We held a Restorative Practice Development Day on Monday 22nd January with visitors from Wickersley School & Sports College, Eastfield Primary School and Oasis Lister Park.
The visitors heard about how we work restoratively at Carr Manor through building positive relationships between staff and pupils. They met with a selection of RP representatives, who spoke about the ethos’ of Carr Manor, particularly Coaching, our mission statements, our Further and Flexible Learning options and the impact Restorative Practice has at Carr Manor.
A selection of RP pupils also attended a Restorative event in Middlesbrough on Thursday 2th January. The conference was ‘An Introduction to Restorative Practice’ and pupils shared our RP journey with the other visitors.
The event was held at Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough F.C. After the conference, pupils received a tour of the stadium grounds and changing rooms, which they really enjoyed.
Reception pupils visited the Rainbow Factory last week!
They had lots of fun meeting characters from fairy-tales and hearing their stories, having a walk through the Enchanted Forest and they took part in
some drama sessions to help them learn how to tell their own stories!
We hope pupils enjoyed their trip and have been telling their Coaching groups all about their visit.
Mrs Worthington’s Accelerated Food Preparation and Nutrition group have been taking inspiration from European countries and have planned, prepared and cooked some amazing dishes from their chosen country.
The pupils selected a wide variety of countries and sweet and savoury dishes, and some fantastic skills were shown. We had everything from Pizza, Calzone, Churros with chocolate, Paella and Turkish Baklava to freshly made Spaghetti Vongole and freshly cooked Lobster in a hollandaise sauce served with rice, baked sweet potatoes with a side of fresh king prawns!
A big congratulations to the pupils who created these amazing dishes!
Over the past 12 weeks a group of Year 9 and Year 10 pupils have been working on the Social Enterprise Action Programme.
Ran by Ahead Partnership, the programme allowed pupils the opportunity to create their own fundraising ideas for a particular charity, The Jane Tomlinson appeal. The aim of the programme was to bring the pupils together, with some business mentors, to help them develop their planning, organisational, teamwork, presenting and analysing skills.
After a lot of hard work the groups came up with three fantastic final ideas.
The winning idea was a Carr Manor Pie the Teacher in the Face event (beware teachers - the team are still hoping to make this a reality!)
The judges expressed their difficulty in selecting a winning idea as the thought and hard work put in by all three groups was outstanding. Well done to all the pupils who completed the programme. It’s an excellent achievement!
Year 8 and 10 boys played table tennis against the Grammar School at Leeds. Our Year 8 boys won their games and although Year 10 lost overall, there were some brilliant performances from both teams.
Well done boys!
Six Year 11 pupils attended a debating competition at Cardinal Heenan on Tuesday 16th January. They were debating against whether we should welcome the advent of gene editing, and debating for whether we should accept the risk in contact sports.
The pupils were very articulate in their arguments and were fantastic in the debates.
The Year 1s had a fabulous time at Abbey House Toy Museum learning about toys from the past as part of our topic "What is in my Grandparents toy box?"
Pupils compared new and old toys and even played with some toys that were 100 years old! They found out that toys from the past were mainly made out of wood and plastic, there weren't plastic toys back then!
Year 1s were also visited by their Grandparents, who brought in toys to discuss how they have changed compared to the types of toys they use now.
Pupils had a great time and learned lots of facts!
The Year 7 girls athletics team had their Leeds Indoor Athletics Finals last week at the Co-op Priesthorpe Academy. The girls made Carr Manor history by being the first girls team to qualify for these finals which in itself is an outstanding achievement.
The finals were highly competitive and included four other schools across the whole of Leeds, including the reigning champions Roundhay High School.
The girls had it tough during the competition and had to settle for 2nd or 3rd place in most of the track events having previously dominated these in the earlier heats.
Despite this, the girls maintained their high levels of motivation and resilience and performed really well in the field events. The girls finished in overall 4th place which is a fantastic achievement and one they should be very proud of.
Well done to all the girls involved.
A big thank you to all pupils and staff who donated money before Christmas to help those less fortunate.
The money has gone to help Leeds Compassionate City award winner Maureen Lilywhite provide Christmas hampers for disadvantaged families in the local area.
Coaching groups also brought in food and other goodies for our 'Reverse Advent Calendar' House competition.
Pupils were asked to donate items to give to those in need over the Christmas period. The boxes were given to Stainbeck Church an Family Solutions, who help people in our local community by sharing out donations, which made a huge difference to some people over the holidays.
Pupils decorated their boxes and it was lovely to see how much thought and effort went into the Reverse Advent Calendars.
Our Christmas Showcase was on Monday 11th December and those who attended were treated to some fantastic dances, performances and music.
We were wowed by the fabulous music from the percussion group, vocal group, Year 8, 9 and 11 bands and Close Harmony. There were some brilliant performances from the KS3 and KS4 drama groups, and we danced the night away with the Year 9 Re:Form group.
The night ended with a really heartwarming duet from the Year 11 band, choir and the percussion group with a beautiful rendition of 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over).'
Well done to everyone involved for making it a very special evening for the audience!
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