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Weekly blog 01.04.22

As promised within last week’s blog, here is the Calvert report from Mr Taylor.

“On 21st March students from the Learning Centre and New Bridge College journeyed to the Lake District for a 5-day residential at the Calvert Trust centre. The weather forecast was surprisingly good, so there was less chance of us getting ‘snowed in’ as we had on one of our previous visits.

After a brief tour of the site, meeting our instructors then chilling in the games room and eating a big dinner, it was time for our first activities. One group were swimming whilst the others took to the forest/hillside on a night walk exploring the shadows, armed only with torches and walking boots.

Next, we returned to the games room for a while before the rigours of the day caught up and people began to drift off to bed.

Day 2 began once more in warm sunshine, something we haven’t experienced a lot of in Oldham recently. For the next 3 days it would be activities all the way with students meeting the horses, canoeing, cycling, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, bush craft, swimming, exploring and team building problem solving activities.

Each day the weather was warm and sunny allowing us to hang out outside between activities surrounded by the wonderful Lakeland scenery. At the end of each day we were greeted by tired but happy smiling faces as groups returned from their individual activities. 

Thursday night arrived with the added promise of the disco, the chance to shake a leg and boogie on down. This was enthusiastically taken up by the movers and groovers amongst us, whilst the rest were just happy to sit it out and enjoy the show. The performance was interrupted at one point by an unexpected guest. A little bat had found its way into the games room. It happily flew amongst us and around the rafters before leaving us to once more carry on our revelry. Once more a dignified retreat to bed in preparation for the big journey home the next day. More sunshine and a clear road back south to Oldham made for a perfect end to a great week.

The student’s and staff’s hard work and enthusiasm had made this an incredible experience for all involved. Also students would be using aspects of this for their Duke of Edinburgh award as this would complete the Gold students residential section and would be used for other’s expedition and practice expedition sections.

A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Gavin Taylor”

Mr Newport’s class have also had a very interesting week in IBSNT last week. One of the pupils was away at the Calvert Trust and had a wonderful time, particularly enjoying cycling and meeting the lovely horses. In class, pupils started working on Spring and Easter, and really enjoyed lots of art activities and making egg cress heads. A great week!

As you may be aware as from today the government has announced new guidance.

As you may be aware, on Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April. The following guidance now applies:

·        adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature

·        children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend

·        adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

 

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

·        Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits

·        SEND settings may be advised by public health teams to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

The safety of both students and staff remains paramount at the Learning Centre, and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch

On Wednesday 6th April, we are holding a ‘Support for Ukraine’ day. Students will be producing artwork / letters which will be sent through to Poland to give to child refugees there to show them that other children are thinking of them.

We will be also raising money throughout the day and have been advised to support the ‘Disasters Emergency Committee’ who are coordinating support on the ground.

We are asking that all staff and students wear yellow and blue and bring in £1 or more. We will also be taking part in several fundraising activities including a cake stall, throw sponges at Mr Barker & Miss Allison (hoping for warm weather for that one!), sponsored ‘keepy uppie’s. Please can I ask that students bring in whatever they can afford to join in with the fundraising activities.

We are also linking the day to one of the five ways to wellbeing: GIVE TO OTHERS

Research suggests that acts of kindness and giving can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

· Creating Positive feelings and a sense of reward.

· Giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth

· Helping you to connect with other people.

Have a lovely weekend

Take care & stay safe

Dawn

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