What’s on at Grange

Grange Academy ensures that pupils have the opportunity to be involved in enrichment activities to support their mental health and wellbeing.  The articles below reflect this.

Fire Service Visit Grange

Primary pupils were very lucky to be visited by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. All the Primary classes got to explore the fire engine, learn about fire safety and how to keep ourselves safe. Some lucky children even got to use the big hoses!

Amelia: There were firefighter and a fire engine. It was my first time seeing it!
Jack: I liked when the firemen sprayed out the water.
Ibrahim: There was a big red truck and it has lots of equipment like a ladder and even some car tools to break through the cars. The siren is so loud and the siren is very bright.

Primary Visit Caldecotte Outdoor Centre

Secondary pupils visited Caldecotte lakes in October 2021 for a day visit.  The pupils participated in speed boat, , paddle boarding, sailing and bushcraft.

Chibunna: I drove the speedboat and I got very wet! I went sailing and Keith was a little frightened, so I was kind to him. I also sailed the sailing boat. We kept on bumping into other people’s sail boats.
Jeffrey: Caldecotte was amazing. We went on a paddle board in the lake and on boats. We rolled down the big hill. It was so awesome and the best day ever.
Kaiden: I loved going on the paddleboard, it was really funny when we splashed Miss Jones.

Secondary Visit Caldecotte Outdoor Centre

Secondary pupils visited Caldecotte lakes in October 2021 for a two day and overnight stay.  The pupils participated in sailing, climbing, paddle boarding, canoeing and steering a speedboat.

Bradley:  Last week we went to Caldecotte for a night. It was hard climbing the rock wall because I kept losing my grip. I slept very good that night, we slept in a dormitory. After rock climbing, we went sailing. I sailed with Quintin and Kirsty and they crushed me! On Friday we did paddle boarding and Ms Idris slid off.
Daniel:  We went to Caldecotte, I was on the sailing boat with Malachi. I pulled the string hard, and let go of the string and it went into the yellow buoy, it was good. The water is deep so we wear life jackets to keep safe.
Tammi:  Last week at Caldecotte we did the climbing wall, but I didn’t do it because I got scared. Everyone encouraged me to do it but I was still too scared. I really like the sailing, I thought it was fun. I liked the paddle boarding because we played with some plastic ducks. We threw them in then we saved them. I loved the barbeque; I had a hotdog and a burger. We had a PJ party with Mrs Morris and played musical chairs. I won one round. We had a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. I went to sleep around midnight I couldn’t sleep because my whole body was shaking. I liked Caldecotte and I would go again.

Hello Yellow Day Supporting Wellbeing and Mental Health

On Friday 8th October 2021 Grange Academy recognised and celebrated World Mental Health Awareness Day.  Pupils and staff came dressed in yellow and gave a contribution of £1.00.  We raised an amazing £71.25 which will go to Young Minds in support of mental health in children and adults.  The theme this year was, ‘A little yellow goes a long way,’ meaning even the smallest adjustments to our mental health plan can make a big impact.

Mrs Blair gave us one of her silly assemblies which went down a storm.  

M & M Theatre Production Company Visit Grange

On Thursday 7th October 2021 some Grange pupils were lucky to see a production from M&M Theatre Company of the Wizard of Oz. 

Grange Academy would like to say a massive thank you to Happy Days for funding the M&M Theatre Production visit to Grange in October 2021  Happy Days is a charity that supports children with learning disabilities to enable them to access sport, art and music workshops.

 

“It was amazing.  It was very creative and had lots of singing”.
“The performance was so funny and good. It made me laugh. The scientist was so funny”.
“We had a theatre show of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, it was amazing and awesome. I really enjoyed it”.
“I danced with my friends”.

Staff Member Runs the 2021 London Marathon

Well done to Nikki (Maple Class LSA) for completing the London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021.  What an incredible achievement.  She completed the 26.2 miles in 5:58 hours. Thank you to everyone who has supported Nikki to raise an amazing £2657.50 for Whizz Kidz.  

Whizz Kidz are a charity working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.  To find out more about this charity look up: https://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk 

Grange Academy Awarded Certificate For School Games Participation

Grange Academy have received the following certificate in recognition of their involvement with the School Games in 2020/2021.

Grange Academy Pupils Enjoy Country Days in Easter Break

After months of lockdowns, social isolation and lack of opportunities for visits and activities, pupils from Kempston’s Grange Academy were able to spend two days during their Easter holidays, exploring the great outdoors.

Pupils Involved in Dance Project

Miss Williams has been coming into Grange Academy during the spring term to support pupils with their mental health and wellbeing.  Pupils have been participating in dance lessons to produce a final video which can be viewed by clicking on the image.

World Book Day

On Thursday 4th March 2020 Grange Academy celebrated World Book Day with the theme positivity. Staff and students were encouraged to dress up for the day in anything that made them happy and positive.
During the day there was also an opportunity for pupils to buy books, which raised over £25 to be donated to a local food bank. 

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
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