It’s always nice if your efforts are rewarded by a pupil really improving in their educational achievement. Even nicer is when this is recognised by another body – in this case Leicester City Virtual School. Here is some feedback form them regarding one of the young people we support – AP.
“Wanted just to message to say a big thank you for all the work you are doing with AP. We have seen such a massive improvement, and this was shared in todays meeting. Thank you for always communicating and working miracles towards AP, in ensuring he engages and is getting the best chance at being successful.
To move from 0 to a high 8 in a few months is amazing.
Virtual School Officer”
That you to Arjun for taking the time and the trouble to comment – it’s always much appreciated.
Part of what we try and achieve at Oakwood School is to help the young people we support to gain practical life skills, that will help them become active and useful members of society when they become adults.
Learning about businesses and the ideas needed to create a successful business are certainly life skills that are relevant to today’s society.
To help our pupils achieve this each class was given the opportunity to create a business idea and then pupils from the other classes could go round and choose where to spend the money they had been given – each student was give £10 (in fake money). There was a competition for the overall winner – the class with the most money at the end of the day.
There were a variety of ideas….Class 4 held a Games based event. You had to guess where the easter eggs were, and on the back of each hand drawn egg it had a (Win a Prize) or (Unlucky) message. They also had some homemade cheesecake which had sold out after 15 minutes of the event opening.
Class 6 sold popcorn and held a guess the amount of sweets in a container competition. They also showed a movie where you could come inside and spend some time relaxing.
Class 7 chose to cook fresh Crepe’s, with a variety of toppings. They were all cooked on the spot by some of the pupils. The marshmallow and nutella option was particularly delicious . While you waited for your Crepe, they had the genius idea of offering you the option of having your trainers cleaned by one of the staff for 50p a time. You could also design your own shoes while you waited.
Throughout the event all our pupils were very engaged and proactive. There were lots of ingenious ideas and business like behaviour being shown.All the classes learnt what it takes to come up with an idea as a team, and follow that through to something practical and commercial. A really enjoyable day that imparted useable skills across a number of different areas.
Letter to children and young people from the Secretary of State for Education
The Secretary of State for Education has today written to children and young people to recognise the impact of the disruption they have faced over the past year and to thank them for their resilience. He outlines his continued commitment to supporting children and young people to recover from the disruption now that they have returned to school and college. The letter also highlights the importance of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and the vital role this plays in helping to prevent the virus spreading. You can read the letter by following this link:
Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George has shared his ‘top five tips’ for young people’s good mental health and wellbeing. This is live on the Department for Education’s Youtube channel.
Ahead of the February half-term and as national restrictions remain in place, he has given advice to young people on how to improve their mood and look after themselves by eating well, getting plenty of sleep and natural light during the daytime.
As an A&E doctor, Dr Alex will use his clinical expertise to champion and shape government work to improve support for young people in schools, colleges and universities, as well as his personal experience having lost his brother to suicide last year. He will also sit on the new Mental Health in Education Action Group, which will focus on how to support young people’s wellbeing when they return to school and university.
Our Test centre at Oakwood School has been set up and the staff and students have been tested. All went well and they were very brave and sensible taking the test. I am pleased to say that all tests have come back as negative.
Staff will be continue to be tested twice a week and we are also asking any visitors to site to take a test in our friendly testing centre. Students will be tested again after the half term break to ensure that we are all COVID free and able to focus on our learning and not worry about the pandemic.
We continue to put infection control as a top priority with staff wearing PPE in class and students wearing PPE to travel to and from school. We all sanitise our hands regularly, keep our distance where possible and thoroughly clean the classrooms and communal areas regularly. If we continue to follow the rules hopefully, we will be back to normal soon.
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Knightsbridge Estate Agents for a very generous donation of ten Kindle Fires to the school. These have been donated so that we can support those pupils that are isolating due to COVID and unable to attend school. These Kindles will ensure that students can access online learning taking place in their classrooms and online learning resources.
Knightsbridge Estate Agents have donated Kindles to a number of schools to support students during this pandemic and we are very grateful that they have selected us as one of the schools they chose to support.
Thank you very much to Luke, Chris and all at Knightsbridge Estate Agents.
Many thanks to Leicester City in the Community for showcasing the work we are doing at our school planting trees for the future. The children had a fantastic time working with nature and doing something that will have a legacy beyond their time with the school. The trees mark the start of our allotment project and hopefully a long association with the Leicester Foxes.
You can view a great video of our day of tree planting here:
We are currently working on an exciting partnership project with Bullfrog Arts, who are delivering Taiko drumming sessions and supporting us in creating a Taiko drumming and performance group.
Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. Taiko playing is loud, hard, and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movement which many identify with Japanese martial arts. In Taiko drumming the performers are not merely using the drum as an instrument; they are aiming to form a connection between the drum and themselves. Taiko drumming is a form of ensemble drumming that has strictly choreographed movements, it is crucial that the performers develop an awareness of their body movement and their interaction with other players.
The Taiko project has has led to development in many areas for the young people involved, specifically building self-confidence, managing stress, and modifying behaviour. Watch this space for news of up and coming performances.