School’s out for summer!

Showcasing products and ideas created for enterprise week at Riverside School, Hebden Bridge. Pictured are Tallulah Sheehan, Matilda Halliday-Jones, Ruby Ryan, Saffron McCrink-Chantler and Ruby McFie.
Showcasing products and ideas created for enterprise week at Riverside School, Hebden Bridge. Pictured are Tallulah Sheehan, Matilda Halliday-Jones, Ruby Ryan, Saffron McCrink-Chantler and Ruby McFie.

Schools in the upper Calder Valley have been hives of activity as the countdown to the summer holidays reached its climax.

Pupils have been taking part in a wide range of events as the academic year drew to a close.

Children at the Riverside and Central Street Fun Club have been busy gardening in the sunshine thanks to Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Todmorden, and Hebden Bridge Co-op, who donated lots of plants for their new garden project at Riverside Junior School.

Gemma Shaw, fun club co-ordinator, said: “The children were so excited to see all the lovely flowers and we are so grateful to Riggs and the Co-op for making our ideas come to life.”

All the children at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, took part in a “Dance through the decades” event to celebrate the school’s centenary.

Other activities at the celebration event included a human fruit machine and a beach bar.

Headteacher Janet Druett said: “We had a lovely day.”

The Friends of Colden School (FOCS) organised a summer fun day featuring lots of family activities, including headteacher Tony Greenwood going in the stocks.

Fiona Gale, FOCS chairwoman, said: “It was a great, fun event celebrating our fabulous year at Colden School.”

Key stage two youngsters at Ferney Lee Primary School, Todmorden, showcased their talents in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” while the key stage one children performed “The Gruffalo”.

Sean Kirwan, chairman of the board of governors, said: “I was thrilled to see the confidence and talents of all the pupils, particularly those who rose to the challenge of singing solo.

“They were an inspiration and we are very proud of them.”

The recent heatwave helped to make the school’s summer fair a big success, with many children and families attending the annual event.

Pupils from Luddendenfoot Academy have worked with Luddenden Foot Community Association (LCA) volunteers to create a garden on land near to the civic institute.

LCA secretary Heather Hartwell said: “We are delighted that staff and pupils from the local school want to get involved and to assist in helping us with plans to refurbish the building and the land around it.”

A popular nursery rhyme inspired a vegetable themed project at Old Town Primary School, with pupils helping to grow one potato, two potato, three potato, four and many more.

Prizes were awarded for the most imaginative or unusual place to grow a spud.

Headteacher Janette Batty said: “If the children experience growing food they can also understand the importance of eating it and not wasting the energy that has gone into them.”

It has been a busy time at Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, with lots of extra-curricular activities taking place.

The end of year production of Snow White was performed at Hebden Bridge Picture House and year six pupils went on a trip to Tom Bell’s Hostel at Hebden Hey.

Key stage one children took part in a balance bike day organised by Calderdale Council as part of National Bike Week.

Two boys from the school’s rock guitar group went to Calderdale College to a recording studio to lay down some tracks with their teacher and the head of Calderdale’s music trust.

Sport co-ordinator Ben Sutcliffe has been leading sessions with youngsters at Todmorden C of E School as part of an increased focus on sporting activities on the school timetable.

Budding young business brains at Riverside Junior School showcased the products and ideas they created during an enterprise week.

The new manager of Crossley Mill Nursery, Hebden Bridge, has spoken of her delight at taking on the role.

Jessica Cracknell said she is aiming to keep it at the heart of the community.

“I feel very lucky to be managing such a lovely nursery in such a great place,” she said.