Our Church Schools June 2017

Hawksworth School News.

During the Easter break workmen were in school doing a number of jobs which included making 4 raised beds down the side of the field – one for each class. The children are looking forward to doing some planting in them this term.

Class 1 have been preparing for this by visiting a local Garden Centre to find out more about plants and how to care for them. They have also been a walk through the woods to see the bluebells and observe all the other changes taking place as Spring changes into Summer.

Class 3 have also been on a visit already this term – to a Hindu temple.

The football team recently played a match against our other church school – St Oswald’s. Last season Hawksworth won this local ‘derby’ with ease but this time St Oswald’s proved to be the better team and beat Hawksworth by 5 goals to 2. Well done St Oswald’s!

Saturday 6th May was Hawksworth School’s major annual fund raising event – the ‘Over the Odda’ 10k race. This again was a very popular, extremely well organised and successful event. The success was due to the hard work of the parent’s ‘Friends of Hawksworth’ committee and all the volunteers who gave their time to help at the event. Well done everyone involved!

This term’s theme for Collective Worship is :- Forgiveness.

St Oswald’s School Sponsored Walk

At St Oswald’s School we have a proud record of supporting charities with our fundraising efforts. Sometimes these are large national appeals, such as, Children in Need, the Royal British Legion or Comic Relief. Our biennial Comic Relief Gunge Vote is always very popular. The children buy votes during the week for the teacher of their choice. The teacher with the most votes gets covered in gunge at a special ceremony on the Friday afternoon. This year Mr Sheppard, the Deputy Headteacher, was the “lucky” winner. Sometimes our money raising efforts are more local, such as our support of the Leeds General Infirmary Neonatal Unit (raising over £3700), our Wacky Hair Day to support Martin House Hospice for Children or our support of Caring for Life, a Christian charity based in Cookridge. These local efforts are often at the suggestion of our children who request, sometimes for very personal reasons, that we support a particular cause. In these ways every year our children, staff and parents raise thousands of pounds for our chosen charities, whilst also learning about caring for those less fortunate than ourselves.

This summer, however, for the first time our money raising efforts are for ourselves. The school has a wonderful Trim Trail in a wild area behind our main playground. Eight large pieces of playground equipment are spread amongst the trees, joined by a bark path. The children love it when they are able to play on the Trim Trail, but this time is limited by the weather because the area can get very wet. This summer we are raising money to put an all weather path to and around the Trim Trail so that the children can enjoy it all year round. There are various events planned throughout the term, but our efforts started on Wednesday 17th May, with a Sponsored Walk around the local area by the whole school. The distance walked varied based on the age of the children, with our youngest walking a mile and our oldest completing a three and a half mile route. Adding up the total distance walked by all the people in school, we covered over 1,200 miles!

The children have been very keen getting sponsors for the event. This has been helped by the promise of prizes for the best individual money raisers and a non-uniform day for the best class. At the time of writing, the money is still being collected, but we are confident it will be a great start towards our target. All the efforts of our Parents’ Group this term are also going towards this project, including money raised at the Summer Disco, Film Nights and other events. As well as this, we have another big sponsored challenge later in the term involving Mr Madeley, the Headteacher. He is planning to walk from St Oswald’s Church to St Oswald’s School, but the starting point will be St Oswald’s Church in York, not Guiseley! Together, as a whole school family, we are confident that we will raise the money needed so that all the children can benefit from our new, improved Trim Trail.