Headteacher’s News Letters:
Young Voices 2020
On Tuesday 7th January, a large group of pupils from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 attended the Young Voices concert (the largest school concert in the world). Our pupils performed alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to a huge audience of family and friends. This year, we were joined by Tony Hadley, The Shires and Ruti winner of The Voice UK 2018. During the lead up to the concert, the children worked incredibly hard learning all of the songs, lyrics and dances for the show and they performed fantastically on the night! Our absolute favourite had to be the Queen Medley song – full of incredible Queen hits that some of the children hadn’t actually heard before.
The Young Voices concert not only gave all the children that attended the opportunity to learn a brand new range of songs but also to perform in an extremely large ensemble whilst following the conductor’s signals. We hope that by providing our pupils with the opportunity to attend such a wonderful event that it will inspire them to pursue their passion in music in the future and will encourage them to become lifelong learners in music.
Thank you to all the children for all their continued hard work preparing for the concert and for their fantastic input and behaviour on the day. Thank you also to Mrs Holmes, Mrs Mahony and Miss Hazelgrave who came with us to Young Voices. A fantastic time was had by all!
Child Friendly Leeds Award
We are very proud of Imogen who was awarded ‘The Child of the Year Award’ 2019. Imogen is an incredible and inspirational 7 year old who is a real ambassador for children’s mental health, encouraging others to talk about difficult issues they may be dealing with. Imogen is recognised for her resilience and perseverance and is an absolute ray of sunshine! A huge well done to Imogen!
The prestigious city-wide event celebrates all the work that is happening across the city to make Leeds the best place for children and young people to grow up in. This year just under 600 nominations were submitted for champion children, child friendly places, people who go the extra mile and great organisations with the winners announced in February at the Leeds City Variety Theatre.
To read more please visit https://www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds/cfl-awards
Jubilee Award Winner
A group of eight very special Wetherby youngsters gathered at the Town Hall on Wednesday 19th December for the annual Jubilee Award ceremony.
After hearing why each of these young people had been nominated by their school teachers or youth group leaders Charles, age 11 from St. Joseph’s Primary School, was declared a worthy winner.
Councillor Galan Moss, Mayor of Wetherby, had headed the panel which considered the nominations and said that it had been “inspiring to learn about the efforts and achievements of these young people”. He also commented that choosing a winner and runner up had been a difficult task for the panel but that Charles’ nomination had stood out because it was about helping other people.
Charles is extraordinary boy who stands out for so many reasons, all of which are rooted in his inherent desire to serve people through his actions. Not only does Charles make a difference in school, in church and in his wider community but he also makes a huge difference at home. Charles is such a caring, sensitive and considerate young man who really does care for everyone! Charles really is a wonderful young role model man who gives his own time so freely to others which is an inspiration to all – he gives without taking! Well done Charles! We are very proud of you!
Employer of the Year Award
I am delighted to inform you that our school was nominated for (and won!) the Leeds Trinity University’s Graduate Employer of the Year Award. Well done to our senior leadership team for the direction and support they give to all our staff. We are very proud of you! Jo Parascandolo – Chair of Governors.