TNLP Trust Monthly Bulletin: March 2016
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Welcome to the eighth edition of our electronic monthly news bulletin!
Our Trust Has A Lot of Creative Talent!
This week Temple Moor Students are putting on a performance of  'Little Shop of Horrors'. Programme Leader for Music at Temple Moor, Adam Bell kindly invited our Trust Primary schools for a sneak preview! On 15th March Templenewsam Halton, Meadowfield, Colton, and Austhorpe brought 200 children to watch the dress rehearsal.

The performance is a fabulous showcase of talent within our Trust and what an inspiration for our younger children to see! Opportunities such as these support our primary school children with transition to High School by building a familiarity and association with the high schools in our partnership. We have lots more plans for similar visits to take place throughout the year. We will keep you posted!

Parenting Programmes Running Well Across the Trust!

Well done to several parents and carers who have just completed our very first Parent Gym programme which has been running this term. Our next Take 3 parenting programme is just about to commence if you are interested in finding out more and booking your place please feel free to contact Debs Jennings on 07545 604333 or via email
The TNLP Trust is supporting Leeds City Council's 1 Piece of Rubbish campaign as it has recently been identified as a particular issue in our area.

Two weeks of action will be taking place in the weeks commencing 18th and 25th April 2016 supported by local schools and children's centres. So far the following schools and children's centres have expressed an interest in being involved in litter picks and poster competitions to further raise awareness of the campaign and how important it is to keep our communities clean and pleasant environments in which to live:
  • Meadowfield Primary
  • Meadowfield Children's Centre
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Primary
  • Temple Learning Academy
  • Templenewsam Halton Primary
  • Templenewsam and Colton Children's Centre
We would like to say a huge thank you to them for wanting to be involved and taking much needed action in their community!

To find out more about the campaign and to help promote it please visit the website and Twitter:
Tweet with the hashtag #1PieceOfRubbish       

As well as looking after our local community, Trust schools do lots to teach children and young people about the wider world and how they can help others and do their best to preserve our wider environment.

The children at Meadowfield are developing their awareness skills of how they can positively affect the world and the environment. One of their Year 4 classes held a class assembly for parents and carers and educated the rest of the school on why we should work together to preserve our environment.

Year 2 have been learning about animals and their habitats and how best to protect them. Sam Safari came into school to help the children learn about caring for our environment to protect the habitats and to ensure we retain the diversity of our world. 

Meadowfield also has links with a Kalagi Upper Basic and Senior school in Gambia. The children and staff at Meadowfield have recently been able to help them by sending over recycled ICT and computer equipment. The Headmaster in Gambia wrote to Meadowfield to express their thanks and appreciation:
“These computers are received with much delight and appreciation from students, teachers and the community as a whole….soon our students will be able to have some basic computer skills.  I therefore write to thank you and your entire staff, pupils and community for the gesture.  The school love and pray for you and your entire members.“ 
From Mr Kamaro Sanneh

The children, staff and parents and carers at Meadowfield are very proud to have been able to help others in this way.
We are in search of tombola and lucky dip prizes for our Community Fun Days due to take place in the Easter holidays. If you have anything you would like to donate please contact Gemma on 07891 272113 or to arrange collection or drop offs. Many thanks in advance for supporting our fundraising efforts for the TNLP Trust. If you would like to find out more about our Community Fun Days or any of our other events due to take place in the Easter Holidays please visit our website via the following link:

TNLP Trust Easter Holiday Programme
Temple Learning Academy has had an eventful half term with some significant events marking the start of the academy's growth.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council and fellow Councillors and Officers visited the academy to discuss the great start that has been made and the plans for the future. They were complimentary and excited by the project to date and commented on how great it was to have this abandoned site back in use and meeting the needs of the community.

Mr Browne and Mr Noble also signed the final £10.7 million contract with the Education Funding Agency and ISG, the builders, which marks the beginning of the building works to the academy. Work has started with the removal of some trees and bushes which have highlighted the size of the project and future build. The Reception pupils already there were amazed by the felling of trees and the huge wood chippers. Many of them now want to be 'tree choppers' in the future.

These events have been captured in photographs and by Made in Leeds, our local TV station who are also keen to follow the development of the academy.

Pupils and teachers are now starting work on a time capsule to record this momentous occasion while Mr Browne starts looking ahead to the next round of staff recruitment for September 2017.

The Early Years practitioners in each of our TNLP Trust schools supported by our local Children's Centres are preparing to host their second annual Readiness Event at Temple Moor High School. On Wednesday 27th April at 6.00 pm the parents of up to 380 children joining a Reception class within the Trust are invited to find out 'top tips' from our team of experienced experts.

Themes of routines, self care, reading, play, language and communication, maths and how to support in the lead up to the big first day will be discussed. The staff have prepared leaflets and will run a series of market stalls providing essential information that will help our youngest learners get off to the best possible start. It's a fun night that parents really valued in feedback with free gifts for everyone and a prize draw at the end.

