Family Information and PTA updates 24 June 2022

What beautiful weather we have had this week and an active one for students? Sports Days, trips out and lots for me to enjoy outside my room. When I see the happy faces around school it makes my heart sing.

Dare I mention that the end of the school year is just 4 weeks away? I’m on the lookout for suggestions for activities so please, if you know of anything others would enjoy email it to me or add to our Facebook page. I try to add different things, which will suit the different ages, abilities and interests of our students. This week is no exception.

The Little Falcon

My day started with a lovely visit from Toby with the 3 copies of the book which I ordered. So determined am I to spread positivity amongst my family, I’ve purchased 1 for a Teacher and 1 for an LD Nurse in my family. I know my 24 year old former PHS student will love the rhyming and illustrations. Toby is so proud to be the inspiration behind this beautifully written and illustrated book. Below is one of the illustrations in the book. See my previous blogs if you would like to order a copy

 

Duke of Edinburgh: North East Homeless

I had a visit last week from 3 very enthusiastic students from Philip Coates class. As part of the DofE volunteering they have chosen to collect for North East Homeless. We located a very large box, which they have decorated beautifully, and is in the dining hall.  As we know how generous families are, it would be lovely if we could even half fill this box for them. Please see the poster below

Parent workshops/training  

It was lovely to see the resumption of an information event for parents this week, a  Phonics session facilitated by Becky Finn. Sessions are rarely for the whole school, but are sent to the parents/carers for whom the session is relevant. The feedback from those who joined was all positive. Becky does plan to do an online version and we will let you know when this is available.

We welcome suggestions from parents/carers of sessions you feel may help you, but assure you that school staff also identify them too.

E-Safety

There is a new post on our E-Safety blog on “What parents and carers need to know about Group Chats”.

The E-Safety information is regularly updated, can be found on the school website under the heading “Parents and families”, then “E-Safety” from the dropdown menu. If you have any concerns, or would like advice please contact Philip or Maria via your child’s class teacher. they will be happy to provide further information

The link to the E-Safety information is here

Information

SEND Review

#SENDReview Green Paper second WEBINAR: Ask the Minister, Will Quince. Registration open!

The link to register is here

Newcastle Airport

I’m not sure how many of our families travel, or plan to travel by air. I did think it worth sharing that Newcastle International Airport has assistance available to those with additional needs including Autism. Please see link below before you travel. A little advance preparation can make a difference

https://www.newcastleairport.com/passenger-assistance/hidden-disabilities/?fs=e&s=cl&fbclid=IwAR1xKV2bbtPd1wo-JPnzc9hRTl2osb9uXdI8w7rGrkui-nGRSSYWV2XWoXA

Support for Carers

I found this on the Family Fund website and thought it might be helpful

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/caring-for-a-disabled-child?fbclid=IwAR2OQHqdJY1pgphZciBRglgT7TEETD6BxjU2vFpmi2CuuMNkYOtaabUH42o

Usborne Book Sale

One of our parents is a rep and asked me to share

The link to special offers and sale items is here

 

Activities

 

Take a look at some of our favourite customer photos taken at this past weekend’s Dino Rextacular event! 📸 Don’t worry if you missed out on the jurassic fun as we’ll have giant dinosaur experiences running for the next 3 weekends! Share your prehistoric photo ops for a chance to win a FREE family day out at Holmside! 🦖
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Summer Dinosaur Events running at Holmside Park for the next 3 weekends near Chester-le-Street! All-day park admission, giant dino trail, plenty of photo ops, unlimited use of 20+ activities + more all included with tickets! ☀️🦖
Activities for all ages (including adults) + no time limits! Perfect for dinosaur mad little ones!
This may be of interest to some, located in Felling, Gateshead.
Nerd Arcade the original retro arcade in the North East! £8 for 2 hours with all arcades set to freeplay! Merchandise store too selling video games, consoles, anime/manga , toy figures and more!
Open Saturday 10am to 6pm 🕹
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PTA

Meetings:

Yesterday was a busy PTA meeting day. We had a sub-committee meeting for the summer fayre in the afternoon and our second evening general PTA meeting online. The next PTA meeting will be on Thursday 29th September and, all being well this will be held in school face to face. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have supported us; everything we do is for the benefit of your children/young people.

Summer Fayre

The banners are up, advertising the event in case you forget. You have no chance with all the reminders from me. We are still collecting and would appreciate donations of:

  • Bottles, alcoholic and non alcoholic for the bottle tombola and raffle
  • Gifts, for the gift tombola
  • Chocolate, for the chocolate tombola

The PTA committee is conscious that you have been asked for donations for lots of things recently, and know that times are tough for some families. There is no expectation or wish that you stretch tight budgets for us. We would prefer that you came along and enjoyed the fayre.

