School uses cash to fund a fun day aimed at families

The winning team - from left: Oscar, Benjamin, Rain and Alex

Towering ideas as Southsea school pupils take on challenge

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AN event run by school pupils to help the wider community find new hobbies and try new things is to be rolled out for a second year.

Young people at Horndean Technology College organised and ran a family fun day, thanks to a £1,000 grant from affordable housing Radian.

It was open to every family in the school’s catchment area, regardless of whether they had children who attend the school.

Deputy head teacher Deirdre Hurn said: ‘It was a day of wide ranging activities intended to introduce various age groups to potential new interests to get them motivated and doing something they might not have tried before.

‘As a school as large as we are we have a lot of community partners, so we also had them come along, like the Taekwondo group, and Denmead Tennis Club, which were then introducing people to their activities.

‘The premise was that we wanted the fun day to appeal to various ages, so we had things like messy play for the toddlers, to things like craft activities for those aged up to about 12 or 13.

‘It was designed for everyone, the whole family.’

The school is now keen to organise the event for next year, specifically inviting residents from the new developments being built in Clanfield.

Ms Hurn added: ‘We’re looking to do the same thing next year if we’re able to secure some funding.

‘There was less attendance than I would have hoped for but we actually had one lady move her child’s birthday party to be at the school.

‘There was a good few families who dropped in during the day, and from a wide area as well.

‘Radian’s aims match what we are trying to do anyway, which is involve the community, especially new families.’

This year’s event was awarded the funding by Radian as part of its community challenge programme.

The challenge was to propose a community project that young people in the school would run, in partnership with other local organisations, which would benefit a wide range of people in the local community.

With the aim of benefiting as many people as possible, the schools were encouraged to be innovative and creative.

The challenge was made possible by funding from Radian’s Rother Area Panel, the resident governing body for the East Hampshire area.

They chose three schools to each receive £1,000 to help put proposals into action.

As well as Horndean Technology College, the schools were Herne Junior School in Petersfield, Bordon Junior School.

Judges from the Rother Panel then visited each event and judged them on what they had spent the money on.

Horndean Technology College came in third place, and Bordon Junior School was awarded second place, with the winner named as Herne Junior School.

That school was given a further £1,000, which put the extra money towards its winning project, which was providing a place that would inspire its pupils to read more.

Petersfield Infants School and nurseries will also be invited to use the outdoor area, which has a Chronicles of Narnia theme, and which is also available for hire to local companies.

It was developed by the school’s Eco Club.