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Last day of term so wishing everyone a happy holiday! #summer
Gearing up for our Annual Celebration Assembly. Friday we will be presenting some very special awards to students and staff.
Today, Wednesday 23rd July, is our last day in school for this academic year. It has been an emotional few days in school as we celebrate the work of our school leavers, many of whom are in the featured photo singing on stage at the Duchess Theatre as part of the choir. So we bid a fond farewell to Nathan, Kaylea, Sam, Alice, Shane, Georgina, Melissa, Ashley, Josh, Shelby, Jack, Fiona and Lauren, who are all going of to college or community provision. The school will miss you all but we wish you every success in the next phases of your life and learning and go safe in the knowledge that we will see you all again.
We celebrate the achievements of our students throughout the year but at the end of the summer term we focus on six special awards. This year in Primary we presented... Preston with an Achievement certificate celebrated Harvey's Friendship Callum's work in PE and sports Kieron's art work Jessica's good progress Rimsha's independence Well done to all.
As well as many of the students being presented with their ASDAN certificates we also celebrated the special achievements of 6 students. Nathan for his approach to learning Oliver for his amazing walking Alick for his independence Bradley for being a great friend Bethany for her art Joel for his swimming Well done to all.
As well as many of the students being presented with their ASDAN certificates we also celebrated the special achievements of 6 students. Mellissa for her hard work in art James for his swimming Megan for being a good friend Sam for his sports Naomi for her communication Alice for her growing confidence Well done to all.
Monday 14th of July sees the start of our last full week in school so I thought a quick message to update you on events in school. Tuesday 15 July - Prom 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (tickets from the office) Thursday 17th July - Charlotte's Web (theatre group in school) Friday 18th July - Celebration assembly (parents arrive 9.45 for a 10 a.m. start) School closes Wednesday 23rd July.
Congratulations are in order for our catering team. They were presented with the Gold Award from Derbyshire's Catering Services Quality Assurance at a special ceremony. The award is given in recognition of meeting standards across all areas of our kitchen's work including Food Service, Production, Customer Care and Satisfaction. The award confirms what we all ready knew. The food served in school is of the highest standards for our students. Well done Debbie and the team!
The theme for Long Eaton's Carnival this year was 'nations of the world.' We had a float kindly provided by West Transport which was decorated with stamps to portray the carnival's theme but also had an added Stanton Vale twist as part of our school's campaign to show the local community who we are and what we do. So we'd like to say a massive thank you to Andy, Keri, Harrison, Keris, Penny, Richard, Colin, Helen, Dave & Carol for taking the time and getting up extra early to help build the float. We would also like to thank all who joined our walking party and those who invested time into helping with the stall which raised £55!
Thursday 19th June is our official MOVE day. The principles of MOVE happen for our students all day, everyday but once a year we hold a special MOVE Day. Today we celebrate the achievements of our pupils around their motor skills but also add to the experience in a creative and unusual way. Last year we had MOVE at the Movies where pupils went down the red carpet, this year we are going 'underwater'. Around school we have created sensory areas which will allow the students to walk under the sea or practice their individual skills in a themed room. You can find out more about the MOVE system at http://www.themovepartnership.org.uk/ Enough from me, I'm going to get my feet wet!
