Crafty, sporty and tasty ways to finish term

Year four class teacher Dylan Bird with her pupils at Walsden St Peter's School. Dylan will be spending her Easter holiday as a volunteer at a school in Gambia
Year four class teacher Dylan Bird with her pupils at Walsden St Peter's School. Dylan will be spending her Easter holiday as a volunteer at a school in Gambia

Youngsters enjoyed a crafty, sporty and tasty end of term before the upper Calder Valley schools broke up for the Easter holidays.

Colden School pupils showed they were hotshots on the football pitch by recording the speed of their penalty kicks.

The Speedmark Challenge sponsored event, organised by the school council, aimed to raise money for the school in a fun way.

PE co-ordinator Melani Fox said: “The children really enjoyed being part of a whole school activity which both emphasised the importance of sport and physical activity while challenging their own personal best.”

Pupils at Walsden St Peter’s School are hoping to put smiles on the faces of children 3,000 miles away.

Year four class teacher Dylan Bird is spending her Easter holiday as a volunteer at Sudawol School in The Gambia and wanted to take some much-needed art and craft supplies with her.

Walsden pupils came up with a fundraising plan, making and selling a variety of items based on their study of the ancient Egyptians.

“The children made keyrings, jewellery, bookmarks, papyrus scrolls and clay cartouches which we sold in school breaks,” Miss Bird said.

“We raised over £100 and have bought supplies such as scissors and art paper which are hard for the school to find locally.”

Children on the Midgley School Council have been meeting with Calderdale Council wardens to tackle environmental issues in the village.

Their main areas of focus are littering, dog fouling, graffiti and parking.

Headteacher Jo Mansfield said: “In the first visit the wardens introduced the topics that they would be looking at and then they went out for an hour to do an audit of the immediate local area including Midgley Recreation Ground.

“The school council over the next few months will hopefully pass the messages on into the community.”

Two pupils from Luddenden Dene School baked and sold buns to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

Lucas Newsome, 11, and Beth Slattery, ten, were helped by teachers and parents to bake and sell cakes at their school.

The fundraising event raised £257 for the Overgate and Forget Me Not hospices.

Sam Newsome, Lucas’ mum, said: “The children went to great efforts to raise money for charities they care so much about.

“Sam’s grandma, who passed away last year, spent time at Overgate Hospice so Sam wanted to do something to give something back.

“The day was a great success - Lucas and Beth worked well as a team.”

A local artist has brightened up a Hebden Bridge school by donating one of her paintings.

Kate Lycett presented one of her pieces of artwork to Stubbings Infant School as a thank you for the support it provided to nearby Central Street School during last summer’s floods.