We have had a busy half term, with our first scheduled residential visit taking place in September when a group of students went to Whitby for the cycling trip. Other visits nearer to home included trips to Saltaire and Salts Mill which several groups were studying as part of their topic about the local community. Equally, some students went out and about for their ‘Wow’ event to launch their new topic – two bases joined together to visit the Valley Parade football ground. There are some great displays going up around the school because these visits have formed the basis for work in Art, English and Maths.
Fund raising activities are very important to us as a way of making a contribution to others; we raised £100 on our Jeans for Genes day and a massive £315.57 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Sky Blue and Silver Bases joined forces to organise a hugely successful coffee morning, inviting not just the whole school, but the whole campus too. Thank you to everyone who supported this event; the atmosphere was brilliant and the students were very good at pointing out the merits of their cakes!
Sport continues to be important for us; we were very pleased to gain a Silver School Games Mark for 2015-16 for our involvement in competitive sport both within our own school and across the community. We are now working towards Gold level and run many sporting activities each week such as our football clubs. We also take part in many inter-school sporting events - last week students from Beckfoot and Hazelbeck formed a team together and were very successful.
Finally, this week some of our students put the finishing touches to a memorial garden for Sarah, a member of staff who died earlier in the year. Thanks to a generous donation from her family they have been able to plant fruit trees and to create a calm area where staff and students can sit and reflect. I was very impressed by the way in which our students were able to plan and plant this area, and I know that already several groups of students have been out to enjoy the space.
Have a good break.