Youngsters shine trying new skills

Kingsley Primary School pupils (left to right) Libby Day, Jack Mulinger and Joe Franklin taking part in a cake making session. Picture by FRANK REID
Kingsley Primary School pupils (left to right) Libby Day, Jack Mulinger and Joe Franklin taking part in a cake making session. Picture by FRANK REID

HUNDREDS of youngsters took time out from their usual lessons to take part in a range of different workshops.

More than 400 children from Kingsley Primary School, in Taybrooke Avenue, Hartlepool, took part in the Shine event which saw youngsters enjoying baking, acting, dancing, mask making and face painting sessions.

They also took part in street dancing sessions, had a go at making their own pizzas, tried their hand at African drumming and got creative at an arts and craft workshop.

It was all part of Shine Day, which is a national event aimed at encouraging youngsters to try their hand at something new.

The event normally takes place in July but it was so popular with pupils last year that they asked their teachers if they could have another event earlier in the year.

The two-day event saw 490 children in total from the nursery, reception and both Key Stage one and two classes take part in the workshops.

Michelle Lucas, a music teacher at the school, said: “The Shine event is really popular with the children and we were more than happy to arrange another one for them.

“It took place over two days and gave all the children the chance to try a range of different workshops.

“We had everything from drumming, baking and acting sessions and it was great to see the children grow in confidence and try something that they wouldn’t normally go for.”

Teachers, teaching assistants and school governors helped run the day.