December saw another day of co-operation as Liskeard School and Community College hosted the annual Co-operative Day 2014. Staff and students took part in activities across the school, and at Lux Park, to encourage students to work together and promote the Co-operative values of equality, self-help, self-responsibility, solidarity, democracy and equity. Liskeard School has been part of the Liskeard Community Co-operative Learning Trust since 2012 along with Dobwalls Community Primary School, Menheniot Primary School, Trewidland Primary and Pre-School working in partnership with UTC Aerospace Systems, University of St Mark and St John, Cornwall Council and Co-op South West.

The day began with Liskeard students taking part in team building exercises. Students were working together to climb walls, make tyre paths and negotiate obstacle courses whilst blindfolded.

Liskeard School’s catering company Chartwells put on a superb show in the Old Hall of Ready, Set, Cook. The event started with an educational and interactive tour of foods and the importance of food groups. Two teams competed, headed by Business Manager Mr Taylor and teacher Mrs O’Shea with the help of 2 students, to produce the best meal using healthy and balanced ingredients within a given time. Students in the audience then voted for their favourite.

At mid-morning the school welcomed students from the three primary schools in the Trust. Students from all schools and all year groups were mixed for some collaborative activities.

“Enterprise for the future” was an activity focussing on democracy and equality. Students were tasked with developing a commercial business idea.

“Where’s the Impact?” introduced students to social responsibility. The ever popular “Christmas Goodies” had students making Christmas cakes promoting the values of self-help and solidarity. The music rooms were filled with the sound of instruments for “Musical Communication” an activity dependent on social responsibility.

There was a foreign languages themed “Murder Mystery” event, “Iconic Buildings” brought out the creative side in students and there was even a tense session of Dragons’ Den Christmas!

We were also very lucky to have staff from Outlook South West in the school. The school decided to take an innovative approach to helping older students, in year 10, manage stress and build personal resiliency. Kevin Simpson, chartered clinical psychologist and partner with Outlook South West said: “The school took a very forward-thinking approach to tackling some important subjects for young people. It’s great to see schools exploring ways to tackle mental health issues and to increase the well-being of their students. These things can play a huge role in academic success but they also help people to live happier, more stress-free lives both inside and outside of school.”

There were also activities taking part outside of Liskeard School. Ms Nelson-Tyrrell attended Trewidland Primary and Pre-School and Mrs Nicholls spent the day at Dobwalls Community Primary School for a day of outdoor activities with the students.

Head teacher Alex Lingard said “The day was a huge success and really helped to enforce the importance of the Co-operative values and to further develop the strong bond the members of the trust have established.”

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

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