It’s been a busy term for Freeston students

staff and students at Freeston Academy have had a busy start to the school year - with everything from fundraising for charity to turning the Normanton Christmas lights on.

Earlier this month, students in year 11, along with their year leader Mr Clegg, ditched their school uniforms in aid of Children in Need. The teenagers had a fun day dressed as superheroes, Disney characters and animals, among other things.

On the same day, Freeston students also enjoyed a brilliant National Theatre performance of Macbeth and a visit from Glyn Bishop, chairman of governors, to see all the year 11 students receive their revision guides during a special assembly.

School principal Rachel Smith said: “This is a hard-working year group - whatever they are wearing - they are a credit to Freeston and I am confident they will do very well in their exams.”

Freeston’s own mini-mayor Cassie Robinson helped switch the Christmas lights on in the town last Friday.

She was helped by the Mayor and Mayoress of Normanton - her parents Steven Hudson and Leigh Fisher - as well as Yvette Cooper and Santa Claus.

Ms Smith said: “Cassie has enjoyed every second of tonight - we are so proud of her.”

Other festivities saw Hannah Marshall, from year eight, win the Freeston Christmas card competition with her cubist-inspired design. Head of art Mr Amer said: “It’s a really classy looking card - she’s done a fantastic job.”

November also saw Freeston Academy remember Normanton men who died in the First World War. Each class commemorated the men in tutor time and in assembly, with the young people helping to make a poppy cross for each fallen soldier. On Remembrance Sunday, Mrs Stockton took Ellie Saddler, May Williams, Jodie Arkell and Felicity Hartley to the ceremony at Normanton where students laid a wreath on behalf of the academy.

In other news, the junior leadership team - Izabela Keye, Thomas Bartle, May Williams and Jamie Braham - has been representing the school at various events.

Ms Smith added: “The JLT has already done Freeston proud with public speaking engagements - they are great ambassadors for the academy.”

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