Mrs Keegan, Associate Assistant Principal, reports:

Students from the Winsford Academy were invited back to the Cheshire County Show this week to exhibit in the ‘School’s Out’ Marquee for the fifth year running. The theme this year was ‘Keeping our green and pleasant land for the future’.

Over recent weeks Mrs Ford and Mrs Hunt have worked incredibly hard with pupils to plan and prepare our exhibit which was based around recycling, renewable energy and climate change. There were a variety of interactive activities for visitors to enjoy, including making bee houses, flower printing using empty bottles, making windmills and analysing daily activities for their effect on the climate.

Pupils in 7 core made an enormous paper mache island with volcano, waterfall, tides and forests to educate visitors around different types of renewable energy. They also made giant paper mache bees for the bee house activity.

I was really proud to watch our students, enthusiastically running the stand, confidently explaining the tasks and helping visitors of all ages to participate in the activities. We were all delighted to find out we had won an award for ‘Best Theme Interpretation 2015’. The judges highly commended our Students for their ability to articulate the tasks to visitors. They also commented that the wind farm was wonderful and the paper mache island was fantastic.

On Day 2 we were all so excited to find we were to have a Royal Visit. HRH Countess of Wessex visited the marquee and chatted to our pupils about the activities on offer, asked their opinions of the show and engaged with the activities. Our pupils found her absolutely delightful and were honoured to have had the opportunity to meet her. Academy TV also joined us for the day and were delighted with the opportunity to film a Royal visitor, as was Grant Moores, a Y10 GCSE Photography student, who took all the photos.

Pupils also had opportunities to visit the rest of the show. It was lovely to see them running back excitedly to the marquee to share their experiences, such as feeding goats, watching chicks hatch from eggs, making scarecrows, scaling the climbing wall and with bags full of goodies from various stalls. It truly was a thoroughly engaging and enriching experience for each and every student

An amazing two days with fabulous students and wonderful staff. It was an absolute pleasure.