22nd September

Our second full week of the new academic year has presented us with a few challenges!

The main one being a major water leak near the stables and forest schools area at the top of the field. However, I have to say that Anglian Water and all their subcontractors have been fantastic in the work they have done, help they have given and liaising with school. Hopefully by Monday all will be back to normal, the hole refilled and the shed re constructed! Though I am sure the rain of this weekend will not be helping.

A major achievement of this week was the whole of the ASC Department walking or using the bikes to ride to Willen and back on Thursday. This was amazing – pupils who have previously struggled with this – did it! We were all very proud of them; they also enjoyed their time there. Well done to all the staff who facilitated this – especially Sharon and the outdoor learning team.

One of the reasons for this was that several key staff were on a 3 day pool plant training update course - - gripping stuff! But I am pleased to say they all passed. This is essential training to ensure the smooth running of our wonderful hydrotherapy pool continues. Though everyone was pleased when it had finished!

Thank you for supporting our annual Jeans for Genes Day on Friday. We still have to count the money that was donated and also the proceeds from the café that will go towards this good cause.

Next Friday the café will be supporting the Macmillan Coffee Morning. We would welcome any donations of cakes for this occasion, as it is always a very popular one.

This week we will be rehearing our singing and signing of our harvest songs as our harvest festivals are fast approaching.   As we have grown considerably in numbers we now have two celebrations. This is always a special time of year for everyone at school, the walk through the orchard adds to the ambience of the occasion. We welcome all parents and carers to join us. We usually leave school around 9:30am. We are looking forward to this and welcome any donations of produce that will be delivered by students from the Transitions Department and Patrick to The Salvation Army afterwards.

Hoping that you are all having a lovely weekend – despite the weather!

 

Ruth

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