02 Jul

This week I have to say a BIG well done to all our students who have worked hard and sat their Functional Skills exams.  They did it with minimal fuss – well done all.

Can I continue to ask all families to support our students in carrying out the twice weekly testing, especially those of our learners who are accessing other provisions in the community where close mixing may be taking place.  We will be sending out reminders via the parent app.

This week I need to share with you all some news of Ms Asbury, our very talented and creative English teacher who will be leaving the college to pursue new opportunities with her family.  Laura will be greatly missed by all the students and staff – she has supported each and every learner to the highest possible standard and for this we thank her.  From myself and all the staff and students, I would like to wish Laura all the very best for her future.

Next week, I will be joined by Mrs Hobson and Ms Dunne who are helping to recruit Laura’s replacement – I will keep you updated on this.

Now for an update on our Activ8 pathway who have been working hard, as always.  Mr Thornton has the details..

This week has been an extremely emotional week, for everybody involved in the Activ8 pathway.

The Activ8 team watched on, with immense pride, as former Activ8 student Luke graduated Worcester University. Congratulations Luke on your BSc with honours in Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport and MSc Adapted Physical Education. The whole team is incredibly proud of you; you’re an inspiration to your successors here in Activ8!

From past Activ8 students to the current crop….. The team would also like to say a HUGE “ Well Done” to Jay and Kai, who have both taken their first roles in employment. Fantastic stuff, guys! Keep up the good work!

Callum, the most senior member of the Activ8 team, is preparing for his next steps in education. He visited Oldham College this week, ahead of studying an employment course in September. Cal became acquainted with staff members he will be working with. This week, he has reminisced on his time at New Bridge, as he prepares to say a fond farewell.

As you might expect, Activ8 has ‘FOOTBALL FEVER’! The ongoing ‘Euro 2020’ tournament has caught the imagination of everyone! Students are singing along to‘ three lions‘ whenever possible and keeping track of the entire tournament, with everything crossed that football will finally come home. Now the knockout stages are underway, the Activ8 sweepstake is in full swing. Jay was left gob smacked as his French side exited the tournament. DJ is still going strong, having picked out Italy and Ukraine. With the Ukrainian team due to play England, this weekend, in Rome, Dj finds himself with a decision to make! Who will he support?

Prior to the eagerly anticipated game vs Germany, Sophie J couldn’t hide her excitement; She completed a fantastic poster, advertising the big game. Sophie has vowed to do this, for all of England’s remaining games, in an effort to get everyone watching. Amazing commitment Sophie!

This year has been tough for everybody. With this in mind, Activ8 are looking to see it out with a bang. Students have been preparing to host their very own ‘fitness festival’. The team have invited the whole of New Bridge College to take part. On the 20th of July, the group will be hosting a variety of different sports. Football, basketball, netball and dodgeball will all take centre stage, in a blockbuster finale to the year.

We have taken our usual trip to Mahdlo this week, our home away from home. In taking the opportunity to use the fantastic facilities, Activ8 are now halfway through their ‘personal exercise plan’ (PEP). The personal exercise plan is a vital part of the YMCA ‘Award in Fitness and Physical Activity’ they are studying. The PEP requires students to plan and participate in a series of circuit exercises, daily, for a period of 6 weeks.

Mr. Lawrence is elated by the performance of our students, especially Morgan, Jay and Callum, who have shown they are naturals in the gym environment.

We’ve had a jam-packed few weeks. All of our students have given 100% and are looking forward to giving it one last big push to end this academic year.

We hope you enjoy the weekend’s football. COME ON ENGLAND!! Have a fantastic weekend! ~ The Activ8 Team

This month’s theme is all about resilience and understanding how we can build skills that will help us to bounce back. We can’t always predict or control what life throws at us, but we can build a range of skills and nurture our resources to help us respond flexibly, effectively deal with challenges, recover more quickly and even learn and grow as a result.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Jaina and the Team

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