We can never have too many volunteers; many hands make light work so if anyone in your family/circle could lend a hand on a stall please get in touch with me or Donna. We have flyers to circulate, so if you know of a business willing to display let us know.

Facebook Page

The summer holidays are fast approaching. I would welcome additions to the PTA Facebook page of ideas for days out, discounts, accessibility friendly places to visit and even more important your photos. The link to join the closed Facebook page is here

Have a lovely weekend and hoping the weather holds.

Eileen

Email: e.robinson@percyhedley.org.uk

Telephone: 0191 2161811 extension 3260

 

 

Messages & News from John & the Team: Friday 24th June 2022

Hi everyone

How is the season treating all of you at the moment? Good I hope. The fine weather certainly makes a difference to us, and I hope it does to you positively as well. There’s so much sport going on at the moment for example, and so much Outdoor Learning. The MOVE and allotment work is so much better too because of the summer

Elsewhere there’s some interesting stuff on a new Duke of Edinburgh project we want to do, some upcoming events like Coffee & Catch-up afternoons, and some real stars all over the school. Please do enjoy, have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you here or in school for the last month of the term. Cheers

You Said, We Listened: Parent View

Make sure you don’t miss Eileen’s blog – there’s always good stuff on there that’s very helpful, and it has a slightly different focus to this one. Enjoy that one too!

And also, please do look at the work that Philip and others do on e-safety. I always learn loads when I read his work, or listen to him and the team, and I think that a lot of parents & carers want to know more about e-safety

There’s also PHS stuff of the Foundation blog, so lots of places to find out about what’s going on

It was great that Governors took part in some Governor Training on Saturday past in Newcastle. As a result of that, there’ll be some new things we put in place and hopefully have better governance too!

Parent Consultations, and Coffee & Catch-up

  • Please do see if you can find time to book an appointment – either in person or on Teams – with a teacher, at a time that suits you, for the new Parent/Carer Consultations from the 27th June to the 8th July
  • We’ll go through the work that’s been done and how your child has been doing, and anything else that’s relevant too, like Key Drivers, Annual Review targets, safeguarding, or whatever you want to talk about
  • We plan to do one of those every term, towards the end of each term
  • The Coffee & Catch-up sessions are more informal are what used to be the Coffee Mornings. Again, these will be three times a year, but in the first half of each term. We have some dates!
    • Post-16, 2-3pm, Tuesday 5th July
    • ELTBA, 2-3pm, Monday 11th July
    • Engagement, 1.45-2.45pm, Wednesday 13th July
    • Years 9, 10 and 11, Thursday 14th July

End of Year Reports

  • The teachers have written these and they’re just being checked over, so they’ll be out quite soon
  • The format is based on the Key Drivers of Communication, Wellbeing and Independence that you’ve been working with us on through the topics that we’ve been teaching in school, with a few other comments too. The ones I’ve seen so far seem to be a great improvement on last year, so hopefully you’ll find that too

Reading

  • Thanks to those of you who came to the Reading session that Becky put on a few days ago. This was the first in a planned sequence, so that we can work on improving reading with you all as partners in that, as appropriate, because everyone’s different!
  • We’re prioritising reading particularly, putting on training, buying new books and things, and thinking about our teaching and 1-1 sessions. Be great to work with you as much as we can on this

The Wheel

 

This Is Me Mini Festival

It’s been National Diversity Week, which is incredibly important for us a community. There’s also a lovely mini-festival planned by our PSHE team. This is what they wrote last week, so I thought I’d put it here again

The students are planning their very own “This Is Me” mini-festival to take place in school on Friday 8th July. Students will be creating information leaflets within lessons on areas of diversity such as: LBGTQ+, neurodiversity, race, feminism, etc, that will be distributed at the festival. The event will include activities for students to choose from throughout the day including a reading/drama corner, giant games and a catwalk. There will also be a “shopping village” of stalls of which enterprise groups are planning and creating food, beverages and merchandise for festival-goers to buy. The whole school event will come together at the end of the day for our “This Is Me” march and we would like the students to come dressed in whatever makes them feel fabulous (festival gear, fancy dress, PJs, couture). We’re on the hunt for the following donations if you have any: unused face paint, photo booth props, fashion accessories, glitter and rainbow anything really!

