13 Nov

I’d like to start this week’s blog by highlighting the charitable effort of our very own “Mo Bro”, Macauley. For those of you that are wondering what I’m talking about, the term “Mo Bro” refers to any one of the thousands of men who grow a moustache, or indeed any type of facial hair, during the month of November every year. You might ask why? Well it’s to raise awareness of mental health and suicide, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer, all of which are leading causes of premature death in men. You can check out Macauley’s Mo Space here which will tell you more about why he has chosen to support this cause and where you can also make a donation to help him with his fundraising efforts. We’ll be keeping you posted on his progress with his “70s tache” so watch this space!

On Wednesday, we all paused for 2 minutes to mark Armistice Day. Throughout the school, the pupils engaged in activities to help them recall life during the World Wars and the sacrifice made by the soldiers in both these wars and all of the wars since then so that we could have our freedom. Our Lumenus group recreated life in a 1940’s school. They listened to air raid sirens, tried on gas masks and boxes, recited poetry, explored what the children would have learned about, experienced a visit from the nit nurse and wrote a letter home to parents.

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In the Autism Base, they marked the occasion in their own way, using music, smells and poppy-inspired materials during our special Attention Autism lesson as a way to support the pupils’ attention and engagement. You can watch them below:

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Across the school, pupils created their own unique poppies..

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This culminated in the creation of a beautiful rainbow display featuring the poppies made by all the pupils.

A huge thank you goes to Mr Hanif for leading the creation of this wonderful community collage.

From red to yellow, as on Friday, pupils and staff alike, arrived dressed in bright colours (mainly yellow) and spots all in aid of Children of Need. We’ve had lots of pound coins handed in so we’ll be totting up how much we’ve raised and I’ll update you next week. In the meantime, here’s some highlights from the day..

  • We have made Pudsey rice crispy cakes using rainbow drops and smarties as Pudsey bear spots. We took part in Pudsey bear messy play using paints in shaving foam and played a game of Pudsey says. Pudsey challenged us to attempt different things to do independently including hopping on one leg, tapping our head and touching our toes. Great day had by all!!!!
  • In Maths lessons pupils took part in bake sale addition, adding and subtracting various baked goods. In English we worked on sentence structure and put the jumbled Children in Need sentences in the correct order. We even managed to do some baking and experimented with skittles and colour for our Pudsey spots.

Until then, take care, stay safe.

Gavin

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