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Primary schools in debating contest
Published in Swindon Advertiser on 11/03/18 Click here for full article and photos
Primary schools from across Swindon will go head-to-head in a debating competition on Monday. The White Horse Federation Debating Cup, involving seven Swindon schools and two from outside the town, will take place at Swindon Borough Council’s Civic Offices, and aims to empower the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Swindon schools involved are Drove Primary School, The Croft Primary School, Haydon Wick Primary School, Moredon Primary, Tregoze Primary School, Rodbourne Cheney Primary School and Gorse Hill Primary School.
In total, over 60 pupils from the multi-academy trust will be taking part. They will compete against the Zouch Academy in Tidworth and Southwold Primary School in North Oxfordshire.
The White Horse Federation encourages all of their schools to come together and collaborate through a number of events, throughout the academic year.This is the first time the multi-academy trust has held a debating challenge, taking place in collaboration with award-winning charity ‘Debate Mate’.
Debate Mate is a unique, international educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility using cost-effective peer-to-peer debate mentoring. The contest will begin at 1.30pm, with a competitive final debate in the council chambers, with council members present. Awards and prizegiving will then follow.
One day festival set up to raise funds for Rodbourne Cheney School mini bus
The festival season isn’t over yet as the first annual Rodfest is set to take place this Saturday (24 September) in Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon.
Rodfest has been organised as a family festival, along with a great line up of live music there will be entertainment, performances, a beer tent, BBQ, bouncy castle, ice cream, stalls and much more.
The music line-up is taking place across two stages and includes Sister, Sister, Smiley’s People, Buswell, The Blind Lemon Blues Band, All Ears Avow, Overload, Oli Norman, Megan Abbott Music, Noteables, Songbirds, and Canute’s Plastic Army. Swindon Lightning Cheer Athletics will also be performing. Rodfest is a charity music festival and will become an annual event, with this years aim to raise funds for a mini bus for Rodbourne Cheney Primary School.
Rodfest is taking place this Saturday (24th September) from 2pm-9pm at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School Field (entrance gate: 30 Church Walk North, Swindon SN25 3DJ).Tickets are available from Chimneys Cattery, 1 Broadway, SN25 3BN between 9-11am and 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket prices are: Adults (18+) in advance £5 (on the gate £8), age 12-17 in advance £3 (on the gate £5), 11 and under Free (up to two 11 and under children free when one adult buys a ticket).
Visit the Rodfest Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/1stannualfamilyrodfest
S Club Juniors star heads up new dance school
Published in The Swindon Advertiser on 22nd April 2016. Click here for full news article and photos
AARON Renfree, dancer and choreographer to stars such as The Saturdays, Little Mix and Little Boots, has been at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School in Swindon this week to launch the new MF Dance school. Set up by Marital Arts guru Matt Fiddes, the new school specialises in street dance and the official opening took place today at Swindon Academy, in Beechcroft Road, with a special Dancing With The Stars showcase, including a performance from Aaron, who is the new head of MF Dance.
The choreographer was chosen to be one of the Junior S Club 7 gang in 2001. The young band went on to have top 10 hits such as One Step Closer and their own popular CBBC TV show. Aaron is still in touch with Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Humes who went on to become part of The Saturdays.
“We are best friends and it’s great working with them again, but it shows the difference in the recording industry now. I have put music aside a little and I am concentrating on teaching, choreography and dancing,” said Aaron.
Matt’s own story is of a boy bullied at school who learned martial arts for self defence. He discovered a new way of life and way of being that he now passes on to other people. From his first school in Swindon, Matt now has 600 clubs across the country, he is personal trainer to many famous names, including Peter Andre and the late Michael Jackson and is now opening his dance franchise. Matt said: “Aaron is a real draw for the young ones because they get all excited about his work with The Saturdays and Little Mix and the stars of today while the mums remember Junior S Club 7.”
Despite his early rise to fame, Aaron firmly believes in sound tuition and went back to study at Laine Theatre Arts. He said: “I was lucky to get that so young, but it meant I was taken out of school and I always knew I would go back to train. It is so important to study, to get the discipline, to understand the environment, because in this business there is a lot to take in.” His time at Laine opened doors to musical theatre and Aaron performed in both Flashdance and We Will Rock You in the West End, but his ambition now is to choreograph a full length musical.
