Well-Attended Grandparents Day Brings Exchange Of Skills And Knowledge

Stella Munro (right) welcomes the opportunity to visit her grandson George Seamons at school. With them is Amelia Stephenson, Textiles Teacher.

Grandparents Day at the Academy provided an opportunity for an exchange of information and skills. Not only did grandparents get to see life inside a modern Academy, but students were able to take advantage of some of their grandparents' skills as they worked together to make a variety of items in different departments.

More than 70 grandparents attended this popular event which gives students a chance to share their academic lives with them. Many grandparents may not have been inside a school for many years.

Stella Munro, who visited her grandson George Seamons, concurred. She said: "This is a lovely idea. It is a few years since I have been in a classroom. It is so nice to be here."

The newly-formed Somercotes Academy Band entertained with a medley of 60s hits and there were songs from Somercotes Academy Choir as grandparents enjoyed refreshments.

Frances Green, Somercotes Academy Principal, said: "There was excellent feedback from the grandparents who loved the practical nature of the tasks, getting to see their grandchildren in the school environment and the friendly atmosphere at the Academy. It is always a pleasure to welcome them into school."

Somercotes Academy Choir performing for grandparents.

Lorna Midgley and 'surrogate' grandparents (neighbours) Jane and Chris Flanagan in Textiles.

Emily Richardson and grandma Ann Webster woodworking.

Peter Pawson and Jack Pawson work together.

Somercotes Band who performed for grandparents. They are: Lillie Gregory, Max Beardsley (drums), Amelia Donner, Dylan Roberts and Lewis Rollinson.

Mia Stubbs and grandad Alan Brothwell.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green

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David J Hampson