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Hundreds of students at a Haverhill school dedicate their day to volunteering in their community




Students from every year group at Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill learnt what it means to be part of a community both inside and outside of the classroom when they took part in a community day last Friday

As part of the day 150 Year 7 students took part in a huge litter pick with the Keep Haverhill Tidy group, Castle Fields Pre-School and the county council.

Castle Manor teacher and Keep Haverhill Tidy founder, Joe Mason, said: "It was a fantastic community effort and we’ve had lots of positive feedback from the community."

Year 7 Castle Manor Academy students and helpers out on their litter pick. Contributed picture
Year 7 Castle Manor Academy students and helpers out on their litter pick. Contributed picture

Jackie Pendinski who walked with a group of students said: "What a great bunch of students you have, it was a pleasure to pick with them.

Anon Szocs, from West Suffolk Council, thought the event was ‘fantastic!

He said: "We were happy to support and supplied all the kit and a safety talk before we set off.

"We look forward to working with Castle Manor again soon, we really enjoyed being with the staff and children. It was good fun."

Castle Manor also incorporated into their community day a request from Place Farm Primary Academy to provide an opportunity where students could create something out of plastic for a display to parents to raise awareness.

Year 10 students found some images of recycled flowers and practiced making them prior to the three-hour student led session.

Ten GCSE art students worked with two classes of 29 Year 5 students to create 3D flower using various plastic off cuts from industry.

Sam Overthrow year 10 GCSE students said: "I enjoyed working with year five.

"I was impressed with how independent they were , they were also very polite! It was a worthwhile experience and one I could reflect on when writing my CV for college."

Some of the Castle Manor Academy students and staff out on their litter pick. Contributed picture
Some of the Castle Manor Academy students and staff out on their litter pick. Contributed picture

Sarah Roberts year 10 GCSE student added: "I had a good first hand experience of what a being a teacher would be like.

"I helped two year five girls and they quickly felt comfortable with me and I was able to support them as their art work progressed. I enjoyed the experience."

Photography students have been working with a professional photographer, Henry Driver, and their work is part of Suffolk Open Studios at Depden Farm.

Other photography work has been sent to Haverhill Town Council to feature as part of their youth inspired website.

An exhibition of art from various year groups will be on display in the arts centre café throughout July and a music prize-giving community event, called Haverhill Heroes, will be held on July 3 in the arts centre.

Other students have been volunteering in various places around Haverhill such as Duke of Edinburgh Award students and Castle Manor's newly appointed head girl helped at Haverhill Foodbank.

The Eco Team helped manage a meadow space at East Town Park and catering students prepared food for the school's graduation event and Health and Social students helped children at Sandcastles Playgroup.

Castle Manor Academy students at work in East Town Park. Contributed picture
Castle Manor Academy students at work in East Town Park. Contributed picture

Becky Baldwin, organiser of the community day events said: "Castle Manor is well know for its environmental work and is an Eco Green Flag school.

"We are Proud as always of our students when they make such a positive contribution to their community as well as learning lots of important life skills such as resilience, team work and good communication."



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