From a pirate ship to brand new play area

Pirate Fun Day at Cornholme School
Pirate Fun Day at Cornholme School

They’ve taken a break for their holidays, but our youngsters packed a lot into their busy summer term!

From writing competitions to a new playground opening via plays and a day “on board” a pirate ship, they were busy until the end.

Thomson Reuters announced the winners of the 2014 Calder High School Green Writing Competition. The competition, now in its second year, was run in partnership with Thomson Reuters, which provided the prizes for the three winning entries.

The winners were presented with their prizes at a lunchtime reception held in the school’s Ted Hughes Theatre. Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were asked to submit a piece of creative prose or poetry on a Green theme. This year there was a particular emphasis on bikes and cycling to tie in with the Tour de France.

Local author and journalist, Andrew Bibby, judged the competition entries. Mr Bibby spoke to the 20 shortlisted students and presented the prizes to the three winners. First prize went to Kaysha Dolton, Year 8, for her piece “Bikes on the Earth”. Mia Langley, also Year 8, won second prize for “Imagine a World”, and Jessica Corne, Year 9, received third prize for “Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad”.

Thomson Reuters has worked with Calder High School for a number of years, supporting the school through assisting with fundraising, sponsoring events and initiatives and working with pupils to offer unique opportunities for development.

“The response to the competition has been phenomenal”, said Miles Hutchinson, Director of Content Operations at Thomson Reuters in Yorkshire. “The quality of the work that the pupils produced was excellent, and it is a real pleasure to support the school in this way at the same time as promoting environmental awareness”.

Children at Walsden St Peter’s School recently performed their summer play, I’m Proud Of You Son, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The moving production, which gave an insight into family life during the Great War, was written and directed by Year 6 teacher John Spooner (Year 6 teacher). It was brilliantly performed by the school’s junior drama club.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Coun Michael Gill and Mrs Nikki Gill, were special guests at the evening performance and commented that “the play was outstanding.”

The writing competition was run as part of Thomson Reuters’ annual Green Week initiative, held at the company’s Mytholmroyd office, which included various Green-themed events.

Before the Foundation Stage children at Cornholme School battened down the hatches for the year, they enjoyed a day of pirate adventures, games and fun.

Captain Plankfield paid them a visit and they listened to pirate adventures and sang sea shanties. And, said teacher Julian Pickering, “they had an a-argh-mazing day me hearties!”

The Mayor of HebdenRoyd, Coun Jonathan Timbers, officially opened the new football area at Hebden Royd Primary School.

It marked the end of a six-month long wait for a new football area, time during which the children had to cope with only half a playground and the staff had to cope with the constant noise of the builders as the demolished and rebuilt the space!

The children were thrilled to get the space back and now use it for football and netball as well as a range of after school activities.

Coun Timbers said that he was pleased to be able to officially open the area as Hebden Royd Primary was a good school to learn in and a good school to play in.