School news – May & June 2015

Pied Piper at Moffats

The children of Moffats school performed ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, one of the cycle of five plays written for Moffats by its founder Natalie Engleheart in 1954.

Led by Marigold Rye as the Piper, a cast of 24 put on two performances, with one parent declaring, “by a mile the best school play we have ever seen”. With moments of great hilarity and great pathos, the children took on full responsibility for their production. Moffats will be hosting an open day and science workshop on bank holiday Monday 4 May from 9.30–12.30 pm. For more details contact the school on 01299 841230 or visit

Grease! Rock n’rollercoaster

Clever set design, favourite tunes and energetic dance moves transported the audience back to 1950s Americana with Bridgnorth Endowed School’s production of Grease! From the well drilled cheerleaders to the sassy Pink Ladies and those lovable rogues, the T Birds, this popular and clever production involved a cast of over 120. Notable performances came from James Riley as heartthrob Danny Zuko and Lydia Aldridch who was perfect as sassy Rizzo. They were ably supported by their T Bird and Pink Lady gangs. Lisa Tristam, subject leader for creative arts said, “Being part of a school show contributes to the development of qualities such as self esteem, confidence and positivity.” Director, drama teacher Dave Lewis added, “It was great to see the students thrive, express themselves, take risks and support each other throughout rehearsals.”

Fashion show for all

Much Wenlock Primary School PTFA is teaming up with Slimming World and Smarty’s Fashion to present one of the social events of the year – a fashion show that caters for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. The show, at 6.45pm on Friday 8 May, will feature brave ‘models’ from the PTFA and Slimming World, as well as pupils from the school, and will showcase end-of-line and surplus stock that may not be available in-store, in ladies’ and children’s styles. The show also includes a performance by the Key Change community choir and a raffle with a variety of exciting prizes. Tickets are £6 from the school or from Mrs P’s on Much Wenlock High Street and aims to raise funds for new equipment for the school.

Reading project for peers

Congratulations to Bridgnorth Endowed School year 10 and 11 students who are making a positive change to their school community. Fourteen students undertook a Level 2 Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) in their own time, in a project to develop a Peer Reading Programme in school. The students raised a sum of money, which was match funded by the Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Community Chest to a total of £1000, which has been used to purchase 14 Kobo readers. The reading project will now begin in earnest, and with year 7 and 8 students involved, enabling them to enjoy and sustain positive reading experiences.

Les Mis at William Brookes

Pupils at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock wowed the audience with their professional rendition of the much loved musical Les Miserables. Pupils from all year groups took place in the performance, mixing up newcomers to the stage with seasoned performers.

Music quartet hit high notes

A saxophone quartet from Shrewsbury High Prep School has been chosen as one of only five chamber champions in the Country. The quartet of Tom Gray, Jonty Gould, Archie Cunningham, and Lily Atkin represented the school at the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition Final in Oxford, reaching the final having beaten off all other local competition to become regional winners in the U14 age group.

Pupils prepare for May

Children from Morville Primary School have been busy preparing for the annual May Fair, which will be held on Monday 4 May. Pupils have developed an imaginative sculpture exhibition of their very own ‘Wild Things’, inspired by Maurice Sendak’s children’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. This will be on show in Morville Church alongside the beautiful floral displays that adorn the Church over the three-day Morville Festival. The pupils will also be performing their traditional maypole dance where they will be joined by Much Wenlock Primary School children. There will be a ‘Going Wild’ children’s fancy dress parade, which will be judged by the What’s What! cover photographer Andrew Fusek Peters.

St Leonard’s getting arty

Pupils at St Leonard’s school, Bridgnorth have been developing their artistic skills. The whole school has worked with a local artist, Alison Haynes, linking Art to Worship and RE. Pictured is April Sandy working with Alison, on her part of the whole school design – silk painting.

Student fashion show

Walford and North Shropshire College held its annual fashion show recently which involved students from Hospitality and Catering, Hair and Beauty and Construction. Dorothy Perkins provided clothes for use by the models to celebrate the store’s 100 years of business – which provided students with the inspiration to create an image for each decade.
For the second half of the show, students created avante garde looks themed by country. Sharon Cooper, head of commercial services at the college, said, “It was a successful evening with many students contributing different skills. We are grateful to Dorothy Perkins for supporting the event. The hair, make-up and costumes were put together by hair and beauty students, and a lot of hard work went into creating some amazing looks.”

MP is judge at Oldbury

Local MP Philip Dunne visited Oldbury Wells School in Bridgnorth where he met with staff and pupils and had a tour of the school, including the new sports hall. He also judged the shortlisted entries in the Book Review competition which was launched during ‘Literacy Fortnight’. Mr Dunne spoke to the students about the bookshop business, Ottakar’s, which he co-founded in the late 1980s and which has since been merged into the Waterstones brand. He explained how book reviews are an excellent way to recommend titles to readers and the different ways in which they are presented in bookstores and libraries to inspire others to read. Congratulations to the winner and runners-up of the Book Review competition, who were winner; Matthew Lawer with Katie Harris as runner up.

All hands on deck

Children at Hands On Childcare in Bridgnorth had fun decorating gingerbread houses to accompany their reading of the story of the gingerbread man.

St Johns swimming victors

Pupils at St John’s RC School in Bridgnorth were celebrating having won the highly prized inter-primary schools swimming gala. The team, which consisted of a mixture of years 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils were pleased to see the shield back in St Johns trophy cabinet as Castlefields have been the dominant victors for a number of years.

Bridgnorth lad captains England

Former St Leonard’s School pupil Zac Xiourouppa proudly led his country out to face France in a friendly international in Bourge-en-Bris. Zac, who started his rugby career as a 6 year old at Bridgnorth Rugby Club coached by mini’s and junior chairman Johnny Themans, said, “I think it was the proudest moment of my life. I have always loved rugby and am now ‘living my dream’” The U17 side won/were beaten still waiting for score will email it as soon as I know as its played tomorrow Zac is currently studying at Hartpury College near Gloucester, but he returns to Bridgnorth to support his home club – and is also looking forward to cheering them on at Twickenham.

Shrewsbury’s engineering star

A former student from Shrewsbury High School is celebrating receiving the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Isabel Mitchell, who left the High School last year, is now studying General Engineering at Durham University and will specialize in her third year. Isabel is one of an elite set of engineering students who have been awarded the prestigious award as the IET and its partners invest a further £1.2m in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years to tackle the lack of female engineers. Currently, just 6% of the UK’s engineering work force is female.

County sporting champions

Oldbury Wells School celebrated impressive sporting successes at the Shropshire School Games Festival as part of the Sainsbury’s School Games. The East Shropshire district were crowned champions in the games for the fourth successive year and Oldbury Wells contributed significantly to this success by winning five of the six events they represented East Shropshire in.

The East Shropshire squad was led by Chris Jew, who is based at Idsall School and is made up of Idsall School, William Brookes School, Bridgnorth Endowed School and Oldbury Wells. Oldbury’s tally of 5 gold medals was the highest single school performance in the county.

Senior citizens to Abraham Darby

The Rotary Club of Ironbridge welcomed senior citizens from across Telford to the annual community concert at the Abraham Darby Academy. The programme featured a variety of music provided by pupils. Organiser Barrie Williams commented, “The concert is one of the many highpoints of our annual calendar and we very much enjoyed working with the staff and pupils at the Abraham Darby Academy and offer the community the chance to hear their outstanding band.”



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