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 Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas and Councillor Rob Wood, Cabinet Member for Children & Education, alongside Portsmouth High School’s two Sixth Formers, Maisie Scott and Esther Pilling, 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.
‘The finale of the Fun on Saturday programme saw the judges watching excellent presentations from the children who have been engaged throughout the programme. Comments from teachers and parents have emphasised how the young people have developed confidence and self-assurance as well as their knowledge in a range of subjects including mathematics, science, English and design technology.’
The Fun on Saturday programme, which has been running since early January, hosted fifteen children from local primary schools undertaking an array of tasks each weekend. Pupils from
Fernhurst, Milton Park, Northern Parade, Wimborne, St Jude’s, Court Lane, Highbury and St Swithun’s took part.
‘It is a big ask for the young people to present in front of a large audience,’ said the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas. ‘The presentations from the children have been excellent and will stand them in good stead on their onward journey through life. Congratulations to Portsmouth High School for enabling such a great project.’
’It is always inspiring to see a new generation presenting,’ said Councillor Wood ‘The ideas that they have come up with have been inspirational. I’ve enjoyed judging this event for the last three years and each year it gets better.’
The winning team was Martha Benford, 9, from Northern Parade and Tia Tulloch-Darroux, 9, from Highbury.
‘It’s been really fun because I’ve got to meet lots of different people and had a chance to do different activities,’ said Martha. ‘I didn’t expect to win and was really surprised we did.’
Martha’s mother, Mrs Benford, added:
‘Martha has really enjoyed this opportunity and I could not believe how much they achieved in such a short space of time. She has found this extra learning very exciting and I believe this will have a great impact on her future learning.’