Outdoor Chess for Ash Green from Ward Forum Grant

The friends of Ash Green School recently secured a £250 Illingworth & Mixenden ward forum grant to purchase outdoor weatherproof chess sets for an out of school chess club and as you can see from the photo’s this has proved really popular with the children.

Less fanciful than that played in ‘Alice through the looking glass’ and less dangerous than Wizard’s Chess in the Harry Potter books, these sets will challenge the children for years to come.

4th Annual Public Services Day

Heather Stout, Dan Marham and David McGhee from the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative organised the 4th Annual Public Services Day to be held in North Halifax this week.

Junior Wardens from Ash Green Community Primary School and Moorside Community Primary School attended the event on Wednesday 7 June at Halifax Rugby Union Ground.

Services who attended gave brief snapshots of the jobs they do in our local communities.

Service providers who attended were as follows:

  • West Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention Team
  • Calderdale Council Safer Cleaner Green Team
  • Calderdale Council Recycling Team
  • Calderdale Council Community Wardens
  • Calderdale Council Environmental Health Team

The annual event is organised so that young people can learn about some of the important work that takes place on a daily basis in and around their communities.

All the services gave fantastic demonstrations of their jobs including West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, who allowed the young people to have a good look at their vehicles and the equipment they carry.

More information and pictures!

Summer Fair at Ash Green Community Primary School

Lots of fun activities, games and crafts for all the family at the Summer Fair at Ash Green Community Primary School on Saturday 24 June 11:00 – 1:00 pm.

The Upper Site on Clough Lane, Mixenden HX2 8SN.

Ash Green pupils meet West Yorkshire Fire Service

Heather Stout from the Mixenden Initiative and pupils from Ash Green Community Primary School, received a visit in school from Blue Watch, from Illingworth Fire Station on Friday 3rd March.

Fire fighters, Barney, Adam, Andy and Fraser, came to meet the lads for the first time, after the boys decided they wanted Blue Watch to be their chosen watch.

It just so happened it was World Book Day in school on the day of their visit, so the boys took Blue Watch by surprise when they were met by Where’s Wally, Batman, The Joker, Al Capone, Iron Man, a footballer, a Ninja Turtle, a pirate and a knight in shining armour!

After asking lots of questions of the fire fighters, Blue Watch invited the boys to visit Illingworth Fire Station on Friday 10th March to have a look around.

The boys were shown around the upstairs of the fire station, where the firemen train and relax whilst waiting to go on a ‘shout’. Watch Commander Andy explained that even if they are asleep, they only have a couple of minutes from getting the call to getting in the fire engine, with all their equipment on, and leaving to attend the call out.

When the group went back downstairs, the boys were shown the room where the fireman’s pole is and where they keep their protective clothing and boots that they wear when attending a fire.

Mrs Bowers and Mr Munday from Ash Green decided to hold a competition to see who could get the firefighters protective clothing on first. They were both very quick but Mr Munday just pipped Mrs Bowers and was the winner!

The group then went outside to the car park where the boys were shown the crashed cars that the fire fighters use to practise having to cut people out of cars. They also showed them some of the equipment they carry on the fire engine. The firemen then got the hoses out and let the boys have a go with them.

The boys really enjoyed the afternoon and ended their visit by thanking Blue Watch for a fantastic tour of Illingworth fire station.

Mini mixmatch challenge winners enjoy celebratory meal

img_0309The winning team of this year’s inaugural Mini Mixmatch School challenge event, Ash Green Community Primary School, enjoyed their prize winning meal at TGI Friday’s in Halifax on Thursday 20 October.

The team of 6 boys, accompanied by Miss Taylor and Mrs Mann from the school, met with Heather Stout from the Mixenden Infinitive, PC Jonny Ramsden and Firefighter Dave Manning who joined to help the pupils celebrate their victory.

img_0302The team of 6 boys were given celebrity style treatment by the staff at TGI’s, who made their visit feel really special.

The deserved winners battled through a series of challenges set up by the Mixenden Activity Centre, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service to win the very first Mini Mixmatch Challenge which took place on Tuesday 21 June 2016.

20160621_133452Ash Green managed to overcome some tough opposition from Mount Pellon Primary Academy, Dean Field Community Primary School and Whitehill Community Academy to be crowned champions of the event.

The event, which will be repeated on a yearly basis came about as a result of the annual Mixmatch School Challenge that takes place between Trinity Academy and Park Lane Learning Trust, which now in its 3rd year, has been seen to help reduce youth anti social behaviour and deliberate fires in the area.

Join the 2016 Mixenden Halloween Lantern Parade

You’re invited to go along in spooky fancy dress and join in with the 2016 Halloween Lantern Parade along Mixenden Road and up to Ash Green Upper Site.

Monday 31 October 2016 – 5pm to 6pm
Meet at Ash Green Lower Site

Refreshments can be bought at the Upper site at the end of the parade


32 young people take on the first Mini MixMatch School Challenge

20160621_14051232 pupils from Dean Field Community Primary School, Ash Green Community Primary School, Whitehill Community Academy and Mount Pellon Academy got together at Mixenden Activity Centre on Tuesday 21 June with a team of 8 pupils from each school going head to head in a series of team building tasks to be crowned winners of the first ever Mini MixMatch Challenge.

20160621_101926The event began with a Tag Collection warm up task in which the four teams headed into Mixenden Reservoir Woods to find and collect tags matching their teams colour within a time limit. All four teams worked extremely well together and had fun doing so but it was Dean Field who came out on top with 71 tags found in the end, followed by Mount Pellon with 65 and one single tag splitting 3rd and 4th placed with Whitehill finding 54 and Ash Green 53.

Following the Tag Collection the groups split to take part in separate challenges in which they were marked for their overall efforts within each challenge.

The four challenges consisted of:

  • Rock Climbing – Teams took part in rock climbing to build communication and teamwork skills.
  • Blindfold Obstacle Course – One team member was blindfolded and had to carry a ball through an obstacle course with the guidance of remaining team members.
  • Shark Challenge – Teams had to carry equipment to build a hose using a ladder and crates to get from a starting point to the other side of the course before assembling the hose. Teams then had to dismantle the hose and make their way back to the starting point leaving equipment exactly as they found it. All without stepping off the crates or ladder.
  • Bench Challenge – Team members were stood on a narrow bench with a pool of water either side, teams had to follow instructions to order themselves in different categories such as age or height without falling in.

The teams enjoyed a game of football in the sunshine before it was time to announce which teams would face off in the semi-finals and the Barrel Fill Challenge in which teams had to run the length of the course to collect water before running back to fill a large barrel which unknown to them at first had been pre drilled with holes.

The semi-finals took place between Whitehill vs Mount Pellon and Dean Field vs Ash Green. Both semi-finals were closely contested and with great team work displayed throughout with a couple from each running to collect water whilst the remaining members stayed by the barrels using their fingers to plug the holes and slow down the loss of any water.

The Semi-final winners were decided by a wooden stick dipped into each barrel to measure the amount of water collected and with a really close call in both semi-finals it was Whitehill Community Academy and Ash Green Primary School who just edged it and were set to meet in the final.

The Barrel Fill final between Ash Green and Whitehill was a competitive one with the support from spectating teams great to see.

After a fantastic day enjoyed by all the pupils, teachers and services involved it was Ash Green Community Primary School who won the final to become the very first Mini MixMatch School Challenge Champions of 2016.

A big thank you goes to the services involved, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,  Calderdale Council Community Wardens, Mixenden Activity Centre and of course the teachers and pupils who came along to take part.

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