Children turn attention to charity and sport in run-up to half term

Spiderman with reception children at Central Street School, Hebden Bridge.
Spiderman with reception children at Central Street School, Hebden Bridge.

A new look, charity fundraising and sporting activities are just some of the events that have been taking place at schools in the run-up to half-term.

It is a new era for a village school after children decided to give it a makeover.

Luddenden CE School, formerly Luddenden Dene School, now has a new name, logo and uniform as part of the re-branding which also includes a new set of values.

Headteacher Lisa Hoyle said: “When we got recognition from Ofsted last summer about the massive improvements we’ve made over the past two years, we decided it was time for a fresh start.

“We wanted to make the name of the school simpler and give ourselves a modern new look.”

The school held a week of celebratory events to mark its new start.

“Our new look just cements how proud we all are of what we’ve achieved,” Lisa said.

And it has been a extra special time for pupils Leanne Holden, Isobel Lund and Elle-Jane Taylor, who were invited to a reception with the Mayor of Calderdale after winning a 500 words writing competition involving schools in the borough.

They received their prizes from Coun John Hardy in his final act as Mayor before he handed over to Coun Ann Martin.

“It was a very exciting event to all concerned and a fantastic achievement by Luddenden CE School,” Lisa said.

At Shade School staff and children have been collecting pennies to support a small charity in setting up and supporting a school in Kenya.

One pupil contributed £19 of her own money to buy a large pan so the children could have lunch.

Headteacher Jan Dawson said: “It is an exciting project as we are in contact with a missionary teacher who comes from Todmorden, so we are learning about life in another country through this project.”

Youngsters at Riverside Junior School took part in a poetry writing competition run by parent Siobhan Grundy.

A school spokesperson said: “Well done to year four pupils Cerridwen Grey and Ariadne Wright, and year three pupil Katie Kemp for their brilliant poetry writing contrubitions.”

An action-packed week culminated with a special assembly to celebrate raising £900 for the NSPCC via a sponsored times table event.

Reception class children at Central Street Infant School had a special guest when a comic book character called in.

Spiderman visited the pupils as part of a class project about superheroes.

Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, held a sports and fitness day.

Pupils took part in a range of different activities including football, rugby and cricket during six consecutive hours of sport.

To reward students for their hard work in achieving record GCSE results, the maths faculty at Calder High organised a celebration party to mark their achievements.

Year 11 student Hannah Menzies said: “I never thought I would be able to pass maths, let alone achieve a B grade.

“Thanks to the excellent teachers at Calder High, I conquered my algebra fear.”