The sun is starting to shine and the days are getting longer which means we will be able to start developing the therapy garden.
The first task is to get seeds planted and allotment beds ready! Thanks to the generosity of the Wiltshire Garden Trust we have been able to purchase some gardening tools and new planters. In response to a ‘shout out’ to staff and Governors we have received lots of seeds which we plan to start planting next week.
Thank you all for your generosity and support in developing the therapy garden! If you would have any gardening tools, pots or equipment that are looking for a new home, the therapy team and students would greatly appreciate them! They would be put to good use!
Please contact us by email – email@example.com or by calling direct on 01249 814125.
Thank you for your continued support!
The Springfields Academy
WOW… This term seems to have gone so fast… It’s true that time really does fly when your having fun!
So what have we been up to this term, well here are some highlights…
Have a lovely half term break everyone – we’ve got some great things planned for Term 4!
All the staff on Redwood were very excited to welcome all the pupils back after the Christmas and New Year break.
Historically, the start to term 3 has been always been quite a difficult one – and not just for the pupils!
Considering everyone has been at home, enjoying the festive food, the family get-together’s, sleeping in, staying up late and not to mention those toys! It was a really nice to see all the smiles and hear how much everyone was looking forward to coming back to school.
So what does term 3 have in store? Well, we will of course be enjoying the usual trips and activities such as Swimming, Youth Club and visits to the local towns – but this term we will be concentrating on seeing how many of the ‘life skills 100′ we can tick off.
Our life skills program is based around the concept of the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’. A program they set up to not only get more young people out into the wild, enjoying nature – but to engage children and give them a sense of achievement through experiences that many of us take for granted.
Our ‘life skills 100’ program focuses on the things that we as adults often take for granted. How to change a plug, read a map, fill in a form etc. Already some of our pupils have ticked off around 20 of the skills which is fantastic and a real achievement – but there’s a long way to go!
We’ll keep you posted on our progress and look out for our video that were putting together!
Welcome back to the new term!
The therapy team are rested and ready to get to work!
One of our projects is to start work on the therapy garden.
Until the weather improves and the grass dries out we will enjoy watching the two squirrels who have been busy collected food!
Today 2 workshops were delivered across the Academy. A varied cohort of staff attended from teachers, therapists and support staff. We focused on basic apps for productivity and discussed their uses within a classroom, therapy and support environment.
We discussed environment and how we utilise the iPads. These are focused on 3 key areas :
We then focused on four key areas around Apps and their use in the classroom on a daily basis.
We also used QR codes and clips to showcase how quickly and easily a video could be created to request tasks, tell a story or to capture pupil voice.
It’s certainly been a good and busy 2017 at Springfields.
We have more pupils, greater expertise and never had such a focussed drive towards improvement.
Most recently, many thanks to all of you who were able to attend the Christmas Fair. With lots of Pupil Input we raised £900.
Back in the summer we were camping and climbing. We never stop being adventurous outdoors. We’ve been as far north as Scotland (well-done Redwood!) We’ve climbed Cadair Idris, we’ve supported England at Wembley, and we’ve been to the Imperial War Museum and Natural History Museum. We’ve gone wherever there’s a good opportunity for learning. What happens day to day in the classroom is vital and I believe we have the best ever team of teachers working in partnership with all our other staff to meet need and build safe independent lives.
Staff gave me so many highlights of the year. In the classroom we had some brilliant year 11 functional Skills results in English and maths. In Science we‘ve shown the courage to conduct some fantastic whole fish dissections. We’ve designed mythical creatures in English and made them in clay in Creative arts. In Maths we keep pushing forward in all our calculating. We’re enterprising in IT and now very adept on the Hockey pitch.
It has been an exciting period for the residential houses. Following the closure of Olympus this summer and the opening of Aspen and Redwood in July, the residential pupils have adapted to the new routines well and continue to enjoy all of the activities that are on offer to them.
Since September we have taken the students to Wembley, taken part in a prison trip, enjoyed weekly access to local shops as part of life skills, held a meal where the year 11s took responsibility, supported and run a stall at the school fayre, held a Christmas shopping event in Bristol and eaten out at Za Za Bazaar. Additionally Mr Derby sees the visit to Jamie’s farm as a massive highlight of 2017. Together with trips to Shepton Mallet Prison
As we improve, more and more people and organisations want to work with us. Our partnerships with Bath Spa University, St Mary’s school, the Chartered College, Calne chamber of commerce, and our friends in the rotary and throughout the community continue to make us stronger. I’m delighted that we have supported local charities and community groups.
I love the fact that we are giving back to the community. Aside from fund raising, Mrs Bruce organised two trips to Calne library with Age Wiltshire, with our pupils serving tea and cake. Mr Bridges of Redwood wanted to help the children understand a little bit about what those less fortunate than ourselves, might be experiencing this Christmas. So Redwood staff and pupils visited the Melksham Food Bank, to deliver our donation of food. A big, big thank you to all the families that helped with donations of food. We are really pleased to have been able to help others less fortunate than us, at this special time of year. Staff also supported the Calne Food bank this Christmas. Thank you to all colleagues who contributed to this sad inevitability.
In 2018, we are looking forward to going further, in our own communities and into Europe. In March we have the Risoul Ski trip, a WW1 Battlefield Tour and a visit to Calais. There will be more I’m sure.
Sadly we’ve had to say goodbye to some staff who have all chosen to move their career forward. Miss Maidment and Mrs Worts have left since September and Mrs Reysenn leaves us at Christmas. We wish them all well in the future and thank them for all that they have given to Springfields. We’ve welcomed many new staff. I hope you get to know all of them in the New Year.
We ended the year with a pantomime trip to Peter Pan, a disco, reward trips, a fantastic carol service where everyone did their very best singing (many thanks as ever to St Marys church, Father Bob, Francis! and Mr Bevan our organist.) and Christmas dinner today. (Well-done Mr Lugg and his team)
We keep working to improve and that drive will continue into 2018 and beyond. We will continue to support every child and will continue to work closely on promoting independence and greater social inclusion, especially for our year 11s as they make their transition into the wider world in 2018.
Thank you for your continued support.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Please note we start the New Year on Monday January 8. I also look forward to seeing you at our parent/ Carer evening on January 10 1600-1830.
In keeping with the building theme – there will be a new lunchtime “Construction Club” starting in January – if our resources arrive!
We will have Lego, Marble Run and Knex for all those budding little builders out there!
Places will be limited but will be rotated termly.