Below is a list of events and activities that will be happening in and around school during this term. We have tried to include many of the cross school events and key dates, but individual classes and departments will be holding separate activities that they will contact you directly with. 23rd May - School closes for half term 3rd June - School opens to pupils 6th June - Coffee Morning 9th and 16th June - Sensory Weeks 19th June - MOVE Day 23rd June - Fundraising Week 26th June - Stanton Vale Rocks - Evening Event 10th July - Parents Evening - 3.30pm onwards 15th July - KS4 & 5 Prom - Evening Event 17th July - M&M Productions in school (Charlotte's Web) 18th July - Certificate and Leavers assembly - 10am 23rd July - School closes
The topics this term are Earth and Beyond and Weather and we introduced the topic with both classes joining together to enjoy sensory activities, wrapping boxes, building towers and digging for metal objects. Both classes really enjoyed the story the ‘Iron Man’ particularly building up and knocking down the foil wrapped boxes with a metal waste paper basket head with torch light eyes. Loads of fun and learning opportunities were to be had with the space blankets, torches UV lights and florescent gloves and socks, metal chains and spoons. Middle 1 had a visit from a ‘Turkling’ who crash landed in the playground. Luckily they had built a shelter and made some food so the ‘Turkling’ was comfortable! Our Weather topic gave us the opportunities to explore all types of weather, dress up and work outside to experience the wind, rain and thankfully the sunshine. The Story the ‘Tiny Seed’ has given use the opportunity to explore the seasons, plant and begin to grow sunflower seeds and explore ice, water, sand and soil; feel the wind, ice and warmth and watch flowers grow. Middle 1 were invited to Trent College for an activity day. Our pupils shared the experience with pupils from Trent College and everyone had a fantastic time. Middle 1 also participated in a dance work shop one lunch time a week. All the pupils took part and could be seen and heard having a great time. Middle 2 have started to visit the local community as part of ASDAN. We are now shopping at the local Tesco’s to purchase food for snack time. We hope to make this a regular weekly learning opportunity.
This term we have celebrated the Chinese New Year. Pupils participated in fun activities and enjoyed a Chinese lunch. In the whole school assembly, the primary pupils celebrated by demonstrating a traditional ribbon dance. We enjoyed the performance of the pantomime ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’. There was lots of singing and dancing. Pupils and staff took part in the Pro Kick challenge. Medals and certificates were awarded for their achievements. To help raise money for Sports Relief we all dressed up in sports clothes and donated money. Everyone enjoyed Parachute games outside, a golf challenge and ball games. To celebrate ‘World Book Day’ we dressed up as a character from our favourite book and enjoyed listening to stories. A story teller from the company ‘Bag Books’ came into school and shared sensory stories with the Primary classes. In February we had a themed week ‘As light as a feather’ and ‘As heavy as a Polar bear’. The pupils had wonderful auditory, visual and kinaesthetic experiences in which they were able to explore cold and textured materials. There were songs, music and adults dressed up as Polar bears and the Ice Queen. The pupils had a fantastic time in these sessions. It was a great experience and enhanced the pupils learning opportunities. In March Early Years and Primary 1 classes held an ‘Open Play Afternoon’. This was an excellent afternoon parents came into school and joined in play activities with their child. P.G.C.E. student; Chelsie joined the Primary1 class on her teaching practise placement. She had the opportunity to work with the pupils and staff planning and delivering learning activities relating to our termly topics. We all wish Chelsie Good Luck for the future and hope she is successful in her career as a teacher. Early Years Our topics this term have been ‘Food’ and ‘Winter weather’. The pupils have had the opportunity to participate in multi – sensory activities. Exploring music, songs and malleable materials related to the topics. The Sensory stories were supported by tactile, visual and auditory props. The classroom environment has been enhanced with pupils creative work, photographs and 3D structures. Key Stage 1 Our topic this term has been ‘Myself and Family’. The pupils have been learning about themselves. Looking in mirrors, wearing hats, wigs and sun glasses. In our sensory room the pupils have enjoyed a range of activities, tracking visual images, listening to sounds and exploring textures. The pupils have participated in activities to explore a variety of tastes, 3D props and crafts relating to our sensory stories; ‘This is the Bear’ and ‘This is the Bear and a picnic lunch’. Key Stage 2 Our topics this term have been ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Farms’. The pupils created a castle environment in the classroom and engaged positively in sensory activities which included Design and Technology projects, music, songs, role play and exploring objects, words, symbols and Makaton signs related to the text. This term the sensory story has been ‘Pig in the Pond’. The pupils have been learning about different animals using puppets, pictures and sound CD’s.
Thank you to all those who helped us celebrate Easter with our traditional end of term assembly. The school hall was full as students were joined by their parents and Governors. The school community came together to sing songs and reflect on the Easter story. Many students had bought flowers in to school to decorate our Easter cross which looked lovely. A time to reflect and be thankful.
We would like to invite you to join us for our Easter assembly on Thursday 10th April starting at 10am. As per Stanton Vale tradition we are asking pupils to bring a flower or small bunch of Daffodils! We hope to see you there!
