Friday, 24 March 2017

Amazing Design and Technology

Colchester Class have been working on their design and technology at Kennet School this term. Here are the wonderful moving carousels that they have build. Well done guys!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World of Work to London!

On Thursday a group of students and staff were invited to House of Commons to celebrate the end of the When I Grow Up Project with the MP Iain Duncan Smith and The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

The students took the lead on travel and managed to negotiate the Underground and direct us to our first stop at Trafalgar Square and then on to lunch. From there we walked to Parliament whilst taking in the sights and sounds of Central London (we even got to see Prince Harry drive past with his police escort!).

At the House of Commons we had a short talk before it was our turn to present on all we have done since the WIGU project ended and how we have moved our World of Work programme forwards. The students spoke confidently and passionately about their desire to gain paid employment. The other guests all spoke very highly of our fantastic students and the World of Work programme as a whole.

It was an incredible day and one that made me so proud to work in such a great school with such inspiring students!

Monday, 13 March 2017

World of Work comments and feedback

We had lots of wonderful feedback from our World of Work (WOW) event. Here are a few of them:

Amazing, inspirational hour of delicious food and stories. We want to go out and tell everyone about the wonderful work that happens in this building. Huge thank you to the students for the delicious lunch. X

Lovely event, food – WOW really good!! Well done to the cooks!! Thank you to Amber for being so much help at Boots, she’s amazing. (Boots)

Seeing how far some of the students have come is incredible.

What a powerful hour – seeing and hearing exactly what WOW achieves and means to employers and students, with no frills or fuss is inspiring. I want our organisation to be up there recognising a students hard work next year.( Lixi, The Watermill).  

Fantastic food, well done to all the students. Great presentation.

Fantastic, well done everyone you all work very hard!! Loved the sausage rolls!! Look forward to seeing you soon.

Fantastic, really enjoyed watching all that the students have achieved. And was just long enough for a visit before I have to go back to Growing2gether. (Sharon Chapman).

Amazing case studies and very inspiring both staff and students look forward to next year’s!

A fab event, like the WOW approach, inspirational, aspirations and inclusive. You have set me up for the weekend. (Lesley Reilly SENDIASS)

Well, what an event, they all did so well, you must feel very proud of all your students.

Great to get a better appreciation of activities and work done at the school. Thanks for a fantastic lunch. (David Crookhall - Station 4 Blue Watch, BFRS)

World of Work Celebration

On Friday we held our annual celebration event of our World of Work programme. This was a wonderful occasion which focussed on the successes of our students and the amazing support that our community partners have provided to our school.

We had 46 guests attending, which is higher than ever and shows that the word about how great our students are is spreading. Here are some pictures of the event:

Food for the event was catered for by our own students - and was incredible 

Richard Benyon MP, presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Boots of Northbrook Street 

Certificate of Recognition presented to Herongate Leisure, Hungerford 

Certificate of Recognition presented to Tesco Metro, Northbrook Street 

 Certificate of Recognition presented to Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

All of the certificate holders together with some of our amazing students

A huge thanks to all the supported of our World of Work Programme. Here are the wonderful organisations that were represented at the event:

Newbury College
Herongate Leisure.
West Berks Council
Thames Valley Police
Newbury Weekly News
Tesco Metro
Newbury College
Little Quavers
Waitrose, Newbury
Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Ways into Work
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Newbury College
West Berks Council
Community Furniture Project
Deanwood Golf Club
Tesco Extra
The Watermill Theatre
Little Quavers
Tesco Extra
Thames Valley Enterprise
Growing 2gether

A big thank you also goes to the following guests who kindly attended in support:

Anthony Stanfeld - Police and Crime Commissioner
Councillor Julian Swift-Hook - Mayor of Newbury
Richard Benyon MP

Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day collaboration

On World Book Day Corfe and Tintagel Classes shared books together. Students from both classes read some of their favourite books including 'Dinosaurs love underpants' and 'The very hungry caterpillar'. It was lovely to see all the students working together and enjoying the books. Everyone, staff and pupils, loved the experience.

Wonderful World Book Day

On Thursday we celebrated the wonderful world of books. The costumes that were on show were truly amazing. Here are a sample of some of the best.