Successful festival becomes annual

Successful festival becomes annual

We hosted our own festival at the weekend, as we kicked-off Co-operatives Fortnight with CASFest.

Local groups and businesses all came together to put on a 5-hour festival for the local community, who turned up in numbers to enjoy a variety of stall, rides, and entertainment.

Mrs. Shufflebotham, who was responsible for organising the event, said: “We as an Academy want to be the hub of the local community. We want to open our doors and enjoy these events with parents, Carers, students, and friends of the Academy. It’s what we do.”

The festival started at 12pm, as visitors were greeted with a Ferris wheel and a cottage (which guests had to navigate through ball-pits, slides, and wonky corridors). Hook-a-duck was a firm favourite before guests made their way round to the main yard, which housed all the stalls; a fun-bus; a stage; Rugbytots and Zorba.

The fun-bus was hugely popular, as young people queued to enter, before enjoying the slides, ball-pit and sensory room on the top deck. Zorba (giant plastic balls which guests went inside of and tried to run up and down in) and Rugbytots (an obstacle course) were also favourites.

Refreshments were available as guests tucked into hot-dogs; ice cream; candy floss and coffee. There was also a snack stand for those with a sweet tooth.

The stage held host to a variety of fantastic performers. First up were our student band ‘Rise’ who earlier this year performed at local primary schools and released their own album. Other performances included Kira Mac, a modern country singer; local rock band Jacque Rabbit who’s very talented bass player is our very own Mr Ward; the Julia Mosley Band, and finally Behind the Moon.

Local dance group ‘2 Fly’ (based in Hanley) performed two 15 minute jam-packed slots, showing us all their popping, locking and hip hop skills.

Staffordshire SPACE provided multi-sports coaches and boxing coaches so that children could take advantage of taster sessions. The Space programme “brings together police, public, voluntary and private sector to support and nurture youngsters over the summer holidays.”

Other attractions included a mini fairground; a traditional ice cream trike, and candy floss as well as the many stall holders who turned up to sell their goods.

We would like to thank all of our guests who came out to enjoy the sunshine with us. We will be hosting this festival again next year and hope you can make it for that one as well. We would also like to thank all of the local businesses and acts who took part, as well as our Heads of Houses (especially Mrs Shufflebotham) who made the event possible.