Forge Valley held it’s first annual Spelling Bee during the last half term. Year 7 and Year 8 students competed in-class competitions to find the best two spellers in their forms. These then went through a grand final. This was held in the main hall in two halves. First the Year 8’s got their final followed by the Year 7s. They were watched by their entire year group, a daunting prospect for the contestants.
Each student was given an initial ten words to spell. The top performers in each year then went onto a ‘sudden death’ competition where one misspelling spelt elimination from the competition. The auditorium was a buzz throughout, resembling a football crowd at times, with support being given to all the students.
After many words, the contest eventually produced winners in the shape of George Kirk from Year 7 and Adam Whelan from Year 8. We’re constantly told that girls perform better than boys. Most of the contestants were boys and all the finalists were male, a really positive message. Staff even got a chance to prove their metal in a keenly fought competition, Mr Grover emerging as the winner.
All participants received a book and certificate but the real prize was the excellent attitudes of the students towards literacy and spelling. Well done to all those who took part for making it such a successful event.
As part of Literacy Focus Week, Gez Walsh visited the school on 1st April to work with Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. His performance poetry had pupils on the edge of their seats and gave them a different perspective of how writing can be creative. He worked with a small group of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils during the day looking at writing poems and stories before we invited some of our Year 5s and 6s from the Family of Schools. A great day was had by all and created a real buzz around school.
Our Year 9 Literacy Leaders are fully underway with their training which will see them become ambassadors for good literacy practice across the school and see them supporting some of our younger pupils with their reading and writing. Their first set of activities have been truly fantastic and we are very excited about the potential being shown by the pupils. They will be planning a literacy event to take place in the summer term and will soon be working with some of our Year 7 pupils on their reading.
For seven years the Big Challenge has encouraged Sheffield school and college students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
This year Forge Valley were represented by the Jameo company. It’s directors Ellie Barren Beck, Maia Burton, Jessica Cawthorne, Anna Trask and Olivia Wiseman are all students at Forge Valley. They run a successful business designing and selling jewellery and handmade unique gifts.
Mentored by Mrs Bloomer, the team won two categories at the prestigious awards ceremony. They walked off with Best Website (jameo.co.nr) and best continuing business.
‘We have learnt so much from running Jameo. The Big Challenge has given us skills which you can’t get anywhere else’
Deal or No Deal came to our Learning Resource Centre earlier this term when over 20 students took part in a special edition of the television show. Students had to answer a question on literature to be able to open their box. Each box contained prizes, ranging from shopping vouchers to boxes of sweets and of course every student who took part received a book.
All of the contestants who took part had received a score above 90% on their Accelerated Reader tests during the previous half term. It proved extremely popular with everyone and had loads of ‘disciples’ crowded around the walkways overlooking the LRC. Unfortunately Noel couldn’t be with us , but the event was expertly managed and arranged by our librarians Mrs Hargreaves and Mrs Roxborough.
This term’s draw will shortly take place, the winner getting an Easter Egg. Remember, when you have read a book to take a quiz on the book in the LRC. You too could win a prize.
Students from Forge Valley, Tapton, Chaucer and Southey Green schools wowed the crowds at the Sheffield Music Service hub concert at the Sheffield City Hall with their performance of Gamelan music.
A Gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.
Students from all the schools spent a day rehearsing at Forge Valley school before the big day learning the intricacies of the various instruments.
You are all aware that the Headteacher of Forge Valley resigned her post last term and as a consequence Governors have engaged in a re-structure of the Leadership Team. This is now close to completion.
A crucial element within our new structure was the appointment of a Headteacher who will lead our school into its new and highly successful future. We are delighted to inform you that, following a rigorous recruitment process which involved Local Authority officers, Governors, staff, students and our sponsors – Tapton School Academy Trust; we have made the appointment.
Mr Dale Barrowclough will take up the post of Headteacher at the start of the summer term. He is a highly experienced professional, presently employed as the Deputy Headteacher at a Dewsbury High School.
We are really looking forward to working with him and we know that he is very keen to get to know our community, our school, our students and their families.