Cadeby Week at Conisbrough’s Station Road School

July 2012

Cadeby Week at Station Road School Station Road School The Cadeby week at Conisbrough´s Station Road School reached its climax withthe 150 schoolchildren displaying a diverse range of their work, in a Sharing Assembly, to the school and the invitedguests.Theseincluded members of the Cadeby Colliery Memorial Group and representatives from the De Warrene Academby who are planning a similar event in two weeks time.

The whole school had been involved in a theme week about the Cadeby disaster and the mining industry in the Conisbrough and Denaby areas.

The week began with a special assembly in which Jim Beachill, secretary of the Cadeby Group told the children about the Cadeby Colliery Disaster of 1912 and how the local community are planning to commemorate this important event in our local history.

It was followed by visits from Peter Davies and Barry Moore, ex miners and members of the Group, to show mining memorabilia and answer questions about what it was like to work in a mine. They led 3 interactive sessions throughout the afternoon working with children aged from 4-11. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about mining and asked many questions.

As part of this whole school theme week, each class researched the events surrounding the disaster, mining and uses of coal.

On Friday afternoon in the Sharing Assembly, the pupils from each class contributed by talking about what they had been learning about and shared examples of their work with the whole school and theinvited guests.

The subjects ranged from safety and equipment in the mines, to young children working in the mines and the 1912 disaster. One class proudly wore Mining Helmets they had made from paper mache – with working helmet lights!

Almost every one of the pupils stood in front of theassembly to tell their piece of the kaleidoscope of the influence of the mining industry for over a century in the two South Yorkshire villages.

Jim Beachill thanked the pupils and Claire Blagden, the teacher in charge of the project for an incredible and impressive display. He extended an invitation on behalf of the Group to the pupils and their families to join in the commemoration day on Sunday, July 8th.

Simon Martin, the headmaster at Station Road, echoed the comments and the thanks and he especially asked the children to thank their parents and grandparents for their help in the project and encouraged then to keep talking and finding out about this important part of our local history. Station Road School Cadeby Week Station Road School Cadeby Week 1 Station Road Cadeby Week Station Road Cadeby Week 3

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