Aiming for the Stars!

Two of our pupils have recently been lucky enough to attended a visit to Churchill College and the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, an event organised by the ‘Realise Project’ at Cambridge University. They spent some time discussing what it is like to go to university and the courses that could be studied followed by a lecture about the solar system.

The pupils handled some asteroids that had fallen to earth – these were very valuable and one was pure iron and very heavy. It was a stunning experience for them to handle something made in space, as only a few people have ever done this. They went on to the observation field in the dark and listened to the lecturer talk about the constellations; the lecturer showed them how to spot the North Star and other constellations. One of the best moments was being in the telescope room where the whole roof of the building moved so they could see the surface of the moon in great detail – including craters and hills and valleys.

Throughout the visit the pupils were excited and came back saying that it was “brilliant” and “amazing”. Not only did it capture their interest and enjoyment but it opened up the possibility of opportunities out there that they may not have previously considered.

Positive Feedback

We are delighted to gain positive feedback with regards to our schools at any time of the year but when we get two in the space of one week we are more then happy!

Our Bedfordshire School had a visit from an AQA assessor who commented on the work that had been produced and presented for assessment. The assessor was pleased to see the quality of work and teacher assessment.

While our Cheshire School received praise from the general public on the manners and politeness of a group of young people mountain biking as part of outdoor education.

Hearing such positivity makes the staff smile and our young people realise that the efforts put into each and every task do make a difference.

Fizz Free February

We all know that over the festive period we over indulge by eating and drinking too much, often things that we do not have as much of at other times of year. This is way so many people do dry January or detox during the first month of the year.

Within our schools and homes we are careful and promote healthy eating and positive lifestyle choices, but when 'Fizz Free February' came around we could not resist taking part.

Fizz Free February is backed by many Local Authorities, Sugar Smart and the British Dental Association. Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake. Cutting out, or simply reducing, fizzy drinks is an easy way to reduce sugar intake.

Being prepared for GCSE's

Our Bedfordshire School is in full preparation for the GCSE examinations. The young people have been working hard with staff to prepare for the practical element of the GCSE's and have their mock exam timetables in place.

As we are well aware that our young people need the support of the adults around them within their home environments we are putting a training session into place. This session will help the adults to understand how to support the young people with their education at home. Building on positive relationships and being procactive in this way will only benefit our youngsters.

Christmas Card Design Competition 2018

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Christmas Card Competition 2018 has been announced.

All those young people who took part did their very best and made it extremely hard for our staff to judge.

However it was felt that the robin design was a clear symbol of Christmas and so beautifully drawn.

The winner will receive a great prize which will help them to continue their artistic talents and produce some more master-pieces in the future.

Due to the high level of effort all participants put in they will each receive a little prize. Just a few of the images are here on view.

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