Mining banner unveiled for academy’s official opening

Castletown Academy Vice Chairman Councillor Tom Foster unveils a miners banner, with head girl and boy Laura Hale 16, and Jack Marley 16 at the official opening ceremony of the new centre in Castletown, Sunderland
Castletown Academy Vice Chairman Councillor Tom Foster unveils a miners banner, with head girl and boy Laura Hale 16, and Jack Marley 16 at the official opening ceremony of the new centre in Castletown, Sunderland
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A TRIBUTE to Sunderland’s proud mining heritage took centre stage at the official launch of a city school.

Despite being open for almost three years, Castle View Enterprise Academy has just enjoyed its official unveiling

Outgoing chairman of governors at the school, John Cuthbert was presented with a special commemorative book which details events that have happened at the school so far.

Mr Cuthbert has sat on the board of governors since the creation of the academy.

Former Mayor of Sunderland Tom Foster was on hand to unveil a restored banner from Hylton Castle Colliery.

Coun Foster, who represents the Castle ward, is also vice chairman of the academy.

Gavin Willis, marketing and content administrator at the school, which opened in 2009, said: “The banner was sadly damaged at the Durham Miners’ Gala a few years ago.

“We got funds from Sunderland City Council to help with the repairs and it has taken 18 months to get it sorted.  “It’s now framed and on permanent display in the main hall of the academy.”

About 60 pupils from each of the five years at the academy were present at the launch event.

l Twelve artistic students who go to Castle View are travelling several thousands of miles in search of glory in a talent contest.

The youngsters, who come from Years Eight, Nine, 10 and 11 at the academy, are travelling to Kiev, in Ukraine, to visit partner school Pechersk Gymnasium 75 School.

During their visit however, the gifted group will also take to the stage in front of a watching television audience.

“The students are going to see how the school does things and as well as that they’ll be competing in a TV talent show,” explained Mr Willis.

“They’ll be singing and dancing in the contest and we’re hoping they will all do well. They’re very talented.”

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