23 Apr

Welcome back to the final term of the year.  I can’t actually believe we are now at the end of April and have the last term left.  It has been, as I have said before, a very strange year.  However we are now hoping for some normality to resume and over the next couple of weeks and months I am hoping that life at college can also resume to some normality.  I do believe, however, the wearing of masks, following government guidance of hands, space, face will need to be part of our ‘new normal’.  College life won’t change as much as many of our students expect, as I am trying to balance living restrictions in college with the national and local picture.  Next week I will be sharing with you some key events and how these will be worked through at college.  However, just to share now some key dates:

  • We have a planned parents meeting booked for the week of the 10th May. This will take place virtually with pre booked times with form staff and key curriculum staff.
  • From the week of the 17th May, as long as all goes to plan with lifting of national restrictions, students will be allowed to go into Oldham as part of their lunch time provision. However, I will be seaking parental consent and students leaving site will be having to LFT twice weekly. I will not be letting all students out together but times will be staggered and limited to half an hour. This will be reviewed by the college leadership team and any changes will be shared with all.

Full details of what has been planned at each stage will be shared will all stakeholders next week. If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss further.

Now let’s hear from some of our groups and find out how their first week back has been, starting with Mr Thornton..

We’re back at it again this week in Activ8! The week got off to a pleasant start, when the team welcomed DJ back to college; it was fantastic to see him be reacquainted with his classmates.

Activ8 have been at their vibrant best and have taken full advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions. We’re back where the team loves to be, out and about, accessing the community!

On Tuesday afternoon, Activ8 made the short trip to Alexandra Park to complete a tennis session, and the group loved it! Especially Corey and Imran, who impressed staff with their competitive rallies and technique.

First thing, Wednesday morning, we were on our travels again. This time, we made another short trip to Mahdlo. The YMCA personal training awards have been at the forefront. With this in mind, Mr Lawrence put the group to work. To kick things off, we started with the dreaded bleep test. The emphasis was on the different components of fitness. The team put in a fantastic effort, especially Jay who scored, a tremendous, 11.5. Well done, everyone!

later on, Activ8 picked their rackets back up. This time, however, it was the badminton racket.

One of the many venues that the team loves to visit in the community is Avro FC. Having spent months being unable to access it, the team were elated when the time came to visit the fantastic facilities at Avro again. Charlie was raring to go, he has shown fantastic sports leadership abilities in planning and executing a football session. Charlie had his classmates engaged from the start, with an excellent shooting drill. Charlie was able to progress drills and keep the session flowing. Pat yourself on the back, Charlie. GREAT STUFF!

Thursday morning, Activ8 took a lovely stroll around Dovestones. The team really have made the most of the opportunity to get out again.

You may remember, at the end of the last term, Mr Newton completed ‘Mike’s Mission’ to raise money for the college gym. I’m thrilled to say that Mr Newton raised a fantastic £90, that will be put to use on acquiring new equipment. I’d like to say a big “Thank you” to all who took part and donated.

Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated a birthday this week. Tyler celebrated his 18th birthday and enjoyed a few birthday treats with the rest of the Activ8 team. Happy birthday Ty! We hope you had a wonderful day!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! ~ The Activ8 Team.

Our Lumenus students have also been busy, as Miss Begum explains..

This half term in Lumenus we have started to look at our new topic, Comedy. On Wednesday, our pathway day, we introduced the topic and we all had a great laugh. Students delivered some drama games..

..and we have also looked at salsa dancing..

It looks like this half term is going to be cracker, both students and staff were in stitches laughing. After break students were working on comedic sketch “The Trip”. There was a few actual “trips” as well!

After dinner students started to write their own comedic sketches which we will develop over the next few weeks. This Thursday we have been preparing our work for the workshop and Michelle Templin will be coming in next week to introduce our employment docudrama project which we can’t wait to start.

Also, this half term we are able to bring in outside arts professionals such as Touchdown and Ben from Oldham Coliseum. We will do dance therapy with Touchdown and will be working on our ongoing project with Ben. We can’t wait to see you all again.

To finish the week off, on Friday our Drama King of the week was Joshua! He was very happy to wear the crown!

We finished off with enrichment where students enjoyed dancing to their favourite music. We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Our job coach Maria was delighted to head out to see one of our placement providers on Tuesday..

I have been to Avro Football Club this morning to talk about our return to placement with our Future Finders and Pre Interns.

I spoke to the groundsman Ged who showed me around and explained what jobs we will be doing – it’s so exciting to be getting back to work again with our students! There is plenty to do; grounds upkeep, painting the new fences and any jobs that may crop up during the day when we arrive.

This week’s ‘Worker of the Week’ award goes to our Bridging the Gap student, Josie for a brilliant start to her placement and settling in well at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Well done Josie!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,


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