21 Jun

It’s that time of year again when we’re fast approaching the end of term and the end of another school year. Consequently my focus lately has been on all the behind the scenes stuff that needs to be in place to set us off to a flying start in September. We’re not done yet, however, and there a few exciting annual events to look forward to over the coming weeks.

First is our Year 11 residential to Haven Holiday Park in Wales. We have a slight change of venue this year, with the group heading to Greenacres in Porthmadog. Sun, sea and sand is still the order of the day we hope and current forecasts are looking good! We’ll be keeping you posted on all the action through our Facebook page.

Next is our Sports Award Presentation Evening on Thursday 4th July in our theatre here at New Bridge. Our pupils have participated in a range of local, regional and national competitive sporting events this year and the awards will celebrate the achievements of pupils from across our school who took part in these, as well as the achievements of pupils during their PE curriculum. The event begins with a drinks reception at 6pm ready for a 6.30pm prompt start to the evening’s presentations.

Finally and inevitably we have to say goodbye to another group of Year 11 pupils as they continue their journey on to our Learning Centre or Medtia Square campuses or beyond. To help us send them off with a bang, we have our wonderful Leavers’ Prom on Friday 12th July here at New Bridge School. A highlight for me, I look forward to seeing our fantastic young people looking their finest and dancing the night away at what is always a bittersweet event. This will be followed by our Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly on Wednesday 17th July at 10am in the theatre. Sure to be a packed out event, we’ll be saying goodbye to each of our leavers and welcome you to come and join us.

In the meantime though, we have plenty going on around school. On Friday we had a visit from the RNLI and our pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning about the importance of staying safe in and around water and how they can look after themselves. The event was organised by Maria Statham and Daniel Wood as part of our Employability Curriculum to allow young people the opportunity to experience a whole range of different jobs and careers. A representative from the RNLI came into school to share their exciting and important role in keeping people safe. Pupils from Year 7 and the Communication Groups enjoyed trying on different uniforms and learnt about ways in which to keep themselves safe on the beach and around water. These are really critical life skills, especially around the summer holidays. The visit was huge success and we will keep you updated about the next instalment of the Careers and Employability Visits. As you can see, if there is ever a lifeguard shortage, there are definitely plenty of eager recruits at New Bridge!

This week we have some of the work from our Living Skills department to share with you. Miss Patchett’s Living Skills pathway group have been working hard! They enjoyed a successful shopping trip to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for their cooking lesson..

..which they then put to good use in their cooking lesson, making sure they could show their awareness of safety when using appliances and assist in serving the finished meal..

They have also been working on expressing their feelings in their Learning for Life sessions..

They have also really enjoyed understanding more about the roles of some of the medical professionals who help us stay healthy by taking part in role play..

Mrs Sarwar’s groups have been covering different topics in their Living Skills lessons. Year 7 have been looking at relationships and focusing on taking turns, communicating with others, being a kind friend, sharing and being helpful..

They have also been looking at how to store food correctly, starting with a pictorial activity to identify the different places food is stored depending on whether it is fresh or frozen, before getting hands on in the kitchen..

Year 10 have been looking at some of the practicalities of parenting including how to hold a baby correctly, change a nappy, sterilise bottles and pack a baby’s bag – they took great care passing the ‘baby’ to each other while supporting her head..

Year 9 have been learning more about healthy lifestyles and the nutritional information shown on food labels. They have looked at how to check the nutritional content of food and the difference between expiry, best before and use by dates and where to find these..

Miss Bickerstaff’s Communciation Group had a lot of fun using a special hand gel to reveal the bacteria on their hands before carefully washing it off during their session on hygiene..

Have a good week,

Gavin

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