Menston village school in South Africa; new weekday cycling group?; Village Show

Menston village’s top flight high school, St Mary’s, has been bringing joy to South African children through education; there’s a proposal for a weekday Menston cycling group; and … don’t forget the village show! Click on any of the titles below to go direct to the story.
Menston’s top school in South Africa
Weekday cycling group proposed
Menston Village Show

THIS SITE IS STILL LOOKING FOR TWO YOUNG ASPIRING JOURNALISTS TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MENSTON. WE’VE EXTENDED THE APPLICATION DATE TO 12 SEPTEMBER AS SCHOOLS WERE NOT ‘BACK’ TILL LATE LAST WEEK. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS!

St Mary's pupil Hannah Smith reading about football in South Africa

Hannah Smith reading about football in South Africa

St Mary’s in South Africa

Menston village is lucky enough to have a top-performing high school within its boundaries. However, there is little doubt that part of its excellent performance is due to the encouragement of pupils to take part in many inspiring ‘extra curricular’ activities.
For seven years groups of St Mary’s pupils have taken part in the ‘Bambisanani Partnership’ – Bambisanani being the Zulu word for ‘Working hand in hand’. This year 14 sixth form pupils visited Mnyakanya School in the deprived Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal, supported by teachers and chairman of sponsor law firm Lupton, Fawcett, Lee and Priestley.

The students were: Lizzie Banks, Ryan Clarke, Kavindu Appuhamy, Patrick Connolly, Emily Fieldhouse, Elizabeth Garnett, Michael Jones, Freya O’Connor, Jade Rigby-Williams, James Riley, Hannah Smith, Chloe Tindale, Madeline Tysoe and Charles Walker. 

Whilst at Mnyakanya, St. Mary’s students also taught a range subjects and activities to students including: maths, science, history, chess, dance, football, rounders and netball. The St. Mary’s team brought with them much needed equipment for Mnyakanya School including books for the Bambisanani Library (opened three years ago), calculators, and resources for art, science and sport.

Click for a complete report, with more photographs, from St Mary’s Menston on this visit.

New Menston village cycling group
A Menston group of cyclists with a ride scheduled for every Wednesday evening and every other Sunday was noted in the most recent post on this blog. Now another group, meeting during a weekday, has been proposed.
Katie Henderson is suggesting a ride every Monday morning, the group meeting by the children’s play area in Menston park at 9.20am for a ride to depart promptly at 9.30. You can just turn up or contact Katie on 0776 671 1481.
Rides would be arranged to suit participants but the aim would be to return no later than 2pm, although at the beginning shorter rides may be proposed, depending who turns up and, of course, on the weather.

Menston Village Annual Show
It’s too late now to start growing the champion onion but it’s just the time to don the baking gloves and get your ‘Favourite cake’ made or put the finishing touches to your latest craft masterpiece – all possible entries in the many classes making up the 38th Annual Menston Show at the Kirlands Community Centre on Saturday 14 September. According to our count-down ‘widget’ in the right hand column, which has been ticking down since this site was launched, it is only 7 days to the show.
The show opens to ‘visitors’ at 2.00pm, but if you want to enter one of the show classes you will have to have your entry there before 11.30am. For full details of all the 80 classes go to the Menston Show pages under the Events menu heading, or just click here.

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One response to “Menston village school in South Africa; new weekday cycling group?; Village Show

  1. Pingback: St Mary’s Menston high school pupils take some Bambisanani to South Africa | Grumpytyke

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