20 Jul

As I sit here writing this end of year blog, I’m feeling slightly emotional. Emotional in a good way because I am so very proud of all of the staff and students here at Spring Brook Academy. What a year we have had!

To the staff, I can honestly say that I have never worked with such a dedicated and caring team until this year. You all have worked so hard to embrace the vision and ethos of this school in every way, moving things forward. We have nurtured and changed the lives of such vulnerable and misunderstood young people. Together we have made a difference to our students and, as another academic year ends and I look back over the last five years here at Spring Brook, it honestly astounds me how much change has happened – for the better. We still have changes to make next year that will bring positive outcomes for our students. This is such an exciting journey and one I am proud to be a part of.

Thank you to all of the staff here at the academy who have worked tirelessly during some challenging times. You really are wonderful. I hope that you have a great break over the Summer and if you are working at the holiday club, I will pop over to see you when I am on site.

To our families and students, I hope that you have a great Summer. I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for the support that you have offered the staff and myself over this year. It really is a privilege to be in the position that I am in, working here every day and advocating for your children. I learn so much from being with them every day.

It may have been the last week of term but we still managed to pack plenty in. Mrs Young’s class are the first to share their news..

This week has been full of excitement! We played various games in class..

..did some sports and we even managed to squeeze in a film night too. On Monday we really enjoyed ourselves on the back field while participating in a sports day. There were various activities to compete in, like the sack race, egg and spoon race, 3-legged race, sprint race or a throwing event..

On Thursday we were celebrating food from all around the world. Our class prepared a few dishes from the German cuisine including currywurst, bratkartoffeln (German pan fried potatoes) and authentic schweinebraten (German pork roast Bavarian style)..

It was all delicious and by the end of the day all the pans were empty!

Mr Clough also has news of an exciting visit..

I took a group of students from Spring Brook Upper to have a session with Adam of Manchester Parkour Academy on Thursday and they were brilliant throughout!

Here’s a few things I was really impressed with….

  • the courage they showed in trying absolutely everything that Adam asked of them
  • the determination they showed when they would fail at something but then go again and again and again and again until they achieved what they were aiming for
  • the support they gave each other, the encouragement they gave, willing each other to push themselves to succeed, how they advised each other on technique or recovery 
  • the attitude to learning they showed throughout

 

Connor, Cameron, Harry, Jayden, Lee and Leon showed the very best of Spring Brook – I was really, really proud of them.

Well done, boys – Mr Clough isn’t the only one who’s extremely proud of you!

Everyone had a brilliant time on Monday’s Sports Day as you can see..

 

On Tuesday they had a great afternoon learning some freestyle tricks and skills, playing games of football and some fun football rounders (of course the staff beat the pupils, no problem!!) Thanks again to Oldham FC Community team for the fun afternoon.

Miss Brown’s class also worked really hard and made some amazing food on our World Food Day..

As you can tell, World Food Day proved very popular at Spring Brook!

‘Happy Holidays’ everyone. Stay safe and I will look forward to seeing you all back here in September in full school uniform.

Miss Rodgers
Head of Site

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