The event will be raising money for a charity which will be chosen by our students. Tickets will cost £1 per student of which they will exchange for a wristband on the day and will be available from Jo or Leanne. They will also need some spending money for the shopping village

We have a small group of students from George Stephenson involved as an inclusion project; they will help plan and run the event. Hopefully we’ll also have some entertainment from local artists, drag queens and students too

The day will celebrate individuality within our school culture, will provide an opportunity to practise functional organisational and money skills and also to bring the fun experience of a festival to our students. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please contact Jo, Leanne or Lizzie on j.ferguson@percyhedley.org.uk and l.daley@percyhedley.org.uk, or your class teacher

Therapy Focus – MOVing All Over the World, from the fabulous MOVE team

Hopefully last week you caught the amazing MOVing all over the World stuff over on the PHF blog https://www.percyhedley.org.uk/saving-the-planet-with-move/

You’ll all by now hopefully be familiar with our termly MOVE events. However, the team have stepped it up a notch and held our first National MOVE day – ‘MOVE Saves the Planet’. This is an annual event for schools across the country to celebrate the achievements of everybody who is involved in the MOVE program. PHS students have been ‘MOVing all Over the World’ in a bid to raise awareness and explore activities that are good for the planet and to celebrate nature!

The students followed a Percy Hedley World Map around the outdoor areas of the school. There were 11 stations that were related to eco-friendly tasks that they had to complete

  1. Conserve water – students had to transport water using tubes from one end of the courtyard to the other without losing any water
  2. Plant more plants – to create more oxygen students planted seeds into their every own pot to keep
  3. Sort the rubbish – pick up or use a grabber to sort rubbish into the right bins
  4. Sea Tunnel – walk, propel, look, reach through the sensory sea tunnel
  5. Jungle fun – crawl, walk, propel, reach and look through the jungle and find all the animals
  6. Save the animals – scoop animals with nets out of the ‘polluted sea’
  7. Reuse rubbish – using rubbish to create games like boccia, tower building or throwing a hoop over milk bottles
  8. Solar energy – clipping clothing on to a washing line to use the sun to dry the clothes instead of using a tumble dryer
  9. Clean the beaches – pick out the rubbish from a sand pit and sort the rubbish into the right bins
  10. Wind power – blow pin wheels to create energy or press a switch to turn a fan on to blow the pin wheel
  11. Saving the ice caps – travel with a water balloon on a wooden spoon across 5 metres without it dropping and splatting everywhere

Students throughout school have been learning the importance of conserving water, recycling effectively and cleaning up our environments – and what fun they had! They also learnt how we can help protect wildlife and protect our oceans and rainforests. Take a look at the fantastic activities that they participated in, from litter picking, to hanging out washing, and planting seeds and then to moving through the sensory sea tunnel! (and everything in between!). Every activity has been creatively devised by our amazing MOVE team to promote opportunities for our students to develop not only their physical skills but also to broaden their understanding of why we all have a huge part to play in saving our planet! The MOVE network has promised £500 to spend on Jiraffe therapy equipment to the school who demonstrates the most movement opportunities…. Fingers crossed!

More Therapy Focus! – Parrots in Killingworth Library

Parrots have been going on community trips to Killingworth Library. This outing has allowed them to practise lots of skills to develop their communication and interaction, organisation and independence

They have spent time during their lessons planning their trip, learning about road safety, organising their belongings, and planning how to ask for what they want when they are in the library

Here is Toby practising his standing to choose his book

Abi, Wren and Teddy enjoyed reading and choosing their book

 

They practised their excellent communication skills to borrow their library books, speaking very confidently and clearly to the library staff. Some students used their VOCA. Well done ,guys, this is lovely!

National Week of Sport!

Percy Hedley sports days were back on the timetable this year. It’s been a long two years, but they are back outside in the lovely sunshine. This year’s Sports Days were themed around the Commonwealth Games. Each class represented a country they made flags headbands and posters. First to start was the MOVE on students Monday and Tuesday. The days consisted of a carousel of lots of fun activities including water, which as you can imagine did not necessarily stay where it should have! In the afternoon students took part in relay races, mind there was quite a bit of cheating going on from both students and staff, but fun was had by all as you can see in the pictures

Thursday was the sports day for KS4 and P16 Sports day. Once again, the classes represented a country and lots of fantastic flags on display. The day was made up of a carousel of activities in the morning from football shoot, volleyball, cricket, athletics, basketball, badminton shuttle, move the water and crazy hockey. In the afternoon students

 

Allotment News in Jo’s words! 

This week Sandpipers visited their allotment plot again. With all the lovely sunshine we’re having watering is an endless job but we aren’t complaining! This week we made choices from watering or planting. When those jobs were done, we managed to clear some of the pond weed and counted the best part of 20 frogs!

