Newsletter Autumn 2018

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The Aconbury Centre
Autumn Term Newsletter 2018

This newsletter has to start with the sad news that Mr Warley is leaving us. He is moving on to be Deputy Headteacher at Riverside Primary School. This will be a whole new experience for him and one which we hope he will thoroughly enjoy.
For the past two years he has dedicated himself to helping students (and staff) at The Aconbury Centre. He has introduced innovative initiatives, such as ‘options’ for afternoon lessons and making sure all staff are able to attend staff meetings by moving the meetings to a Monday morning. His caring and understanding nature will be a huge benefit to Riverside Primary and we are all going to miss him very, very much.
On a positive note, we have a new Headteacher joining us, Mr Nick James-Williams. Mr Williams is currently in charge of the Arrow Group at Brookfield, so has a wealth of experience and knowledge of working with students and will hopefully fit in perfectly at The Aconbury Centre.

Malvern Hills Walking Trip
On a lovely sunny day the staff and pupils went up to the Malvern Hills for a walk.



As you can see, they all had a great time.

No Wrong Door
September 28th 2018
This event was organised by hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Service). The topic for the Youth Conference was ‘Identity’.

We attended two workshops; ‘online identity vs real life identity’ and ‘the power of words’. Both workshops were very interesting and inspiring. Our students were brave enough to express their opinions and deserve high commendations for this.

Walking around the Centre at the moment, every room has beautifully creative work on display.
The new Art teacher, Miss Johnson, has produced some stunning work with our students.

In Make, Mend and Do, one of Mrs Hammond’s afternoon options, the students have been up-cycling cable reels. A local electrician has donated the reels and we have used donated paint to give them a new life as either a stool or a table. The students’ creativity has been excellent and they have approached this project with enthusiasm – taking home a beautifully produced item at the end.

In Textiles, also with Mrs Hammond, the students have been learning to use a variety of techniques to add decoration to fabric items. The first project was to design and paint a tote shopping bag using unbleached calico – environmentally friendly because the natural fabrics were treated with chemical dyes and also they were made to reduce the number of plastic bags being used when shopping.

Students then went on to design and stitch their own “fabric sculpture” using applique and the sewing machines. Designs included a giant PS4 controller, an iced ring doughnut and a BMW symbol – the attention to detail and care taken was excellent and students should be very proud of their efforts.

Another one of Mrs Hammond’s options is ‘Pies, Puddings and Pastries’.
I hope the ‘Rocky Road’, shown below, tasted as good as it looks.

In Arts and Crafts lessons the students are constructing mirrors with recycled cardboard.
These are beginning to look amazing.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
5th October 2018
Our Macmillan coffee morning was a huge success, it was very well attended and we managed to raise £109 for this amazing charity.
We hope to see even more visitors attending our future events.
The pupils enjoyed taking responsibility for the running of the bingo and taking food and drink orders.

Pupils and staff raised £57 for Children in Need, lots of fun was had and after much anticipation Owen won our “guess the sweets in the jar” challenge.
Well done Owen!

Reward Trip
The students who achieved over 75% of their raffle tickets for the first half of this term chose Go-Karting as a reward.

As always, this was a huge success and a great time was had by all.

Internet Safety
As part of ICT lessons this term pupils have been learning about staying safe whilst using the internet.
We have discovered the importance of limited gaming time, learnt how to avoid online scams and thought about ways in which we can prevent Cyber Bullying. We have also looked at the appropriate age children are allowed to access specific sites, such as Facebook. Each pupil now understands that they have a digital footprint, which should show them in the most positive light.

Our values tree in the Central Area is continuing to grow nicely.

This reflects the caring, respectful and considerate nature of our students.
Keep it up everyone!

Growing Local
This will be the second time our students have volunteered to help out with a local community farm project. The students have worked incredibly hard preparing and maintaining a garden allotment. Some of the jobs they have carried out are: repairing and reinstating fencing, sowing and planting vegetables and flowers. In addition, they have helped with levelling areas for paths and walkways and laying woodchip and stone.

The staff have been so impressed with the students’ work-ethic, enthusiasm and manners. They have been a credit to themselves and the Centre.

Winter Clothing
Please would all students remember that it is now winter. Can you please make sure your child arrives at school every day with a jumper or a fleece to wear. This must be a school jumper without any logos (except school logos) and definitely not a hoodie.
Thank you.

One last little request:
Please check your child’s hair regularly to make sure they are free of head lice. If you find any creatures or eggs, please treat and inform the school. Please encourage your child not to be embarrassed, it happens to us all.
Many Thanks.

And of course, Christmas is coming

This year Mr Elliott is making a whole forest of sparkly, glittery trees.

We know Christmas is nearly here, just follow the glitter trail around the Centre.

Term Dates:

Spring Term 2019:
Wednesday 9th. January
Friday 12th. April 2019.

Half Term:
Monday 18th February
To Friday 22nd. February.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Aconbury Centre
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