St Mary's Centre
By Haddenham Webteam - 3rd November 2017 8:00pm
At the school assembly on Friday 3rd November, Head Teacher Andy Leach was delighted to announce that the school had received two significant donations of kit from local organisations, benefiting both the sports and music departments.
Confident Kit for Confident Kids
A new Haddenham company has become the proud sponsor of the girls' football team and the Year 6 team now have a brand-new kit with the sponsor's name on the front and back.
The Junior School girls' team has been running for a few years and the girls have proved that they are serious contenders among Buckinghamshire schools. In fact, they won their first game in the new kit 6-1!
Confident Kids was created in 2016 by Caroline Cooper, who lives in the village. Its focus is in helping to improve children's confidence, resilience and their ability to deflect bullies. Working mainly with children of primary age, Caroline helps them to become more self-aware, more accepting of difference and failure, and the ability to say 'No' more easily.
"The girls football team embraces many of the values that Confident Kids embodies: equality, resilience, stamina and continuous effort — so it's a pleasure to support them and the school." Said Caroline.
Andy Leach, Head teacher, added: "The kits look very smart and the girls love them. We are very grateful for Caroline's support and the great work Confident Kids does for the school."
African Drums for the Music Department
Another donation was also announced in the school's assembly — this time a gift to the Junior School's music department, courtesy of The Vibe Acoustic Cafe.
The Vibe Acoustic Cafe is an informal gathering of local residents who meet once a month in Tickety Brew cafe to perform songs, instrumentals, stories, poems and anecdotes, as well as to relax and listen to guest musicians who may be visiting Haddenham
In the early days of The Vibe Acoustic Cafe, its organisers held raffles to help fund posters and other running costs, and a number of people kindly donated prizes. After a short time, however, a funding surplus was created and the group wanted to put something back into the community. The Assistant Clerk of the parish council, Jane Allman, suggested that the Junior School would be delighted to receive a gift to support their music department.
So on Friday, Brian Fattorini, a lead co-ordinator of The Vibe Acoustic Cafe, presented the school with a set of African style drums — much to the delight of pupils and staff alike.
If you'd like to know more about The Vibe Acoustic Cafe, its next gathering is on Thursday 16th November at 7:00pm. Details are always provided on this website, or visit the group's Facebook page.