Congratulations to all our Musicians of the Month!
Congratulations to all our Musicians of the Month!
The recent improvements to Presdales netball/tennis court surface have been well received by both the students/school and the wider sporting community.
Excitingly, this week, the court improvements move into their next phase. Due to the kind support from Ware and Hertford Town Councils, Ware Souths’ Councillor Jonathan Kaye and The Tappenden Charity, Presdales has been able to forge ahead with investment in the installation of LED floodlights to all four courts. Highlights Floodlighting Ltd have broken ground this week and, whilst we are finally enjoying some wonderful British summer, full floodlighting will be available when the nights start drawing in. This important facility will allow for additional and extended fixtures in the Autumn to help address the lack of sport through Covid 19 as well as increasing community sport available to all ages. The photos below show a work in progress. The lighting units are to follow.
In addition to these upgrades, Presdales has been able to secure “Opening Up School Facilities” Government funding from the Herts Sports Partnership to fully cover the cost of replacing our freestanding netball posts with safer ground-socketed posts as well as replacing all four tennis nets. The old but still functioning equipment has been offered to other schools in the area through the local Schools Sport Coodinator.
These changes are already paying off with increased bookings for these first-class facilities by our regular users as well as generating a considerable number of new enquiries. The Facilities and Business Teams are currently working hard to reach agreements which we anticipate will bring significant new sporting opportunities to the school and community. Information regarding these will be communicated as soon as is possible.
All use of the courts must be pre-booked and should you be interested in these or any other school facilities our Facilities Team can be reached by clicking here.
On Monday 5th July, Mr Spurgeon and I will once again be driving to Canterbury, Kent, to take many more boxes of old textbooks and reading books to Books2Africa.
As all donations are tracked, I can now provide an update on the books we delivered in September. In October, many of our books arrived at a distribution centre in Jos, Nigeria, and just last week, I received an email to say that the biology books we donated have now been delivered to Health Tutors’ College Mulago, in Kampala, Uganda.
It is so exciting to receive these emails and realise our books will be making a difference.
Just to remind you if you missed it:
Books2Africa is a UK charity that collects and sends donated books to increase the quality of education in Africa. It also extends the life of the books and decreases the number of books that end up in land fill (more than 13 million a year in the UK).
Books2Africa was founded in 2012 by four African students at the University of Kent as a student project – they collected more than 11000 books in their first year and stored them in their student flat and they became a UK registered charity in 2013.
They shipped their first pallet carrying 1067 books to Morocco in February 2014; on 4th May 2019 they shipped their 1 millionth book to Africa.
This small charity deserves recognition for their work and if you are interested in volunteering or donating, then please find more information on their website: books2africa.org.
Year 7 have been studying colour theory, practicing colour blending and mixing using colour pencils and watercolour. We have looked at the colour wheel and colour harmonies. This had developed into some wonderful vibrant Optical patterns using cool and warm hues.
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