School news round up (including Olympian visits sports day and fundraiser for pool to help children with special needs)

Sports day at Broadfield Primary School in Hemel Hempstead
Sports day at Broadfield Primary School in Hemel Hempstead

The latest round up of news from schools in your area this week.

Olympian visits school sports day

Bovingdon Primary Academy recorded a special album for their retiring headteacher Martin Mangan

Bovingdon Primary Academy recorded a special album for their retiring headteacher Martin Mangan

The sun shining the children of Broadfield Primary School in Hemel Hempstead took part in their annual sports day on Wednesday last week.

The events included sprints, jumping and throwing, ending in a relay.

School spokesman Lynn Taylor said: “All of the children involved gave their absolute best effort and enjoyed the range of events.

“There was fantastic encouragement from staff and parents but perhaps the most inspiration was offered by Great Britain Olympic athlete Sarah Claxton who offered motivation and encouragement to all involved.

“Inspired by an Olympian the children rose to the challenge and a great day was had by all.”

Pool fundraiser and award for global recipe project

Woodfield Association School Partners is the charity that raises money for Leverstock Green’s Woodfield School, which helps children with severe learning difficulties.

It is currently trying to fundraise for money towards a new hydrotherapy pool.

The current school pool has reached the end of its life, being 37 years old, and is no longer viable.

Woodfield School caters for up to 68 pupils from the Dacorum and surrounding areas who have severe disabilities.

Its leaders have had plans drawn up and have been given an estimate of just over £1 million to build a new sports hall and hydrotherapy pool.

Woodfield deputy headteacher Beverley Hamilton said: “Unfortunately this is not something that the Local Authority will provide.

“We are not expecting large cheques from individuals or organisations, but rather feel that if enough people gave up the cost of a cup of coffee - i.e. £2 - then we would reach our target if we reach enough people.

“Some families may want to hold a dinner party or a company may hold a cake bake in our name.

“If people want to help please contact me as I can provide collection tins with the charity number on and I attach a leaflet that gives some more detail.”

The school’s number is 01442 253476.

Andrea La Grue from Woodfield School won a UK National Special Educational Needs Quality Award at the high-profile eTwinning National Awards Ceremony.

The special awards celebrate those who have produced outstanding work as part of eTwinning, which enables schools across Europe to work together on creative projects using digital technology.

Woodfield School won the award for its project, competing with nearly 90 other schools who applied across the UK.

The innovative project called European Teens Masterchef involved the students in sharing their own tried and tested traditional recipes with 12 European countries and then having the opportunity to make recipes sent from the countries we were working with.

eTwinning, the digital community for schools involving over 250,000 teachers in 32 countries across Europe, is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council.

International coordinator at Woodfield School Andrea La Grue said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for students and staff to share in a project across European schools.

“The students were fully included in working with pupils in the other countries and found the whole experience really motivating.

“It was a pleasure to see the excitement when watching our recipes being recreated by our European partners.”

Ruth Sinclair-Jones, UK national agency director for Erasmus+ and eTwinning at the British Council, said: “The eTwinning Awards in the UK are a great celebration of the excellent and creative work being produced by educators and pupils alike.

“Participation in eTwinning has enabled pupils to connect with others across Europe, share ideas across borders and develop as global citizens.

The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, June 21, in Nottingham.

Pupils record album as treat for retiring headteacher

The whole of Bovingdon Primary Academy became recording stars for the day when a mobile recording studio came into school to make a CD for their headteacher, Martin Mangan, who is retiring after 17 years at the school.

All 453 pupils were involved and even the staff gave a rendition of Take That’s Never Forget during the event on Monday, June 23.

Songs were chosen to represent all of the events that have taken place over Mr Mangan’s years at the school. The CD will be presented to the him as part of his leaving gift.