March 2016 Newsletter

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March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016


Dear Parents,

In the last Newsletter, I presented our initial headline mission statement: Ambition for all – helping all students to be the very best they can be and enjoy life as much as possible. Obviously, a mission statement is only worthwhile if it is brought to life and I think we can safely say we have several examples this half-term of doing just that.

Firstly, our Ambition for our students includes working with them to achieve recognised qualifications. The 6thform students have completed certificates for a variety of ASDAN Units. The target at the beginning of the year was for each student to complete five units and they are all safely on their way. Certificates have been awarded in: ‘Everyday Living’, ‘Out in the Community, ‘The World around us’, and ‘Meal Preparation and Cooking Introduction’. We are also proud that the examiner’s report states that, “excellent practice was demonstrated” in the student portfolios. Another student has achieved a quality ICT qualification, demonstrating his ability to work at Level 2, with a variety of operating packages whilst two other students are preparing to take GCSE level examinations in Maths and English.



Of course, life isn’t just a matter of qualifications and developing Resilience, Courage is very important for our students. As I write this message, I am still basking in the glow of pride created by the Broadlands Hall Talent Show (programme above). Those of you that were able to attend will already know that the students were utterly brilliant. I am sure you will agree, it requires real courage for anyone to perform in front of an audience. This bravery and willingness to have a go will serve the students well in adulthood and enable them to make choices and maximise their ability.


And there’s more … Not only was the show a success for the boys, they also raised a whopping £165 for Cancer Research by selling cakes and raffle tickets to the audience at the show. Thank you so very much to all of you that came along and contributed to our great day.3



Last week, all the boys also raised £35 for Sports Relief by walking a PROUD MILE and donating money from their school Rewards funds.



Community Learning

Even though the half-term was very short, we have still managed to pack in plenty of exciting activities. The trip to the West End in London to see The Lion King, which many of the boys went on, was a great success. The group travelled by train, tube and on foot, demonstrating excellent transport and road safety awareness. In addition, several students have used the experience to complete Bronze Arts Award Assignments.

Most students had a ‘Big Day Out’ at Wimpole Hall and Farm in Cambridgeshire. Here they saw all manner of baby animals and were given interesting demonstrations of farming machinery, butter making and traditional crafts, they also had a super picnic in the sunshine among the daffodils.

In March, we took students to the SKILLS show at Colchester. This was a fantastic careers’ exhibition featuring National and local employers. The boys were able to try out medical quality microscopes, use innovative catering equipment as well as listen to presentations by the Police, Builders’ Association and the NHS. I am delighted to be able to report that all the students were excellent ambassadors for the school and demonstrated patience, consideration and a keen interest in the exhibits they encountered.

The Cook group also visited Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village of 1066. This is an open-air museum where the students were able to experience what life was like in a medieval times (which ties in with the history study from last term) Some students even got to feed, by hand, the tame Fallow deer that live there, which was a real treat. To top it all, the organisation awarded the group a special, super-sized, certificate for being well behaved, very polite, kind to the animals and for being careful and tidy about litter: Such a lovely memento to bring home: Well done Cook group!

Coming Up

In addition to the walking Marathon the whole school is doing in April, we have experimental learning trips to Woburn Safari Park, Grafham Water Ecology centre, Cadbury World, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End, Kentwell Hall living museum, Lakeford Lakes and more …

Plus, don’t forget to put the 20th of July in your diary, which is the date for the school Sports Day. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Kind regards,

Hazel Simmons


NB: Half term is 28th May to 5th June inclusive.

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