Frankley Flying High
From Frankley Community High School:
“It was a fantastic day and I would recommend doing it again – thank you!”
Frankley Community High School played host to Frankley’s Community Event on Wednesday 11th July 2012 where Holly Hill Church School, Forestdale Primary School and Reaside Junior School joined together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.
Frankley School was packed to the rafters with family members of all ages to celebrate schools coming together and uniting in our local community.
A range of events/ activities were put on, including a police response car, a fire engine and a member of the Navy to show young people the role of members of the public services and how their role is vital in our local area.
The Arts and Crafts zone hosted the bouncy castle, face painting and badge making stalls. This was an extremely popular area, which was luckily under cover as ‘Mr Rain’ decided to join us continually throughout the afternoon!
Due to the current weather conditions many of the events took place inside the building: self defence, penalty shoot-out and basketball; the school’s youth club was also opened, which enabled youngsters to play pool and see some of the fabulous facilities on offer at Frankley.
One of the main attractions was ‘Frankley’s Got Talent’. Students from Holly Hill first performed an array of acts including singing, dancing and even a comedian. The oldest participant was just seven years old – an extraordinary accomplishment to perform in front of a two hundred-strong audience.
Frankley’s students put in the same strong performance, too, with Clara Bartlett singing acapella, a strong Amy Winehouse tribute act followed by a duet of a TLC song by Adam Dance and Courtney Mosley.
Finally, a superb, outstanding cast from Reaside put in an unbelievably good assortment of performances, which left most of the audience breathless. The Glee Club knocked the socks off of everyone standing!
To end the day, a raffle draw took place for one lucky winner to take part in a ten-minute helicopter ride. Throughout the day, children and parents had the opportunity to peruse the chopper and look at all of its functions. Rhiannon Lewis, a year ten student, graciously won the helicopter ride and kindly took her sister, Naomi, and her head teacher, Mrs Harris, with her.
Rhiannon states: “It was the first time I had ever flown and it was amazing. I was a little nervous at first but I loved every minute!”
Mrs Harris stated, “It was an amazing, once in a life time opportunity to share with two of our students and it was wonderful to see Frankley from above!”
Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable, if crowded, afternoon. Many visitors commented: “Staff and students were helpful, polite, welcoming and friendly.” One other parent stated: “My children didn’t want to leave.” These were just some of the evaluations given at the end of the day.
Frankley High would like to thank everyone who attended our special day and look forward to sharing in future events with our local, primary feeder schools.