There has been a lot happening in school this week – as always!
New staff completed their mandatory safeguarding training after school on Monday. On Thursday and Friday some of our new staff received their Team Teach Training. This Monday some groups will be participating in Moving and Handing Training, whilst others Epilepsy Training with the school nursing team. All of which is a mandatory requirement for staff and as such we have a rolling programme of training.
A special moment this week was when we received photographs of children from a school in Kenya where we have sent old Redway School jumpers, cardigans and sweatshirts. They were very well received so we ask everyone if you have any red tops that your son / daughter may have grown out of, if they could be sent into too school in a bag labelled ‘For Kenya.’ The photographs actually filled me with sadness seeing school children with no shoes and no actual school building, it certainly makes me feel grateful for the wonderful things we are able to offer our pupils.
All classes have been focussing on our Harvest Celebrations this week. Harvest boxes are in the process of being made and staff have embraced ‘with gusto’ song practices before school. All donations of produce will be appreciated. These are taken by Patrick and students from Transitions to the Salvation Army for dispersal after our celebrations. You are most welcome to join us – we will be leaving school as from 9:30am (before if possible) to walk to St Mary’s for the celebrations to begin at 10am. Well done to Emma too – it was her first full school assembly, the theme being ‘Harvest’ and she truly embraced “The Redway’ ethos in it.
Several classes, with Sharon and Skie spent the day at the allotment on Wednesday. Here they embraced the challenge of tidying and sorting, preparing for planting. Everyone worked very hard and it’s all ready for our autumn work down there. Sharon will be working with small groups of pupils during each week at the allotment as part of our outdoor education curriculum.
Our Friday’s Transition Café was our Macmillan Coffee morning! This was extremely well supported – thank you to all who came along, donated cakes and other goods to be sold in aid of this good cause. The was a ‘buzz’ in the air – it was good to see so many parents and carers plus friends of the school coming along to join us. The total raised so far is £300, but we know there is still some money to be collected.
I hope that you are all having a refreshing and relaxing weekend.