Altus Monthly Update – No. 7

Dear All,

I hope that you are well (and if you’ve been doing them, finished with exams/assessments for the year) and are now looking forward to the summer holidays!

This week’s update contains information on: Rochdale Literature Festival, Bamford Academy’s Bamfest (both on Saturday), Kingsway Park High School’s Eid celebrations (last week), RSFC’s new build and a visit by a Ukrainian MP to RSFC, and the usual quizzes.


Rochdale Literature Festival Saturday 8th July 2023
Altus is one of the proud sponsors of Saturday’s Rochdale Children's Literature Festival (RCLF) which has a fabulous line-up of authors, performers, workshops and stalls - there is something for everyone, young and old!
RCLF was set up in 2019 by the Rochdale Open University RfP Teachers Group (based on the OU's RfP research strands) and continues to go from strength-to-strength. The festival's aims are to promote reading for pleasure throughout Rochdale and to give children the opportunity to hear from acclaimed authors and illustrators. It is also a chance for the whole community to get involved in lots of wonderful bookish activities with families and friends.  There will also be stalls and staff from the Trust and our academies (including me!). Hope to see you there. Poster attached with more information.



Bamford Academy – Bamfest Saturday 8th July
Bamfest is Bamford Academy's annual community summer fair.  It is a time for Bamford Academy community and the Bamford community to come together to enjoy and have fun. There are gift stalls, food stalls, games and even a competitive netball match between the school staff and members of the Bamford Academy community. Gates open at 12pm and close at 4pm. All are welcome so please come along (I’ll be popping in straight after the Literature Festival). Poster attached for full details.



Kingsway Park High School – Eid celebrations on Friday 30th June
Over 500 students, parents/carers, staff and members of the local community celebrated Eid on Friday with a wide variety of activities and events including:
  • A range of soft drinks, traditional dishes, and desserts available provided free of charge for everyone! These were catered in conjunction with students from Y10 who also served the guests.
  • A collection of food and toiletries for the local food banks in support of our local community.  
  • A non-uniform day including some students wearing their Eid clothes – with everyone participating donating to Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home. Approximately £400 was collected.


Rochdale Sixth Form College (£4million, and a visit from a Ukrainian MP)
Great news – the Trust has secured a grant of £4 million (£4,000,000) towards the new building which will give us much needed additional space so that even more young people can benefit from an Outstanding education at the college. Picture below – I think it’ll look mighty fine!
The college was also privileged to have a visit from MP Halyna Vasylchenko who represents Lviv in Ukraine, Rochdale’s twin town. While she was at the college Halyna had the opportunity to speak to a number of students about her role and the war in Ukraine – a salutary reminder that whatever challenges we are facing at the moment, they pale in comparison to those faced by people in a war zone.



A few quizzes

Click on these links for the BBC and Guardian news quizzes. And click here for some maths puzzles.

Please take care of yourselves and one another. And always feel free to email me or just say hello next time I’m at your academy.

With very best wishes and great pride,

Richard Ronksley

Chief Executive Officer

Altus Education Partnership | College Road | Rochdale | OL12 6HY
Tel: 01706 769800

Twitter: @AltusEducation


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