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An eventful and busy term…

It’s always a delight to look back on an eventful and busy term, I can’t quite believe we’re already at Easter! There have been lots of highlights which I’ve shared within this terms blogs but I just wanted to highlight a couple!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of attending the Learning Centre Calvert assembly where students talked about their highlights and received their certificates. Mr Taylor spoke about how well everyone had done firstly in ‘trying everything!’ Even if things frightened them, the students still took part in every activity they could. Secondly, in the amazing way they helped and supported each other. Thirdly, how much everyone seems to have grown in confidence and independence over the week, there were nothing but smiles on their return.

The pictures were amazing and it’s clear to see that everyone had a blast!

During this term’s Invitational Meeting, we were able to celebrate the achievements of the Learning Centre Student Council. The student reps made a video which was shared with the executive team and some of the governors. I’d like to share some words from Aimee…

What’s good about being a student Rep?
Your voice can be heard, and you can make decisions for you and other students and future generations.

What do Learning Centre students need?
A lot of support. Care because there are a lot of students here who don’t have parents, they have carers, some people are adopted, they need to be shown that it doesn’t matter whether you’re blood or not, you’re loved. It does not matter whether you’re’ in a wheelchair, whether you can walk we are all equal, we’re all different in our own ways and that’s fine. If we were all normal that would just be boring. I think this place is amazing because we get to see how everyone is different in their own unique way… i’ts just great!

What can we learn from LC students?
That we don’t need to hide ourselves and don’t need to try and fit in, because if we can’t fit in we’re born to stand out

Amazing sentiment Aimee, so very proud of the amazing young lady you are becoming.

This week saw the Learning Centre hold a ‘Support Ukraine’ day. We are linking up with child refugees within Poland and every student has written a message or drawn a picture to show that they are thinking of them and that they want to show their support. There were some amazing, and moving messages which I hope will bring some comfort to children who must be very frightened and feel alone.

A huge thank you to all the staff and students who have helped raise £268 so far which will be going to the ‘Disasters Emergency Committee’.

Let’s Hear from Miss Keane…

“CLAKE have been very busy this week.  We made a banner for the Ukrainian fundraising display.  Each student cut out a sunflower and we made flags out of blue and yellow paper.

Louis Riley’s mum very kindly sent in some cakes to sell.  Our class went round the Learning Centre and we collected £20 to add to the fund.

Our class also wrote some lovely letters of hope attached to their photos which will be sent to Ukrainian children.

Philip, Sam and Suhab really enjoyed throwing wet sponges at Miss Allison and Mr Barker.”

And from Ebase 1…

“This week in Ebase 1, we joined in with the, “Support Ukraine Day,” fundraising activities.

Kausar, Usayd, Sarah, Sadik and Nahid showed their support for the Ukrainian children refugees in Poland, by sending a small written message on a picture that they had coloured, so that they know children from across the world are thinking about them.

The Ebase Department also spent all day on Tuesday baking and decorating cakes to raise funds for this very worthy cause. We did extremely well and sold nearly 100 cakes making a fantastic sum, just short of £90. Well done to all the students and staff in Ebase for working so hard to ensure we raised funds to support The Disasters Emergency Committee.”

I’d like to wish all our staff, students and their families a very Happy Easter. Hope you all stay safe and enjoy time together with loved ones.

Take care



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