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Ketu house Mannequin challenge.

Students on Ketu took part in the Mannequin Challenge with great success – only one take needed!

Christmas Fayre on Thursday 8 December starting at 1800. Please come and support.

Another busy and cold week at the academy . Before the celebrations begin we’re ensuring that we keep everything as calm and routine as possible. It is important we acknowledge the importance of advent and Christmas in the annual calendar but this time of year can also trigger anxieties for many of our pupils, and all staff are sensitive to this.

So next week, being our last full week , is business as usual, aside from the Christmas Fayre on Thursday 8 December starting at 1800. Please come and support.

Then in our final week, we have the Carol service for our younger pupils at St Marys church at 1400 on Tuesday 13, a day of activities for the children in the 14th and Christmas dinner on the 15th which is the last day of term.

Thank you if you have already communicated regarding these events, and your attendance.

A key date in January will be our parents day on the 18th January at 16:30. There will also be a parent/ carer forum meeting that you will be able to attend plus the opportunity to discuss your child’s care plan with their tutor.

Well done and thank you to our staff who raised funds and our profile at the Calne Christmas lights switch on. I hope you saw them if you were there and enjoyed being record breakers for the world’s biggest ever nativity.

Wishing you a warm weekend! And I hope to see you at the Christmas Fayre on Thursday 18:00.

With kind regards

Jon Hamp.

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Life Skills First Aid

LOTC is now delivering First Aid to the studets using the St John’s Ambulance first aid for children scheme. For each topic, such as CPR, Wounds and Bleeding or Choking etc, the students will recieve a certificate.

We have been looking at the DRsABC, a model to find out if the patient is concious and breathing. Here is life skills in action, a perfectly perfomed DRsABC from the students.

 

Literacy Update

You may recall last month’s post regarding our Pobble launch day. I am pleased to say that our Pobble page has now had over 150 views, 27 comments and 20 likes. Could you spare a few minutes to look at and comment on our pupils’ work? Due to the complexity of their diagnosis many of our pupils find communicating difficult; having an adult respond positively to their work gives our young people a real confidence boost.

https://www.pobble.com/schools/springfields-academy

Also, please don’t forget that our Scholastic Book Club is running:

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/springfields-sn11 to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by December 5th, 2016.

Lots of learning , lots of playing and lots of visitors!

A full winter’s week of activity. Lots of learning , lots of playing and lots of visitors! Many thanks to Sharon from Wiltshire Parent Carer Council who spoke to the parent forum on Tuesday . The WPCC provide a wealth of information about special educational needs, benefits & money, social care services, schools & learning, legal matters and more, as well as how to apply for the Short Breaks Scheme, funded by Wiltshire Council.  If you haven’t already signed up to receive information directly from WPCC please do so either by phone 01225 764647, 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday or visit the website at wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk.  One of WPCC primary roles is to feedback to Wiltshire Council what works well and what doesn’t work so well for the parents and carers living in Wiltshire.  They support schools and individuals alike. Please have a look and sign up and register if you’re interested.

We also received our panel report form the National Autistic society Accreditation Award Panel . The full report will be on the website next week, but to quote briefly from the summary statement; ‘the panel acknowledge the high focus the Academy has on the child’s wellbeing  and liked the work being done on helping pupils to understand their autism.’

Next week we have a Dallaglio rugby trip and the next group of pupils ready to develop their team and leadership skills.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially on the residential houses ! Not long now – we have a great list of events planned in the last week; don’t forget the Christmas Fayre on December 8 at 1800 and the Carol service for KS2 and 3 pupils at 1400 St Mary church, Calne on December 13.

Many thanks to all those who have expressed interest in our  breakfast club. It’s not too late! A reminder , breakfasts club will run Monday to Friday 0830-0845.healthy options available , £1 per day. Please contact Therese Flaherty if you are interested.

It was also great at parent / carer forum to hear from Mr Hurles about the success of family outdoor learning. We will aim to build on this success through the spring and summer. Further details to be communicated in the new year.

Please don’t forget the Academy is closed to pupils on November 25 and 28 so two short weeks coming up before Advent begins.

Many thanks as ever for your continued support.

Kind regards

Jon Hamp

Don’t Mention the C-Word!

Okay, it’s only the 12th November, but with Buster the Boxer bouncing onto our screens, flying Aldi carrots and Mrs Claus, I think it is safe to say that Christmas is just around the corner! We are all aware of the role that being literate plays in living a safe and independent adult life, which is why a book makes an excellent Christmas present! Literacy really is the gift that keeps on giving!

So, why not have a look at our latest Scholastic Book Club? I’m guessing the Guinness World Records 2017 is going to be a best-seller!

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/springfields-sn11 to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by December 5th, 2016.

Happy Christmas, and happy reading!

At Springfields we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum.

At Springfields we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum. The world becomes ever more complex and challenging,  especially as  world leaders change! so the need to try to understand it grows.

In this light, I was pleased to be able to lead a trip to the mosque in Bristol to help our pupils understand more about Muslims.

Our pupils behaviour and questioning were outstanding . They wanted to know and understand more and were not phased or afraid to ask the questions that were on their minds. Providing further opportunities such as this, in the real world where all the children will eventually live and work, is a very important part of their education. It combines both life and social skills and serves to open the mind to the challenges and wonders of diversity. This term all pupils are enjoying looking at the different faiths in the world and how all faiths help to positively shape good behaviour in society.

Similarly it was a pleasure to be with our pupils for the Community Remembrance Service at St Marys, Calne. Again our pupils showed great character by coping with a new environment and working with their peers from the local schools. I was also in time to get back for own assembly , where as a school we took time to stop for a moment and  remember in silence.

As a contrast, but no less challenging, well done to the Ketu pupils who explored the Long Barrow on a cold winter’s night.  For some, Thursday was a day full of difference  and surprises!

Please don’t forget parents forum at 1830 Tuesday 15th. I know Steve, Vicky and Andy will be pleased to see you if you can make it. There will be a presentation by the SEN information officer from WPCC (Wiltshire Parent Carer Council) https://www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk  a voluntary organisation, managed by parents and carers FOR parents and carers           

And another reminder ; the Academy will be closed to all pupils on Friday November 25 and Monday November 28.

Hoping you can stay warm and dry!

Kind regards

Jon Hamp

 

Parent/Carer Forum Meeting Tuesday 15 November 2016

Tuesday 15 November 2016 (meeting starts at 6.30pm at the Academy – Room 14).

We have a guest speaker from Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) to give you an overview of their invaluable services in support of our children.

Our very own Outdoor Educational Instructor will be in attendance to give an overview of an upcoming course involving Parent/Carers and more.

The Agenda will also include updates from the Governors and the Senior Leadership Team pertaining to Finances and Communication plus much more.

Forum Members and Guests are kindly asked to be seated prior to the start of this meeting please.

Steve, Vicki & Andy