Students, staff, parents and families celebrated Eid together with a special lunch, cakes and a non-uniform day, on Monday the 18th of June.
Over 120 parents and family members, of all ages, joined students, staff and invited guests for curry, rice and samosas followed by cake for dessert during an extended lunch break.
This is the second Eid celebration held at the Academy, and it has gone from strength to strength to become an important community event. Attending the lunch were The Lord Mayor – Zafar Ali, The Lady Mayoress, Cllr Fulzar Ahmed – The Town Mayor, Cllr Julie Adams, Cllr Kaneez Akhtar, Cllr Andrea Walker and Cllr Abid Hussain.
Interim Principal Sean Carragher said: “We’re delighted that so many families have come into school to join us. It was already meant to be a whole-school celebration, but coming together as a wider community is a really good way of forging links. It’s great to see that a number of our staff have come in their Eid clothes, it’s created a nice atmosphere.”
The Lord Mayor, Zafar Ali, said: “I was pleased and delighted to meet many people from different walks of life and faiths at the Eid lunch event. I was very impressed with the presence of the staff as well as local Councillors– all coming together to celebrate diversity and allowing people to come and visit University Academy Keighley to learn about the educational and support facility it offers. I feel sure the guests will have benefited greatly from having attended this Eid celebration and will also have welcomed the opportunity to build good relationships and interact with one another in such a convivial setting.”
Staff Governor and Pastoral Manager Aziz Rafiq added: “We had a lovely time with parents, students, staff and members of the community celebrating a very special day. The students were very proud and enjoyed having their families and members of the community at the academy.”
Councillor Adams also added: “I had a wonderful time and was made to feel most welcome by staff and pupils alike! The pupils that I encountered on the day are a credit to the academy, they were polite, courteous and very respectful, not only of their elders but also of their peers.”
The Academy has been hosting a series of special Cricket sessions for local Primary Schools with coach, John Terry.
The sessions have helped to introduce the sport to students from year 5, with the aim of foster interest in the sport to create the next generation of players.
Students who took part in the sessions have also been presented with certificates and ‘Team Player’ awards at special assemblies which were presented by the Academy’s Student Ambassadors.
Until the end of the academic year the academy is providing an opportunity for any students in years 4, 5 and 6 to join a Cricket Club every Thursday night from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.
The Academy hosted an Inter-primary School Event in May for primary schools across the town, aimed at nurturing a love of cycling among Keighley’s youngsters.
The event was arranged through the charity Sustrans, who work to promote sustainable transport and encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic. The event also involved British Cycling, Bronte Tykes Cycle Club and cycling enthusiasts from the area.
On the day, students from 7 primary schools took part in distance races and sprints arranged by Sustrans Schools Officer, Ian Cullen, who stated: “All the children and staff from the primary schools really enjoyed themselves and got a lot out of the whole experience. It was great to see some friendly competitive spirit being displayed by the primary children in a safe and supported environment. The facilities at the academy are ideal for this sort of event and we really appreciate the partnership.” The youngsters also had opportunity to learn more advanced cycling technique through agility games and safety lessons, with Go-Ride Coach for British Cycling, Chris Young.
The Academy’s Student Sports Ambassadors helped with the event – marshaling
the races, guiding the youngsters around the different competitions and activities and assisting on the race tracks. Ian Cullen also commented: “The year 10 ‘event makers’ did a great job, showed real maturity and were a credit to the school.” The Ambassadors themselves spent extra time prior to the event learning new skills, regarding aspects of cycling, in order to gain the confidence and ability to take part as ‘event makers’. The day has also helped the Academy’s students develop their social skills, working with younger students and other adults, and gave them a sense of responsibility as well as a confidence boost and improved their cycling.
The primary students definitely had fun and our Sports Ambassadors had fun helping the youngsters too.