Our schools have been busy celebrating World Book Day to encourage childrens’ love of books. Children dressed up as their favourite literary characters in many schools. Guiseley School held a range of student activities throughout the school. Eleven teams competed in the World Book Day Quiz Tournament, whilst others hunted down the hidden clues around school as part of their Literary Murder Mystery, featuring some famous book characters.
An event to mark Valentine’s day at Guiseley School, organised by Evie and Megan in the Sixth Form raised over £300 for Macmillan Cancer Trust. This marked a great effort when the girls were also taking part in their exams.
We wish you all a Happy New Year as we welcome in 2022 and hope you enjoyed a good break over the festive period. Schools have returned this week and staff and pupils are getting back into routines, hoping that this year will be more normal than the last couple of years have been.
Guiseley Community Foundation recently held a foodbank collection and were able to collect a large number of donations from Guiseley fans, players and other members of the community. Some of the donations have been distributed by Otley foodbank and Aireborough Children’s Centre. The rest will be made into hampers to distribute during their Healthy Holidays programme before Christmas.
Guiseley School Sixth Form collected a large number of toys and games to donate to the The Yorkshire Children’s Trust, a charity that helps children and their families cope with the emotional and financial strain of many life-changing illnesses. Donations will be used to give children who have to stay in hospital over the Christmas period a Santa’s grotto experience in several hospitals around the Yorkshire area.
We wish you all a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
For this year’s Children in Need campaign, Guiseley School Sixth Form held a Bake-off. Fifteen cakes were entered and all were to a high standard in both taste and appearance. Following the judging of the competition, a raffle was held for the cakes which raised over £350 for the appeal. Of the 15 cakes available, one student was lucky enough to win two!
On 19th November, the ALPT held the annual joint training day. With most of the schools able to take part, staff attended subject specific sessions and many secondary specialists were able to assist their primary colleagues. Feedback from the sessions were that staff found them really helpful and gained a lot from them with sessions being well received by those attending them. The support and contacts between staff at Trust schools is beneficial to all.
Guiseley Community Foundation are running a football camp in the Christmas holiday as above. The cost is £40 for the week or £15 for a day. Bookings will receive a discounted Child and Adult ticket for Guiseley FC’s home game against Alfreton on Saturday 15th January 2022. Please bring a packed lunch, moulded boots or trainers and shin pads. Book places by emailing [email protected]
They are also running their annual foodbank collection and toy appeal to assist the residents of Aireborough who need additional support, especially over the Christmas period. As well as a general appeal for staple items, this year they are hoping to make up Christmas hampers for vulnerable families. Donations can be taken to Nethermoor Park on December 4th between 12:00 and 15:00. Suggested items for both the foodbank collection and for the Christmas hampers can be found on their social media pages. In addition to the foodbank collection, they will also be launching a Toy Appeal on November 14th following on from their very successful first Toy Appeal last year. Toys should be new and unwrapped, and suitable for children of all ages. Donations of toys can be dropped off at either Guiseley Morrisons, or 123 Dental Care on Otley Road. Donations for the foodbank collection can also be made at these drop off points.
Both Guiseley School and Benton Park, our two high schools, have recently undergone extensive rebuilds providing new, state of the art accommodation for the students and staff to use and enjoy. Guiseley School have been in their new buildings for a few months now and Benton Park have just completed their first week in their new building. These buildings will make a real difference to the experience of the children during their time at our schools.
Guiseley Community Foundation’s very popular holiday football camps will be running during the October half term holiday. The camps will run every weekday of the holiday from 10:00 until 15:00. Everyone aged 6-12 years old is welcome. Each day of the camp costs £15 only, or £50 for a full week. To book, email [email protected] Only moulded boots or trainers can be worn on the artificial pitch, whilst it is also asked that every child wears shin pads to the camps.