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.
This morning a small group of our Post 16 students left for their residential trip to Belgium. They packed the minibus with all the suitcases and then headed off to St Albans train station where they caught the train to Kings Cross. After a wait of a couple of hours it was through passport control (Ian says that was an adventure!!) and onto the Eurostar to Brussels. The students have all been fantastic and have coped very well with the travelling. After arriving at Brussels the group were then collected and taken by minibus to their cottage/villa. On the way they drove past where Waterloo was fought and drove though rolling Belgian countryside. From the photos it looks like the students had some chill out time on the sofas when they arrived at the cottage before having dinner, which looked like a very civilised event!! Hopefully they will all sleep well tonight. Check back on the Blog tomorrow evening for an update on their adventures.
Last week the pool company finished off their work on the pool and plant room, completing as much as they can on the refurbishment until the new building is in place. More pipes and equipment have been connected in the plant room. The pool has been fibre glassed, covered with a tarpaulin (held in place with some water!) to protect it when the building is demolished. We now wait for the building company who will be coming in to demolish the current building and start work on the new build.
After some planning meetings with Joe Oxley from The Princes Trust, we were lucky enough for the current group of recruits to select Woodfield to benefit from their hard work. The team of 10 youngsters have enrolled for a twelve week course on team building, training, planning and implementing their ideas and, as part of this, they have chosen to work in our ‘Dell’ (wildlife area). The group met with Beverley to look at the area but were given ‘carte blanche’ to plan and organise their own work. They have cleared a large area that had become overgrown, and removed some old, rotten wooden structures. The result is clear paths, bounded spaces and many bulbs planted that will benefit our pupils learning for a long time.
We are extremely grateful for all their hard work as they have put many hours into clearing and re-vitalising the area for our pupils to enjoy as the weather gets warmer.
Last week saw the first layer of fibre glassing of the pool completed. The pool looks very different now that it is white! Work on the pool has been going really well and now the pool company will be focusing on completing more work in the plant room. On Tuesday a digger arrived to start the ground works for the new pool building and café.