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Weekly blog 20.05.22

Many of our students display skills which we are keen to help them develop. Two shining examples are Aimee and Danil from our Nurture group.

Firstly to Aimee who supported me on Thursday lunch when we hosted a group of visitors from Barrier Breaker & Seashells to talk about coproduction work. We were also joined by two ex-students Nathan and Andrew. Aimee spoke about the Learning Centre, her experiences and our ethos and vision with clarity, conviction, and confidence. I have to admit it brought a tear to my eye and I was filled with pride. Aimee then led on the tour of the Learning Centre. The visitors were blown away with Aimee and have already requested she join them at Barrier Breakers and commented that she would be a huge asset to Oldham Youth Council! Huge well-done Aimee, couldn’t have managed without you!

My second mention goes to Danny.

Daniel joined the LC Sep 21, and soon became settled within the Nurture group. Danny enjoys all aspects of sports having previously been part of the sports pathway.

Earlier this year we were struggling to staff our sports/ PE sessions because of staff absence and effects of the pandemic. During a conversation with Danny, it became apparent that he had skills which could be utilised. Danny would often encourage other students to participate in activities at lunch times. Students who had previously been reluctant to join in have really come out of their shell and joined in. I then asked Danny if he would like to support with a sports session. He was amazing, so much so that this is now a timetabled weekly lesson, led by Danny. All the students really look forward to his lessons and fully engage as can be seen in the photos.

Danny is hoping to achieve his sports leaders award whilst at the LC, great work Danny, you’re an inspiration for our students.

We are now well into the period when our students are going out for their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, I look forward to sharing a full report but here is just a taster from this week’s trip…

And now over to Mr Blackmans class who have been busy both outside in the garden and inside preparing for next week’s Jubilee celebrations…

“This week students from CATBN have been planting on the lettuces they have grown from seed into a bed in the poly tunnel.”

“Preparations are well under way for next weeks celebration of the Platinum  jubilee with CATBN group making bunting to decorate the classrooms and hall ready for a party…”

I just have to share something that was said to me this week. Earlier in the week I had the pleasure of interviewing our apprentices who I’m delighted to say that, pending their final assessment, I have been able to offer positions at the Learning Centre.

When asked about where their journey started one said, “My journey starting when I was 16 and I went with my mum to watch a show at New Bridge school. I was blown away and knew then that I wanted to work with our students!”

They truly are amazing and inspirational!

Have a great weekend



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