THESE days, attending a school in Huddersfield is about so much more than learning the three Rs.
Extra-curricular activities, confidence-building projects and getting involved with local communities are now an integral part of the education timetable, both during and out of school hours.
That’s why 300 pupils and teachers from 19 Huddersfield schools gathered at the Town Hall to spread the word and share the success stories of their numerous projects.
They were all taking part in the third annual School Council Summit organised by Kirklees’ four enrichment activity facilitators.
The event was opened by 15-year-old Josee Ewane, a form representative and member of the student council at North Huddersfield Trust School in Fartown.
Josee, of Lidget Street, Lindley, urged those attending to forget stereotypes and called for everyone to work together to bring communities of all ages closer together. She added: “Young people need to get involved in their community to help make it like they want it to be, and people in the community enjoy being involved with the school and students.”
Pupils showcased their wide range of activities. Students and staff spent half an hour visiting tables to share ideas and learn about projects going on in other schools.Related content
The packed concert hall was a hive of activity as excited schoolchildren and enthusiastic staff told stories and showed pictures and work resulting from their various schemes.
There were Science Week models and the highly successful inter-generational project from Birkby Juniors. Elderly residents and grandparents had been invited to the theatre by young pupils and had come into school to help youngsters with making rockets and other craft activities.
There was tree hugging from Ashbrow, relaxation techniques from Reinwood and the Brazil topic from Cowlersley, which involved everything from making peashooters from hollowed out twigs to designing carnival masks and learning how to be a good friend.
The Forest Skill project at Moorlands Primary, Mount, had involved creating a pond, appointing environmental rangers and various outdoor activities.
Elysha Keely, 9, said: “It is quite fun when you are not doing everything inside. You can explore and bring yourself out and learn forest skills as well.”
The schools represented were from four partnerships: Salendine Nook, North Huddersfield Trust and Almondbury high schools, along with their feeder schools, and Cowlersley, Crow Lane and Paddock primary schools.
Almondbury High School was attending for the first time and associate assistant head teacher Sandra Quarmby said: “It is really good to come here and to share and exchange ideas with other schools.
“If children get involved, they achieve more and are more motivated. The whole thing has just snowballed.”