During these difficult times our dedicated teams are working around the clock to continue looking after our young people. To facilitate social distancing, our office based support staff will be working from home wherever possible and can be contacted using the numbers on our Contact Us page. We are still reviewing all referrals, offering placements where relevant, and planning for young people to move into our homes where it is safe to do so. Despite the challenges we all face during these testing times, we are committed to supporting you and our young people.
This week has seen a great week at our Bedford school where the pupils continue to be engaged and enjoy the good weather. A small group of pupils have been out on a nature walk in the local woods looking at and identifying local flora and fauna. The pupils have also been helping to smarten up the front of school. This has entailed some weeding and adding some fragrant lavender to the planters at the entrance, which will be enjoyed not just by ourselves, but by the wildlife too. This has unearthed a passion for gardening for several pupils and who have now set up an ‘Oracle School Gardening Club’ for the more green fingered pupils.
Whilst the national statistic for pupil engagement in remote learning has been 22% during the lockdown period. we have seen a much higher engagement level of 89% at our Bedford School This is the result of a team effort, whereby school staff have worked closely with our residential teams, parents and carers. It has also been helped through continuing therapeutic input, albeit remotely through various delivery programmes.
Meanwhile at our Congleton School the attendance and engagement of our pupils continues to accelerate, rising from 78% just after Easter when we partially re-opened to almost 80% accessing the school building on a part time basis over the last half term, with almost 50% accessing independent, online learning during lockdown.
Our young people have shown a great deal of maturity and flexibility in adapting to the ever changing circumstances.
Great team effort!
All our staff and young people were invited to join online in the making of fresh burgers together today - with superb results.
A list of ingredients was shared and utensils prepared as everyone got ready to join in. Those unable to participate were welcome to watch as the delicious burgers were put together. Check out this delicious bacon cheese burger. More sessions to follow later in the week - catsu curry, I hear.
Alongside the BBC's Short Story Writing Competition, we at Oracle Care ran our own version and encouraged pupils in our schools and homes to get their imagination working and put pen to paper to create an amazing story.
We were very impressed with the ingenious and imaginative stories submitted and the judging process was not easy, however we did finally agree on one outright winner, a 12 year old pupil from our Bedford School and below you will find a link to the story.
Last week pupils and staff from our Bedford School walked over 130 miles collectively, which surpassed their set goal of 110 miles or the equivalent of walking from our Bedford School to our Congleton School. This was no mean feat and was spread over the course of 5 days. Well done to all who participated for not just for achieving but going past the goal, and not least for raising £250 for Sport Relief.