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This week, NEAT Academy Trust hosted our first Celebration event at Walker Activity Dome. The event saw pupils from each of our academies come together to show off the best of their classwork and take part in a whole trust performance.

The day got off to a great start with all of our pupils singing along to ‘Blaydon Races’ by George Ridley as parents and carers entered the dome. From there the afternoon got into full swing, as each of the schools gave an excellent performance. We had Central Walker perform ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry followed by West Walker dance group who performed a routine to ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus. We also saw pupils from St Hild’s Church of England School perform ‘NYC’ from Annie as well as a talented solo singler perform ‘Maybe’. Whitehouse Primary school dance group performed an expert routine to ‘Can’t catch me now’ by Olivia Rodrigo. 

Outside of the venue, we also had learners partake in an orienteering event as well as the chance to partake in an archery competition. Pupil Sports Leaders from Benfield and St Hild’s were on hand to organise the pupils that took part in the outdoor activities.  It was great to see some of our secondary school pupils taking charge as the part of the ‘Leadership Crew’ and engaging with the younger pupils in the Trust.

As well as some talented performers from each of our schools, the day also exhibited some great student work that our pupils had produced including some model Anglo Saxon pots and houses from Year 4 history class at Tyneview, some creative reimaginings of Buckingham Palace from pupils at West Walker Primary School and some excellent lego models from Walkergate Community School. The day ended with a fantastic show from our talented magicians at Benfield School who had the whole crowd on edge and an adrenaline fuelled street dance performance from two of our talented Benfield pupils. 

Staff from across our schools and our central team came together to organise and plan the excellent day. The additional support of our secondary school pupil leaders, the dedication of our staff and the support of parents and carers and their commitment to our NEAT vision made the day a huge success. NEAT is dedicated to working together across our communities to recognise and grow the potential of all of our learners.

The whole day was an excellent celebration and opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful talents of our pupils from across the trust. NEAT Academy Trust and all our staff are extremely proud of their achievements and can’t wait to see our learners progress further. Here’s to making next year’s NEAT Celebration even bigger and better.