22 May

As you may be aware, this week has been Mental Health Awareness week and if we had been in college we would have all been involved in another ‘Learning Centre Wellbeing afternoon’ based on the theme ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. I hope the resources shared within last week’s blog were helpful and you were all able to complete your ‘5 Random acts of kindness’. I’d love to hear all about what you’ve been up to.

For some time, we’ve been working in partnership with the Oldham Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team and they have shared a number of resources which I thought may be helpful for families including:

You may also find these guides from Kooth.com linked to Mental Health Awareness week useful..

Looking after our own Mental Health and for those around us is even more important at this difficult and uncertain time.

“Everything can be taken from us, but one thing: the freedom to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances”  (Viktor Frankl)

So today, choose gratitude and choose kindness!

Sticking with the theme of wellbeing, I’d like to remind you all that next week is the start of our..

Here are some instructions on what to do from our very own ‘Green Fingered’ expert, Mr. Blackman..

It takes at least 10 weeks to grow a sunflower from planting the seed to the flower opening. The seed will sprout and start to grow in 2 to 3 weeks.

You can start sunflowers in small pots for planting on or plant straight into the ground where you would like them to grow. Transplant them when they have at least 4 leaves. Use a multipurpose compost and plant your seed half an inch deep into the compost or soil.

If you don’t fancy having to move them you can sow them directly in a nice sunny spot in your garden but be aware of slugs, they are rather fond of the seedlings. If you don’t have a garden you can use pots as long as the pot has drainage holes and you will need a strong stick to support your plant. Fill the pot with compost leaving plenty of room for root growth and remember to put some small stones at the bottom of your pot, this will help the drainage. Plant 1 to 3 seeds per pot.

The best place in the garden or patio (if in pots) is the sunniest spot against a wall if possible, water regularly whilst growing and feed them if you like with plant food.

You really need to be sowing your seeds within the next couple of weeks

I’m doing mine this weekend and will be posting progress updates within my blogs…hopefully!

GOOD LUCK AND GET GROWING!

If students have already requested seeds, they are being sent through the post to families today. Please don’t worry if you’ve not yet asked and want to take part, just email lbutler@newbridgegroup.org and we will send you some. If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Continuing with the horticulture theme, I’d like to share some pictures of what Daniel from Year 12 has been up to at home.

Daniel has been really productive whilst in lockdown, making and painting his very own planter (Mr Blackman will be proud!) Daniel said the best bit was using the drill..

..and painting it..

Daniel has already planted tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, peas and strawberries as well as some sunflowers for the school competition.

Daniel definitely receives this weeks, ‘Special Mention’. Well done Daniel, can I please put an order in for one?

Mr Bright is delighted to announce the winners of our DT competition ‘We Can Make It’..

The entries were fantastic and choosing the winners was very difficult – we had some incredible animations and videos entered from schools and colleges across the New Bridge Group to celebrate our NHS.

A lot of time and effort went into creating the animations and we’d like to thank each and every young person who took part in the competition.

In the end we had to choose a winner. Well, it’s joint winners actually:

Joint 1st place:
Matthew from Medtia and Josh from the Learning Centre

Runner-up:
Kai from Medtia

We will post the winning vouchers next week. Once again, well done to everyone for taking part!!

I’d like to finish by saying thank you to all the families who completed the parent survey which was sent out on Wednesday along with a range of documents explaining our ‘New Schooling consultation’ risk assessment process, including a letter of explanation from Mr Quinn:

I would like to make it clear that in-line with government guidelines, we are not working towards any specific timeline, but are ‘working towards a phased return for more children and young people’, whilst ensuring that we maintain and secure the health and safety of every single child, young person and member of staff, which has been our overarching priority since closing our schools back in March. Ultimately the legal responsibility for the opening of our schools and the type of provision that our children and young people access, sits with our Board of Trustees. This will be determined following the completion of a rigorous, site specific and person centred risk assessment and through our consultation process with families and key partners. 

All the documents sent out can also be found here. We will be sending out an update on the consultation and next steps before the end of next week.

I’d like to finish with a quotation from this week’s Mental Health Awareness resources..

Have a great bank holiday weekend and Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating this weekend.

Take care and stay safe,

Dawn

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