Three of Henry Tyndale School’s 6th Form students, along with Secondary school students from across England gathered at the Tower of London for the annual awards ceremony to celebrate First World War Legacy projects on Wednesday 7th November.
The awards were given to the best ‘Legacy110’ projects produced by students following participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme.
The ‘Legacy 110’ projects encourage students to share their experiences with the local community, developing a long-lasting legacy to commemorate the First World War centenary, and transforming the teaching of the First World War in schools.
Five Henry Tyndale Special School 6th Form Students, over two visits, pledged to take one step each for every soldier who died - approximately 4.5 million steps - and to engage 550 people in their task. Students shared the pledge with their peers during assemblies, staffed a stall at the school fair, spoke on local radio, and set up a Facebook page. Companies, individuals, groups and other schools all ‘donated’ steps to the cause, resulting in over 23 million steps being taken, with contributions from as far afield as Canada and Australia. A ‘whole school’ Poppy Wave was created after visiting Fort Nelson to see the Tower Poppies on display.
Henry Tyndale’s Head Teacher, Rob Thompson said ‘It was real honour to see Henry Tyndale School students attend the awards event at the Tower of London. As a Special School we aim, where relevant, to enable our children to benefit from the same opportunities as those in mainstream schools. To see their work not only be accepted in a national project like this but actually be recognised and result in a prestigious award is a source of real pride to us all.’
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Henry Tyndale 6th Form
On Friday 18th November the whole school took part in an opportunity to support the annual Children in Need charity fundraising day. This year the theme was 'Spotastic' and everyone came to school dressed up. There were spots everywhere! We all joined together in the morning for a whole school assembly, setting the scene by listening to and watching the Children in Need single. This was followed by learning how the money raised supports many children. The children were encouraged to come to the front of the assembly and put their donation into the collection tins. All of the children made their own 'spotty' bunting in their class groups and came to show their class bunting to their peers at the front of the assembly. This has been displayed in the hall for everyone to see and enjoy. Jupiter class hosted a brilliant cake sale and all of the pupils in the school had the opportunity to go to Jupiter class to buy their spotty cake.
Infant themed 'Evacuee day'
On Friday 11th November the Infant department and Sun class had a themed day entitled 'Evacuee day', to coincide with our World War 2 topic. All of the pupils came dressed as various styled children from the war years. All of the staff from the classes also joined in the dressing up. The children took part in four different activities throughout the day - dancing to a variety of war time songs and dances; making a wartime bread and apple pudding; some wartime art and some role play with an air raid shelter. The children had a very busy and fulfilling day.
In October we were very fortunate once again to have a visit from the OSJ orchestra who worked with groups of pupils from Keystage 1 in the morning. They also did a performance to the whole school in the hall during the afternoon. Some pupils even had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra!
On Friday 23rd of September we held an own clothes day with many pupils coming to school wearing denim to raise money for the charity ‘Jeans for Genes’. The staff and pupils looked great in their own clothes, with some managing to wear double or even triple denim, which was very impressive. In preparation for this event many of the pupils learned about the work of this charity and all pupils decorated a square of denim, which were patched together to create some 'jazzy' jeans. One group of students also iced jeans onto gingerbread men as part of their attention session. The whole school also came together for a special ‘Jeans for Genes’ assembly with the highlight being everyone dancing to the song 'Blue Jeans'. We are counting the money and will let you know the grand total soon.
On Thursday 12th May 2016 Hampshire Fire and Rescue visited the school to work with pupils from the primary department.
All pupils enjoyed having the opportunity to explore items related to fire engines from blue lights, hoses and torches through to uniforms. May pupils were also able to climb inside the fire engine and pretend to drive the vehicle through the streets in the simulator. As well as the simulator they also relished the opportunity to 'put out the fire' using the hose. Younger pupils enjoyed a story about a fire engine, whilst older students learned about fire hazards and prevention in the home during their visit to the Fire Hazard van.