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A variety of activities for students at St Edward's Academy in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

  • St Edward's Academy students take part in Sacred Spaces Day.

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Spiritualism, music and fund-raising have been focuses during extra curricular activities at a school in Leek.

Synapse the churches together Youth Team have worked with all pupils at St Edward's Academy, recently to support their RE lessons with a series of 17 activities all based in one room.

Head-teacher at St Edward's Liz Clarke, said: "The Sacred Space has reappeared in St Edward's again.

"Wonderful decorations with tented areas, favela spaces, puzzles and craft all in the theme of prayer and spirituality have transformed room 101 into a thoughtful and reflective area for our pupils.

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"All these activities give varied opportunities for our pupils to build their social, creative and reflective skills.

"My particular favourite of the 17 activities was the making of the house and placing on our 'map' of Leek so that pupils may pray for the person special to them and the people of Leek as a whole.

"This meditative and special time for all forms is a very valued and much needed part of our school year."

Meanwhile musical students have been 'battling' it out on their school stage.

Liz expained: "Last month, there was a wonderful concert with St Edward's Academy's first 'Battle of the Bands'. This was an opportunity for pupils to build their own band and perform for an audience on a hot summer evening.

"Expert judges Mr Renshaw and Mr Barlow Young, both performers in their own right, reviewed the songs and with some difficulty chose two winners.

"The winners will perform in assembly to further build on their experience. Of particular note was Melody Dunn who not only managed to perform in her band but also ran up to the top field for the athletics meet and ran the 200 metres on behalf of the Academy."

Also at St Edward's academy, students have been helping to raise cash for charity.

The school hosted a Macmillan Cancer Care Day with pupils having their own clothes day and selling loom bands and cakes for the cause.

Liz said: "More than £475 was raised with £160 worth of loom band and cake sales in just over an hour - which is fantastic."

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