20 Sep

Well the sun is shining as we come to the end of another action packed week at Medtia. This week our blog focuses on our Activ8 students and we have a day in the life from Marcell who is on our pre-internship programme over at The RSPCA.

The college has felt a little quieter this week as most of our students are out for three days on work placements or for pathway days in the community. So for an update, over to Mr Lawrence..

A new term and a fresh start for Activ8. The group have a new classroom, some new students and a whole new staff team. Welcome to Mr Thornton and Mr Newton who have joined us this year. Also welcome to Morgan, Tyler, Kai, Saaim and Jay who have moved up from school and have integrated well with the old crew of Lewis, Jojo, Brandon, Callum, Jamie, DJ, Matty, and Jermaine.

The first few weeks we have been focusing on team building activities and planning the activities we will be undertaking this term. We elected our student council rep after some great individual speeches. The student rep voted to represent Activ8 was Saaim (well done)..

We played a football match against Springboard, with all students working well showing great teamwork and resilience..

We began our term’s first topic which will be basketball. We are developing our officiating skills in preparation of supporting the Key Stage 4 students in their annual tournament..

We had our first session at the kickboxing gym with trainer Steve. It was a hard but enjoyable workout with all students giving their all..

Activ8 have made a great start to the year and have shown they can be a great team.

We look forward to sharing our news during the upcoming weeks.

And now for that ‘Day in the Life’..

A day in the life of Marcell
Pre Internship Pathway ~ The RSPCA

I arrive at the RSPCA at 10am ready to start my work placement.

Once in the building I put my belongings in a locker and get my PPE ready to support the staff with general tasks cleaning and offering nurture time with the animals.

My first job of the day is general cleaning duties, making sure that it meets the standards of the RSPCA.

Once the cleaning is complete I check the intake board to see what animals are staff only contact or have any special requirements.

When I’ve had a look at the board, I organise my day and offer nurture time to the animals. I make sure I place a tick and my initials on the board once I’ve completed my time in the pen with each cat. I also collect my PPE gloves and apron that protect the animals from cross infection.

I spend around 20 minutes with the animals, stroking them, observing their behaviour and doing general cleaning and tidying of the pens.

I collect the animal behaviour files and fill in a sheet with what I’ve witnessed when spending time with the animals. Due to the animals displaying different behaviours due to various experiences that have had, this is important so staff can closely monitor the animals. I continue to do this throughout the day.

A letter has been sent home (click here to view it) with details of Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission’s upcoming return visit following the Oldham Local Area SEND inspection. As part of the re-visit, they would very much like to have your views which you can give at an open meeting on Monday 23rd September. You can find more details on the POINT (Oldham’s Parent Carer Forum) website here.

Congratulations to Kieran from our Pre Internship pathway who has also been working hard at the RSPCA on being awarded this week’s ‘Worker of the Week’!

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a couple of things. Firstly, we do not allow fizzy drinks or energy drinks on campus. Please reinforce this with your children and support us to ensure that they don’t have these drinks before or during their college day – too much sugar is not a good thing when learning! Secondly, we have a coffee morning coming up on Friday 27th September. We would love you to come along to support this event and you are welcome to join us from 10.30am to 11.30am. Donations will be taken for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Have a fantastic energy drink free weekend!

Daniel
Head of Key Stage 5 Pathways

You can view our previous blog entries here

News from the Learning Centre and New Bridge School can be found here

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