LC Blog 22.9.23
What a great week we have had at the Learning Centre.
It seems to be a a really happy, settled place full of smiles. Our students seem to be assimilating themselves into the early starts far better than my daughter who seems to be constantly grumbling during her morning routine. I am sure she will start settling into it soon!
Mrs Thornhill is a pivotal figure at the Learning centre. Leslee is the E-Base lead as well as the Community Living Comms lead at. I am constantly phoning her up for support or to ask a question. I am sure she dreads the phone ringing as the likelihood is it will be me.
Over the last couple of weeks, she has been instrumental in working collaboratively with her staff team to successfully find solutions to some challenges within Ebase. This work is already paying dividends within the classes and highlights the hard work, resilience and adaptability of our staff team. A team I am really proud to be a part of here at the Learning Centre!
This week, Leslee will be sharing what has been going on in her class…
“In EB/Comms LTL’s class we have welcomed three new students this term – James, Lukas and Musfiq – who have settled in really well and are already forming bonds with the staff and other students in class.
In order to facilitate this, we spent our first week of the new school year creating communication passports and personalised artwork to stick on the front of the students’ lockers. The communication passports in particular sparked many enjoyable and informative discussions about the students’ friends and family, what they like and don’t like (inside and out of school), what they are proud of, and their favourite things to talk about. We heard it all, from police cars to dinosaurs, The Little Mermaid to Henry the Hoover, speaking Spanish to Disneyland Paris. There were even pictures of garlic bread and an onion! The students really enjoyed exploring their hobbies and interests, and learning more about each other in the process.
In other news, the students have begun a journey around the world – not literally – in our cooking lessons. Our first stop is Mexico, the home of sombreros and siestas. Using common ingredients in Mexican cuisine, including avocados and coriander (aka cilantro), we are spending a number of weeks making some of the country’s most popular dishes. For our first two weeks in Mexico, the students have made guacamole and salsa, and they all had a great time trying both with some tortilla chips.”