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.
Each year Oracle organises a competition for all young people to design our Christmas card.
This year we were inundated with amazing designs from our young people, and it was extremely hard for our Senior Leadership Team to judge only one winner.
Congratulations to Marcel for his fabulous snowy scene - it will soon be appearing through the post as this year's Oracle Christmas card. And a big well done to runners-up Sophie, Zak and Aaron.
Here's a selection of the wonderful entries we received.
On Saturday 11th November two pupils from Bedford Oracle School took part in an Archaeology Club Training Session at Wrest Park House. It was provided by Headland Archaeology, a business based next door to the School who provide services to builders in the UK who must, by law, have their land surveyed by archaeologists before excavation begins.
Barney and Kurt were allowed to look around Headland’s offices and warehouse, where they saw archaeology in progress. They were able to handle artefacts found recently on some building sites, and the archaeologist explained what the objects were, and their possible dates. Some were as much as four thousand years old! Barney and Kurt were also allowed to handle soil, and see how soil was analysed for archaeological remains – they saw that archaeologists do not shy away from mud and dirt!
After this, the boys went back to Wrest Park House Education Centre, where they were able to look at, analyse and handle some of the collections kept there. They spoke to the Curator who was able to help them work out what the mystery artefacts were used for, and their dates. Both pupils enjoyed the session, and felt they learnt a lot. Participation in this training session will allow them to complete an AQA Unit Award in Historical Research in due course.
We've had a very spooky time at Oracle around Halloween this year.
Our school pupils enjoyed pumpkin carving, and all dressed up in very impressive costumes. And the girls at Brunswick House were treated to a surprise party arranged by staff, complete with cobweb decorations, Beetle Juice and Zombie Tonic (don't worry, it was only cola and lemonade!) Each girl received a surprise invitation asking them to complete their homework then dress up ready for spooky treats and games - what a great night!
Here are some photos.