15 Nov

It’s fair to say I was pretty excited this week at the prospect of welcoming some visitors into school on Friday. Our guests had travelled up from Charlton Park Academy in London to meet with us and our friends from the ACE Centre to tell us about their annual Assistive Technology event that showcases new and emerging technologies for communication, access and inclusion. Their ‘Communication Works’ event, which they run in partnership with CENMAC, will take place next May and host seminars, workshops and speakers plus a hall full of exhibitors. To give you a feel for the event you can check out details from last year’s event here.

The really exciting part however, is that this year, for the first time ever, we will be working with Charlton Park Academy, CENMAC and the ACE Centre to host an additional ‘Communication Works’ event right here in the north of England at New Bridge School. The theme of the event, ‘levelling the playing field for all learners’, will explore how assistive technology, communication tools, digital strategies, person-centred planning and the creative use of technology in education can be used to ensure equality of opportunity for all our pupils. It is an amazing chance to find out first hand what’s possible with today’s technology so make sure you save the date: Thursday 21st May 2020, 10 am – 4 pm and keep an eye out for further details to follow.

This week we are taking a closer look at Mr Hanif’s Year 7 class..

This week 7MHF started the week on a solemn note. In our Learning for Life lessons we have been learning about Remembrance Day, we have talked about why it is important to remember and on Monday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we observed a 2-minute silence with the rest of the school. We also made some poppies in our History lessons..

All the pupils have been excited for a number of weeks for our cinema trip and the day finally came on Thursday. Along with Mr. Flanagan’s class, the pupils excitedly came in clutching their snacks or money to buy popcorn or a cheeky Tango Blast (all the teachers settled for a nice hot chocolate). The cinema at Cineworld Ashton was packed and in fact had 2 screenings of ‘Horrible Histories Rotten Romans’ for a number of different schools who were also in attendance. The pupils as well as staff had a wonderful morning and it was nice to see some new friendships developing amongst the Year 7 pupils from the different classes. It was also particularly pleasing to see a number of pupils who were very anxious about going to the cinema coping so well with this new experience. I have had a number of calls and messages from parents over the last couple of weeks concerned about their children, some of who have never been able to take their children to the cinema no matter what.

One of the wonderful things about working at New Bridge is that amazing staff team we have. The staff team were brilliant and ensured that all the pupils’ needs were met and all the strategies put in place to support our pupils worked. Every single pupil was able to enjoy the experience. This learning outside the classroom is just as important for our pupils as well as all the learning that goes on in the classroom. It is not always easy to measure on paper, but is wonderful to experience at first hand. I started to write this blog to showcase what 7MHF have been up to, however I felt it’s just as important to highlight the massive progress that the Year 7s as a whole have been making, especially all around their social communication and life skills that aren’t always easy to measure on paper.

The week ended with a day of Children in Need. In the cooking lessons the pupils have been baking cakes for the Children in Need bake sale..

The pupils have made their own Pudsey bear and learnt about the work that Children in Need does.

It hasn’t just been Mr Hanif’s class busy in the kitchen this week – all our classes have used their Food Technology lessons to join in the New Bridge Children in Need ‘Bake Off’ ready for our very impressive cake sale on Friday afternoon! The pupils have worked hard planning their recipes, weighing and measuring the correct amounts (very important!), mixing, blending, scooping, pouring, whipping, creaming, slicing….we’ve never seen so many cakes! They’ve carefully used the electrical equipment, set their ovens to the right temperature, remembered to turn their timers on and done LOTS of washing up!!

We will be bringing you pictures from the big event itself next week, along with a special feature on Miss Patchett’s Life Skills pathway class who pulled out all the stops to make sure it was a success – we’re looking forward to adding up the total amount we raised for Children in Need!

Spring Brook Lower School are supporting the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s Stamp Appeal and collecting used stamps at school (click here for more details about the campaign). Please could you send in any stamps you receive and we will make sure they are sent on to the charity. Thank you.

We have now arranged the first meeting of our new Parent Group for Wednesday 4th December and invitations have been sent home to families (please click here for details) – we very much hope you will be able to join us.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 20th November.

Gavin

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