Local youngsters have tasted life at a new school through a summer holiday programme in Shiregreen, thanks to a donation of more than £2,200 from Sanctuary Housing.
Last week, local Year 6 pupils who will be moving up to Firth Park Academy in September got involved in a three-day programme aimed at improving skills such as teamwork and self-confidence in time for the new term.
Sanctuary’s funding, which meant the event was free for the young people to attend, saw the group take part in a range of activities, including sports, dance and cooking. There were also structured design and technology sessions on offer.
In addition to building up skill-sets essential for their upcoming school lives, the students had the chance to meet and chat with new classmates, allowing them to form the basis for important future friendships.
“Really good fun”
Eleven-year-old Amy Thomas, who went along to the summer school, said: “It was really good fun! Before I went to the summer school I was really nervous about starting secondary school in September, but now that I’ve met new people and taken part in the activities I’m looking forward to it.”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, commented: “We are always looking to invest in community-led projects that address the needs of our residents, and the Firth Park Academy summer school has really helped these young people build up their self-confidence for one of the most important times in their lives.”
Melissa Lightfoot, community and primary partnership team and secretary of Friends of Firth Park Academy, added: “Everyone who came along had a great time, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the transitioning children to build up some important skills.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.