22/09/2016

Crack the Back to School routine – Commando Joe’s style

IT’S a new school year! And with over 300 schools on board across the country, here at Commando Joe’s we go big when it comes to going Back To School.  Just like the hundreds of pupils we are looking forward to working with this term, our instructors have got their new kit, new equipment and some of them are starting at a whole new school.

We know it can be a tough time for families, especially if children are starting at a new school or facing a particularly challenging school year.  But our Commando Joes and Janes are ready and waiting to support all the pupils we work with, whatever their worries about the year ahead.

And if there’s one thing our instructors have got buckets of, it’s Positive Mental Attitude.  So, we thought we would share our top tips for getting motivated, getting inspired and getting back in to the school routine….

Look the part

Appearance is by no means everything, but getting your child kitted out with the correct uniform and encouraging them to take pride in their appearance can make a huge difference to their mental attitude.

A smart pair of shoes, tucked-in shirt and all the right kit in their bag will help them to feel focused and ready to face the day – just ask any of our Commando Joes or Janes!

Banish nerves

Feeling nervous about the new school year is completely normal, but make sure your child knows they can open up to you about any worries they may have.

They probably can’t imagine you were ever in their shoes, so why not share a story about your own first day at school to remind them it’s something we all go through?

Start the day with the right fuel

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but you might not realise the huge impact it can have on learning.  Many of our Commando Joes and Janes join in with school breakfast clubs and they always make sure they’ve eaten enough to keep going all day!

Feed your child’s brain before school with some healthy and filling options like eggs, porridge, brown toast, fruit or yoghurt.

If they deserve a treat – and you’ve got the time – some homemade pancakes or waffles now and again will ensure they set off for school with a smile.

Set short-term goals

Goal-setting may sound like a ‘grown-up’ activity but it can have huge benefits on your child’s outlook on school.

They might only be able to think as far ahead as tomorrow’s homework, so start with small targets. What about talking to a classmate they don’t know yet, practising their best handwriting for a whole day, or playing a new game at lunchtime?

This also helps them to ‘get in the zone’, as they’re visualising being at school before they even walk through the gates.

Remind them they’re not alone

Making friends can be one of the most intimidating things about starting school. It always seems tough at the beginning, but remind your child that lots (if not all) of their classmates are in the same boat.

Allowing them to invite a friend home for tea early on in the school year can boost their confidence and help them feel as though they have an ally.  And, of course, our CJ instructors are always on hand to help pupils build up the courage to make those first steps.

Come half-term, they’ll probably have more friends than they know what to do with.

Good luck to all new starters this year. Your Commando Joe or Commando Jane would love to hear how you’re getting on, so be sure to stop and say hello next time you spot them in the corridor.

Tweet us @CommandoJoes with your back to school stories.

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Online Curriculum and Resources for Primary Schools

The online tools you'll need to deliver and monitor the exciting CoJo character curriculum

School Led Programme

The online tools you need to deliver the exciting CO-JO character curriculum.

  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 1 x Full training day for staff delivering the programme
  • Character Education/Life Skills Curriculum
  • SOW and 120 suggested top secret missions
  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker for school,class and individual pupil
  • Personalised progress reports and certificate termly for every pupil
  • Impact reports/dashboard of progress
  • Video and picture evidence

* 12 months’ access to all resources

* Top secret box and equipment is for the school to keep

£3,795 + VAT

School Led 4 Year programme

The online tools you need to deliver the exciting COJO character curriculum for 4 years.

  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 4 x training days for staff delivering the programme *1 day each year
  • Updated Character Education Curriculum
  • SOW and 120 suggested top secret missions
  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker School,class, individual pupil
  • Personalised progress reports and certificate termly for every pupil
  • Impact reports/dashboard of progress
  • Save £1,000 on the 4 year programme

£6,900 + VAT / Includes 1 Co-jo kit box.

*Spread the cost over 4 years please contact the office info@commandojoes.co.uk or T: 0844 800 3212

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT

Do you just want the Top Secret box?

Why not just buy a box for the whole school, the box is a great addition to any school and can be used for a whole school approach including:

  • Breakfast clubs
  • Lunchtimes
  • After school
  • PE lessons
  • Sports days
  • Team building

The box can be used for anything the only restriction is your imagination.

Boxes are limited so book now to avoid long delivery times.

* New schools that are not part of the programme

* Box only

* Delivery UK Mainland - £119.00

£1,495 + VAT

Programs for Primary and Secondary Schools

Amazing role model in you’re school from £281 a day!

Includes instructor, kit, equipment, bespoke programme and wrap around package; Breakfast, lunch and after school club.

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 1 DAY

  • 1 x full day a week for 39 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£11,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 2 DAY

  • 2 x full day a week for 78 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£22,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 3 DAY

  • 3 x full day a week for 117 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£33,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

*Once you have paid your deposit our team will be in contact. We will come into your school to look at developing your amazing new programme and arrange a start date.

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT