Yesterday we held WoodfieldFest – our annual micro music festival, to raise funds towards our pool refurbishment. Unfortunately the weather was not as kind to us this year as it was last year, but despite dull, damp and cold weather over 300 people attended the event. There was a variety of live music throughout the day including performances by 2 of our staff – Paul and Katie. We also watched a very brave lady, Barbara, the grandmother of Archie in class 2, who had her head shaved in order to raise funds for the pool. Face painting and the bouncy castle were a hit with the children; there were also cakes, sweets, a beer tent, bric a brac, a BBQ and Indian food. The tea and coffee went down particularly well to warm us up!!
Thank you to all of you who joined us for WoodfieldFest – it was lovely to see so many parents, families and friends come along to support our fund raising. Thank you to all the musicians for giving up their time free of charge and to all staff, families and friends who came along and helped throughout the day and evening. And a special thankyou to Barbara, who has raised in excess of £1200 by shaving her head.
A huge thank you to the committee – Bev, Marie, Paul, Cara, Jo, and Claire who have all worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to organise the event and ensure the day was a success ….and a special THANK YOU to Bev for coordinating the whole event. We do not have a final total yet, but it is currently approximately £4,300….. plus the money raised by Barbara ……….. what a successful day!!
A vast amount of work has been completed over the summer holidays …the old pool building demolished, groundworks carried out, the new steel framework put up …and last week the panels were put in place to give us the ‘envelope’ of our new building…..and it is huge!! It is very exciting to watch the project develop. We are currently on track for completion by the end of October.
On Tuesday the group did lots of walking – visiting Andenne and walking over the fields before lunch. They had a lovely time visiting a special needs school and enjoyed meeting new people…..I hear some were better at mingling than others!! The students all got so much out of the visit. They all engaged in some way , showing curiosity in their environment, looking at the displays, enjoying the sensory room, walking around and firming up friendships. They all interacted really well with the music teacher and enjoyed some action songs! The weather brightened up in the afternoon and before going off to cook dinner they saw the citadelle.
The students are getting so much out of this trip and have been, according to staff accompanying them “simply stunning in the chateau. They’re getting on well with each other, helping around, communicating and taking social cues well. Each has been fantastic” The staff are so proud of all the students …they’re amazing and a real credit to families and school.
On the afternoon of Friday 20th May we held another very successful pop up café. Maggie and the Work Related Learning team have continued to work very hard with the students over the term enabling them to develop their café skills. It is fantastic to see the students becoming far more confident and working with greater independence. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the café and the work the students are doing…….another very successful afternoon café. Well done everyone.