N.D.C. A New Deal for Burngreave. Issue 28, February 2003





The contents of this page are prepared by the New Deal executive team.

Boost for children’s reading

Children in the Burngreave New Deal for Communities (BNDfC) area in Sheffield had an extra present over the festive season – every child aged up to 16 received a present of a £10 book voucher from BNDfC.

The vouchers went out to more than 2,000 children in the area, mostly by post, but one lucky group of children from Byron Wood School took a trip to Waterstones in Orchard Square to receive their gift – and pick out the book they wanted to spend it on.

BNDfC Education Theme Manager Permjeet Dhoot met the Byron Wood children to hand over their vouchers – and she is confident that the children will have had a great time reading their new books over the school holiday.

“Education has been identified as a key priority by Burngreave New Deal for Communities residents – and getting children off to the right start with a love of books and reading gives them a real boost throughout their entire education.”

Joanne Cooke, Learning Mentor at Byron Wood School added:
“This is a brilliant initiative for the school and the children were really excited about visiting the bookstore and collecting their books.”

They’re behind you!

Children outside the Lyceum Theatre.More than 1,000 children in the Burngreave area have been getting to know a bit more about the age old pantomime tradition – thanks to a series of theatre visits sponsored by BNDfC.

All four local primary schools – Byron Wood, Firs Hill, Pye Bank and St Catherine’s – were offered the chance to take the whole school to the theatre.

First in the stalls were children from Firs Hill Community School. Ten coaches – sadly not quite the original pumpkin and horses – transported the entire school, from nursery children through to 11-year olds, and their teachers into another world for the afternoon.

Before the visit, Dina Martin, Headteacher of Firs Hill Community School, said the children and staff were really looking forward to the visit:

“For many of our children, it is their first visit to the theatre and it’s lovely that Burngreave New Deal for Communities have been able to fund this event – something tangible that the children are sure to remember.”


Year 4 children from Byron Wood School.
Year 4 children from Byron Wood School who visited Waterstones to spend their £10 voucher, courtesy of Burngreave New Deal for Communities.

BNDfC Election Hustings

Pitsmoor Methodist Church
27th February 7.30–9.00pm

St Peter’s Cornerstone Building
3rd March 1.30–3.00pm

Christchurch (corner of Pitsmoor Rd/Nottingham St),
22nd February 1.00–2.30pm

Interpreters for Arabic, Somali
and Urdu speakers will be available.

Musical Youth!

Schoolchildren in Burngreave look set to get in tune – thanks to a £35,000 grant from BNDfC to their schools to buy musical instruments.

Seven schools – Firs Hill, Byron Wood, Parkwood High, Firvale, Firth Park, St Catherine’s and Pye Bank – will each receive £5,000 to fund the new equipment, ranging from guitars and recorders through to specialist African and Asian instruments. It is hoped the first set of musical instruments will be in the schools in the next few weeks.