Hello and welcome to another issue of Totally Tockington, the paper written BY students FOR students. This week’s theme is anything as it is our last paper of the year. It’s not only the last Team B paper of the year but for all the year 6s it might be their last Team B paper EVER!
In this paper there are loads of fabulous articles including: Ryan’s article on all the top video games that you can buy, Izzy Preston’s on weird but true facts (and another two as well) and what is the point in sugar free barley sugar? Find out in Georgina’s Pointless Points. All this and more in another issue of Totally Tockington.
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of a visit from Robin Fletcher, Boarding Schools’ Association National Director. He met with Mr Symonds and spent time with our fantastic Houseparents, Mr and Mrs Glanville and all our boarding children.
During his visit a group then went out to the Walled Garden to plant an apple tree, kindly donated to us by Almondsbury Garden Centre. The planting of this tree means that Tockington Manor School has joined ‘The Boarding Orchard’. This was an initiative launched by the BSA in 2014 and involves boarding schools planting fruit tress in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each member school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.
It was a lovely, sunny morning, Mr Fletcher was said to have really enjoyed his visit to the school and we feel very privileged to be part of this association.
On Tuesday we had the pleasure of Laura Perrett from the Teenage Cancer Trust coming to assembly where we were able to present her with a cheque for £1,150 to help transform the lives of young people with cancer.
This money was raised in March by members of our performance choir, past pupils and The Vocal Works Gospel Choir directed by Tim King performing a musical concert held at the school.
It was a fantastic evening, well supported by about 90 parents and staff. Money was raised through ticket sales, donations and bar revenue on the night. Sian Walters, Piano and Singing teacher at the school, worked incredibly hard organising the event. This charity is close to her heart therefore she wanted to raise awareness at the school and make a positive contribution to the great work they do.
Laura Perrett, Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraising Manager, said “We’ve been so impressed with the incredible enthusiasm of the children at Tockington Manor, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. This money will go towards desperately needed services for local young people with cancer.”
Each year over 200 young people from Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, are diagnosed with cancer. In March 2014, Teenage Cancer Trust opened the first specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the South West, this offers 16 to 24 years olds a place to receive treatment where they can feel at home and be treated alongside others their own age, this can make a huge difference to their experience. It costs £600,000 a year to maintain the new unit and fund specialist staff. The money raised through this event will all help this cause.
For further information on the Teenage Cancer Trust and how to support this fantastic charity, please see their website. www.teenagecancertrust.org