Trinity Academy Halifax – a World Class response to the COVID-19 crisis

With the help of a dedicated teaching team, Trinity Academy Halifax students showed creativity, resilience and community spirit in their response to the COVID-19 crisis, with a number of World Class initiatives to support their local community and the NHS workers on the frontline.

  • Key worker students attending school during the lockdown worked with the DT department to come up with an innovative PPE solution for NHS workers. Using A3 laminating pouches and ribbon they created over 50 face visors each week, delivered to nearby Bradford Royal Infirmary A&E department.
  • Students created 150 Trinity Help Bags containing essential food items and Easter treats, for the benefit of nearby food banks, churches and children centres
  • Students wrote pen-friend letters to the residents of four nearby care homes, to accompany their Easter hamper, complete with a Trinity Halifax WW2 quiz and an Easter egg prize for the winner.
  • Created Easter hampers distributed to the 5 most affected wards at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
  • Polypropylene sheets from the D&P department were delivered to a local company to produce headbands for visors for NHS hospital staff.
  • Thanks to the National Breakfast Programme’s donation of breakfast essentials, Trinity Academy Halifax arranged for 25 vulnerable families in their local area to receive a food bag every Thursday.

Trinity Academy Halifax staff and students created a detailed plan of supportive measures for the benefit of local hospitals and hospices to continue throughout April, May and June, to ensure a steady and consistent level of support for local organisations throughout the COVID-19 crisis. A World Class community effort from an inspirational group of staff and students.

Trinity Academy Halifax key worker students helped create 50 face visors each week, delivered to nearby Bradford Royal Infirmary A&E department.
Trinity Academy Halifax students sent pen-friend letters and a WW2 quiz with Easter hampers to the residents of four nearby care homes.
Trinity Academy Halifax students sent pen-friend letters and a WW2 quiz with Easter hampers to the residents of four nearby care homes.

Trinity Academy Halifax students created hampers for the 5 most affected wards at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Weydon School – Inspiring and Motivating Year 11s

Weydon School in Surrey have been running two initiatives to motivate and inspire their Year 11 cohort as they look to build momentum towards the summer GCSE examinations.

The first was the “Secret Vote”. Students were nominated by staff if they had demonstrated any of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding Attitude to Learning in the Classroom
  • Outstanding Effort Visible Outside the Classroom
  • Contribution to extra-curricular or activity at school
  • An act of kindness or a student who is clearly going above and beyond demonstrating the Weydon ethos.

The students knew nothing about it, and it was a fantastic surprise to the cohort, as a raffle was drawn in a year group assembly by the Principal.

We are also operating the Counter Challenge. The year group has been split into 5 colours, each being led by a member of the leadership team. Staff across the school reward Year 11 students for outstanding effort, and generally going above and beyond in their quest for success. Each week, the counters are collected, and the winning team gets a reward. It has led to some excellent teaching and learning with class competition, and standards rising across the board. Students post their counters in the tubes, which are positioned at the front of the school, allowing the initiative to be visible and high profile.

Bishop Challoner Girls’ School – #girlswithgoals campaign

Bishop Challoner Girls’ School’s #girlswithgoals campaign provides the opportunity for all girls to realise their potential by recognising their unique gifts and talents through a combination of mentoring and extra-curricular activities.

The key aims of #girlswithgoals are:

  • Adopt a healthy academic and body self-esteem
  • Have a vision for the future
  • Develop a positive mindset towards their academic studies and life in general.

The school has hosted a number of successful events promoting the campaign amongst pupils, staff and parents, including an annual conference, Mother and Daughter Christmas Afternoon Tea, after-school Mother and Daughter Cooking Club, a film-making club and the premiere of a short film in January 2017, entitled ‘The Power of Yet’.

This short film, which was researched, directed and edited by girls in Years 7-11, contains interviews from women in high profile industry roles, insight from some of the school’s female members of staff and discussion from girls on overcoming negative ideas surrounding self-esteem and body image. Filmed with expert help from Sparks-Ignite Media Company and funding from the Big Lottery Fund, The Power of Yet explores how women of all ages can challenge self-imposed and other limitations in the pursuit of their dreams.

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