Schools news round up (Including pupils raise whopping £5k in charity week)

Tring School students have raised a total �5,063.25 during their annual charity week - beating last year's total by �1,200. Fundraising activities during the event included boys enduring some leg waxing
Tring School students have raised a total �5,063.25 during their annual charity week - beating last year's total by �1,200. Fundraising activities during the event included boys enduring some leg waxing

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Fundraising activities during the event included a teachers’ Bush Tucker Trial, music concert, charity mosaic, non-uniform day The Great Tring Bake-Off and Through the Keyhole.

Head Girl Naomi Brehm said: “It was an exciting week full of fundraising events and activities.”

The money will go to Help for Heroes and Joss Searchlight Children’s Brain Tumour Support Charity - both chosen by Tring School students.

The event lasted from Monday, March 31, to Friday, April 4 and was run by sixth-formers.

The fundraisers were overseen by the Head Boy and Girl Team - Jack Donald, Naomi Brehm, Joe Baldwin and Sophie Evans - with the help of house captains and student volunteers.

The team would like to thank the students, staff, parents and all who contributed, with a special mention to Chiltern Tiles and Ashridge Security Management Ltd for their generous donations.

Tring School Sixth Form was recently judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted and such events.


All are invited to a World Cup-themed May Fair at Grove Road School in Tring.

The event will last from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, May 17, and there will be a penalty shoot-out zone and beauty parlour for wannabe WAGs.

There will also be a football-themed bouncy castle, pony rides, tombola, stalls, barbecue, bar, ice creams, as well as entertainment from some of the Grove Road children.

All money raised will go towards the school’s KS1 library and IT equipment.


Berkhamsted’s Bridgewater Year 6 girl’s football team won the recent Dacorum Schools Cup final 5-0 at Cavendish School against Hemel Hempstead’s Two Waters School.

Anna Black scored a hat trick with the other goals coming from Lizzie Clouston and Amelie Baker. Player of the match for her tenacity throughout was Anna Bayles.

The team was cheered on throughout the match by parents and teachers on the sideline of the Hemel Hempstead pitch.

Teacher Andrea Bettridge said: “The girls played brilliantly with fantastic spirit and thoroughly deserved their victory. I am very proud to have coached the girls this year and I wish them all the best for their future footballing careers.”


The first employability skills day at Longdean School in Hemel Hemsptead helped 135 Year 10 students gain a greater understanding of what they want to do in life.

The event – held on Thursday – was organised in conjunction with Connect Dacorum with the aim of helping the young people become more employable.

School careers coordinator Angela Cooke said: “Representatives from 28 local businesses came in to run the sessions with groups of students.

“The day was a tremendous success, the feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive and they all felt they had learned a lot from the experience.

“The event will be repeated 
in the future.”

The main themes of the event are:

– ‘Talent and skills inventory: What am I good at? What interests me?’

– ‘Reviewing CVs: what are employers looking for in a CV?’

– ‘Practising interview skills and marketing myself.’

– ‘Reflection: what have I learned today?’


Hemel Hempstead’s Gade Valley School is among the first schools in Herts to have been awarded the Green Tree Platinum Award by conservation charity the Woodland Trust.

Green Tree awards are given out by the Trust to encourage and help children to learn about and enjoy the outdoors.

Gade Valley first registered with the Woodland Trust in 2007 and the very first activity was a ‘bear hunt’.

Since then all the children in the school have participated in some way towards the platinum award.

They have looked at how to reduce the school’s CO2 emissions, gone on ancient tree hunts, planted trees and bushes, and studied animals and their habitats.

They have also researched trees, leaves, twigs and bugs, built animal homes, bug hotels, hedgehog houses and bird boxes and looked at the woodland in spring, autumn and winter. School secretary Jenny Calverley said: “The school will continue enjoying the beautiful school grounds while having loads of fun!

“This could not have been possible without all the hard work and dedication of the staff of Gade Valley.

“In particular, Kathryn Plimsaul has been regularly giving up her spare time for the past 25 years to develop our invaluable outdoor resource.”



The children and staff at Victoria C of E School raised awareness of Christian Aid Week with a whole school visual formation of donated pennies.

‘Every penny matters, every life counts’ is the motto that the school celebrated as they united in sharing a moment to think of the children around the world less fortunate that themselves. During the week classes have been exploring the importance and meaning of ‘feeling safe’ with regards to the practical and emotional elements that are required. This was explored at a personal, local and international level promoting social, emotional and ethical consciousness.

Creating a safe and caring environment is vital in promoting a positive learning experience. Reinforcing this concept the pupils at Victoria had the chance to construct their own ‘Circle of Safety’ dens and prayer stations.