The past few weeks have been fantastic for the school in terms of community involvement. Claire Skillen and Rosa Coker-Burnett came in to reorganise the library, Morgan Jackson and Ray Critchlow built us a new sandpit, Michelle Quinn has spruced up the playground and others have offered to share a fantastic range of skills. The involvement of the community is such a special part of school life and it’s really valued by the children. Thanks also to all who came to the school Community Open Day on the October 4th. The children really enjoyed showing off their displays, lessons and in the case of class two their culinary skills; Beth, Ella and Josh made some impressive mediterranean fare cooked on the little school portable oven!
The school Harvest Festival Service was a pleasure to take part in and again thanks to all who came. The food haul was the biggest the school has ever collected. Considering this was from such a small number of families it was a fantastically generous collection and should make a difference to the Sheffield Cathedral Project which offers support to homeless people in the city. Owing to illness in his classmates (both of whom have thankfully recovered!) Josh ably held the fort in narrating the service. All the children played roles, from Thomas the farmer to Grace the chicken, with Jack the goat, Sam the cow, Leo the pig and Gabbi the horse. It was great hearing them all sing so happily and with such enthusiasm - especially the Conker Song which the children performed as an encore.
Another exciting event this month has been Class 2 being filmed for the ITV show, ‘100 Great British Walks’, which will be aired in the spring. It was a fantastic day where the children let the camera crew up Mam Tor, learning about how television is made and showing off our beautiful valley in the process.
Thanks to Dark Peak Fell Runners have donated the proceeds of their BogFest fell race to the school. Mrs Garmeson has earmarked the funds for equipment for the children to use when on ‘Edale Island’, which will be fully up and running after half term.
Keep you diaries free for the Christmas Fair on December 2nd and the FOES fund-raising Race Night on the 16th December. We’re also going to be making some packs of Christmas cards using the children’s designs and are hoping that if you’re sending Christmas cards this year you’ll support the school and use ours. We promise they’ll be fabulously festive!
(Printed in the November edition of Ringing Roger, Edale's parish magazine)