Biggin and Hartington KS2 children joined together in Biggin Village Hall on Monday June 17th for a session of “Cheerfest” delivered by Megan Hambly a dance teacher from QEGS. The brightly coloured Tinsel Pom-Poms were distributed , the children standing in rows were eagerly anticipating the start of the session. The sequence of movements were quickly learnt and put to music. It was wonderful to see the children so engaged and enjoying the activity. They were soon in groups expanding the choreography and creating a routine of their own. The sense of rhythm, co-ordination and interpretation of the music was excellent. This experience will be one that they will refer to both within school time and at home.
Back in my day! – Hartington School is one of ten schools nationally taking part in a unique intergenerational sport project.
School pupils in Hartington are joining forces with elderly local residents to help boost physical, mental and social wellbeing across generations, as part of this nationwide pilot project.
Funded by YST International and Sir John Beckwith Charitable Trust, AAA is an intergenerational activity scheme, bringing together school-aged children with older members of their local communities in settings including care homes, community groups and day centres.
Hartington, alongside Anthony Gell, in Wirksworth, are the only two schools taking part in the Peak District, together with eight other schools across England in Wilmslow, Weymouth, Wirral and Milton Keynes.
Our key stage two pupils have become ‘Active Buddies’ after receiving training from the YST, and are now working with older residents, who they have named ‘Silver Sports’.
They’ve chosen Boccia (a precision ball sport usually played by competitors who have a physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair), as their specialist activity for the first three sessions.
The ‘Silver Sports’ – aged between 70 and 95 years old – meet with our children on a Tuesday afternoon at the Village Hall to take part in AAA. They are also teaching the younger participants about activities they enjoyed in the playground as children, including hop scotch, and oranges and lemons.
Former pupil Maddie Wager, who uses a wheelchair, now attends Buxton Community School but has allowed to attend and support the AAA sessions back in Hartington. She is a lead member of her school’s Boccia team and will be competing at the Derbyshire finals in Glossop next month.
Liz Broomhead MBE is the co-chair of Hartington C of E Primary School governors and the project lead alongside head teacher, Tracy Blackwell. She said: ‘The enjoyment and engagement of the young and old is tangible. The interaction is a pleasure to witness.’
Winola, who is one of the Active Buddy’s added, ‘It is lovely to wear our T-shirts as we work with the ‘Silver Sports’, it gives us a feeling of being together. We would like for them to have a T-shirt which says “Silver Sports.”’ So they can also be part of our “team!”
Alison Goodall, Development Manager, said: ‘At a time when physical activity levels are declining, loneliness is increasing and generations have never been more segregated, we have developed an action-based research project which uses physical activity as the catalyst to bring generations together.
‘The project aims to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of participants, provide volunteering opportunities, developing skills employers require and the confidence to be physically active. It is also providing opportunities to support the primary to secondary transition and enhance local community relationships.’
Following this year’s pilot project, an impact report will be drawn up and made available from February 2020.
Find out more: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/active-across-ages
On Friday 24th May we were delighted to welcome Archdeacon Carol from Chesterfield to our Celebration Worship, Maypole demonstration, Community Lunch and launch of the AAA project. The service in St Giles Church, led by the children, was delivered to a “full house”- the culmination a blessing and prayer by Archdeacon Carol. Following the worship everyone met in the Village Hall to see a traditional and contemporary performance of maypole dancing- not a spare seat available.
The vicar accompanied the Archdeacon to school where she was met by children, staff, governors and parents, followed by a walk around the school where she viewed the wonderful displays of children’s work, before she down for lunch.
As we completed the customary raffle, we launched the “AAA” (Active Across Ages) project, when the KS2 Active Buddies met their ‘Silver Sports’ in preparation for the start of the project in June.
On Thursday 6th June alongside the five other Schools in the White Peak Benefice, it was a privilege to attend a service led by Bishop Libby of Derby, in St Giles Church. It was a wonderful occasion with representatives from the benefice and children from the five village schools. The musical presentation by the children was enjoyed by all, as was the art work on display in the Village Hall.
After the service the Bishop went on a “walk about” while the children enjoyed squash and cake with members of the community in the village hall. We were delighted also that some of the parents were able to attend this occasion.
On Friday 12th April the school term ended with our traditional celebration worship in church. The children delivered a moving and inspirational rendition of the Easter Story told through poem and song. Rev Benson concluded the Worship by saying a blessing and congratulating the children on such a thought provoking service.
As always this final Worship of the school term was followed by Community lunch in school and an Easter raffle.
The PTA kindly invited the Easter Bunny who came to school to help hide eggs for the children to find. As always this was enjoyed by all who took part helping to make the final day of term a happy and exciting one.
We would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and should you visit the church please don’t forget to take a look at the children’s display in the Transept.
Please send into school any unwanted clothing, coats, paired shoes, underwear and belts in bags for collection on Monday 29th April. Bags can be brought in on Friday 12th April between 3 and 5pm or Monday 29th before 9am. Unfortunately they will not accept school uniforms, bedding or household textiles.
If you find it difficult to deliver bags to school please contact school or one of the PTA and we will endeavor to collect it.
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