26 Jan

Happy New Year! I have to apologise for the delay in my blog as unfortunately I managed to get the dreaded flu just into the New Year. Apart from that, 2018 has already begun really well at Dean Street (as seen in my joint blog here with Miss Rodgers last week).

Last Wednesday Jason and Corey began their first experience of work at the Atrium Café which based in the First Choice Homes building in Oldham and is now part of the New Bridge Group. Mrs Roberts is really proud of Jason and Corey as they did really well, representing themselves and the school brilliantly..

Last Wednesday was also another exciting day for both me and Miss Rodgers as we took part in a learning walk throughout the school to look at the amazing work that is going on in Spring Brook. Our first point of call was Year 9 (catch up with this on Miss Rodgers’ blog) where we savoured the pizzas the group had made.

Our second point of call was Year 10 where the group were focusing on looking of aspects of the Oldham community and promoting the town. Both Miss Rodgers and I were amazed at the detail of their work and also how the students used their knowledge of Oldham to create some brilliant pieces of work which will contribute towards their AQA Unit Awards..

  

I was also really pleased to see how the Record of Achievement files are really ‘bulking out’ in preparation for the awards ceremony in July..

Key Stage 3 and 4 joined forces for their Duke of Edinburgh’s work earlier in the month:

We had some wonderful weather this week for our Duke of Edinburgh group! We ventured out to Crowden on the Woodhead Pass where the weather took a turn for the worse as we ascended up to the top of the hills. As we hit the cloudline the snow became a foot deep and as we reached the top of the peaks the weather closed in to a full on blizzard forcing us to turn back only half way through our trek before we encountered any serious problems.

A good learning curve for our students this week regarding the wearing of correct clothing, using the correct equipment and experiencing how quickly the weather can change in the hills and the decisions that need to be made to prevent a dangerous situation occurring. I am pleased to say that the boys all recovered with a good old fashioned snowball fight once we got to the bottom of the hill again!!

This term, both Miss Rodgers and I are beginning to look at the new year ahead and the improvements we can make to our offer. We are always encouraging our students to ensure they attend school, on time, and are organised in all aspects of curriculum and that by wearing the Spring Brook uniform they are proud to be part of our learning community.

And finally, we are also looking at a new healthier start. Key Stage 4 are embracing this by doing some Zumba! Perhaps next week me and Miss R. might need to start to get moving and join in!!!

Have a great week everyone,

Mrs Tootill
Head of Springboard Project

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