Bowland Academy had much to celebrate at its final assembly of the year.
Claire Berry from Blackburn College presented Mr Danny Breen, curriculum leader for science, with Teacher of the Year Award, which he was unable to receive at the college award ceremony.
John Tarbox, headteacher, said: “Mr Breen has been a science teacher at Bowland for over 16 years and is regularly nominated by pupils as their best teacher. The enthusiasm his department develops in pupils for science reaps the benefit of fantastic GCSE results year upon year. All of our staff and pupils know it is fully deserved and are delighted for him.”
Also during assembly, Mr Tarbox was able to surprise Year Seven pupils with a giant cheque for £1,4633-11 – the final amount that they had collected for Children in Need by completing a sponsored Skipathon as part of a Year Seven sleep over in Bowland’s sports hall at the end of November. This represents an unbelievable amount of money for just one year group to raise.
Hilary Kellow, assistant headteacher, and Emma Wilkinson, sleep over organiser, are both incredibly proud of the pupils’ efforts.
The final guests, Natalie Barnes, who is manager of The Spread Eagle at Sawley, and her area manager, Gillian Wilman, came with a complete surprise for the whole Bowland community!
Over the last two years, The Spread Eagle, which is part of The Individual Inns Group, has sponsored its local schools in a variety of ways and as part of this sponsorship, it suggested that Bowland High receive a donation for every portion of chips that is sold in the restaurant.
Natalie Barnes telephoned in early December to say that she had a cheque for £900 for the school from “chip money”.
Natalie presented the cheque to John Tarbox and the money will be saved to contribute to furnishings for the new building when it is completed in late 2014.
The assembly closed with a communal carol and a lot of feeling of good cheer!