This years Summer Activity Scheme ended yesterday and it signifies the end of another academic year for me and also to the staff who worked, without whom it would not be possible to offer this addition to the school year.
We certainly have had a lot of fun, from visits out, including paddle boarding, canoeing (in the rain!), kite flying on Dunstable Downs, karting, a successful trip to the cinema to name a few.
Staff in Transitions have ensured that the pupils based there have continued with their physio programmes, experienced cooking, art and music activities including visits out.
In school, as well as using the pool, we have enjoyed being able to do lots of messy play, bouncing and interacting on the tumble track, using the bikes and MiLE Room, as well as experiencing the World Of Sound sessions in the cabin.
Sharon has welcomed many of the pupils up to her farm, where they have experienced grooming, riding, touching and making friends with her gentle horses, as she, together with Carolyn and Lee have led some wonderful Forest Schools activities.
Obviously the end of the day at the main site is one filled with music and singing. This was led by Mike, Judi, Ian and last Thursday Brad. The pupils really enjoyed this and it finished every fun filled day in a positive way.
Di, Mike, Simon, Rachel, Peter, Lou and Genna have been a great support and it’s a reflection of the ethos that is The Redway that teachers and the Leadership Team were willing to contribute to the 2 weeks. I cannot thank everyone enough for this.
So reflecting on this school year - its been a busy one, but our pupils have done well and enjoyed all the different learning opportunities and activities that have been offered to them. One highlight, of many has been the new Transitions Department and its development. Credit goes to all the staff that work there, but especially Diane who has been instrumental in making it the success that it is.
Now to the more mundane things! As you are all aware there is a lot happening in school over the remainder of the holiday.
Work on the boilers started on Friday, Ian, Shane and Stuart have been busy building cupboards at the main school and laying footings for the conservatory and storage shed at the Transitions site.
Tim has been removing cupboards from the staffroom and installing new cupboards and worktops in several classrooms, there are more to do – his job list is endless!
Jenny has been busy sorting out the return of the people carrier and the arrival of its replacement, as well as everything else I have put on her ‘to do’ list!
Dawn has started some of the deep cleaning, but as from Monday her team of cleaners will be cracking on with work so that school looks bright and beautiful for when we all return in September.
Sharon and some of the STA’s have been sorting and organising her new classroom - Cassia, which is the old art room, the kiln is to be moved to a new area near to Butterflies and our new electrician – Giuseppe is supporting this. We will miss Simon our previous electrician but wish him all the very best for his retirement with his wife in Sweden.
This is my last Headteachers Weekly Update until September so I hope that you all have a lovely summer holiday. I will be popping into school over the next couple of weeks before heading off to a certain beach in Portugal.
We will all look forward to seeing the pupils back in school on Tuesday September 5th.