Thornhill Parish Church
Mayoral Visit 19th January 2017
We were very lucky to have a visit from the Mayor of Wakefield Cllr. Harry Ellis and his Mace bearer Rob. Everyone enjoyed an assembly, where Mr Mayor talked about his role and Rob explained the history of being a mayor and about the robes, chain and mace.
They then visited every classroom, escorted by our own mini mayor, Kitty Kendrick. Kitty had written to the mayor as part of her creative writing club and had also sent him a Christmas card. She entered each room and requested the children ‘please stand for the mayor of Wakefield’
It was a really informative morning and the children will now be doing follow up work, which will lead to a display in school.
YOUNG VOICES 2017
On Friday 13th January, the KS2 choir attended the Young Voices concert in Sheffield Arena. We had an amazing day, rehearsing during the afternoon, and then performing to thousands of parents in the evening. There were over 2,000 children performing, singing alongside X factor rocker Tabby Callahan, Soul Singer Natalie Williams and the brilliant Beatbox Collective!
It is a phenomenal experience for both children and parents attending. Roll on Young Voices 2018!!
Rothwell Music Festival
On Friday 22nd April , the choir won the under 11 competition at Rothwell music festival
Jason Beresford visit to Netherton Junior and Infant School
Young book lovers at Netherton Junior and Infant School were in for a treat when children’s author Jason Beresford – author of “The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers” and “Frozen Fish Fingers”- visited the school on November 5th.
Developing writing skills is key to the school’s literacy strategy and the writing focused event incorporated a lively, interactive whole school assembly as well as superhero-themed writing workshops with Years 3-6. Mrs Douglas (Literacy Co-ordinator) commented that “our pupils love reading and score above the national average in reading assessments. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to pick up tips on writing technique, plot and characterisation from an established author, thereby learning skills which will enhance their own writing.”
The event organiser, Clare Burkhill-Howarth of Book Events for Schools observed that “with his past experience directing ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Coronation Street’ and his current day job as a primary school teacher, Jason brings huge enthusiasm and charisma to his school visits. There can’t be many school assemblies involving a whole school sing-along about a pant-loving anteater, accompanied with Jason’s ukulele playing!”
For more information about Jason’s school visits please visit http://bookeventsforschools.co.uk/