WPT Young Musician of the Year Awards

WPT Young Musician of the Year Awards

Over the last couple of months,  students from across the Trust have been competing in the ‘WPT Young Musician of the Year 2021’ competition, which was set up this year to give our students a platform to perform.

This was the first WPT Young Musician of the Year competition and was all done virtually due to the current Covid restrictions. 

38 students from across the Trust (FS2 to Year 11) entered and had to perform two pieces – which were adjudicated by three musicians with a wealth of performing experience – before the finalists performed a third piece. 

We can now reveal the winners of each category…

Russell Taylor – WINNER

Michalina Kasprus – KS1 INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Mollie Antcliff – JUNIOR VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Lena Sadowska – KS2 INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR 

Zak Myers – KS4 INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR 

JJ Mafuta – KS3 INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR 

Nikolas Badi – SENIOR OPEN MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Last night we hosted an awards ceremony for the winners at our Cranworth site, where  some of them performed live in front of an audience and collected their certificates and trophies.

Sarah Bingham, WPT Music Lead said: “This was our first time doing this and ideally it wouldn’t have been virtual but we’ve changed and adapted to make it work. 

“The competition was just a snippet of the huge amount of talent we have across the Trust from all ages but a big well done and congratulations to all of our winners.”

Congratulations to every single one of the students who entered the competition – you were all amazing!

Watch the video of the event below.

WPT Newsletter - July

WPT Newsletter - July

Welcome to the fifth edition of our half-termly cross-Trust newsletter. 

After what’s been another challenging academic year, we want to share some of the fantastic things that have been happening across all of our schools. 

Once again, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, students and communities of Wickersley Partnership Trust for your continued hard work and support this year.

Happy summer!

WPT Hosts Year 6 Residentials

WPT Hosts Year 6 Residentials

Over the last two weeks, we have been hosting Year 6 residentials for all of our primary schools. 

As the Year 6s couldn’t go far and wide for their residential trips this year, we pitched up tents on our field and got the boats out at Ulley to give them some lasting memories before they head off to their new schools.

Over the course of the two days, Year 6 students threw themselves into all of the activities including: canoeing, kayaking, raft-building, ball games, flag tennis, the blindfold challenge, Cranworth treasure hunt and dancing. 

We’d had some fantastic feedback from our Year 6s and we’re glad we could give them a send-off they deserve. 

Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible.

WPT Hosts Year 6 Proms

WPT Hosts Year 6 Proms

Last week, we hosted Year 6 proms for all our primary schools at our Cranworth site to celebrate their primary journey before they head to their new schools.

Whilst their last year at primary has been far from normal, we wanted to wrap their time with us up with games, dancing, food and friends!

Across the site, we had different stations so there was something for everyone to enjoy:

The students danced the night away with our designated disco space. 🕺

The football mad had a pitch and a shoot-out area – a big thank you to Rotherham United Football Club for providing this! ⚽

A games area (including splat the rat, jenga and limbo) and an arts and crafts section was also popular among our students. 🎨

And lastly – to remember the night forever – we had a photo booth for those who wanted to walk down the red carpet, escape to an enchanted forest or fight off a dinosaur! 📸🤳

We would like to take this time to wish all our Year 6 students the best of luck in their next steps. 

Take a look at some of the photos below. 👇

Wickersley Student, Leah Fearon's Debut Play 'My BFF is a Vampire'!

Wickersley Student, Leah Fearon's Debut Play 'My BFF is a Vampire'!

Wickersley School’s Year 7 Performing Arts student, Leah Fearon, has completed the first draft of her debut play ‘My BFF is a Vampire’. 

Whilst the Drama Department found itself in the unusual, restrictive habitat of the classroom, the students got the chance to explore areas of the subject not done so in-depth, including scriptwriting.

Leah showed exceptional skill and imagination in one of the first lessons, and shared how she had written lots of scripts at home.

Impressed by this, Mr Wilding encouraged Leah to continue writing ‘My BFF is a Vampire’.

The script has now been professionally formatted and tells the story of best friends, Stacey and Kayla, who find moving to ‘big school’ is the least of their worries!

Well done on this wonderful achievement, Leah!

WPT extends fleet of school buses

WPT extends fleet of school buses

Today, we extended our fleet of school vehicles with an additional two buses. 

This enables us to give our students more opportunities to go out into the community on school trips and educational visits.

Matt Sutton, Operations Manager at Wickersley Partnership Trust said: “I’m so pleased that we now have two new buses to benefit all students across the Trust as we can offer more transport to places like Ulley Activity Centre and other provisions.” 

Construction Works Start On New Block at Rawmarsh Community School

Construction Works Start On New Block at Rawmarsh Community School

Just before the May half term, Hawker Construction Ltd started construction works on a brand new block at Rawmarsh Community School.

The decision for the new block comes after an increase in student numbers over the past four years. Rawmarsh Community School is close to reaching its student admission limit and has increased Published Admission Numbers (PAN) this year to accommodate more Year 6s, which has led the school to needing more space.

The building will house up to 10 new classrooms for the students when they return or start in September 2021.

Mr Turton, Headteacher at Rawmarsh Community School said: “The popularity of the school continues to rise and as such we have been asked by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to take additional students from September 2021. This speaks volumes about the school’s improvement since becoming a part of Wickersley Partnership Trust and is a direct result of the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the staff at Rawmarsh Community School. It is a truly exciting time for our community.”

Ashwood's Jack Scott Publishes a Book!

Ashwood's Jack Scott Publishes a Book!

Year 3 student at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, Jack Scott, has published his very own book, ‘Connor’!

During the trials and tribulations of lockdown boredom, Jack took to his diary to entertain himself and wrote about a talking dog who was his best friend. After reading snippets of the story to his mum, she encouraged Jack to type it up and make a storybook out of it to read to his siblings and grandparents.

Little by little, the story grew and Jack was eager to continue to make something that he could call his own. A few readers and listeners later, he was advised to turn it into a book to be published.

Once Jack chose the front cover and how his writing was set in the book, he published it on Amazon!

Laura Farmer, Jack’s Teacher at Ashwood Primary School said: “Jack has always had a passion for reading, and enjoys getting lost in a book. We are so proud of him and what he has achieved. His classmates and teachers have all bought the book and we can’t wait to read it.”

Well done, Jack – we are all proud of you!

 

Equality Month Competition!

Equality Month Competition!

This academic year at Wickersley Partnership Trust, we have been exploring the theme of ‘Equality’. All of the schools in the Trust are focusing on equality in June and students will be learning about a number of different issues and themes in lessons and assemblies.

We would like our students to take part in a cross-Trust competition by creating something on the theme of ‘Together, Unique’. The criteria is quite broad so be creative – it could be a piece of art, drama, baking, photography, poetry or a story!

What springs to mind when you hear ‘Together, Unique’?

Students can do this individually, as a group or as a class.

All entries need to be submitted to competitions@wickersleypt.org by the 25th June 2021. Please include your name, year group and school.

Good luck!