Haverhill summer schools prove a big hit

Staff and children at Castle Manor Academy's Summer School enjoy a den building exercise during their trip to Jimmy's Farm in Wherstead
Staff and children at Castle Manor Academy's Summer School enjoy a den building exercise during their trip to Jimmy's Farm in Wherstead

SAMUEL Ward Academy and Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill have both had very successful summer schools.

Samuel Ward’s Summer School was attended by more than 150 year five pupils from feeder schools in Haverhill, Clare, Wickhambrook, Hundon and Thurlow.

Pupils enjoyed learning new skills such as photography, animation, photo editing, recreating games from the past, puppet shows, building and performing with drums, dances through the ages, from highland to contemporary dance.

They also expressed their love of drama, dance and music when they performed to parents at their show on the Friday of the first and second weeks of Summer School, the children worked really hard and were a credit to themselves.

A day trip to Ridley’s in London was another highlight of the Summer School. The children were amazed at some of the things they saw – they could not believe their eyes.

Neil Williams, Summer School leader said: “This was a wonderful two weeks working with amazing young people.”

Students from Castle Manor Academy took part in two weeks of Summer School at the beginning and end of the summer holidays.

The students were invited to attend the two, week long, blocks of activities for free by teachers who put in extra hours to provide the sessions. The first week was based on Michael Morpurgo book Farm Boy and involved many activities including designing and making t-shirts, which they wore on a trip to Jimmy’s Farm.

The trip included a tour of the farm as well as some den making, which proved an excellent way to build team skills and build their confidence.

The day trip also helped them work independently as they had to plan, budget and make their lunches for the last two days.

In the last week students focused on their numeracy skills and activities focused around planning a garden party, which they enjoyed on the Friday.

They completed many activities including designing a garden, planning their menu and preparing the food.

Dave Ramsey, Head of Hamlet House at Castle Manor Academy, said that the week was a joy for him too: “It’s not usually top of your list to be at work a week early, but the students made it worth while.”

He helped the students through a range of activities and particularly enjoyed the students growth in such a short space of time.

“Although the students were only with us for two weeks it was wonderful to see their confidence grow, even in that short space of time,” he added.

Castle Manor Academy is holding an Open Evening on Thursday, September 27 to which the whole community are welcome.