5th October

A major focus of this week has been our preparation for our harvest festival’s next week. We had practices of our favourite harvest songs before school and classes have been hard at work making their boxes for harvest produce. We do hope that you will be able to come along and support us, this week is one of the highlights of our school year, and is a moment of ‘awe and wonder’ as well as celebrating how fortunate we are with our fruitful harvest.

Classes have risen to the challenge of the scarecrow competition – not that we are competitive at all! Most are now on display in the sun room, and classes have certainly been very creative this year.

Our new teacher – Jodie, who starts with us after half term, visited on Monday and we were all pleased to see her. We are all looking forward to her joining The Redway Team.

Midas bus training also occurred this week. I am pleased to report that all participants passed successfully so we now have an additional four bus drivers. Other staff are doing a refresher after half term so as they can continue to drive the buses and keep up to date with rules and regulations.

Once again, it’s been an interesting week with the varying weather – but, as always this has not stopped us from doing anything! Lots of pupils and staff enjoyed the rain, where we had some great interactions and communication moments. Our Forest Schools and outdoor learning continued with lots of positives. Lee was extremely pleased with the hard work and engagement of the pupils in Aston Martin at the allotment on Friday morning.

The challenge of the week came on Wednesday – with the school photographs. Peter, our wonderful photographer did a great job as always supported by Lyn. Some staff went over and above to get our pupils to smile – the team in Linford especially!  I know that there will be some amazing photographs as Peter always works his magic.

The assembly on Wednesday was all about St Francis of Assisi, led by Jerry – who as usual found a suitable outfit in which to dress. There was lots of fun and interaction as well as animal mask making by all. Some pupils even went home wearing the animal masks they had made.

On Friday, Teresa supported by key school staff led essential medical training. This ensures that all relevant staff working in certain groups are fully up to speed with all necessary practices to support our complex pupils. Well done to everyone who participated and led sessions as it was a very busy day.

This forth coming week brings six trainee teachers spending three days in school with us. I’m sure they will not only enjoy their time with us, but also learn a lot. Thank you to Peter for coordinating this.

Finally, as stated earlier, this week is a special one in school, celebrating harvest and autumn. Always a vibrant time of year.

We look forward to you joining in our celebrations.



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