Over 600 young people and their families attended our Spring Fair on Saturday 21st April.
A range of activities were available for visitors including mehndi decorating, face painting, bouncy castles and refreshments included an ice-cream van, popcorn, a candy floss machine and a pedal powered smoothie bar. Families could also enjoy a feast of traditional Asian food supplied by Northern Leaf Catering and cakes donated by the Cake Box.
Families, including Primary students starting at UAK this September, were invited to explore the school’s state-of-the-art facilities. Curriculum subjects showcased on the day included science, which gave young people a chance to experience hands-on activities such as a plasma globe.
West Yorkshire Police personnel were also on hand, providing equipment and uniforms for the children to try on and enabling young people to talk about careers within the police force and serious issues such as hate crime. Year 8 UAK Student Ambassador, Luke Scott claimed: “It was great dressing up in the police gear and I got to ask them about the more dangerous side of their job.”
Assistant Principal for Student Aspirations, Stuart Smith said: “I’m elated by the turn out today. We held our first community event last July. That day we had over 1000 people through the door. Feedback from parents was to have similar events, so today is a response to our community’s positive feedback. Our staff here have pulled together to make this a special day for the children and their families. It is also fabulous to welcome back friends to UAK, John Grogan MP and Keighley Mayor Councillor Mohammed Nazam.” He added, “The idea to have the police here was in response to the Keighley Schools Together groups focus this year which is ‘Safety’ and a great opportunity for community cohesion.”
The event was filmed by UK44 and transmitted to over 100 countries – great publicity for UAK who has achieved its second year of positive progress for all students and its best results ever recorded.
The fun day raised money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice who provides support to families in Keighley and the Yorkshire region.
Students from UAK were among dozens of teenagers from schools across the region who took part in a series of youth ‘Supercamps’ at Catterick, in North Yorkshire.
They learned a range of field-craft skills, including how to conceal themselves using camouflage. An assault course was tackled, and they faced various problem-solving challenges as well as an opportunity to fire weapons on a laser range.
Strategic Leader for Behaviour, Attendance and Safety, Phil Allen said: “The students hugely enjoyed the experience and derived a lot from it. It is my third time at the army Supercamp and the reason we keep coming back is that we get something more each time.” He added: “Students love it. The engagement with the army has been fantastic. I don’t really know if there is anything that is better for the children to get the experience of being out there, learning about the army and having a fun time.”
The Supercamps are run by the 4th Infantry Brigade – the regional brigade for Yorkshire and the North East and are designed to give youngsters an insight into what the army does. Young people get a taste of what membership of the Army Cadet Force youth organisation could offer them, or the Officer Training Regiment if they go to university, or a career generally in the army.