Loud or quiet, pupils achieve

The winners, the Mayor and Mayoress and headteacher Mr Peter Stevenson at Walsden St Peter's
The winners, the Mayor and Mayoress and headteacher Mr Peter Stevenson at Walsden St Peter's

From protesting noisily to designing a quiet area - in both cases for a good cause - our schools were keeping busy right to the end of summer!

Pupils from Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, joined more than 100,000 children across the UK taking to the streets as part of the Giant Walking Bus, an initiative co-ordinated by Brake, the national road safety charity, and webuyanycar.com.

The event aimed to give children a voice, calling on drivers and government to make their streets safer for walking and cycling.

Pam Saville, headteacher Burnley Road Academy, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to make their voices heard and promote road safety to children, parents and local drivers. Our pupils were marching and shouting out loud about the importance of drivers slowing down in our community, so they can enjoy a healthy, fun, active lifestyle without being endangered.”

Pam is retiring, and, as a long-time supporter of Mytholmroyd Station Partnership received some flowers as a token of their thanks at a presentation attended by Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Jonathan Timbers, and station art co-ordinator Annie Lawson.

Meanwhile at Walsden St Peter’s School, Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Coun Michael Gill and Mrs Nikki Gill, presented the school with £1,000 after they won the School Leisure Project Competition. Year Six pupils, Millie Cooling, Evie Gray, Mollie Haigh and Milly Shaw produced detailed designs with costs for two “quiet” areas in the school grounds.

Judges said: “We were impressed that the Year Six students had undertaken this work in their free time.” Improvements will begin in the new academic year and the girls have requested to return to school to help put their plans into action.