School News – Week Commencing 16th December 2019

Community Support

The School has been proud to support one of our Teaching Assistants John Shaw, with his work with rough sleeper groups, hostels and the local communities of Rochdale and Manchester. John helps to run the largest street kitchen in the region where they feed 200-250 rough sleepers and people in food poverty every Thursday in Picadilly, Manchester. He also provides food for 4 support groups in Rochdale, Angies Angels, Feeding Rochdale Homeless, Heborn Church on Falinge and the Magistrates court on Tuesdays in conjunction with the Golden Mosque. The school has been actively raising money and donating essentials, foods to help John with this cause.

Christmas Extravaganza 2019

On Thursday 12th December approximately 200 pupils from Meanwood, St Vincents, Norden, Broadfield and Caldershaw Primary Schools combined forces with the Oulder Hill Music Department to present the very first Christmas Extravaganza.

Each school presented their showcase to a packed out Gracie Fields Theatre, with Musical Theatre, African Drumming groups and Choirs, with songs from The Greatest Showman to Matilda.

Head of Music at Oulder Hill Community School Matt Hindle commented, “When I started at Oulder Hill at Easter, I immediately set out with the intention of bringing all the local primary schools together. I wanted to showcase the talents of students of all ages and we did just that. It was a marvellous evening which finished off with a huge finale with all the pupils on stage as a special surprise for the parents and spectators.”

Such was the significance of this event and the priority it had taken within the local community that Rochdale Mayor Billie Shearin was keen to attend alongside Mr and Mrs Hirst the other VIP’s for the evening.

Oulder Hill Headteacher Mr Watson waxed lyrically about the evening, “What we have seen tonight was eight months’ worth of hard work from our Music Department. Mr Hindle had a vision and brought it together in what was a fabulous evening. Every child left with a beaming smile and that is the joy that Music gives. I am a great advocate for Music and I cannot wait to see this concert again next Christmas.”

It was a wonderful event and we cannot wait until next year’s Christmas Extravaganza, which is going to be bigger and better than this year.

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