Friendship Festival at Dales

The Dales special school Friendship Festival
The Dales special school Friendship Festival

FRIENDSHIP was the order of the day as a local school played host to a special event.

The Dales School, at Morton-on-Swale held its first ever summer Friendship Festival providing a range of activities, entertainment and fun for other schools around the region.

The two-day event was planned and shared with visitors from Springhead School, Scarborough, Brooklands School, Skipton and Springwater School, Harrogate.

More than 80 pupils enjoyed workshops including African drummers and story telling from the World Muzik Makers.

Youngsters also took part in T-shirt design and printing sessions with the Rural Arts group from Thirsk.

Dales School deputy head Anne Baker said: “This was all about forming friendships and bringing the four schools together giving us a great opportunity to do just that.

“It is great for the students because they have a chance to experience a festival for the first time and it opens up new contacts with the other schools.”

The students had the chance to take part in archery, tennis, wall climbing, rugby, orienteering and were able to pedal around on special two-seater bikes.

Musical entertainment was provided in the evening by Matthew Rhodes, from Northallerton College, which was followed by a disco and a hog roast provided by Robert Whites butcher.

Adding to the festival spirit, about 60 children and teachers camped out in a huge tent overnight.

Luella Bellamy, of Springhead School, said: “We were absolutely over the moon with the festival.

“The facilities were fantastic and they couldn’t have done more for us.”