Children from across Teesside wrote and performed their own song as part of an action-packed week of activities to kick off the summer holidays.
A total of 352 youngsters in the top three year groups from 21 of the primary schools that make up the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust took up the invitation to the free summer school at Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough.
Teaching and support staff from across NPCAT came together to offer their specialist skills to children who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, many missing out on their traditional secondary school transition and other end-of-term activities.
The summer school encouraged the children to take part in academic and creative activities including art, design and technology, multi-sports, music and performing arts, mixed with some English and Maths.
The week, which was blessed with glorious sunshine, culminated in Fun Friday, when Newcastle Thunder Rugby League Club community coaches and the Cleveland Army Cadet Force offered games and outdoor activities such as laser tag and archery.
A climbing wall, inflatables and an ice cream van ensured the week finished on a real high. Many parents took to Facebook to praise staff and say how much their children had enjoyed the week.
“The summer school enabled primary children to come together to explore new activities in a fun and creative way,” said NPCAT Sport director Stephen Monan.
“They had the opportunity to forge new friendships before joining our secondary schools, which will be invaluable, especially as we lost some of our traditional transition events due to rising Covid rates.
“The high quality of staff across NPCAT was showcased and their passion, commitment and creativity ensured all our kids had an enjoyable yet challenging week, with a blend of academic and enrichment activities on offer.
“To see the kids enjoying themselves after the disruption we have had gave us all a really positive finish to the year.
“Unfortunately, some children missed out due after being required to self-isolate. However, this did not affect the positive atmosphere and staff worked tirelessly to ensure the best experiences for everyone who was able to attend.”
Primary PE and sport development manager Clare Harding added: “It was great to see so many children having the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities designed to build confidence, friendships and improve wellbeing.
“The smiles on their faces every day and the positive comments from children, staff and parents made all the detailed planning we put in place worthwhile. We hope the week will play a part in the important recovery process.”
Musicians Joe and Joanna, from Children of Praise, helped the children write the summer camp song, My Future’s in Front of Me, while Jodie Canwell created this fantastic film as a memento of a very special week.
NPCAT is a family of 23 primary schools, four secondary schools and a sixth form college serving communities across Teesside and North Yorkshire.