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Fun at Finstall school

Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:02:37

Children dressed up

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Children at Finstall First School enjoyed a wide variety of creative and cultural activities as part of their annual Arts Week, including pottery, silk painting, African drumming and making willow masks.

The mask-making workshops were run by Joy Rawes, a retired specialist art teacher, who visits the school during Arts Week every year to work with children.

“Willow is wonderful for the children to work with because it is light and easy to manipulate into different shapes,” said Joy.

The school also welcomed plenty of Big Friendly Giants, Oompa Loompas and members of the Twit family as children took part in The Dahlicious Dress Up fundraising day. Pupils dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character and raised £131.41 for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Head teacher Stuart Evans said: “The children are always tired as the half term break approaches and they really enjoy Arts Week because it provides a break from the usual school routine.”

Above: Mrs Barton, Head of Literacy, with Gabriel, Charlie, Isla, Luke, Hannah and Alfie.

Speeding cars on the estate are an ongoing problem and there have been plenty of comments posted on the Oakalls Facebook page about this issue.

Resident Julie Fisher posted this comment in October: “I’ve encountered some of our neighbours who have nearly run me off the road on more than one occasion and they speed up Valencia Road. These are people with kids too. Not good.”

In an attempt to tackle the problem, a group of residents have organised the printing of wheelie bin stickers – to remind drivers to slow down.

The stickers will be seen when the bins are at the roadside on refuse collection day. It is hoped a weekly reminder will have more impact than a permanent sign.

300 wheelie bin stickers have been distributed via children’s book bags at Finstall First School. There is a suggested donation of £1 each for additional stickers.

If you would like one please email: theoakallsand .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Don’t forget the Oakalls festive gathering on Sunday December 20. Residents are invited to carry lanterns and glow sticks and process to the Green by Trianon Road.

The Blackwell Brass Concert Band will be playing festive music from 6.15pm, before accompanying the carol singing which will start at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Santa will be making a special guest appearance at around 6.50pm.

Please contact me with your views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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