Year 9s lead Islam workshops

Creative workshops led by Year 9 GCSE students helped introduce younger visitors to Islam.

St Norbert’s Catholic Primary was the second to visit this academic year to learn about the faith.

Five introductory workshops on Prayer, Art and Architecture, Hajj (pilgrimage), Calligraphy and Mosques were prepared and delivered by the Year 9s.

Humanities teachers Nusrat Choudhry and Karen Hepworth, the heads of Amethyst and Emerald houses respectively, organised the visit.

“Each activity was designed to be an active and imaginative way of learning about Islam with students having the opportunity to take resources away with them as well as ask any questions about the faith,” they said.

“We have worked with St Norbert’s school for the last five years and have created a wonderful relationship with the pupils and staff.

“Our students have also visited the school. They have prepared and taught ‘mini’ lessons around the major faiths as well as exploring and celebrating our diverse community with the pupils.”

Prom pictures

A memorable Prom was enjoyed by The Class of 2019.

Our Year 11 students were joined by staff at the event, held at Hilton Forest Pines.

The Prom King and Queen were Daniel Rounce and Mia Fenwick.

 

Cheque presented

Kind-hearted students raised more than £400 to help vulnerable people in Scunthorpe.

The St Lawrence Academy’s Student Council chose The Blue Door charity as the beneficiary of a non-uniform day.

House Leader Karen Hepworth, also responsible for the Student Council, praised the initiative.

“They made a decision about which charity to support this term and organised the non-uniform day within two weeks,” she said.

“The whole school had assemblies focusing on the work of The Blue Door, which supports those who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“The students thought they might raise £200 but, thanks to everybody’s support, the result was £409.72”

The cheque was handed over by members of the School Council at the Academy to Ann-Marie Booth from The Blue Door, which is based in Laneham Street in Scunthorpe. They were thanked for the cash and raising awareness of the charity’s work.

Principal Mike Adnitt said it had been a “fantastic” effort.

“This initiative has been driven by the Student Council,” Mr Adnitt said. “It has shown great determination and worked quickly to ensure the fundraising for such a worthy cause was a success.

“Well done to all students and staff involved.”

More information on The Blue Door can be found at www.thebluedoor.org or it can be contacted via  its helpline on 0800 197 47 87, at its office (01724) 841 947 or email info@thebluedoor.org.

 

Sport Week Success

Exercise was combined with fun and fund-raising as the academy embraced the National School Sport Week.

A packed itinerary – put together by the PE team – ensured all year groups plus staff could participate in the initiative, now in its 11th year and organised by the Youth Sport Trust.

One of the highlights was a charity speed shot challenge, which took place on the 3G pitch during break time all week.

If a student hit the bar three times they won an extra go. Entry was 50p and the £40 proceeds will go to Lindsey Lodge Hospice. The winner was Lewis who hit the ball at 66 miles per hour.

Year 9 leaders delivered a fun exercise and aerobic session for Years 7 and 8.

Those year groups also enjoyed health and wellbeing lessons, which included rock climbing.

Other highlights included Year 9 sport science students going to North Lindsey College and participating in sporting leadership and teamwork activities; a rounders competition entertaining Year 8; and PE staff attending a yoga session in the sports hall.

Principal Mike Adnitt thanked everybody who had been involved.

“The week demonstrated, through PE and sport, our commitment to the wellbeing of our students and staff,” he said.

“It was a great success and I’d like to thank our PE team for organising it.

“I know there was a lot of fun during the week as well as opportunities to discuss wellbeing and how it benefits through active participation in sport.”

The Youth Sport Trust said the week saw like-minded schools, teachers, parents and young people show why PE and sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s development.

“Too many young people are missing out on the life-changing benefits of sport and play that would improve their health and wellbeing and equip them with the skills to thrive,” it said.