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Carol Singing at Lloyds Banking Group Head Office

On Thursday 14th December, a group of Upper and Middle IV children headed down the hill to Copley Data Centre to sing for the staff of Lloyds Bank. Teaming up with the musical talent of Ravenscliffe School, the children performed a number of Christmas favourites.   Our children then went on to a second performance in the Trinity Road Head Office building.

Middle IV Chinese Dance workshop

Middle IV children were lucky enough to be involved in a Chinese dance workshop with Miss Lu from Arts of China on 13th November. She did a delightful demonstration for the children and they enjoyed her performance immensely.

After that, the children were invited to take part in a warm up session.  Finally, they learned some basic steps and elegant movements for the colourful Peacock Fan Dance under Miss Lu’s guidance.

Middle IV children have learned that Chinese dance has a long history. It combines martial arts, Chinese classical dance, Chinese opera and Western ballet.  They have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful experience.


Junior Language Challenge Finalist!

Many congratulations to the children in Middle IV who took part in the Yorkshire semi-final of The Junior Language Challenge, held in Leeds on September 15th.  They had put in a lot of time, practising computer games in Japanese, and all acquitted themselves well and made us proud.

We are particularly thrilled that one young man, squeezing past some of his classmates in the final heat, has made it through to the national final of the competition. What a wonderful achievement!

The language now changes for a third time, and our Gleddings finalist is now busy learning Zulu in preparation for extremely stiff competition in the final, which takes place at The Languages Show in London on October 13th.  We all wish him the very best of luck!

Heckmondwike Grammar School Visit

MIV children and a Form III pupil, Hartley Earl,  embraced a wonderful opportunity on Wednesday morning when they were invited to spend time with a special visitor to the Design Technology department at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

Airlangga Gunawan, a former pupil at Heckmondwike who now works as a mechanical engineer with Dyson at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, spoke to the MIV children about what it takes to become a design engineer.

Mr Gunawan, still only 23 years old, encouraged The Gleddings’ pupils to ‘be curious about the things around you. Make stuff. Take things apart and make them better. Keep on trying. Always know that things can be better if you keep on trying.’

Many thanks to Mrs Kitson and Mr Longridge, Heckmondwike’s Head of Design Technology for enabling such a powerful and inspiring experience.




A musical afternoon with our neighbours

On Thursday a group of children spent a very enjoyable afternoon with our neighbours at Ing Royde.  They performed a number of songs for the residents before joining them for refreshments and a chat.  We are already looking forward to visiting again soon!


Netball Competition

Two teams entered the Sowerby Bridge Schools netball tournament this morning.  Both teams did very well, with the A Team winning the whole competition.  Well done to all!


Robinwood residential

Alien Conspiracy, Piranha Pool and Nightline were just some of the activities the children of MIV took part in last week at Robinwood.

Members of MIV were encouraged to push themselves to their limits in a non-stop sequence of physical and mental challenges which encouraged them to take risks, collaborate and think creatively.

The children returned last Friday exhausted but having learned  a whole series of new skills (archery, bouldering, climbing).

What a wonderful three days!

Science in the Freezer

MIV have been learning about lifecycles and, for a challenge, had to write an information leaflet telling penguin parents how to care for their egg and chick.

UIV have starting looking at variation and how organisms are adapted to their environment.

Both classes joined together for a very interesting talk by Amelia and Daniel Finnett’s grandfather who has been on an exciting trip to Antarctica. He showed us photographs and video clips of many different animals that he had been lucky enough to see. We discovered that MIV children are about the same size as an Emperor Penguin and that the mouth of a Humpback Whale could hold most of UIV classroom!

Shipwrecked en France

On Thursday 2nd February, the children in Upper and Middle IV were treated to a performance of ‘Shipwrecked en France’ by French theatre company, Onatti.

English schoolboy, Tyler Evans, on holiday in France, did not expect the tide to blow his small dinghy quite so far along the coast. It was a very long way back to his hotel, along the beach, and he met many French people and had countless mini adventures along the way. Both he, and our young audience, knew a lot more French by the time he got back. They had also had a lot of fun!

Middle IV Handwriting

Middle IV children show absolute focus when practising their handwriting skills.

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