As you may be aware the school held a concert at The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, on 28th February, featuring the Stanton Vale Choir. The house was packed with 103 people! and a impressive £420 profit was made which is to be split between the school and a charity of our choice. A MASSIVE thank you for all your support from Simon, Jonathan and The Stanton Vale Choir!!!! See photos from the night below
We are celebrating World Book Day on March 6th by bringing our favourite books to school and dressing up as characters from books. Our pupils will also enjoy sensory sessions and be given a £1 Book Token.
As many of you will be aware the school was recently inspected by a team from OFSTED, 25th & 26th February. We will be able to share the outcomes of the inspection with parents by the end of this week with the full report posted on OFSTED's website on the 18th March.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated across the globe on 11 February. Schools, companies, governments and wider are all getting involved to help encourage the safe, responsible and positive use of technology. For parents, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online. Please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk for more tips on keeping your child safe online.
You may be aware from the local media that Derbyshire County Council is consulting with parents and service users around its provision for SEN Transport in the future. Derbyshire is not unique in this and a number of neighbouring Local Authorities have already gone through this process. Although it primarily affects the parents of our very youngest and oldest students I believe it is something all parents should be aware of and have their say in. You can find out more about the consultation on the Derbyshire LA website – Your Council – Have Your Say – All Consultations. I have copied the direct link below http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/consultation_search/allconsultations/default.asp
Early Years Our themes this term were ‘Autumn and Winter’. The pupils enjoyed the sensory stories ‘Percy after the Storm’ and ‘Farmer Duck’. The pupils explored textured materials, sensory elements of the weather and animals. They created bright colourful and textured art work and displays in the classroom. In the Primary assembly the Early Years class told the story of ‘Farmer Duck’. They had great fun dressing up has as the characters and participating in the actions. Key Stage 1 Our theme this term was ‘Clothes’. During the term the pupils had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities exploring textures, materials and objects related to the topic. The pupils enjoyed Atmospheric sessions, listening to music and playing percussion instruments. Our Sensory stories were ‘Please be Quiet and ‘Mrs Honey’s Hat’. They used natural materials for printing and collage creating art work for our classroom display. Key Stage 2 Our themes this term were ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Pupils enjoyed Dance in P.E sessions making cookies and exploring textured artefacts on loan from the school Library service. The pupils practised tracking the stars and moon using torches in the sensory room. Each class participated in creative activities and dressed in pyjamas to raise money for children in need. The children were very excited when Pudsey visited our school. The pupils enjoyed a Halloween Party. They dressed up as witches and ghosts, participated in a range of sensory based activities, explored the witches cave and danced to ‘spooky’ music. Our Christmas celebrations were very special and all the pupils and staff enjoyed Carols around the Christmas tree with the Long Eaton school choir. On Friday 13th December we wore our Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Children in Need. Friends joined us for Christmas lunch and Santa visited us in the afternoon. Party Time Productions came into school to perform the pantomime ‘Mother Goose’. The pupils enjoyed the music and the story telling by the actors. This year we held the Primary Nativity on two mornings. It was magical, wonderful and a very special time. A sensory atmosphere was created using music, smells and lights. The pupils took an active part in telling the Christmas story through songs and actions. All of the pupils looked wonderful in their costumes. They gave a gift to baby Jesus and these were given to a local children’s charity. We were very well supported by a large number of family and friends who joined in the songs and shared a coffee and mince pie. All pupils and staff had a fabulous time at the ‘Stanton Vale got Talent Competition’ on the last day of term. Everyone worked hard on their act and gave a fantastic performance to the whole school
