18 Dec

It really is hard to believe we’re already at Christmas! Our students have been truly amazing this year, their resilience, optimism and ability to adapt to so much change has been astounding and they have certainly not disappointed this year.

This week we have endeavored to find ways for classes within a bubble to join together for Gav’s Christmas Interactive Base games. The students had a great time and we’re looking to start our own league! Thanks, Mr. Taylor!

This week also saw our main body Kurling competition led by our resident expert Mrs Keane..

The competing teams sat at opposite ends of the room ensuring we were all safe and socially distanced. Each class in the main body of the Learning Centre played in the semi-finals..

The Nurture Group brought their own mascots and cheerleaders!

The two top scoring teams then went on to the final. Each round was really close but the winners were 14TBN!

All the students played really well and cheered each other on. Great sportsmanship was shown throughout the competition. Mr Blackman filmed the final and it was live streamed across the Learning Centre for everyone to watch.

I do have to mention at this stage that Mrs. Keane accepted my challenge to a match. The result shall remain a secret, although I have to say I left feeling rather chuffed!!

Christmas dinner was a great success this year even though it was a little different with everyone spread out in different rooms, we linked up on the screens so we could see each other. A big thank you to Dianne and Nihar in the kitchen, the food was amazing! Thanks also to Mrs Wright and the team for organising events with military precision, great job all!

I would also like to say a big thank you to Sophie Rothwell from Smokies Hotel in Ashton, who very kindly arranged to donate their Christmas crackers to us as she heard that we had been unable to order them for our Christmas lunch!

Here is a little video to show what went on:


As you may be aware, this Christmas the Learning Centre has supported The Lighthouse Project and this week Miss Kindon and Aimee and Malcolm from the Nurture Group went up to The Brew café in Fitton Hill and handed over our donations to Neil Meuse, one of the organisers.

On Christmas Day they provide dinner and a parcel. This year due to the pandemic they will be giving out an Afternoon Tea box instead of a hot meal and a parcel. Neil would like to pass on this message:

Just want to say a massive thank you from all of us at The Brew and also a big thanks from all the homeless guys that are struggling in this awful weather, your gifts are a great help.
Thank! Thanks! Thanks!
Neil from The Brew

Here’s a short video from Neil:


The Learning Centre had a very special visitor this morning which made everyone’s day and caused much excitement – thanks Santa!

I hope you’ve all seen our first newsletter which has gone out to families – you can find it here if you’ve missed it. You will have received notification that we will be welcoming all students back to the Learning Centre on January 4th.

It only leaves me to wish all our amazing staff, students and their families a very Merry Christmas and here’s to a happy, safe and peaceful New Year. God Bless. Here is our message from everyone at the Learning Centre..



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