Community,

You helped us finance our library, now we invite you to help us design it! We welcome local organisations, businesses, former pupils, parents or people who are simply interested in helping out.

The objective of this email is to get you to click to a 90-second video describing how, together, we will use world class design thinking to create our children’s new library.

Championed by David Kelly at the Stanford Design School, design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation.

Design thinking is responsible for some of the most high impact and iconic designs of our time, ranging from the first Apple mouse, Oral B toothbrush to AirBnB. It is also behind the design of the world most inspirational classroom experiences and progressive learning programmes.

In Millie Dutto, we have a design thinking expert who has used the process to transform the British Library and libraries for Camden Council.

In just 90 seconds you will learn design thinking basics and the three step process (inspiration, ideation and implementation)

In just three weeks we will conclude the Inspiration phase.

To find out what that means, click here:

https://www.plusacumen.org/courses/introduction-human-centered-design

To join the fun, email pta@vineyardpta.org with your thoughts.

Thomas Crampton

Vineyard PTA co-chair 2017/18

PS: To be very clear, we welcome all contributions of time from our greater community and there is no ongoing commitment required.

What is your favourite library memory?

Fellow Vineyard Parents,

Do you remember what was special about your favourite childhood reading place?

The carpets? The quiet? The world created by discovering a new book or magazine?

Our new school library should create great memories for our children.

By looking at the needs and wants of our children, we can create a non-classroom space that transforms our children’s experience outside of lesson time.

Our library should inspire, encourage self-learning, enable discovery and feed curiosity. Children should be able to mingle together across different ages or be alone with books.

The space should allow for children to relax and recharge between classes.

We should consider all the ways children enjoy reading. We currently have just two cushions in the library that are immediately taken by the first children arriving.

More than just adding cushions, let’s also look beyond the four walls: The deck chairs of Hyde Park are among London’s most popular reading places. Some school libraries feature reading tents, others actual treehouses.

For us to improve the library we need parents to be more aware of the space and how children use it.

Have you seen the library? What should we do to improve it?

Join us!

Early next term, we will invite parents into the library to celebrate (a book party?) and look at what we have now.

We are extremely fortunate that one parent, Millie Dutto, has spent the last five years transforming libraries ranging from The British Library to local community libraries in Camden. She has worked alongside the IDEO innovation consultancy and used design thinking to re-imagine the role of libraries in the communities.

What library memories do you want your child to have?

Share your ideas and get involved by sending an email to pta@vineyardpta.org

Thomas Crampton

Co-chair Vineyard PTA 2017/18

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The Vineyard PTA empowers students, teachers, parents and carers to support the growth of each child to his or her highest potential.

  • Our ambition is to provide a role model for parental support of a state primary school in the United Kingdom.
  • This will only happen with your active support. Please join us!

Questions, ideas, suggestions, please visit: vineyardpta.org, Facebook or pta@vineyardpta.org