This year is The International Year of Cooperatives. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises. Royds Hall celebrated the International Year and brought a close to our own 90th birthday celebrations, with a cooperative learning day in July.
The day began with all students writing their aspirations and wishes for the future, in preparation for a balloon release later in the year. Students and staff then took part in a series of workshops based around the cooperative values and cooperative learning. The workshops included a Communication for Learning session involving the English and Languages departments, where students wrote and designed postcards with ideas of how they could spread our cooperative ethos to the wider community. Students came up with some imaginative ways in which we all work cooperatively. The PE department and Heads of Community ran a series of problem solving activities and team games that involved staff and students working collaboratively together. The Arts team held song writing workshops in Music, while students in Photography captured the day on film, and some worked on finding images which best represented the cooperative values. Meanwhile students in Art worked collaboratively to make felt abstract patterns which when put together would create a large scale artwork spelling ‘Royds Hall School works cooperatively.’
The end of the day culminated in each form group enjoying special Royds Hall 90th birthday cakes made by the fantastic kitchen staff. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and it was wonderful to see staff and students enjoying working and having fun, side by side.