12 Feb

Students have had another busy week at the Learning Centre. On Tuesday we took part in ‘Safer Internet Day’.

Staying safe online is particularly important for our students, especially now as many are spending more time on devices to engage with remote learning or to catch up with friends they are not able to meet up with because of lockdown restrictions

On Tuesday, our Year 12 and 13 students watched the ‘Safer Internet Day’ PowerPoint and then discussed how to keep safe on any device. The class came up with some great work as we can see below:

The Nurture Group created this amazing artwork in relation to Safer Internet Day. Students completed the quiz and had a discussion on how important it is to consider the impact of what we post and the words we use on line on social media. The students chose the words ‘Think Before You Post’ and they used the Pop Artist Roy Lichtensein for our inspiration. I absolutely love it, well done guys, takes me back to my Art College days!

We continue to use the iPads to ensure we connect regularly with those students who are working remotely. Mr George had a Teams catch up with some of his class this week and Kelsey shared a picture she had drawn, a beautiful pic with a lovely message..

Thanks Kelsey – “Keep smiling everyone!”

Students in the Entitlement Base have been embracing the theme of ‘Chinese New Year’. Mrs McDonald explains more:

This week Thahmim and Tyler have engaged in lots of Chinese New Year activities. These have included making their very own Chinese dragon costume, a paper drum, blossom tree and a lucky fish. They have also enjoyed chopping various vegetables to make spring rolls and vegetable noodles which went down really well, and it must be said quickly! Both Thahmim and Tyler have worked really hard all week and enjoyed their activities as you can see.

Ms Shiel’s class also had fun this week learning all about Chinese New Year.

We have used lots of our senses exploring smelling spices, the texture of slimy noodles, listening to music from the lantern parades and practising our art skills making our own lanterns. A surprise Dragon visitor also came to see us! Joe did particularly well in wearing his Dragon head!

A surprise Dragon visitor also came to see us! Joe did particularly well in wearing his Dragon head!

Joe has also really enjoyed getting stuck into an ‘Angel delight messy play activity’.

On Friday, the students in EBase 1 also celebrated Chinese New Year as Ms Thornhill explains:

We watched a video and learnt that this year, is the year of the Ox. Whilst listening to some Chinese Flute Music, we made some Dragon masks. The students used felt tips to carefully colour in the masks and then a band was applied to fit their heads. I have to say they looked wonderful! Well done Sarah Jane, Junaid, Zachariah and Kausar.

IB decided to ‘Share the love!’ in IB, by making Valentine’s Day cards to take home. ‘Lovely’ guys!!

Mr Blackman has been incredibly impressed with Jason over the last few weeks and this week has been no exception..

Continuing on his Work Ex Jason had the challenge of cutting the Berberis hedge at the rear of the Learning Centre – as you can see from the pictures it’s a tad overgrown. (Understatement there Mr Blackman!) Half way through the task we came across the huge chunk of ice shown in one of the pics, this was in the hedge, as you can see Jason did another good job working well all day.

Here are the before and after shots!

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jason and Mr Blackman for keeping the Learning Centre grounds neat and tidy, I can’t wait to see what the Spring months will bring.

Following conversations with our families this week, 21 parents and carers have said they would like to be part of the Learning Centre’s Remote Parents Group which is wonderful news!

I hope that this forum provides a supportive environment where parents and carers are able to meet up to discuss the issues most pertinent to them. I know that many of our families feel a sense of isolation, a feeling which is intensified at present because of lockdown. We will be led by parents and invite the relevant professionals or organisations as requested. Mr Barker will be helping to facilitate these meetings, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting him: jkbarker@newbridgegroup.org

The provisional date for the first meeting is Monday 8th March 2pm till 3pm – we look forward to seeing you!

With the government working down the JCVI priority list, more people in the top groups are now able to book their first jab. It is also becoming apparent that some GPs are targeting their patients who have learning disabilities. If you have not been contacted by your GP yet, I would strongly suggest that you ring and ask for an appointment.

It is also becoming apparent that some families are not aware that all GPs keep a record of their patients who are on the learning disability register to ensure that people with learning disabilities receive the support they need. Please see the guides below from Mencap (or visit their website here) for more information about the benefits of being on the learning disability register and check with your GP that they have placed your child on the register.

I’m very much aware that half term is already upon us and the majority of our students have been at home working remotely. We all hope that during the next half term we will receive positive news around the way forward for all schools and colleges. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to our amazing families for their support and understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times, I know that together we will get through this because of our wonderful students and families, and the resilient staff team who will continue to work tirelessly for each and every single student in their care.

Have a lovely half term all.

Take care and stay safe,


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