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I’m delighted to share with you all what’s been going on over the last week of term. The Learning Centre has definitely been full of ‘Festive Spirit’ and the ‘Joy of Giving!’

This term’s Super Learning Day theme has been ‘The Joy of Giving’ with students engaging throughout the week in a number of themed activities. Over recent weeks, we have been collecting a range of items for the ‘Lighthouse Project’, a charity providing hot food and gifts for those who would otherwise struggle, especially over the Christmas period. Students have also been busy collecting and wrapping shoe boxes which the charity can fill with presents. This week Miss Kindon took students up to the ‘The Brew Café’ to hand over wrapped boxes and donations to Neil, who recently spoke to the Learning Centre students during assembly. They were very appreciative of our students, support and would like to thank students and families for their support.

E-Base students have been busy making Christmas logs and other gifts which were shared with families..

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The Employability group formed a production line for decorating gingerbread men to give out to other staff and students. Elearna and Joseph also gave out different compliments to go with each biscuit..

Mrs Walters’ Year 12 group made some lovely cakes which they gave out to everyone in the Learning Centre as their ‘giving’ theme..

Mrs Keane’s Year 13 group made stained glass windows using tissue paper and jam jars, pine cone tree decorations and bottles filled with reindeer food. They also all thought about someone who they would like to give their gifts to..

To continue the giving theme I would like to announce our star fundraiser for the recent Children in Need day was Chantelle from Year 12 who raised a total of £62 by completing a sponsored silence. Well done Chantelle, great effort!

On Wednesday we were treated to a truly delicious Christmas dinner. Students made their own table decorations which looked very Christmassy!

Huge thanks to Sharon and Kim for all their hard work ensuring absolutely everyone had a wonderful Christmas Lunch which also included a treat for the staff in the form of Sherry trifle and Bailey’s cheesecake, served of course, in the staff room!

Unfortunately, the Learning Centre is saying goodbye to Sharon as, in January she takes up a new role within the organization running our brand-new Café.

All the very best Sharon and good luck in your new job.

On Thursday morning we were able to use our new karaoke machine as a large number of Learning Centre students took part in the Christmas ‘Talent Show’..

Thanks to New Bridge’s very own ‘Music Man’ Mr. Thompson for compering and ensuring everyone could get involved including students from the E-Base, Interactive Base, Nurture Group and main body.

On Thursday afternoon we invited parents to the Learning Centre ‘Christmas Market’. There was a wide range of stalls including crafts, Tombola and Hamper, Candles and Christmas gifts, Beauty products, Horticulture and DIY, Cake stall and the Enterprise group from Media sold ‘Cosy Cuddlers’ heat pads, mental health key rings, Christmas mugs and bags..

Next term, the Learning Centre Student Council will decide how we should spend the money raised.

On Friday morning the students joined together to take part in our annual ‘Gav’s Christmas Crazies!’ with Mr. Taylor organising a range of games requiring all students to work together as a team..

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The week drew to a close with our Christmas assembly where we shared all the Christmas week activities including Miss Knox and her Year 12 group sharing with us all about the Nativity story..

..IB sharing their gift bags..

..and Joseph reading some of the gingerbread compliments..

During assembly we also presented the trophies for the Learning Centre pool competition, which was a very close match but was eventually won in the end by Lewis M. with Jason S. in second place..

On Friday we had a very special guest delivering gifts to the Learning Centre staff team. Thanks to Santa and his elf for dropping in!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very peaceful Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to welcoming all the students back to college in 2020.


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