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Fairfield student announced winner at Bristol Young Heroes Award

Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted that Year 7 student Archie Drummond has been announced the winner of the Caring Hero award at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. This ceremony, held on Friday 31st March at the Will’s Memorial Building in central Bristol, saw a number of famous faces in attendance, including Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, international DJ Roni Size, singer Beth Rowley and Hollywood actor Liam Garrigan.

Archie was nominated by his tutor Miss Thompson after she learnt about the number of acts of kindness towards other students, coupled with his dedication and caring role he plays at home for his brother, Dexter who has autism.

At the beginning of his time at FHS, Archie ensured that a student with special educational needs was given priority on a bus home by asking the other Year 11 students waiting to let him have a seat first. Archie also made sure a Year 9 student with autism was looked after in the playground and did not hesitate to show him support in front of other students.

It was only at this stage when Miss Thompson phoned home to share these positive stories that Archie’s home life came to light. His Mum told about the poor health of Archie’s step father, which has resulted in Archie taking a key role in the upbringing and care of his 5 year old brother. Miss Thompson then promptly entered Archie for the Caring Hero award.

After being narrowed down to three finalists in this category, Archie was declared the winner, with the award being presented by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

Natalie Thompson, tutor and teacher at FHS comments: “We are unbelievably proud of Archie and thrilled that he has won this award. What makes it so special is his modesty; at no stage did he share his acts of kindness or caring role at home with me or his other teachers. Archie is an exceptional individual who deserves every ounce of this recognition.”

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Congratulations to our first cohort

Left to right – James Allen (Biology), Lauren Sankey (English) Justine Grace (Excalibur Teaching School Professional Tutor) Claire Flynn (PE) Elena Ramos (Maths). Other 2017/18 students not shown here: Emma Playfair (Maths), Rebecca Court (Primary).

Excalibur Teaching School has completed its first year training School Direct PGCE students. Our Professional Tutor Justine Grace attended the graduation ceremony on 19 July 2018 at Bath Spa University to celebrate the students’ achievements. We are proud to confirm that all our students will be starting in their first teaching position in September, including two who begin their teaching career at St John’s. Additionally Victoria Bird, who was based at the Excalibur teaching school hub at Fairfield High School, completed her Biology PGCE with Bristol University, and will be starting her first teaching job in September.

 In September 2018 a new cohort of students joins us. We are looking forward to welcoming a total of 16 new students; seven primary PGCE students, seven secondary students based at St John’s (Biology, Chemistry, Computing, DT, English, Maths and PE) and two secondary students based at Fairfield High School (Biology & RE).

Recruitment for PGCE training places for the 2019/20 year will commence in October 2018.

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HUNGERFORD English teacher launches ‘Colour Mile’ charity run

A HUNGERFORD English teacher is inspiring hundreds of students, staff and the wider community to raise money for great causes by launching the area’s first ever ‘Colour Mile’ at her old school.

Kelly Delaney is an English teacher at JOG where she herself was a student.

Now she is launching the first ever fun Colour Mile event on the JOG school field, on Saturday 1st April, with runs starting at 11am and 12noon after a fun warm up, to raise money for Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where her mother was cared for before passing away in 2015.

The rest of the money raised will go to JOG’s Parents and Students Association who do a fantastic job supporting the school.

The Fun mile walk (or run) will also see obstacles for children, and is open to all ages to come along and help raise thousands of pounds for these two local charities.

During the event there will be a BBQ, bouncy castle and refreshments, plus other fun and attractions.

Kelly said: “This is a brilliant school and extremely generous. We want to get the students, their families and the wider community involved in this tremendous event. We want hundreds of people to come and support it for the area and to raise thousands for these worthy causes.

“There is currently not really anything around here that is similar so we want this to become an annual event.”

Prices for the day are £12 for the 11s and over, £8 for JOG students, £5 for 5 to 11s, while it is free for the Under 5s. Participants will receive Neon glasses, a white t-shirt and a medal.

To purchase your tickets online please visit – www.jogcolourmile.eventbrite.com.

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