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North-east primary pupils turn to art to show their voice


The outstanding artistic and creative talents of more than 150 youngsters from throughout Aberdeen city and shire were celebrated this weekend when the winners of the St Margaret’s School for Girls Democracy Poster Art Award were unveiled. All those who took


part in the competition were invited with their families and art teachers to attend an exhibition of their work at the school, where the winners and runners-up were formally announced. The Democracy Poster Art Award 2018 was organised by St Margaret’s


School for Girls, Aberdeen’s only all-girls independent school, as a way of marking the centenary of the vote for women. Pupils in primaries 5, 6 and 7 from schools throughout the region were


invited to submit entries based on the wider theme of democracy. St Margaret’s School Head of Art, Theresa Scott, said: “We wanted pupils


to think about what democracy meant to them, why it is important to have a voice and how they use that voice both at school and in their wider communities. “A poster design is an effective way for them to communicate visually and


get their message across while recognising their artistic and creative talents.” Head teacher Anna Tomlinson said: “This is the first time we have held


such a competition at the school and we were really quite overwhelmed with both the amount and the calibre of entries. It was very obvious that a lot of thought and work had gone into the artwork. “There were many interpretations of what democracy means to individuals


and choosing the winners was not an easy task. We were delighted to welcome so many young people and their families into the school and we very much hope that the Poster Art Competition will become an annual fixture in the school calendar.”


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Coventry schoolchildren get sporty at cricket masterclass and tournament


Schools from the Romero Catholic Academy came together to welcome the Warwickshire Cricket Board (WCB) to an afternoon of cricket at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. Teams of 15 from each primary school in the academy, which


includes Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools, took part in a coaching session with WCB. Pupils then enjoyed a round-robin tournament led by the sports


leaders at Cardinal Wiseman School, who refereed and umpired the games. It was the children from St Patrick’s Primary School who were


triumphant in the tournament, and were each presented with a medal to mark their achievement. The event not only gave the primary school children an opportunity


to learn new skills, but also gave them a taster of secondary school life. WCB cricket coaches are now due to work with Year 4 and 5 pupils


across all seven Romero primary schools during the spring term as part of the Chance to Shine cricket programme, which looks to encourage more young people to take up the sport.


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300 pupils in Leicester set to become ‘Rugby Reading Champions’


The National Literacy Trust has teamed up with Leicester Tigers to launch Rugby Reading Champions – a brand new programme for primary schools in Leicester which uses the power of rugby to improve the reading skills of children aged 9-11 who are falling behind. The programme is funded by England Rugby and Comic Relief through a


Try for Change grant. Last year, almost a third (31%) of children in Leicester left primary school


unable to read to the expected standard for their age, compared with a quarter (25%) of children nationally. Research suggests that children who leave primary school unable to read well are more likely than their peers to struggle at secondary school, be unemployed and experience poor health. To help address this local literacy challenge, Rugby Reading Champions will


be delivered for free in 20 local schools over the next two years, giving 300 pupils the chance to improve their reading skills. Over the course of 10 weeks, Leicester Tigers Foundation qualified coaches


will deliver exciting rugby-themed lessons based around the five core values of rugby: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Each school will also receive a starter kit filled with exciting new books and colourful resources including a workbook, posters and stickers for the pupils to takeaway.


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uLocal primary schools can register their interest in taking part in Rugby Reading Champions at literacytrust.org.uk/rugby-reading- champions/


November 2018


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