12th October

This week was harvest week! We celebrated the harvest in true Redway style with two visits to St Mary’s Church,  where the vicar, Paul and his team were as welcoming as always. Our final harvest celebration was in the orchard on Thursday morning. All three harvest festivals were a thanksgiving for the food produce we have and how fortunate we all are.  We all enjoyed singing our favourite harvest themed songs, there was some wonderful singing and signing from some of our pupils, while others enjoyed the ambiance of the occasion.  As always, Brad, Lou and Lee led our singing well. Thank you everyone for your donations of goods which were collected by the MK food bank on Thursday afternoon and I know they will be put to good use. Once again, the weather was kind to us and we walked to the church and orchard in wonderful autumnal sunshine. We were pleased to be joined by so many parents and carers who participated fully in the event.

I was especially pleased by the signing of so many of our pupils, especially on Wednesday – it was amazing as was their singing. Well done to everyone.

During Tracy and Charlotte’s assembly on Wednesday afternoon I judged the scarecrows that each class had made – there were some very creative ones! It was a difficult decision to make but finally a winner was decided which was  ‘Polly the Parrot’ from Pirates class. But well done to all classes for embracing  this competition challenge once again.

Next week is our Creative Arts focus week which we are basing around Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which fits well with our whole school topic of The Elements.

Please do remember that next Friday is our Wear It Pink Day to support research into breast cancer, which this year has a special meaning to us at The Redway. We ask all pupils and staff to wear something pink and donate £1 to this good cause. The café’s proceeds will also go to this good cause. If you are able to make cakes for us to sell we would be very appreciative. Do come along and support the café  - the students and staff work hard.  One of its aims is to provide a type of enterprise and work experience for some of our students in Transitions.  Students are allocated their jobs and responsibilities on a rotational basis to ensure fairness and consistency. We are currently evaluating the purpose and value of the café, considering other possible models and ways of working.

Please do remember that school closes on October 24th for all pupils and students. Everyone returns on Monday November 4th after the half term holiday.

Hoping that everyone is having a lovely weekend.



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