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Glasshouses Village

We are at the heart of the village community and have strong relationships with local residents  many of whom are our community volunteers.  Our school welcomes the whole community and is available for hire for community, sporting and family occasions.  

Click to view the Glasshouses village Wikipedia page

 

Sponsor Child - Our Global Community

We made a commitment 6 years ago to sponsor a child via the charity Plan.  The School Council raise the sponsor money each year at a Social Evening which they organise themselves.  The sponsorship commitment is currently £144 per year and the whole school community come together to raise this amount.

Our first sponsor child was Nomsa Mtisi from Mapungwana, Zimbabwe.  We sponsored Nomsa through her teenage years enabling her to attend school until school leaving age of 18.  It was our sponsorship which made the difference to Nomsa's family when her father died, enabling her to continue with her education.  We have had regular communication over the years along with photographs and cards.

 Nomsa MtisiNomsa Mtisi

Our current sponsor child is Fatumata Buaro who lives in Bafata, Guinea Bissau. Fatumata was born in 2006 and her father is a peasant farmer.  She lives in an adobe house with an earth floor and metal roof.  Water is obtained from a well for cooking and drinking.  There are no toilet facilities other than a pit latrine.  Fatumata attends primary school and our sponsorship helps with school fees and also to support her family.

Fatumata BuaraFatumata Buara

Our Link School- Mbarakachembe

We have a long established link with an area in Kenya via a British Schools Council Project.  We, along with Nidderdale High School, St Cuthbert's and Ripley School, have formed links with schools in the Malindi area of Kenya.  Our school is Mbarakachembe, a large school of over 1,000 pupils.  The Headteacher from the school has visited our school along with other Kenyan headteachers.  Staff from primary schools in Nidderdale including Glasshouses have visited the Kenyan Schools.  We have maintained strong links and communication with our link school.  The current headteacher, Mr Raphael Chea, visited our school in 2013.  We now have communication via mobile phone and email.  There is no electricity to the school or to the surrounding villages.  Thanks to the wonders of mobile phone technology we are able to keep in touch.  One of the highlights of the visit was seeing the shambas or homesteads of the teachers.  Another was the mobile phone shop which was full of mobile phones plugged in for re-charging as the townshop had the benefit of electricity.  We regularly support the school and are currently involved in the Mwera Farm Project.  A small scale agricultural project has been set up to help develop farming skills in a sustainable way and also provide a valuable source of income for the community.  The project is currently awaiting the return of peace and an end to fighting in the area before we apply for funding for a further series of visits.  

 

Our Village Community 

 

 

Glasshouses School Allotment

We worked in partnership with the Glasshouses Allotment Society to gain funding for the village allotments.  We now have our own allotment on Sandy Lane. Funding from the Lottery allowed us to have raised beds, gravelled pathways and a small shed for our equipment.  We have two volunteers, Mr and Mrs Wilson, who generously oversee the allotment and teach our children the basics of growing fruit and vegetables.  Our Year 6 children regularly attend the allotment to plant and harvest crops. They also enjoy the responsibility of keeping the allotment tidy and nurtured. If you would like to find out more please see our video on You Tube which was filmed as part of a personal finance education group project.

 

Glasshouses School Senior  Citizens Christmas  Party

Every year we invite local residents to a special performance of our Christmas Play when the Village Association provide an afternoon tea.  Our visitors always enjoy the warm hospitality provided by school and the opportunity to share some of the Christmas magic with our children. This is an annual event enjoyed by all the Senior Citizens in the community. It is always well attended so do come along if you are a senior citizen of our community and join the festive fun!

 

Glasshouses School Community Helpers

We have many people from the community who come into Glasshouses School to work with our children. They are parents, grandparents and even local people who just want to lend a hand. Activities involve listening to readers, helping with design technology, knitting, recorders and many others. If you would like to lend a hand just give the school a ring or drop in in person!

 

May Day Celebrations 

On May Bank Holiday Monday, traditional Maypole dancing takes place in Glasshouses village along with a procession through the village with the children carrying the village banner.  The May Queen and her Attendants lead the procession down to the green with all children in their May Day finery. All children and staff are involved in the dancing and enjoyment of the day. The whole community come to watch this fabulous spectacle.The  bright costumes, dancing and children's happy, smiling faces are enough to light up anyone's heart. The Village Green hosts numerous stalls raising funds for village organisations and Broadbelt Hall hosts afternoon teas for all.

May Day 2014May Day 2014

Charity Fundraising

Throughout the year we support many charities including Red Nose Day, Macmillan Coffee Morning, Save the Children, Comic Relief, Race for Life and St Michael's Hospice.  This year we have raised many hundreds of pounds for these worthwhile causes.  Sometimes our fundraising is initiated by our children.  We have recently raised money for a local child, Sebastian, who required an operation in America.  Some of our children became aware of this appeal and decided to raise money to help Sebastian.  The girls undertook various fundraising activities including sponsored cartwheels and craft stalls.  They were delighted when Sebastian and his parents visited school to receive our donation to the appeal.  We have also had a very successful Cancer Research  table top sale which was organised by some of our pupils whose lives were touched by this charity.

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