Busy time for sport and fund-raising

Rochelle Hatcher, Rebecca Thompson, Alex Baines and Keeley Welsh, of Fleetwood High School's Twickenham house, have raised money for equipment at Brian House Children's Hospice.
Rochelle Hatcher, Rebecca Thompson, Alex Baines and Keeley Welsh, of Fleetwood High School's Twickenham house, have raised money for equipment at Brian House Children's Hospice.

PUPILS from Fleetwood High School have been raising money for Brian House Children’s Hospice.

The students from Twickenham House, one of four houses at the high school, organised a variety of fund raising events to buy toys for children staying at the hospice.

They gave up their own time to sell Brian House merchandise and organise fund raising activities over the course of the school year.

These activities have included a charity climbing wall activity supported by the staff from Brian House, the sale of Easter eggs and cakes, and the organisation of a Christmas fair.

Twickenham pupils raised £400 in all, which has helped buy two new tables and chairs, a parasol, a gazebo, a go-cart and a specialist table with parasol for wheel chair users.

Head of Twickenham House, teacher Gemma Trickett, said: “I’m really proud of them for giving up their own time and being so determined to try and make a difference.”

Meanwhile the school has staged its annual sports presentation evening, celebrating the sporting success of both Fleetwood High School students and pupils from Fleetwood’s primary schools.

Awards were presented for sporting success in traditional sports, such as football, rugby, hockey, athletics, netball and rounders. However, recognition was also given for achievements in some of the more unusual sports offered at the school, such as skiing and canoeing.

Micky Mellon, manager of Fleetwood Town FC, was guest of honour and presented the awards.

Micky gave a speech at the end of the evening, praising the quality of sporting achievement at the school and the hard work of staff.

Year Ten student Josh Garbett, was announced as Sports Personality of The Year.

He received the school trophy, engraved with his name added to a list of previous winners, for his overall contribution to school sport.

Josh was part of the Fleetwood High badminton team who won the Fylde and Wyre league, he also plays in the school’s football, cricket and rugby teams.

Josh is an experienced leader and has helped lead swimming lessons for the disabled, as well as primary school athletics at a local festival.

James Ewing, Head of Sport, says that Josh is on target for top GCSE grades and that he is a, “Fantastic ambassador for school sport and a strong team player.”

All round Becky Vale, also in year Ten, was awarded the Ian Cameron prize for Outstanding Contribution to PE and School Sport and was commended in six sports. She is also an experienced leader, having led rounders activities at Chaucer Primary School and hockey at Shakespeare Primary School.

She is also on target for achieving high GCSE grades in PE.