“It would be wonderful to be part of a company in the West End as choreographer and see it come together and then go on tour. When I am working on TV or for recording stars it is a short lived show or gig. I am always hungry for doing and learning new things, there are lots of possibilities,” said Aaron.The choreographer is now head of MF Dance and believes in passing on his skills to help his students gain confidence in life. “That’s why I am interested in doing this, I can add structure, show them my journey, inspire them and later I would love to choreograph their shows,” he said. Working as both choreographer and dancer on shows such as X Factor and The Voice is a live TV adrenalin rush, he says.”Reality TV is very noisy, very untidy and when you are on tour it is a mad experience lots of fun and lots of service stations,” said Aaron.
The dancer is no stranger to Swindon having choreographed Aladdin at the Wyvern Theatre when Keith Chegwin was the star, and now he is back encouraging the next generation of dancers.
For more details of MF Dance visit www.mfdance.co.uk
Shane Lynch visit causes stir among pupils and parents alike
Published in the Swindon Advertiser 23rd Feb. Click here for full article with photos
BOYZONE star Shane Lynch caused excitement among pupils and parents alike when he visited Rodbourne Cheney Primary School yesterday. Shane was in Swindon as part of a tour to promote the relaunch of women only kickboxing classes by martial arts brand Matt Fiddes, he also visited the headquarters of Nationwide and attended an evening kickboxing class.
Shane said: “I went to visit one of Matt’s martial arts schools and I was really impressed by what they teach and how they educate. “I think is important, especially these days when people sometimes struggle to keep fit and keep their health in check. “For ladies I think it is wonderful as you can learn how to defend yourself while keeping in shape.”
Shane took part in a question and answer session during the assembly talking about topics ranging from touring around the world to dealing with dyslexia at school.He was joined at the school by Matt Fiddes as well as Swindon-based instructor Pat O’Driscoll.
Matt is Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard and during one question it emerged that he once took Michael to the Greenbridge Empire Cinema where the staff closed off a screen while the pair watched Toy Story. Although there is no direct link between the women only programme and the school visit, Matt said they always try to find time to go to schools when their schedule allows.
While the children, most of whom were not born the last time Boyzone released a single, seemed somewhat engaged with the visit, it was the teachers and parents who were most visibly excited. As the classes filed out of the assembly hall some eager mums could be heard giggling and rattling the door in anticipation of meeting the former boyband star who then spent the next ten minutes meeting parents and posing for pictures.
Rodbourne Cheney Principal, Lisa Davies, said: “We have some pupils who already train at the Matt Fiddes centre, it fits well with our strong values message at the school.“We were asked if we would like to host the visit and of course we were very happy to.”
Schools and workplaces united to help beat heart disease by wearing red on Friday.
First published Friday 6 February 2015 in Swindon Advertiser. Click here for full article and photos.
The effort was part of the British Heart Foundation’s national Wear It. Beat It campaign, which was taking place for the fifth year.
The themed day saw pupils, workers and members of the public don their best red garb and raise money for the charity.
Among those contributing was your Adver, which donated 1p from every copy sold to the fund, as well as holding a series of fundraisers in the news and advertising departments, including a cake sale, a raffle, and a bingo session, raising a total of £580.
Alison Adams, the British Heart Foundation’s community fundraising manager for Wiltshire and West Berkshire, said: “It’s massive for us. It’s our biggest fundraising day of the year and it’s really easy for people to get involved.
“We are asking people to hold red-related events. It’s a great way of raising awareness as well as fundraising at the same time.
“This year it’s just got massive. We have had a TV advert, it has been phenomenal.
“We have gone from 8,000 people signing up across the country to 22,000.
“We have just tried to raise the profile whilst reminding people it’s still really important to raise those funds.”
Also taking part were schoolchildren at Moredon Primary School, who created a heart shape out of pennies as part of their activities, which included a visit from a charity representative as well as youngsters wearing red clothes instead of their uniforms.
Headteacher Claire Leach said: “The representative added to it because they were able to actually tell the children why this was all going on the reasons for why they were taking part, rather than just aimlessly taking part.”
Fundraising at the school totalled between £450 and £500.
Youngsters at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School also took part in the effort, with pupils donning red throughout the day.
For more on the British Heart Foundation, log on to www.bhf.org.uk
Rodbourne Cheney School tucks in for fund
Wall of poppies to honour fallen
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