Schools news round up (including a child’s paint run to raise money for his brother’s school)

Eight years old Mason Grange holds the cheque for Friends of Collett School, Hemel Hempstead. Also in the photograph are fund-raisers from Broadfield School from left, Jake Whitby, Harry Grange- Mason's brother- and Kemi Cowan, all aged ten

Eight years old Mason Grange holds the cheque for Friends of Collett School, Hemel Hempstead. Also in the photograph are fund-raisers from Broadfield School from left, Jake Whitby, Harry Grange- Mason's brother- and Kemi Cowan, all aged ten

The latest news from schools in your area.

Ahoy, me hearties! Pirates at Grove Road

Ahoy there me hearties! Years 1 and 2 at Grove Road School enjoyed a pirate workshop day before the start of the summer holidays.

As part of their Land Ahoy theme this term, the children were treated to a history of pirates and puppet show in the morning, and made their own pirate puppets in the afternoon.

The children also loved dressing up as pirates for the day! A fun, interactive day was had by all.

Collett School pupils perform The Jungle Book

The Mayor and Mayoress of Dacorum Allan and Wendy Lawson visited the Collett special educational needs School for its annual performance, which this year was The Jungle Book.

The school’s Gillian Lawton said: “It was the most amazing performance. Everyone was blown away, and even thought the singer was a tape!

“The acting and costumes were outstanding with some pupils achieving things that brought a tear of pride and wonderment. One young lady had previously been pre-verbal and spoke a word for the first time.

“The whole middle and upper school were involved and produced a show any school would have been proud of!”

The show was a community effort with Hemel Hempstead School and Longdean School helping with lighting and sound, and a pupil from Cavendish School who volunteered all his free time to help the production.

Also this year, the Collett School is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an interactive history project that highlights the school’s links to the community.

To mark the momentous occasion, the school will be collecting and sharing associated experiences and memories, past and present, from the local community. For this reason the school is seeking out people who have been involved with the school in any capacity since it was founded in 1964.

Over the last five decades, huge developments have been seen in education for people with learning disabilities. The History Project maps these changes within the context of a local school, from the perspective of pupils, staff and the community.

The 50th anniversary of The Collett School offers a wonderful opportunity to explore and celebrate these developments.

The History Project has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will be supported by a team of local volunteers who will be trained to collect oral histories, using equipment provided by the University of Hertfordshire.

Collett pupil does paint run to get school trampoline

Ten-year-old Harry Grange helped raise £1,047 for The Collett School by taking part in a paint run at the Redbourn Showground.

The cash has helped pay for a new trampoline for the Hemel Hempstead establishment – which caters specifically for students with special needs aged four to 16.

Harry and friends Jake Whitby and Keme Cowan, all aged 10 and students of Adeyfield’s Broadfield Primary School, recently presented the cash to the Collett.

Harry’s brother Mason, aged eight, goes to the Collett. Both Harry and Keme suffer from type one diabetes, and Mason suffers from autism and ADHD.

Harry’s and Mason’s mum Angela – also known as Angie – is on the Collett’s PTA and regularly organises fundraisers for the school.

She said: “He love the paint run - it’s a race where you get loads of paint thrown over you as you’re taking part. I am very proud of him.

“I was coming up with raffle prizes to fundraise for the school, and Harry said, ‘Can I do something go?’

“Then he did the paint run and now the school has a brand new trampoline.”

It’s adventure time for Duke of Edinburgh students at Hemel Hempstead School

Two groups from Hemel Hempstead School have set off on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Angela’s Fencebusters are a Silver group who spent three days walking around Ullswater in varying weather conditions on their successful Silver Qualifying expedition. Even before they started the expedition they had spent two days acclimatising and practising navigation, which included a conquest of Helvellyn via Swirral Edge.

Team Christie are a Gold Qualifying group and their expedition lasted four days. The highlight of their successful expedition was a conquest of Skiddaw in glorious sunshine on the third day.

Altogether, thirty-five students had an enjoyable week and survived with only the occasional blister, sunburn and sore feet to mark the event.

Everyone is now looking forward to a well-earned break!




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