Infants’ Snow Fest

Our infants are having a magical snow party in the hall this morning. The children have been reading all about the snowman and this morning’s theme is a host of snow related activities. The children even get to wear their own pajamas like in the book!

Mums, dads and carers have also been invited in this morning to get involved with the festive activities…

Max – a truly inspirational pupil

Over the last week, we have been following Max on his journey to be given the title “Inspirational Pupil of The Year”.

On 27th November 2019, Jenna Downing (Olympic champion inline skater) visited our school to assist Max in creating a presentation which Max would give at the award ceremony at Highfurlong School.

Here’s the details from Sharon Todd , Project Ability Lead, Highfurlong School:

“The Youth Sport Trust Lancashire STEP Camp was hosted by Highfurlong School on Wednesday 4th December. There was a selection of Young Leaders chosen to attend from Schools across Lancashire.

Jenna Downing  ( World Champion in-line Skater )was the YST Athlete Mentor  who took part and delivered an amazing inspirational session to the students. Justine Moore ( Paralympic Wheelchair Fencer and ex Highfurlong Student) was also on hand to show her support.

The students listened to this years Young Inspirational Young Leader (Max) from Marton Primary Academy, who told them about his journey and what had made him so inspirational.

Last year’s Inspirational Young Leader from Highfurlong School was also there to show his support and hand over the role with a Plaque.

A group of Key stage 3 students from Highfurlong school were in attendance  with a selection of other schools across the County and all students enjoyed taking part in some team building sport activity and learned leadership skills. All students had a great time learning about leadership skills, different Sports and Inclusion.”

Max was also presented with the award again on Friday, 6th December 2019 in assembly:

Follow Max on his journey to achieving this incredible award:

A word from the young man himself!

Year 4 Music Workshop

Last week, our Year 4s were treated to a musical instrument workshop in the hall. The idea was to create a range of musical instruments using everyday items, such as card, plastic bottles, string and tins. Parents and guardians were invited in to school to get involved and help out. We certainly had some amazing results. Have a look at the photo gallery to see more:

‘Our Lancashire’ Event

Emily and Luke Y6 accompanied Miss Jones to the launch of “Our Lancashire” event at the Blackpool Tower Ballrooms. We were given pin badges on arrival and had front row seats for the entertainment and guest speakers.

The event was hosted by BBC NW Tonight presenter Dave Guest. The aim of Our Lancashire is “Supporting people to improve their own communities” Clive Grunshaw (Police and Crime Commissioner).

“Everyone can make a difference. We are promoting and connecting groups across the county” Ian Stewart (Our Lancashire Programme Manager).

We watched performances and video presentations from several groups across the county.

  • Harmony and Health Singers: help lonely people to make friends and get out into the community.
  • Menhear: A support group for men to talk and assist with anxiety.
  • Fylde and Wyre Tea Dancers: Host community dance clubs.
  • Little Harwood Curry club: help with learning to cook and free meals every Monday for their community.
  • CSI Boxercise: use physical activity to promote Mental Health
  • Chorley Amateur Boxing Club: teach all abilities boxing skills.
  • Let’s Grow Preston: support and encourage environmental projects and both create and maintain community gardens.
  • DanceSyndrome (Luke’s favourite – see video interview): Fantastic young lady with Down syndrome that loves to dance but couldn’t find a suitable dance club so created one of her own to dance and support others.
  • Preston Partners: assisting people with Special Needs to improve social skills.
  • Padiham Community Choir: so popular in the community now that they were invited to perform on the new single raising money for Alder Hey hospital out this week!

    Both Luke and Emily took photos and videos throughout and took notes to blog. We spoke with Dave Guest and Ian Stewart who referred us to other members with ideas to bring in to school. Luke and Emily behaved impeccably and I was proud to accompany them. To finish we had a little dance in the ballroom before heading out on the comedy carpet to find my name 😜.

    Luke and Emily have written up their own comments for the blog:

Luke

What we liked about it

“My favourite part was watching all the acts perform on stage. I liked how our community came together to make changes in Lancashire. My favourite act was ‘DanceSyndrome’. Considering whether or not you have a disability, you can still take part and do the dance!”

Why did we go?

“We went to see how we can change our environment as one. Although we are starting small we can eventually build up bigger. I also enjoyed watching the dancing.”

Emily

What we liked about it

“The bit I liked the most was taking all the pictures and watching all the different groups. The one I like the most was Bluebirds.”

Why did we go?

“We went to see how we can change our environment as one. And I really enjoyed it, as well as meeting David Guest, the news presenter.”

Find out more at ourlancashire.org.uk

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