July-December 2008

Litter-pickers are ready for the off!


A team of well-equipped Community Association litter-pickers gets ready for one of their regular forays to help clean up rubbish from around Sandal.


Young inventors come up with futuristic cars

Published by the Wakefield Express on 3 July 2008: BURGER-MOBILES and flame-powered cars of the future were designed by pupils as part of an art competition run by Polar Ford. Milo Kirk Patrick, eight, was chosen as the overall winner, with his powerful car which runs on fire. Sue Davies, secretary at the Calder Island Way dealership, said: “Milo’s design stood out from all the rest. It was very colourful.” Lily Bedford, from Sandal Endowed Junior School, also impressed judges with her burger-themed ‘quarter pounder-mobile’ and was voted the winner of the Years 4-6 category. The four runners-up were Chloe Peters, from Hendal Primary School, and Nicola Searles, from Castle Grove Infant School, in the infants category. Christopher Gartside, from Sandal Endowed Junior School, and Molly Hartley, from Jerry Clay Lane School, were runners-up in the juniors category. Castle Grove Infant School’s William Holgate and Sandal Endowed Junior School’s Ellie Busby both received a ‘commended’ award.

What if?’ story earns Katie a prize

Katie Wright, a creative 12-year-old from Sanda,l scooped a national award by penning a prize-winning short story. The Year 7 student at Kettlethorpe High School won a year's supply of books after taking the top prize in the Puffin Books competition to write an adventure story beginning with the words What if?. She beat more than 5,000 entrants with her science-fiction tale about an alien brother and sister.  She told the Wakefield Express: "I was really shocked when I got the letter through the post telling me I'd won.”

Her English teacher, Gill Mapplebeck, asked the class to enter the competition as part of their homework. She said: "We sent in about 15 entries and didn't really expect to win because it was such a big thing. "Katie is an avid reader so this was a brilliant prize for her. I know she will really enjoy reading all the books.” Mother and daughter author team, Louise and Isabel Adomakoh Young, who write under the name Zizou Corder, judged the competition. Katie said she was a big fan of their book Lee Raven, Boy Thief. She was told they liked her entry because it stood alone as an exciting story but also had the potential to be developed into further adventures.

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