LAST term saw some major sporting events at the Dearne ALC, with VIPs in school, and cash raised for charity.
Pupils were keen to take part in Sport Relief and did their sponsored miles around Goldthorpe. Years seven, eight and nine all got involved with staggered starts to the circular route.
Twelve ALC students then took on marshal roles at a successful joint Sport Relief effort for Dearne primary schools at Phoenix Park.
Earlier last term, a group of 13 Y9 students were thrilled to meet the current world champion and number one extreme inline skater, Jenna Downing. Jenna visited the school along with the captain of the Sheffield Eagles Challenge Cup side Paul Broadbent.
Pupils heard the sports stars’ own stories of achievement, then got the chance to ask questions of their own.
It was all part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport project.
The aim was for students to work on leadership skills over a term and then deliver after school clubs for younger pupils.
There was more light relief with the Dearne’s Got Talent competition. Pupils strutted their stuff as singers, comedians and musicians to huge applause from staff, fellow pupils and parents. The winners were Demi Roughly and Jake Burnett, with Emma Imisson as runner-up and and Joey Minshull and Sophie Scothern in joint third place.
Reward for effort plays a major part at the ALC, with a points system for full uniform, good attendance and punctuality, good behaviour and completion of homework on time.
Pupils Kyle Wood, 13, Jordan Watkin, 14, Josh Perry, 14, and Jamie Collins, 14, ‘pooled’ their points recently to share an XBox 60.
Jordan said: “I think the reward system is good because the harder you work the more points you get, so it encourages people to do their best.”