Here are some of the many Christmas events we were involved with during December.
During SMSC students made Christmas Hampers to give to elderly and vulnerable members of our local community. Students were asked to bring in groceries and other small gifts to help make up the contents of the hamper. They designed, made and generously filled their hampers during house tutor period, many also giving up their free time. All students were involved in a variety of ways to guarantee a wonderful and thoughtful gift for the recipients.
After producing the hampers they were presented to fellow house members during special Christmas Assemblies. Father Christmas, AKA Mr White, then left Swinton Community School accompanied by his elves and friends from Wath Police Station, PCSO Entwistle and PCSO Brookes. The jolly group delivered the hampers on behalf of our caring and generous students and staff. Forty elderly and vulnerable members of the local community received a hamper along with our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have received lovely thank you cards from the recipients who were genuinely touched by the kindness of our school community.
Each of our four houses – Endeavour, Intrepid, Illustrious and Valiant held special Christmas Reward Assemblies where students were recognised for their special achievements.
House Leaders led the event with Tutor Group Teachers giving a short explanation for their nominations. Congratulations to all the worthy winners. Inter House quizzes and competitions were also held during form tutor period.
As a special treat for all of his Year 7 Spanish Class, Tyler made a beautiful Christmas cake to share with his classmates. It looked and tasted delicious!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
A big thank you to all our amazing student library assistants who were presented with a Christmas gift as a small token of appreciation for all their dedication and hard work over the year.
Thank you also to all of our lovely catering staff who served up a delicious Christmas Lunch for students and staff.
Two festive competitions were held in Food Technology lessons during December. Year 7 made chocolate logs and although it was a competition they were all so good that everyone got awarded with an achievement card from Mrs Scattergood – Faculty Leader ADT. Year 9 held a Christmas cake competition with Miss Jackson, ADT Teacher, making and decorating some amazing cakes. The winning cake was made by Allanya Bird well done Year 9 they all looked very professional.
Christmas craft and activity sessions were held in the Library/Resource centre and some beautiful cards and decorations were made. Displays and books were also available celebrating festivals from around the world.
SIXTH FORM STUDENTS
Year 12 visited Meadowview Nursing Home in Swinton along with Father Christmas, AKA Jason Bellwood. The students led by Santa, Miss Bott and Mrs Jones took gifts and entertained the residents by singing Christmas carols, having a prize raffle and playing bingo.
I am so proud of all of the gifted Swinton Community School students who took part in an exciting and vibrant production of Disney’s Lion King Jnr. They showed their commitment and hardworking attitudes by regularly attending scheduled rehearsals, learning scripted dialogue and mastering very ambitious musical harmonies.
The two evening performances were fantastic and our talented students received several standing ovations from the audiences which were full to capacity on each night.
They also performed to an audience of Year 5 students and their parents on Thursday afternoon which again was outstanding!
It would be unfair to single out any individuals for specific praise as they all were absolutely amazing.
Mrs Emms – Faculty Leader Performing Arts
As part of our continuing YEAR 5 TRANSITION PROGRAMME 126 Year 5 students from our local primary schools joined us for a day of Forensic Fun.
They were given the task of analysing evidence from a ‘crime scene’. This included comparing fingerprints, studying fibres under microscopes and using chromatography to determine which type of pen was used to write the ‘ransom note’. Sixth Form science students dressed in CSI suits helped the Year 5s gather the relevant information and Year 8 student ambassadors assisted with the smooth running of the day.
After collating the evidence our young forensic scientists were unanimous in their decision and relished the opportunity to share their results in front of the guilty suspect – Mr Morrison!
After enjoying a complimentary school lunch the students, along with their parents, were treated to a matinee showing of Swinton Community School’s fabulous production of ‘The Lion King Junior’.
Another exciting Year 5 Transition Event is scheduled for early next year.