Beechwood hosted the event which was attended by over 400 children from schools in Woodley.
Will Grill is a new children’s author and illustrator whose book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ has recently been published.
Will spoke to the children about the process of writing and illustrating his book and gave the children a quick master class in illustrating. This was an absolutely brilliant experience for the children, many of whom bought signed copies of his book.
Not only have the children at Beechwood benefited from the recent IT refurbishment but so have children in the Gambia!
Thanks to Mr Blackaby and the 2nd Woodley Scout Group our old computers are being sent to the Gambia to help children in their schools.
Please find below a letter of thanks from the people arranging the shipment…
Many thanks to the 2nd Woodley Scout Group for all their help in providing us with the latest consignment of computers.
Please tell Beechwood Primary School that these ‘obsolete’ computers will be exported to The Gambia, West Africa where they will used to introduce pupils in local schools to the wonderful world of Information Technology.
Whilst we in the UK take for granted E-mails and surfing the net etc. these students are only just learning about the World Wide Web.
By donating computers no longer required by our modern society, people in third world countries are only just coming to terms with the wider world.
Please, on behalf of my colleague who organises the exportation, accept many thanks to all for their generosity and support.
As soon as I have photographs from the schools I will forward them to you so that the children in England can see how the computers are making such an impact on the local Gambia Communities.
Beechwood Primary School in Woodley has had a great start back to the summer term, with the launch of their new bike club. The primary school is now the proud owner of 20 children’s bikes, all available for the pupils to ride, having won a grant for the bikes.
Following a pitch to Myjourney, a sustainable transport government scheme, where Beechwood had to present what they would use the bikes for, the school won a grant to enable more sustainable transport. Beechwood spent the funding on a bike storage shed and 20 lightweight aluminium children’s bikes for pupils in Year 3 and above to use.
The bikes will enable pupils to join the new Beechwood Bike Club, where they will receive bike training and they will also be used for PE lessons. For students that live further away from the school, they can simply borrow the bikes, without having the issue of how to get their own bike to school, to take part in cycling proficiency tests.
Gordon Davies, headteacher at Beechwood Primary School said: “We are delighted to have won the grant from MyJourney and expand our sports offering even further to our pupils.
At Beechwood, we pride ourselves on offering our youngsters a wide range of clubs and activities both during school time and when lessons have finished. We work hard to ensure that children find out what they are good at, and these bikes are a fantastic opportunity to open up the world of cycling to them. I’m sure it won’t be long before we are seeing the next Chris Hoys in the making!”