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Top 8 Chester school picture stories of the week

Abbey Gate, Overleigh, Barrow, Firs, Newton and Waverton schools feature in our pictorial round-up

1. Abbey Gate College

Congratulations Abbey Gate College pupils Anna Jayaram, Ashley Keech, Abbie Platts, Grace Patton, Theo Cook, Amandi Thenuwara, William Borders, Fia McDonnell, Jemima Mullock and Francesca Ward who were nominated for English Speaking Board Certificates of Outstanding Achievement and whose speaking skills have been recognised as being some of the best in the country for their age group

Led by Christine Faithfull, pupils from Years 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Abbey Gate College regularly participate in the English Speaking Board exams achieving some excellent results.

Candidates taking these examinations develop valuable communication skills while gaining in confidence in the process and overall the academic year was once again rich in success for our pupils.

This year the English Speaking Board have also given Certificates of Outstanding Achievement to a small percentage of candidates throughout the country who have exceeded the criteria for the top Distinction grade. These pupils will go forward to a final panel of assessors who will choose eight candidates from the nation to attend a Celebration of Excellence later in the year.

Congratulations to Anna Jayaram, Ashley Keech, Abbie Platts, Grace Patton, Theo Cook, Amandi Thenuwara, William Borders, Fia McDonnell, Jemima Mullock and Francesca Ward who were nominated for this top award and whose speaking skills have been recognised as being some of the best in the country for their age group.

2. Newton Primary School

Year 5 and 6 children from Newton Primary School performed an adaptation of the musical, The Wizard of Oz

A group of the Year 5 and 6 children from Newton Primary School performed an adaptation of the musical, The Wizard of Oz.

The production included songs and dances from classic musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Wicked and The Wiz.

The story followed the much loved characters Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard, helped along the way by the Munchkins and Glinda, to overcome the evil Wicked Witch of the West and her team of baddies.

Director Sue Mears said: "This year’s production was particularly challenging, some children had several costume changes and everybody had more than one part. Backstage was hectic, but the audience would never have known this as when the children performed on stage, they delivered a fantastic show. We are very proud of our children. They all worked extremely hard and gave 100% commitment throughout all the rehearsals and shows."

The pupils commented on the show:
Ronny: "I felt like I gained more confidence by taking part in the show."
Leila: "Taking part has encouraged me to continue drama in high school and take part in shows in the future!"
Tia: "At first I was nervous, but then I began to really enjoy performing and I really liked the dances."
Lauren: "It was fun having a real dog! When Toto (aka Billy) barked during Over The Rainbow, it looked like he was trying to sing!"
Chelsea: "It was a good show to do because everyone knew the songs and you could see sometimes the audience were joining in and really enjoying it."

3. The Firs School

L-R: Thomas Dougherty, Dorinda Lokko and Daniel Pittard-Wheeler from the Firs School triumphed at the ISA Northern Athletics Finals in Birmingham with all three athletes receiving a gold medal

The Firs School in Chester took part in the ISA Northern Athletics Finals in Birmingham.

The Firs athletes, Dorinda Lokko, Daniel Pittard-Wheeler and Thomas Dougherty, triumphed at the finals and all three athletes returned home with a gold medal.

Daniel retained his gold medal in the U11 boys relay, Thomas also ran in the relay race winning gold and Dorinda claimed a place in the girls' U12 relay squad and her team also became national champions.

Headteacher Lucy Davies said: "The children all really enjoyed the finals and we are delighted with how well they did each winning a gold medal. The school has also recently been awarded a Gold Sportsmark for our commitment and development of sport. We are are extremely proud of our determined and enthusiastic athletes."

4. Barrow CE Primary School

Barrow CE Primary School football team in their new kit

Pupils at Barrow CE Primary School have a new football kit thanks to Steve Rastall and his company Cloud Control.

The team made their debut tournament in the new kit at Christleton High School where they played nine five-a-side matches, winning six, drawing one but then beaten in the final.

5. Newton Primary School

Newton Primary School summer fair - Saturday, June 27

Newton Primary School held their annual summer fair.

The event was planned by the PTA committee and was supported by the local police, fire brigade and volunteers from St Michael’s Church, Newton.

An amazing £3700 was raised on the day which will be used to buy more i-Pads for the school. The school would like to thank M&S Bank, who will ‘match fund’ the amount raised.

6. Overleigh St Mary's CE Primary School

Year 5 pupils at Overleigh St. Marys CE Primary with their mini science kits to send to their twin school in Uganda

Year 5 pupils at Overleigh St Mary's CE Primary School have been busy preparing mini science kits to send to their twin school Rubuguri Primary in Uganda.

Both schools are part of the Great Ape Film Initiative (GAFI) twinning scheme, which allows children in the UK and overseas to discover more about the conservation of Great Apes through the use of pedal powered cinemas and educational scientific twinning projects.

Each UK pupil has prepared and trialled a science kit to send over to Uganda that will allow pupils to experience some of the exciting science that takes place in the national curriculum. Pupils of Overleigh will then explore the Ugandan science curriculum.

Science co-ordinator Nicky Bolton said: “The children have had to be very resourceful designing kits that could be posted overseas.

“Our twin school in Uganda places a strong emphasis on practical skills -based outdoor learning and we will be very excited to explore their science curriculum next term.

“We are crossing our fingers that the kits arrive intact in Uganda!”

7. Waverton Community Primary School

Author Simon Mayle with Year 4 pupil Andrew Parkinson at Waverton Primary School

Author Simon Mayle of Shouty Kid fame visited children at Waverton Community Primary School to collect the Waverton Good Read for Children Award.

Simon was photographed with Year 4 pupil Andrew Parkinson, who recently returned from a visit to St James’s Palace in London, where he reached the final of the Radio 2 500-word story competition – a great achievement considering there were 120,000 entries.

Andrew took part in a live Radio 2 broadcast on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show where his story Trouble in Arctic was read out by Chris Pavlo from the BBC Radio Drama Company.

8. Newton Primary School

Pupils from Newton Primary School demonstrating their lifesaving skills in a special British Heart Foundation assembly which took place on Monday, July 6

Pupils from Newton Primary School demonstrating their lifesaving skills in a special British Heart Foundation assembly.

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