Community Events

The children and families of Ash Grove Academy have helped to make this another fantastic year by taking part in a wide range of community events.  Please see the termly lists below for more details:

Autumn Term 2017

* Macmillan Coffee Morning

* Links with Macclesfield Town Football Club to support fair play on the football pitch during play times and lunch breaks

* Parents and carers invited to Class Presentations from Nursery to Year 6

* Able Robotics Day for children from across Macclesfield and hosted by Ash Grove.

* Dance-a-thon - a fundraising event led and organised by the School Council in aid of the NSPCC

* Upper Key Stage 2 participation in the Millie's Trust First Aid training

* NSPCC Online safety workshops for parents and children

* Multi-Skills sports days at TMA

* Year 3 & Year 4 began the planning stage of their participation in the Clonter Opera Arts Award

* Safeguarding Ambassadors from Years 5 & 6 took part in the Young Person’s Safeguarding Conference hosted by TMA

* Variety of class trips linked to curriculum topic work, including Bramall Hall Tudor Christmas and a visit to Safety Central near Lymm

* Visitors to school linked with curriculum topic areas, including Cheshire Fire Service (with their ‘smoke tent’) and Digital Resilience workshops for Upper Key Stage 2 to support safety online

* Whole School ‘Elf Run’ to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice

* Whole School trip to Buxton for the Christmas Pantomime, Sleeping  Beauty

* Year 3 participation in the Crib Festival at St Barnabas Church

* Ash Grove Christmas Choir – children from Key Stage 2 sang at various locations around Macclesfield, including the Grosvenor Shopping Centre and local residential homes

* Ash Grove PTA Christmas Fair raising funds for school trips and initiatives

Spring Term 2018

* Ash Grove Litter Pick - The children tidied up the local area and the school grounds as part of the Great British Spring Clean Initiative.

* Participation in the annual Rotary Swimathon  

* Multi-Skills sports days at TMA

* Parents and carers invited to Class Presentations from Nursery to Year 6

* A fantastic week of local events and celebrations took place during our Community Week, including Book & Butty, Cake & Calculations, Family Reading Rivers, Family Fitness sessions and class trips to local businesses or places of interest

* Year 6 trip to the Aftermath 100 exhibition in Macclesfield, set up and run by local volunteers and members of the Royal British Legion.  Ash Grove was the only school in Macclesfield to visit this fantastic community exhibition.

* World Book Week!  Celebrating a wide range of authors, promoting Reading for Pleasure, and of course, taking part in the annual World Book Day celebrations.

* Bikeability for Years 3 - 6

* The Ash Grove Anti-Bullying Ambassadors took part in the Diana Award annual conference and training day at TMA

* Conclusion of Clonter Opera Arts Award for Year 3 & 4, including a fantastic day at Clonter where the children took part in set and costume design, music composition and the full stage production of their finished piece of theatre!

* Science sessions at TMA for Years 2 – 6 

* Variety of class trips linked to curriculum topic work, including Pets at Home, Peake Wildlife Park, Chester Zoo and Jodrell Bank

* EYFS and KS1 Open The Book assemblies + EYFS Bible Story Box visits with Anna from Macclesfield Methodist Church.

* Year 1 Love Music Trust/Barney Bear project, culminating in a trip to perform at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe

* Class trips to Macclesfield Library – supporting the Reading for Pleasure initiative as part of this year’s literacy programme and in support of the development of our own fabulous school libraries!

* Visitors linked with curriculum topic areas, including an Animal Magic workshop and Warburton's Bakers workshop

* Able Maths and Writers Days for children across Macclesfield, hosted by Ash Grove

* Participation in local competitions, including Pizza Hero competition run by Pizza Hut and Design an Easter Egg competition run by the local Co-Op

Summer Term 2018

* Inter-schools sports competitions for Upper Key Stage 2 at TMA

* SPLATs Shakespeare Play-in-a-Day: children learnt and performed a scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and families came to watch the production at the end of the school day

* The Ash Grove Eagles won 2nd place in the first ever Multi-Academy Trust Debating Tournament, hosted by Ash Grove

* Year 5 participation in the Youth Speaks competition at TMA

* Parents and carers invited to Class Presentations from Nursery to Year 6

* A fantastic British Values Week took place in the summer term with visits from members of the local community, including Cllr Neil Puttick, Rev Andy Williams, and members of the local Jewish and Hindu communities.

* Development of the school gardens is now underway!  Thanks go to Mr Knapper (parent) for his invaluable support, help and expertise in this area.

* Ash Grove opened its gates to the community for a spectacular Garden Party and Football Event celebrating the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final with one big party!  Thanks to the PTA and all additional parent helpers for making this such a memorable event.

* Reception class trip to Warrington Art Gallery and Museum which led to the children creating their own masterpieces in the style of Vincent Van Gogh – parents were invited to view the work in the children’s own gallery

* Barney Bear/Clonter Opera for Reception class sing-a-long

* Whole School Crazy Hair and PJ day to raise money for Ronald MacDonald House. 

* Families and staff took part in the Big Barnaby Parade as part of the biannual Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield's celebration of arts and culture

* EYFS Giant Wiggle – children and parents were wiggling their way around school to raise funds for Action for Children as well as supporting transition for children and parents from Nursery to Reception

* Variety of class trips linked to curriculum topic work, including Sealife Centre and Lower Moss Wood

* Visitors to school linked to curriculum topic areas, including Cheshire Fire Service and Tescos

* Following an insightful and informative visit from local councillor, Neil Puttick, children from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 took their ideas for how to improve their local area to the Town Hall in Macclesfield.  Suggestions from the children included the installation of public art and sculptures, as well as entrepreneurial ideas for new shops and businesses, ranging from computer games workshops to an outlet for unicorn-related products!