Students at Hartington C of E Primary School have enjoyed an afternoon of netball and finding out about African cultures as two Loughborough Lighting Super League players visited the village.
Students at Hartington C of E Primary School have been enjoying a week-long celebration of different religions and cultures.
The school hosted a light themed Multi-Faith Week for students to learn more about religious communities including Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Chinese cultures.
Students learnt about the sacred symbols of different faiths and the unique festivals and services held by religious groups. Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light and Jewish people commemorate Hanukkah where they celebrate eight days of light.
Pupils also gave a short presentation on the origins of the Chinese New Year to visitors at the popular Community Lunch event held on Friday, 13th February. They explained the characteristics of each sacred animal and ended by wishing everyone ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ – Happy New Year. This was organised by the School Council.
Key Stage 2 Teacher, Mrs Rachel Gardner said: “We are a small, rural Christian school and pupils are very much interested in other faiths, so it’s vital that they learn all about them through interactive, creative lessons and fun activities. We live with the Christian views to love and respect thy neighbour and learn from each other. The children really enjoyed exploring the culture and diversities of different religions.”
Chairman of the School Governors, Sarah Lacey said: “Being a Church School with a strong Christian ethos can only benefit the children as they learn about the other great world faiths. The work they have done has deepened their understanding and apperception of other people whose faith is different from our own but just as sincere.”
Pupil, Jacob Blackwell, 8, said: “I loved learning about how poorly people make pilgrimages to Lourdes in France where Jesus’ mum, The Virgin Mary, was seen by Bernadette.”
Hartington C of E Primary School students have enjoyed a special afternoon of African Dance, Sport, Story and Art, alongside youngsters from Taddington and Priestcliffe C of E Primary School.
Pupils from Hartington visited the neighbouring rural school on Thursday 15th January for an afternoon of native African fun and education.
Youngsters were split into three groups and asked to pick their favourite African football team, to tie in with the Africa Cup of Nations, which is running until Sunday 8th of February. The three groups became Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana football teams.
They then learnt the moves to an African Dance called ‘Footballers Journey’ that took them all the way from singing the National Anthem at the start of the match, to scoring a goal.
Following that, there was a short story session and then pupils put their art skills to the test with an African Art Workshop.
On Thursday 29th January, Hartington School will welcome Taddington and Priestcliffe students for similar African themed events.
The sessions are organised by Bemma Akyeampon, of African Ark, based in Nottingham.
Bemma, who originates from Ghana on the West Coast of Africa, said: “The aim of African Ark is to provide quality African and Caribbean experiences to youngsters, by giving workshops in varied art forms, including dance, music, art, storytelling, music and performance.”
“I want children to get an understanding of life in Africa – break down barriers and remove stereotypes – and for them to enjoy themselves.”
“At Hartington School, I will be taking a big piece of African fabric so we can cut it up to make beautiful costumes, including arm bands and head bands.”
Hartington pupils, Sam Wright, 7, and Josh Wright, 9, said: “It was enjoyable, exciting and energetic.”
Niamh Mellor, 6, said: “My favourite bit was the painting on cloth and making patterns on it with a sharp stick.”
Taddington pupils, Chloe Skidmore, Lizzie Orton and Jake Reason, all aged 8, also enjoyed the afternoon.
Chloe said: “My favourite thing was doing the African painting because we got to meet our friends from Hartington again.”
Lizzie said: “I liked doing the African cup of nations dance because I liked the music and all the different moves.”
Jake said: “I liked doing the patterns and pretending it was mud.”
Teaching Assistant at Hartington C of E Primary School, Mary Teeboon said: “We had a fantastic afternoon in Taddington – it was really good to visit another school and meet other local students whilst really enjoying Bemma’s activities and embracing African culture. We’re now really looking forward to next week!”
Hartington students gave a short presentation of their African themed work at the schools’ Community Lunch on Friday 16th January and have invited visitors to see their final production on the afternoon of the 29th January.
The hugely popular, fortnightly Community Lunch events see local, elderly residents visit the School to enjoy a home cooked meal and entertainment.
Pupils from Hartington C of E Primary School have been honoured with the Peak District Award for their countryside research, at a special presentation at the school.
Members of the Peak District National Park Authority were on hand on Friday 12th of December, to present youngsters with certificates and coloured ribbons to wear on their school jumpers, to reward them for work exploring the history and ecosystem of Beresford Dale.
As part of a year-long project with the Peak District National Park Ranger Service, youngsters spent time investigating different aspects of Beresford Dale, including plants, animal habitats, geology, history and the future.
During the presentation, students read out their research and findings in pairs to the audience, before certificates and ribbons were presented. Some students then read out their own special prayers written about Beresford Dale and the local countryside.
Learning and Discovery Team Leader at the Peak District National Park Authority, Sarah Wilks said: “The children spent 20 hours working on the Award; some of that time was spent with our Rangers where they visited Beresford Dale to have the hands-on experience and get a sense of what it’s really like. That time was also spent in School doing work on a 3D model, information pamphlets and PowerPoint presentations. It’s all about connecting them with the special place, finding out all about it and taking responsibility for it too.”
The Peak District Award is designed to celebrate the special qualities of the National Park and recognise the involvement of visitors and residents in the Peak District National Park. The award aims to encourage participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the features that make it such a special, valued and characteristic place.
Pupils, Thomas Wager, Amy Freeman and George Wigham, who are all 10 years old, and Maddie Wager, aged 9, enjoyed taking part.
Thomas said: “I enjoyed creating a PowerPoint presentation about my findings during the Beresford Dale project.”
Amy said: “I loved making the PowerPoint presentation and using the animation. I also enjoyed being at Beresford Dale, especially watching the Infants doing river dipping as some of the water leaked over into their wellies and wet their feet!”
George added: “I really liked walking through Beresford Dale and looking at all the plants.”
Maddie said: “I enjoyed compiling my knowledge about Beresford Dale into the PowerPoint Presentations. I really liked finding out about Charles Cotton and Izzak Walton because of the links to the village.”
Head Teacher, Tracy Blackwell, said: “The children have worked so hard on this project and it was great to see all their efforts come together to showcase to staff and local residents.”
The Beresford Dale Presentation coincided with the School’s hugely-popular Community Lunch, which sees local, elderly residents visit the School to enjoy a home cooked meal and entertainment.
Hartington C of E Primary School has been given a welcome boost this Christmastime after a raffle at the Nativity Play and Pea and Pie Supper raised more than £900 to go towards enhancing the school curriculum.
More than 80 people filled out St Giles’ Church on Thursday 11th December for the School’s annual Nativity Play. Students linked the show to the Christmas Day Truce of the Great War, and said Happy Christmas to the audience in each of the languages of the countries which took part in World War One.
Following the show, a Pea and Pie Supper took place at the School, organised by the Parent Teacher and Friends Association, which more than 80 people attended.
Vice Chairman of the School’s Governors, Liz Broomhead said: “It was wonderful to see so many people come together to enjoy the festivities. We are absolutely delighted that both the Nativity Play and Pea and Pie Supper were so well attended and the events have raised so much money for the school. This money will go towards enhancing the students’ learning and curriculum and it is very much appreciated. It’s lovely to see and feel the sense of community spirit in the village with everyone being so generous. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed and donated.”