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‘Colour Mile’ Charity Event to be held at John O’ Gaunt School

An English teacher is inspiring hundreds of students, staff and the wider community to raise money for great causes by launching the area’s first ever ‘Colour Mile’ at her old school, John O’ Gaunt.
Kelly Delaney is an English teacher at JOG where she herself was a student. Now she is launching the first ever fun Colour Mile event on the JOG school field, on Saturday 1st April, with runs starting at 11am and 12noon after a fun warm up, to raise money for Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where her mother was cared for before passing away in 2015. The rest of the money raised will go to JOG’s Parents and Students Association who do a fantastic job supporting the school.

The Fun mile walk (or run) will also see obstacles for children, and is open to all ages to come along and help raise thousands of pounds for these two local charities. During the event there will be a BBQ, bouncy castle and refreshments, plus other fun and attractions.

Kelly said: “This is a brilliant school and extremely generous. We want to get the students, their families and the wider community involved in this tremendous event. We want hundreds of people to come and support it for the area and to raise thousands for these worthy causes. There is currently not really anything around here that is similar so we want this to become an annual event.”

Prices for the day are £12 for the 11s and over, £8 for JOG students, £5 for 5 to 11s, while it is free for the Under 5s. Participants will receive Neon glasses, a white t-shirt and a medal.

To purchase your tickets online please visit – www.jogcolourmile.eventbrite.com

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Meet inspirational Loraine Springer of FHS

‘I work as an Extreme Caseload and Community Engagement Officer. My role is to act as a contact to home, school and student.  I have regular 1-2-1 contact with students where we look at their behaviour and achievement logs, attendance, uniform and occasionally I attend lessons to get an overview of what is occurring in order to provide necessary feedback and to help students to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying how their lessons could be improved.

My duties include:

  • 1-2-1 with students to discuss their progress (weekly)
  • Year 11 tutor group for students in need of support (12-15 students)
  • Weekly telephone calls to parents
  • Negotiated transfers to another school including support such as accompanying the student to their new school and attending necessary meetings
  • Home visits
  • Parents evenings
  • Prom organiser

Outside of FHS I work in the community as a local radio presenter and I organise social events in order to raise monies for the elderly; I find this very rewarding as it gives me a great insight into the community in which I work and live and it also means that I come into contact with some students and their parents, which can be really beneficial in my role.

FHS is a great school to work at; the students and community play a large part in making this multi- cultural school such a fantastic place to work in and it is now also one of the top 5 schools in Bristol.’

Nick Lewis, Head of School at FHS describes Loraine: ‘Loraine is a real team player and gives so much to make Fairfield the successful school it is. Her ability to network widely helps us engage our many communities’

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Fairfield student announced winner at Bristol Young Heroes Award

Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted that Year 7 student Archie Drummond has been announced the winner of the Caring Hero award at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. This ceremony, held on Friday 31st March at the Will’s Memorial Building in central Bristol, saw a number of famous faces in attendance, including Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, international DJ Roni Size, singer Beth Rowley and Hollywood actor Liam Garrigan.

Archie was nominated by his tutor Miss Thompson after she learnt about the number of acts of kindness towards other students, coupled with his dedication and caring role he plays at home for his brother, Dexter who has autism.

At the beginning of his time at FHS, Archie ensured that a student with special educational needs was given priority on a bus home by asking the other Year 11 students waiting to let him have a seat first. Archie also made sure a Year 9 student with autism was looked after in the playground and did not hesitate to show him support in front of other students.

It was only at this stage when Miss Thompson phoned home to share these positive stories that Archie’s home life came to light. His Mum told about the poor health of Archie’s step father, which has resulted in Archie taking a key role in the upbringing and care of his 5 year old brother. Miss Thompson then promptly entered Archie for the Caring Hero award.

After being narrowed down to three finalists in this category, Archie was declared the winner, with the award being presented by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

Natalie Thompson, tutor and teacher at FHS comments: “We are unbelievably proud of Archie and thrilled that he has won this award. What makes it so special is his modesty; at no stage did he share his acts of kindness or caring role at home with me or his other teachers. Archie is an exceptional individual who deserves every ounce of this recognition.”

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