Everyone had a hearty meal for their first night dinner at the hotel. No one has ever seen Alex eat so much! The portions are huge!!! The waiters and waitresses were lovely too. Took a while for the students to go to sleep (12:30, I gather) but nothing unusual for the first night of a residential!!
A small group of Post 16 students left school this morning and headed off for 3 days at Foxes Academy in Minehead, a hotel run by students with learning difficulties. Ian, Chrissy, Sheena and Sarah have accompanied the group. After a long journey they arrived safely, unloaded the minibus and then everyone found their rooms. The hotel staff were really welcoming and gave everyone a drink as they organised themselves before finding rooms – everyone seemed happy with their accommodation. Unfortunately Alex wasn’t too impressed with his sea front view and closed the curtains by his bed immediately!! Of top priority was accessing Wi-Fi!! ….. and once this was accomplished all opted to unwind with various degrees of bedding! After dinner the group were going for a walk along the windswept sea front. Ian says ‘it looks absolutely amazing here’.
It’s been a particularly exciting time in Class 4 as we had our first visit from ‘Story builders’, Tania and Jonathan from the Discover Story Centre. Together with Tania and Jonathan, class 4 pupils are involved in a ‘Catching Words project’ where we will be having weekly workshops with the story builders. In the workshops we will be using all our senses to explore words using different themes and developing our ideas to create our own book.
Last Thursday class 4 had a very lively first session where we sang songs and developed words and ideas about animals. We moved like animals. We explored different textures, colours, toys and puppets to develop our ideas and communicate about them. We chose our favourite and enjoyed using stickers and mark makers to communicate our ideas. We finished our session with songs bringing all our ideas and learning together. Class 4 particularly liked it when Jonathan and Cara both played their Ukuleles to accompany our own version of Happy and Know It all about animals. We are really looking forward to our next session on Thursday next week and will keep you posted about our project!
On Thursday 1st December we held our Christmas Fayre in the school hall for the morning. All the classes had been very enterprising during the weeks before the fayre and had been busy making lots of things to sell. The classes all set up their stalls selling the items they had made and pupils helped to run the stalls during the morning. Thank you to everybody who came along and supported the event. We raised a fantastic £860.81.
On Friday 18th November pupils and staff had fun taking part in activities to raise money for Children In Need. Pupils and staff wore ‘dotty’ clothes and brought in donations for not wearing school uniform. There were also Children in Need items such as keyrings, pens and wristbands for sale and we had a cake sale in the afternoon. During the week pupils took part in the making of a ‘Woodfield Rocks’ DVD which was sold to families, friends and staff to raise money for the Children in Need charity. The DVD is fantastic and well worth watching – all the pupils had such fun making it. A fun day was had by all and a huge thank you to everyone who donated…. we raised £798.86 for Children in Need. Well done everyone.
On Wednesday 16th November we welcomed families, friends and fundraisers/supporters to showcase our building project at the opening of our new pool and café. We were pleased that so many people were able to join us to see how far we have come.
The afternoon began by welcoming everyone to Woodfield before hearing a few words on the history of the pool from Beverley. Beverley spoke about the Rimmer family, after whom the first pool was named. We are pleased to say that Mrs Rimmer and her family joined us for the afternoon and they were presented with the original plaque that has lived in the pool corridor for 38 years. Gill then spoke about the current project and also thanked those involved in the design and build. Gill thanked Marcus Orlovsky from Bryanston Square, Claremont and Contract Services for their work in planning and building the new building; and Stuart and Barry from Eden Pools for their work on the pool and plant room. It was then time to officially open the pool, which two of our pupils, Charlie and Ella, did by cutting the ribbon.
We then moved to the café and after a short speech from John Batter, Chair of Herts Wooden Spoon, rugby player Ben Ransom who plays for London Irish, cut the ribbon on behalf of the Rugby Charity, with the help of Charlie and Ella. Following the formal part of proceedings everyone enjoyed coffee and cake in the new café and looked around the pool.
Whilst our pool and Wooden Spoon café was opened officially on Wednesday, we still have a couple of weeks work to complete before the project is completely finished. We are very excited about our new facility. It has been a huge fundraising effort over the last three years and now it is all coming to fruition. We expect that pupils will begin working in the café and begin to swim in the new pool after Christmas.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone for their support in this amazing project…..we couldn’t have done this without the fantastic support we have received. And finally ….a very big thank you to Beverley for her continuous hard work in coordinating the project on behalf of the school.
We are all very excited that our new pool and café are almost finished and we will be having our grand opening this Wednesday at 2pm. The builders and pool company have all been working extremely hard to meet our Wednesday deadline! Although the pool and café are almost complete we know that, following the opening, there will still be some work to complete on the pool, plant room and corridor leading to the pool. However we hope that majority of the work will be finished by Wednesday!!