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Team highlights - May Half Term

Team highlights - May Half Term

Mal Bullivant, Facilities Manager - Cottingham

Loz Wilson and I set off from school during the Easter holidays heading for the Polish / Ukraine border with a minibus full of donated aid for Ukrainian refugees.

After a round trip of 3000 miles we successfully delivered the aid to three different organisations to take it over the border to the areas in the Ukraine where it is most needed. On our return journey we drove 10 refugees from the humanitarian aid centre at Medyka to start a new life in Leipzig, Germany. The photo sums up the reality for these people. This is the total worldly goods of ten people who have left their homes, jobs, family and life behind, not knowing where they are going to. Many thanks to all who donated, sponsored and supported us to make the trip happen.

Deb Harrison, Food and Childcare Instructor - Winifred

What a fantastic turn out for our ‘Cinco De Mayo – Mexican cook off’! With 19, yes 19! teams, made up of one student and one staff member per team, the competition was strong. This was evident in the quality of food produced. I can’t decide who were the most competitive, the students or the staff! The judging was the most difficult bit. Well done and thank you to all who took part. Congratulation to our winners!!!

James Green, Teacher of Creative Arts

Friday 13 May saw the return of the ever popular art department residential visit to London. Mr Green, Mr Cotson, Mr Pearson and Mrs Abbotts took an excited 31 art and design students from Year 9 - Year 13 on a journey that began early morning at Hull railway station. After dropping our bags off at the hotel, our first stop was 35 floors up in the Sky Garden, where students got the chance to see London from a completely new perspective. Visits to Tate Britain, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Leake Street graffiti tunnels and Camden Market gave students an array of valuable 'learning outside the classroom' experiences to inspire them.

Simon Hopkin, Teacher of PE - Howden

The Year 9 Sports Studies and GCSE students had a trip to the Eco Power Stadium, home of Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster Rugby League team on Thursday 5 May to learn a bit more about how the sporting world worked. They had a tour of the stadium, including changing rooms, press room and physiotherapy area. They were then treated to a question and answer session with ex rugby players, rugby coaches and the media department of Doncaster Rugby League. The trip finished with a rugby coaching session and mini tournament on the training pitches.

Lucy Richardson, Operations Manager - Keyingham

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our "artist in residence" this term to help transform our school library. Emily Dodgson, of Dream Big Studios, created this beautiful indoor forest in just a week - much to the children's delight and wonder. We love spending time in this space now and everyone from Nursery to Year 6 have dedicated sessions with staff and pupil librarians. The tree branches are stocked with books that reflect our curriculum and are changed by our librarians regularly - the monarchy and our royal history is their current choice. Book Club takes place in the library every week now too on a Wednesday lunchtime and is a truly popular choice with the children.

Rebecca Wright, Cirruclum Leader - Croxby

Croxby Primary entered a royal Jubilee card competition following an invitation by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Each year group used a variety of print-based techniques and added their own creative flair. The Year 6 classes created their own tonal island stencils to print over their base silhouette of the Queen, replicating similar techniques of their recently studied artist Banksy.

Toni Bullock, Specialist LA - Hessle

Myself, Samantha Hodgson and Michelle Edwards took three students to the Active Humber Special Olympics held at Costello Stadium, we had a fantastic day. The event was really well organised and the Youth helpers were very supportive of our girls and encouraged them to try a number of different activities including curling and tabletop cricket. We received a free rucksack with PE equipment that had been used throughout the event. The girls arrived back at Hessle High sporting their games t-shirts and lots of smiles.

Michelle Preston, Assistant Head - Penshurst

This year, our Penshurst allotment has gone from strength to strength. The pupils, supported by Mrs Smith, recently created a raised bed from the Eco Bricks that we made in collaboration with our sister school, Dryden Street Primary in Cape Town. Watch this space for more wonderful structures made from these innovative bricks.

Andy Richardson-Medd, Subject Leader Art - Wolfreton

A big but bittersweet highlight was seeing our amazing Year 11 Art and Photography students completing their GCSE courses after months of hard work. We received many thoughtful cards from our students before their final lessons with touching messages of appreciation for the last five years of learning Art at Wolfreton. We wish them luck in their exams!

Helen Girtchen, HR Officer - Central Services

Since I joined the Trust in April, I’ve been involved in projects, such as the roll out of My New Term, and have been able to get out and about to the different schools and meet lots of people. I’ve certainly hit the ground running and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve settled in really quickly thanks to working in such a great team!