Students, staff, parents and governors at West Road Primary were honoured and delighted to have their MUGA (multi use games area) officially opened and dedicated by The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York today (Thursday 13th June 2019.)
The opening ceremony was attended by a range of visitors including representatives from the charities that have contributed to paying for the MUGA. There were also guests in attendance from Doncaster Local Authority.
Archbishop Sentamu attended a full school assembly, in which he presented the Young Leaders certificates to children who participated in the Young Leaders Award – this is a unique active citizenship programme which empowers young people to make a difference in their local community whilst growing in key leadership skills at the same time.
During the day the children in Year 5 led a tour of the school, with Dr John Sentamu having the opportunity to see other essential life skills programmes happening in and around school. The children were so pleased to be able to show Dr John Sentamu their school, and proudly pointed out the environment that was welcoming, caring, and safe and one that enables them to receive a learning culture that is of continuous challenge, with high expectations and aspiration.
Headteacher, Kathy Thompson, said “At West Road Primary, the children are at the heart of everything we do. We know that education ensures choice, choice creates opportunity – education, choice and opportunity are the keys to unlock a limitless future for every young person. At West Road we have been heavily involved with a range of extracurricular activities that look at developing essential life skills. The essential life skills programme helps children develop skills such as confidence, motivation, resilience and communication – all crucial in enabling young people to reach their full potential. West Road strongly believe that ALL children regardless of their backgrounds should have the same opportunities as others in more affluent areas - that poverty will not be a barrier. We turn mirrors into windows”.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I am delighted to have joined in with staff and pupils to open officially the multi-use games area at West Road Primary School today. I pray that all the young people at this school continue to grow in their gifts and talents and to discover more of all that they have been created to be. It is always a joy and privilege to visit schools and see the fantastic teaching and learning that is taking place. Congratulations also to the Young Leaders on achieving their Awards, you are all fantabulous!”