28th February 2017
Thursday 16th February was an exciting day for pupils, their families and school staff at The Dales Specialist School – ‘Carnival Day!’

Older and younger classes of children have worked together on different themes, designing and making carnival costumes, masks and headwear then taking part in a parade on Cowpen Road, including drum beats, chanting and singing.  We were joined by some of our families, too.

PCSO’s Raisbeck and Muter from the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team joined us on the parade along Cowpen Road.

Children have had the chance to experience different ‘Circus Skills’ with Steve and Jessie from Circus Central and ‘Aerial Skills’ in the garden with Jo and Jane from Bare Toed Dance Company who also joined the parade.

On return to school the Head Teacher, Hugh Steele, thanked everyone for their support then families joined us for a picnic lunch.

The afternoon consisted of carnival stalls and games, including ‘get the ball in the lion’s mouth’, a coconut shy and ‘decorate a duck’, all linked to the children’s themes.  Neighbouring school Horton Grange also provided a fun stall linked to their work on Brazil.  Asda kindly provided a ‘healthy fruit and water’ stall, free of charge.  Circus and aerial skills were enjoyed by all our visitors.  Pop-up drumming and chanting added to the carnival atmosphere.

This was a hugely enjoyable event to celebrate the creativity of our fabulous pupils.  Money raised will be added to The Friends of the Dales ‘Floatation Pool Fund’. The total raised on the day for Friends of The Dales was £112.38.