Whirlow Hall Farm Trust CHRISTMAS FAYRE sponsored by GRI Group is CANCELLED It is with a very heavy heart that we write this message. Today we experienced heavy snow that closed down the ability to even get to the farm safely. Even though the main roads are now cleared we have been assessing the farm hourly in the hope the snow would melt away and we could all come together for the fayre tomorrow and make it a great event, if only for one day! Actually getting the farm is now not a problem, but our site after receiving the heavy snow and such cold conditions today we feel is not safe enough to accommodate the event. Our fields are not suitable for car parking, nobody wants to be towed out by tractor (maybe the kids would) and parking large volumes of cars on the main road would cause major problems in the area. The whole site will no doubt be very icy tomorrow morning which would cause a problem not only for our traders reaching the barn to unload and set up but could cause health and safety issues for all our visitors. Even with all the grit and shovels we have we just couldn’t get the site to a satisfactory level in time. The safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us, and we want you to come and have a great experience with us at every event. We are devastated as the fayre is a crucial fundraising event for our charity, all funds raised would have supported our work with vulnerable children and young adults in the region. We know you will be disappointed with this news, but trust us we are majorly upset to be losing funds… all the hard work that has gone into this event by our team is heart-breaking, but if there is one thing we just can’t control, it is the British weather. Obviously, we will issue refunds, please bear with us while we process these over the next few days. If we require any additional information from you we will be in touch early next week. We hope you will join us for future events in 2022 and continue to support the vital work we do. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and we hope you will join us on the farm again soon.
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is so sorry, but due to the heavy snow overnight, their Christmas Fayre is unable to go ahead today Saturday27th.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking better so plan to go ahead for just one day, Sunday 28th November.
A further announcement will follow later.
Staff and pupils at Sheffield High School for Girls are celebrating this week after achieving the top standard in their recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
At a time when it is increasingly difficult to achieve the top ratings from ISI, staff at the school were thrilled to learn that, after completion of the ‘Regulatory Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection’, pupils’ academic and other achievements were rated ‘Excellent’ and the quality of pupils’ personal development was also rated ‘Excellent’ – the highest judgments possible.
Pupils at the school were praised for their attitudes to learning, their proactive and positive support of others and their ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Their curiosity and love of learning, as well as their confident and autonomous use of technology across the curriculum, were also highlighted as standout qualities. This is demonstrated by the school’s ‘Digital Leaders’, who were the first students in the country to be awarded a Google accredited teaching qualification, which has enabled them to support the wider adoption of technology across the school by students and staff alike.
The team of inspectors, who spent four days at the school in September, noted that students at Sheffield Girls’ showed great commitment to the wider school community, were willing to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles and demonstrated exemplary behaviour: ‘Pupils have a positive impact upon their school community, relishing the opportunity to take on responsibilities and make a difference to the happiness of all, pupils and adults alike.’
The report continues: ‘From an early age, pupils are exceptionally good listeners, showing interest in the views of others; they are confident speakers and articulately express themselves in a range of contexts.’
Head, Mrs. Nina Gunson said: ‘We are delighted with the inspection outcomes and felt incredibly proud when reading the ISI report. The strengths recognised by the inspectors were a super validation that Sheffield Girls’ successfully achieves its aims, which are: to nurture a love of learning and curiosity that encourages our girls to explore, question and challenge and to enable our pupils to develop confidence and pride in themselves as they prepare to take their place and make a difference in an ever changing world.’
The full report can be found at www.sheffieldhighschool.org.uk
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust
10am to 3pm
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November
Adults £6 – Kids FREE
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, S11 9QF
-Local Choir & Live Music-
-Immersive Story Time with Spirit & Rosie-
-Meet the Grinch-
-Mulled Wine & Mince Pews-
-Whirlow Hog Roast-
Visitors flock to see the new ‘Hen House’ refurb at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Whirlow Hall Farm was delighted to announce the opening of their newly refurbished Hen House this weekend. The project funded by local online educational publishing house, Twinkl enhances the immersive experience for visitors and the students the Trust supports. With a new 80-seater café opening in June, the Hen House refurb marks the next phase of growth for the charity, encouraging more visitors to the much-loved local spot.
The refurbished Hen House will enhance the learning delivery for the many vulnerable youngsters the charity works with but will provide the local community with opportunities to meet farm animals up close and personal, such as Horacio, the farms hand reared orphaned calf.
On Saturday 24th April, in line with all current Covid restrictions, the Hen House was officially opened by Jonathan and Susie Seaton, Co-founders of Twinkl
Jonathan Seaton, Co-founder and CEO of Twinkl said: “It is really exciting to see the new Hen House at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust open to visitors. It’s a real honour to be involved in a project that will further support the educational work the Trust does with children and young people, and it’s fantastic that we were able to assist with the refurbishment.
I look forward to visiting regularly in the future and continuing to witness the great work done by the Trust in the community.”
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust plays a vital role in the city’s alternative provision network supporting children and young people facing a complex combination of difficulties which can include a range of mental health conditions.
The new Hen House together with our playground and upcoming new café will, without a doubt, help us to keep moving forward and allow us to share more magical moments with everyone at our beautiful location.”
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Fundraising and Events said: “We are extremely grateful to Twinkl for supporting this project. Visitors to the café and shop help support the vital work we do so being able to meet a gentle calf, groom a rabbit, and check to see if the hens have laid eggs during their visit are not only fun and informative activities for local families, but crucial to encourage them to visit.
For more information visit whirlowhallfarm.org
Can You Help!
The 259th Stephen Hill Scouts are looking for extra pairs of hands to help run their scout group (Stephen Hill Methodist Church)
As the Maundy Thursday school bell sounded, all the staff, parents and pupils of Lydgate Infants School in Crosspool congregated on the school crossing to say a fond farewell to their very popular (lollipop) crossing patrolman.
Eddie Parton, who lives locally in Crookes, has been a familiar face seeing many hundreds of children safely across Lydgate Lane for the past 11 years.
Eddie told the Crosspool News that, “this has been the best job he has ever had and felt very privileged to have had a job where he was greeted with so many happy and smiling faces every working day”.
Once travel restrictions allow, Eddie intends to go on a rescheduled cruise. before settling into retirement and enjoying the occasional lie in.
A big thank you to Eddie and best wishes for the future from all of Crosspool.
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Have you ever considered volunteering as an Independent Appeal Panel Member for school admissions?
If so the Education Appeals Team are currently recruiting volunteers for sitting on school appeal hearings over the summer and would appreciate anyone who may be interested contacting Democratic Services, Sheffield Town Hall for more information – Telephone: 0114 273 4008, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org