Last year almost 200 families took advantage of this event and we are hoping for even greater impact this year.

A mixture of 16 current and prospective volunteers recently undertook our AQA accredited 'Introduction to Volunteering' course which was delivered during the February half term by our partners the YMCA. As the course was so popular we are looking at running it again sometime soon. We are also looking into the possibility of running other courses which will help volunteers when working with children, young people and families. Courses are likely to include: Safeguarding and Child Protection, Food Health and Hygiene and Leadership and Group Skills. Keep an eye on our website for more details which will be available soon:

If you are interested in registering your interest in volunteering for the TNLP Trust and/ or want to express an interest in a course please contact Gemma Sargeant on or 07891 272113.

Are you aware that our TNLP Trust Membership arrangements have changed?

Since September 2015 all potential member groups that are associated with the TNLP Trust now qualify for automatic membership. This includes children and young people in Trust schools, parents and carers, staff, community partners and community volunteers including school governors. As an automatic member you will receive information about the work of the TNLP Trust via leaflets in school book bags and online via our website, Facebook and Twitter:

Children under 5 and their families will still need to sign up manually. You can also sign up manually if you would like to be a more active member to be added to regular e-mailing lists and to access our regular prize draws, newsletters and other benefits. To find out more about membership and member benefits and incentives please visit the relevant section of our website where you can also sign up as an active member online:

Member Voice and Influence: Our Trust School Council

It is really important to us at the TNLP Trust to regularly consult with all of our member groups to ensure that priorities and action plans are informed by suggestions and comments made by YOU! The TNLP Trust and Trust School Councils enable children and young people to regularly have their say and influence what is important to them in school and within the local community.

The photograph below shows what children and young people have recently been asking for locally:

School Councils and Junior Leadership Teams exist in all Trust schools and make a huge impact on behalf of their peers. For example most recently Mrs Walsh, Mrs Midgley and Mrs Lally were accompanied by 16 pupils from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary on a day trip to London.  They started the day with a bus tour to see the sights and then had an appointment at the Houses of Parliament to have their say before heading off to Number 10 Downing Street for a photo shoot.  The day was rounded off with more photos at Buckingham Palace and then tea at Nando’s.

‘A fantastic experience and a wonderful opportunity for the children’ was a quote from one of the parents and judging by the great day had by all the children….they would all agree!

Our Trust schools recently took part in World Book Day on 3rd March. You may have seen hundreds of children walking to school in fancy dress. You can see staff and children from Colton Primary School and Temple Learning Academy below celebrating their love of books and stories! Well done everyone who made the event so enjoyable for all involved! I think the children particularly enjoyed seeing staff all dressed up, as did we!

Many of our Trust schools and centres are supporting Sport Relief again this year. Fundraising activities at Temple Moor High School as an example include:
  • Table tennis
  • Sports Relief Mile
  • Various sports competitions
  • Penalty shoot outs
  • Fancy dress
If you want to find out more about how you can support Sport Relief visit their website:
Health and Fitness

Our Trust is always keen on involving our children, young people and families in activities and events to improve health, fitness and general wellbeing. Recently our schools have been involved in the following activities and events:

Meadowfield Primary have had their annual health and well being week where they have developed the Trust skills of self responsibility.  One of the activities was to cook a meal using only a set amount of ingredients.  The judges had a lovely time walking around and sampling the food.  This supported Trust values of democracy, self help and solidarity. 

Everyone at Meadowfield  got to have a turn on the climbing wall and some children really tested themselves and went higher than they ever thought they would. This was great for developing resilience.   

Self help came to the fore when Meadowfield children investigated about teeth brushing and how to make sure they have the cleanest and healthiest teeth possible. It was a fun way to learn about this!

Corpus Christi Primary School's Mini Tennis Team and Mrs Waide recently visited Corpus Christi Catholic College to compete in heats against other local schools. Magnificent performances were demonstrated by Voldi, Harrison, Amy, Lily and Victoria which secured them a place in the partnership finals. Well done Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School Mini Tennis Team and Mrs Waide!  Everyone at school is so proud.

On Thursday 3rd March 30 Corpus Christi Primary School children from Year 4 also took part in the Schools Skipping Festival at Corpus Christi Catholic College. Everyone had a fantastic time and the children proudly represented their school. All staff were very impressed at the improvement all the children have made. It looks like we have some very talented skippers! Well done Year 4!
Bikeability are back again at Colton Primary School giving all their children throughout school the opportunity to learn to ride their bikes safely and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Recently Colton had a new scooter shelter built in the playground as more children are coming to school on their bikes and scooters which is great!

Our next newsletter is due in April 2016. If you would like to include an article in our next edition please contact Gemma on A short paragraph sent via email along with an accompanying photograph saved as a j.peg would be ideal! We look forward to hearing from you!
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