04 Dec

Well with us entering the month of December, that festive feeling is beginning to kick in! Christmas trees and decorations have started popping up around school, our Kindness Advent Calendar is sparking acts of kindness from pupils and staff and we’re all getting very excited about the final week of term. To give you a heads up, we’ll be having our Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 16th December. This day will also be our Christmas Jumper Day and feature our annual Santa Stroll. We’ll all be donning our seasonal sweaters and joining Father Christmas to walk off our festive feast. On Thursday 17th December, we’ll be hosting our first ever New Bridge Christmas Markets. Every class has been given £10 and challenged to create and sell a Christmas craft that will generate the most profit that can then be reinvested into the delivery of our curriculum. On Friday 18th December, our last day of term, we will be streaming our Christmas Concert across the school. The concert is a compilation of short films showcasing the performing arts skills of our pupils. We will be making this available for families to watch from home during the final week so keep an eye out on your Parent App as we will in touch next week with details of how you can get access to the concert from the comfort of your sofa.

Now, before I hand over to our Nurture Base team, with it being the start of December, it also means it’s the end of November, or Movember should I say for own Mo Bro, Macauley. You may remember a few weeks ago I highlighted Macauley’s intention to grow a moustache to raise money for charity. Macauley set himself a goal of raising £100 over the course of the last four weeks and amazingly he’s raised even more, a grand sum of £150. It’s not too late to donate, you still make a contribution here but I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to Macauley for his outstanding effort for a very worthy cause.

So, it’s over to our Mr Meadows and Ms Eouzan to tell you all about their learning and achievement in the Nurture Base this term..

Hello and welcome to a blog from the Nurture Base groups. This term, we have been getting used to a new environment as we have moved into the brand-new block at the main school site. This has been an exciting time and has enabled us to design our own classrooms together.

During the Autumn Term, our Nurture Groups have been following a bespoke recovery curriculum consisting of Maths, Living Skills, English, Health and Fitness and PSHE.

For Health and Fitness/PE we have been very privileged to have been working with Mr Smith during our fitness sessions. We have completed a range of activities, such as Archery..

..table tennis and rowing..

..and boxercise and fitness..

As part of our team building exercises, we split into groups and had to work together to build a tower made out of paper..

In Maths and English sessions, the groups have been working really hard, focusing on functional skills work as we prepare for independence..

We learnt all about Halloween and the history of it as well as how it is celebrated throughout the world ending with a big fancy dress Halloween Party. During this time, the students had fun carving out their own pumpkin, they made Halloween biscuits and awesome gruesome jellies for the Halloween Party, and Halloween figures using salt dough..

We then had a big party with fancy dress to celebrate and a good time was had by all..

That’s it from us, hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year from the Nurture Base Team!

I will leave you with some wonderful signing from Mrs Holland’s Year 7 class who have been practising the latest ‘Sign of the Week’, Winter. Here are Asa, Dinah and Samantha to show you how it’s done!


You can find all the signs we’ve been featuring in school on our website here, including next week’s sign, Christmas, expertly demonstrated by Mr Hanif’s class.

Until next week, take care, stay safe.


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