Portsmouth High School’s nine week Fun on Saturday programme closed this weekend with a grand finale of presentations delivered by the children to an audience of parents, staff and families. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor David Horne and Councillor Rob Wood, LibDem Spokesperson on Children & Education, alongside Portsmouth High School’s Deputy Head Girl, Lara Bird, judged the presentations and awarded prizes to the winning team.
‘The key objective of the nine week programme was to support Year 5 able, gifted and talented learners in local schools in a manner that extends the curriculum opportunities available,’ said Mr Graeme Field, Assistant Head at Portsmouth High School and programme coordinator.
‘We enabled the children, all aged 9 and 10, to acquire different skills. We also discovered that the nine weeks have helped develop their confidence and we hope that we have encouraged them to look at learning from a different viewpoint.’
The Fun on Saturday programme, which has been running since early January, hosted eighteen children from local primary schools to an array of tasks each weekend which included science, mathematics, English, cookery, art, geography and design technology. Pupils from Court Lane, St Jude’s, Wimborne, Highbury, Milton Park, Northern Parade, Fernhurst and St Swithun’s took part.
‘This has been a wonderful event,’ said the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Horne. ‘The presentations from the children have been excellent and will stand them in good stead on their onward journey through life.’
‘I was extremely impressed by the range of activities the children have taken part in over the last nine weeks,’ said Giulia Thomas’ mother. ‘To be put in groups of two and to learn to compromise is a step towards maturity. They have all enjoyed themselves so much.’
Team Livily composed of Livia Jeram from Northern Parade and Lily Yeoman from St Swithun’s were the winning team.
‘I have loved the last nine weeks,’ said Lily. ‘I’ve met new friends and learned lots in science, DT and art.’
Mrs Jarvis, a staff member from Fernhurst school, added: ‘This has been such a confidence builder for all the children taking part.’