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School Days Endon High School

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Holding Lucy the Boa constrictor are, from the left, Teacher Nicky Tapley, students Sophia Rowley, aged 12, and Hayley Lewis, aged 13, with headteacher Alison Gibson.

  • Holding Lucy the Boa constrictor, are from the left, Teacher Nicky Tapley, students Sophia Rowley, aged 12, and Hayley Lewis, aged 13, with headteacher Alison Gibson.

  • Getting arty, from the left: Scott Arrowsmith, aged 12, Jordanne Wilson, aged 14, Georgia Grocott, aged 14, Sam Sidley, aged 11, Ethan Ward, aged 11, and Navneet Kumar, aged 11.

  • Serving afternoon tea, at the front from the left, Isobel Day, aged 11, Jess Fish, aged 13, Georgia Simcock, aged 14, Eleanor Hodgkinson, aged 13, Jessica Rushton, aged 14, and Mollie Perry, aged 11. At the back from the left: Luke Maher, aged 12, and Alex Gator, aged 13.

  • Trying their hand at knitting, at the front, Ella Baker, aged 13, and at the back from the left, Leah Kurta, aged 14, Molly Williams, aged 11, Sally O'Rourke, aged 13, Charley Mountford, aged 12, and Emily Hargreaves, aged 11.

  • Raising cash on a stall, from the left, Bradley Bourne, aged 14, Katie Carney, aged 14, Oliver Salih, aged 15, Ben Bewick, aged 14, Tilly Wood, aged 14, and Charlie Edwards, aged 14.

  • Enjoying the activities in the school yard are, from the left, Harriet Willshall, aged 14, and India Pearson, aged 14.

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STUDENTS at Endon High School enjoyed a week of activities set outside of their usual timetabled classroom lessons.

On the Monday they took part in Self Respect sessions which were run by Ruby Girl and also Dove to help promote body confidence and self-esteem.

On the Tuesday, the English department organised a Readathon to encourage pupils to have more respect for literature.

This included time for pupils to read their favourite books and be read abstracts by the teachers of their favourite books.

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English teacher Kayleigh Evans said: "The day was a complete success.

"Students behaved excellently and appeared engrossed in their books at many points, while enjoying hot chocolate and biscuits.

"Students were joined by teachers at intermittent times throughout the day, who read chapters from their favourite books, each visit was a surprise for the children, although the greatest surprise of all was a warm and fascinating visit from child author Jon Mayhew."

Also on the Tuesday Year Seven and Eight pupils raised awareness, respect and money for the LEPRA charity by doing a wide variety of activities, which included a large-scale aerobics workout with more than 200 people.

The Wednesday had a 'Respect for a life' focus and the whole of Year Seven were trained in key Heart Start first aid skills.

Wednesday evening also saw the Music department run 'A respect for Music Recital Night' showcasing the talent of many musicians at the school.

For the Thursday the whole school went completely off-timetable for the day under the theme 'Respect', and also welcomed 60 primary school children into their school for the day of activities.

All pupils had an opportunity to opt into various respect activities which included visits to the National Arboretum, Slavery Museum and Chester Zoo and also a chance to carry out some woodland conservation, to name but a few.

There were also opportunities in school such as respecting the arts, where they created a board and film on what respect was, how to show it and why it was important.

There was also the chance to work on 'Respect for green energy' looking at working on an environmentally friendly eco powered car.

Students also helped to host a fund-raising community fair to raise money for fellow students going to Nepal next year and a chance to go and work in the community.

Teacher Nicky Tapley said: "The pupils and staff worked really hard to make this a successful and rewarding week.

"The pupils had a massive range of opportunities and a new found understanding and appreciation for the word 'Respect'. Thank you to all involved."

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