Archive for April 26th, 2013

Front Lawn April 26th

April 26, 2013

After visiting Abbeyfield House we went back to the Mayor’s parlour to put on the Mayoral Robes before going to Front Lawn Primary Academy in Leigh Park.

The school has recently become the first Primary Academy to be run by The Kemnal Academies Trust in Hampshire, and before this, was made up of an Infant School and a separate Junior School. It became an Academy on April 1st., so this is a very new venture.

We were greeted by Michelle Fenniche who is the TKAT Director of Primaries, and is taking charge until the appointment of a permanent Headteacher

With some of the pupils.

With some of the pupils.

With the Head and pupils.

With the Head and pupils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we were able to meet some of the year group representatives and look around the School library, before moving into the hall on the Infant School site and speaking to the all of the pupils and staff.

All of the children seemed very happy, and were very eager to ask questions about the Mayor. They have also been working to design a new logo for the Academy.

Abbeyfield House April 26th

April 26, 2013

The first engagement today was at an Open Day held at Abbeyfield House in Emsworth Road, Havant.

When we arrived we were met by the Manager, Vanessa Stevens, who explained how the house operates, and introduced us to some of the residents and visitors.

The residents have their own rooms and can either be self-supporting, or can have supported living.

We were able to spend some time talking to the residents, and hearing some very interesting stories of Army service during the Second World War and also tales of wartime evacuation from London.

Sandwiches and home-made cakes were there to be enjoyed by all.

With the Manager and one of the residents.

With the Manager and one of the residents.

Elaine and a visitor.

Elaine and a visitor.

Rock Challenge April 25th

April 26, 2013

The final night of the senior section of the Be Your Best Portsmouth Rock Challenge saw local school, Purbrook Park, competing with nine other schools from across the South of England.

Four of the schools were from Portsmouth, with one each from Oxfordshire, Essex, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. There were also two other schools who had already made it through to the Premier final.

The performances from all of the schools showed a very high standard of achievement, and I found it very hard to pick the one that I thought was the best. Thank goodness I was not one of the three judges!

One of the notable performances was from Mary Rose Special Needs School in Portsmouth. They received a standing ovation for the excellent work.

At the end of the evening I was one of several people invited on stage to present awards. I gave a certificate for best make-up design to Purbrook Park School and the 2nd place overall to Portsmouth College. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth then presented the 1st place plaque to our own Purbrook Park School, to the obvious shock and delight of their performers.

This marked the end of four days of senior performances, with local schools doing exceptionally well. Park Community School won on Monday, and then on Wednesday, working with Rachel Madocks Special Needs School, they came second.

Over the four nights of competition these three schools, plus South Downs College who were already in the Premier final, were the only schools from the Borough of Havant. What a lot of talented young people we have here. We should be very proud of them.

The Finals will be held at Portsmouth Guildhall on June 19th and 20th.