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Learning Centre Blog – 29.9.23


Hope everyone is having a good week!

We have had a very busy time at the Learning Centre. On a personal note it was lovely to visit Miss Allison our Head of Site at the weekend. She is recovering really well and can’t wait to get back to see everyone soon.   

This week, Gemma Carter will be reporting on what has been going on in IB2GCR. I remember Gemma supporting my daughter Hannah as a Teaching Assistant in her class at New Bridge School nine years ago. It is a real testament to her and progression routes at New Bridge that she has now joined us at the Learning Centre as our new IB lead and we are so lucky to have her. Here is Gemma’s report –

“Hello and a big warm welcome from IB2GCR!

This term we are going ‘Back to the 80’s!’

We have been following a multi-sensory story using lots of visual, musical and tactile stimuli to engage all the students into their learning.

In maths, we have been working on our early play skills including building blocks, colour and shapes through sensory exploration.

We have had fun cooking too. We have made a Victoria sponge cake and made a spaghetti pasta bake.

All the students in class have been working on developing their communication and independence skills as well as their engagement of activities and all the class staff have been so impressed and are really proud of what they are achieving.

We have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks with Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas coming up so keep a look out for further blogs around that.”

One of the many reasons I feel really privileged to work at the Learning Centre is how we pull together as a team and staff’s willingness to go ‘above and beyond.’  

No-one exemplifies this attitude better than Carole Kindon, our Nurture Group teacher, who has had a very busy week.

On Tuesday morning she accompanied me to present at a Wellbeing Celebration morning. Carole did a fantastic job of encapsulating all the things that we do at the Leaning Centre around supporting students and staff around their mental health and wellbeing. It was then back to the ranch to organise and prepare for the MacMillan Coffee Morning.

This is Carole’s report –

“On Thursday the 28th  September the Nurture group organised a MacMillan coffee morning at the Learning centre.

This is one of the charities, chosen by our very own Student Council.

It was a real team effort with the Nurture group decorating cupcakes as part of their Employability lesson.

There was also support from the  Employability group who set up the coffee morning and also made decorations whilst the IB sensory 1 and IB sensory 2 groups both made bunting and decorations. Thanks so much for all your help.

MacMillan is one of our chosen charities that the Learning Centre have supported for a number of years, which is a chosen by our student council, this is also the second year of being able to invite parents and carers to the coffee morning.

Thank you, to all who have taken part and thank you for all the kind donations of cakes, so far we have raised £155.”

Have a great weekend, everyone.



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