The terms topic were machines and electricity and the book for the first half term was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The pupils in both classes had a great time experiencing chocolate and sweets; smelling, tasting, sorting, packing, mark making and constructing dams to stop the chocolate river and copious amounts of hot chocolate were consumed. Golden curtains and tickets were used and M1 now enjoy Golden time, a time to enjoy an activity of their choice. During the first half term M1 were invited to join the pupils at Trent College for a morning of sports and activities. This is a much enjoyed annual event and all the pupils had a wonderful time and their behaviour was a credit to the school. The refurbishment was completed at the end of November and the staff and pupils were extremely excited to move into the beautiful new rooms. Where did all the room come from? What a difference a few walls knocked down, new ceiling tiles, carpets and paint can make. The unit now has two good sized classrooms with carpets, kitchen facilities and ceiling tracking for hoisting. There are two fully equipment bathrooms with changing tables, toilets and over head tracking. A small room with a sink, a wet floor and built in cupboard is now the art room. We have a large carpeted room which we are presently using for physiotherapy and sensory work as we have blackout blinds; we hope to develop this into a fully equipped sensory room. The pupils from M1 proudly hosted an opening afternoon inviting the architect, builder and governors. The second half term started in the new classrooms with the teaching and learning based around the book, The Polar Express. The sensory room was turned into a winter scene with lots of silver and white fabrics, hanging tinsel, bells and fairy lights. The pupils were encouraged to interact using switches to operate the fans, lights and music and pupils enthusiastically used train-sets. During the term the pupils were visited by pupils from Long Eaton Secondary school Social skills group who spent time in the classrooms making friends and learning some Makaton and symbols. They later invited the pupils to a Christmas activity morning at Long Eaton School. The pupils made us very welcome and the hall looked amazing with so many Christmas sensory activities to experience. The pupils were also indulged with a hand massage from the Health and Beauty students. The Christmas activities concluded with a morning of Stanton Vale’s Got Talent contest. Middle presented the 12 days of Christmas, re-written to thank the Governors for the new department; we had loads of fun thinking up the words and practicing as a whole department.
Favourite session last term amongst upper school students were: Meal prep, sports studies, yogacise, art, photography, horticulture and performing arts. A number of 6th form students are attending Central College, Arthur Mee site, on a school’s link programme. 9 students attend a life skills course on a Friday morning, 3 students attend a sensory skills course on a Wednesday morning, both groups are supported by school TAs. The majority of upper school students are also accessing the local and wider community as part of the community skills programme. Swimming at West Park leisure remains a favourite with some students, who are working well with the leisure centre instructors to achieve awards. The year 14 students follow their swim session, with lunch at the cafeteria at Long Eaton School. Two 6th form students continue to visit the Spring’s resource centre, for a morning each week. They enjoy a number of activities using the art room, kitchen, sensory and soft play rooms. The group now stay for lunch and return to school for their afternoon sessions. Groups of upper school students have again participated in a range of sporting events, provided by Derbyshire’s Adventurous activities team. Our students have enjoyed and performed well in team building games, activities on the climbing wall, archery, caving, canoeing, bikes, trikes and scooters, orienteering and abseiling. The students have made progress in working together and in celebrating each other’s achievements. The student’s achievements have increased with growing confidence, with their participation in the programme over a number of years. Looking towards Christmas Upper school, along with Middle school were able to celebrate the Advent Spiral. It was good to share this event with parents and visitors. Students from Tutor Group 3 served seasonal refreshments following the service. The majority of 6th form students enjoyed Christmas shopping trips, Tutor Groups 2 and 3 opting to shop at the retail park at Mansfield, eating lunch in the food court. The high light for some of the students was attending the pantomime Jack and the Bean stalk at Derby. Andrew Haynes, one of our teaching staff, was acting in the pantomime. All of the students greatly enjoyed the show, and meeting the cast afterwards, which Andrew had kindly arranged for the group attending. The students responding well to the cast members, seeking out their individual favourites to have their photo taken. The Autumn terms seemed to fly by, packed with lots of hard work, learning achievement and enjoyment by both students and staff.
We will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in school beginning on January 31st with a celebratory school dinner. Learning will continue through the term when we hold a special celebratory assembly on Friday 14th February.
Ian Broadhurst, Captain of Trent Lock Golf Club 2014-15, has chosen Stanton Vale as the Captain's Charity for this year. Through the year Ian and the club will be raising money to redevelop areas of the school's playground areas. We wish Ian and the club all the best with their fundraising efforts and we look forward to working in partnership with everyone involved from our local community. We will keep you up to date with their progress.
Friday 6th December the school will hold it's traditional start to the festive period, The Advent Spiral. Have a look at the photos of pupils, parents and staff taking part in this wonderful event. ..