18 Dec

“So here it is Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun”. And so it was, with a week of festive fun, that we finished the term for the Christmas holiday. It was our Christmas Dinner on Wednesday that really started to get us into the festive mood. Across the school classrooms were beautifully decorated, furniture was rearranged, placemats and crackers were laid out, all ready for our festive feast. In the meantime, our very own Santa Claus, who looked suspiciously like Mr Smith, distributed chocolate cheer and led everyone on our annual Santa Stroll. Several sprouts and Cadbury’s Celebrations later, we’d all had our fill which left time for more fun with games, dancing and some terribly bad jokes!

Thursday was a very exciting day as it was our first ever New Bridge Christmas Market. For the past few weeks, every Form Group has been making their own Christmas themed crafts and this week was the opportunity to sell them at our market. The build-up to the event as well as the event itself allowed the pupils to apply the skills and knowledge they have been learning in their lessons; speaking and listening, reading and writing, numeracy, fine motor skills, teamwork and more. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our pupils for the their creative and entrepreneurial efforts, and in particular to Mrs Newport and the Community Living Pathway pupils and staff team who led the event. I’m thinking we’ve created a new annual tradition!

Thursday was also one of our Super Learning Days which this term was based around the festival of Hanukkah. The pupils used the day to explore the meaning of Hanukah, the Festival of Light, its importance to Jewish people, and the traditions associated with Hanukah and their meaning.

Friday began with a visit from Oldham Food Bank to collect the donations received from families and staff. The collection was organised by our amazing Activ8 Pathway who have spent the past few weeks gathering the donations and preparing them ready for collection. A fantastic effort for a fantastic cause. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and to the Activ8 group whose generosity of spirit made it all happen.

Later on in the morning we all sat down to watch our Christmas Showcase 2020 which highlighted the performing arts skills of our pupils and much of the learning that has been going on over the last term. It was a delightful experience to watch so well done to everyone for taking part. I have to say my particular favourites were Aarib’s ‘sad face’ at being left ‘Home Alone’ and Abdul’s fancy footwork!

In the afternoon we held a full school virtual assembly (an achievement in itself!). Class teachers had identified a pupil from each form group who had demonstrated one of our New Bridge values:

  • Provided care and support for another individual
  • Demonstrated their creative skills
  • Inspired others through their words or actions
  • Proven their passion through their learning and achievement
  • Solved a problem through innovation
  • Shown they can be trusted

The pupils were presented with a certificate and a small prize and we all unmuted our microphones to give them a big cheer!

I hope you’ve all seen our first newsletter which has gone out to families – you can find it here if you’ve missed it.

So, we’ve sat over 400 people for Christmas dinner; we’ve taken a Santa stroll with the man himself, we’ve handed out cards and presents, we’ve enjoyed a fantastic super learning day, we’ve run our first ever Christmas Market, we’ve enjoyed some magical Christmas Showcase performances, and that’s just in the last three days! I definitely think it’s time for a holiday!

It just leaves me to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

Take care, stay safe.


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