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Thank You from the Kings Arms Project.

We were delighted to receive a letter from the King's Arms Project this week.

The young people and staff at our Oracle School in Bedfordshire collected items to support the projects clients over the Christmas period. The King's Arms project supports 650 homeless and disadvantaged clients, and were able to provide cooked breakfasts and Christmas dinner over the festive session.

The Fundraising Officer said,

"Our clients were greatly appreciative of the items that you collected and I'd like to thank the whole school for really getting behind this."

Well Done everyone!

Down on the Farm - Stockley Farm Visit

The weather may have been cold and wet but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of our young people who spent the day at Stockley Farm in Cheshire. The youngsters and staff from our Congleton Oracle School were all wrapped up for a day at the farm and had a fantastic time. The day included a look at how an organic farm is run, in particular a dairy farm and how that differs from a normal farm, this meant the young people got to meet the dairy cows and calves, along with other animals on the farm such as the sheep and goats. They went on to look at the milking parlour and the procedures for milking the cows and explaining how they kept the cows welfare at the heart of this process. For the second part of the day they took a tractor ride around the estate where the farm is based, discussing how farming had developed over the last 100 years with regards to machinery and imagined a day’s work on a dairy farm then and now... the very early start was a shock to the youngsters! Afterwards the students went to look at the polly tunnels to see how having these affects the variety of vegetables grown on the farm and talk about how seasonal foods affects our diets and so as a result we looked at food miles linking in with recent lessons in school. To top the day off the students received a hot chocolate or an ice cream made on the farm using their organic produce from the cows they had met earlier. The highlight of the day was meeting the baby goat Coco and her mum Fudge!

First Careers Expo

We were pleased to welcome a good mix of professionals at our first Careers Expo. There was representation from the uniform services (Fire and Rescue), vocational sector (a chef) and an engineer. Students were highly engaged and conducted themselves really well. They now have a written career plan, motivated by professionals.

Professionals feedback was impressive as seen below:

‘I really enjoyed the morning and found the pupils to be very well mannered and reflected well on the school. Overall the format was good and in particular I think gave students who were interested in a subject a chance to learn more about it first-hand. I hope you will invite me back next time you run a similar event.’

Ben Yates- Engineer.

‘The event was, in my opinion, a great success. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience and loved sharing my experience with the students, who were all extremely well behaved and interested in everything I had to say. I very much look forward to being involved with any future events you organise.’

Robert Slater Meal Time-Chef

‘What a pleasure it was to work with your students today! They were all engaged, polite and hardworking a credit to your school! Once again thank-you for your hospitality today and please thank all staff for looking after me so well!’

Boydell Gillian- independent careers Officer.

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