Our pond (recycled jacuzzi bath) had become neglected and overgrown during covid. We cleared 1/3 of pond weed making more space for our frog friends. After all, these slug munching beauties are a gardener’s best friend and deserve a mansion.

Max laden with plants ready for planting. He wasn’t too keen on the frogs, but each to their own!

Last weeks planting looking gorgeous. A truly wild spot for bees and butterflies. Now George did enjoy meeting Mr Frog!

Lola watered endlessly to the delight of plants and frogs everywhere, then helped find a selection of fruits to smell and touch

Stay tuned for more allotment adventures with Jo!

Team of the Week –

Another lesson of the week – Magpies with the Outdoor Learning! Hooray!

The boys worked together in outdoor learning this week to construct a rope bridge.  They had to work together to get each other across the piranha infested waters! Tom swung across it!

They’ve been preparing and planting seeds for the wildflower garden.  They are hoping to encourage butterflies and other insects into the area. And they made use of the brand new outdoor tap to help the seeds on their way!!!!

Excellent work, Magpies!

Another nice thing happened in the green playground

Jayden found “these caterpillars doing a pose” as he said, whilst playing in our green playground.

We think the caterpillars may be hungry.

“It looks like they are nibbling at the leaf as it’s smaller than the other leaves”

Also in the Outdoor Learning arena, Rebecca writes

Next year we have a really exciting opportunity to be part of a pilot project with several other SEN schools who are developing an award called the OPT award (Our Personal Transition Award), which is an award developed for pupils who are following either the Engagement Model or those who are working with the life skills curriculum within our Post 16 department.  The award follows the same principles of the Duke of Edinburgh award, while having a focus on the appropriate development of tasks for the pupils involved, sensory experiences or developing life skills, without the constraints of time and written evidence.  Pupils will complete three areas over a two-year plan, gaining certificates and badges for their progress, culminating in the full accredited award

It’s aimed at the individual participating in activities that they may never have encountered, providing them with enriching life experiences and enabling positive risk taking, personal challenge and a sense of community.  This is covered through the three areas of Volunteering, Physical and Emotional well-being, and a 48-hour challenge

We are hoping to run this award alongside the Duke of Edinburgh within the Post 16 Department, and in conjunction with our sister School Northern Counties, to provide opportunities for residential or adventure days, allowing for pupils to developed their preparation for adulthood skills

We will have more information on our participation in this in the Autumn term, and planning has started for how this will be developed through out curriculum opportunities, with us working to be a Pathway Lead school for the North-East.  The project is being led by Diverse Abilities, a charity in Dorset, and the website for the award should be going live very soon.  We will update you when we have more information and look forward to working with you on this project next year

 A Fabulous Thing with the Woodpeckers! In their own words!

The Woodpeckers

Look at our amazing pumpkin plants! We have counted 3 new leaves and next week we are planning to repot the plants as they are growing very quickly. This week we have welcomed some caterpillars to the class and we are very excited to watch them grow too!

 

 

Makaton Signs of the Week

Some lovely colours this week, which go perfectly with Diversity Week. Try them!

Black    

                                      

White           

Orange   

                                   

Brown

Engagement Stars of the Week

Star of the week for the Engagement pathway this week is Joseph Middlemass.

Each morning Joseph goes into his walker to take the lunch choices down to the kitchen, which is great, and he socialises with people he sees down the corridor smiling and waving! Marvellous! What a STAR!!!! you are, Joseph!!!!!!

 

ELTBA Star of the Week

This week the team would like to give the ELTBA Star of the Week to the wonderful Wood Pigeons.  During their Outdoor Learning/Geography sessions they have been looking at ways that they can take care of the environment so on Thursday they visited a local park to see how people treat the area and find good and bad examples of looking after the environment.  They were all super sensible and extremely interested in what they were doing and their team were proud of how well they all behaved.  Lots of fun was had in the park when they had finished their important jobs. Congratulations, Wood Pigeons, what STARS!!! you all are!!!

 

More Stars of the Week!

Imogen is one of the great STARS of the week in post-16 – Imogen is a great runner and is running for North Tyneside now!!!!! Go Imogen!!!!!

 Finlay, Aidan and Owen have been collecting food for a North-East Homeless charity as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. They’ve set up a donations box and everything. This is really lovely and great work, guys – well done, total STARS!!!

 Finally…..Our first PROM!

PROM #1!

Less than a month away!

Finally finally…..

Summer Fair, 16th July!

The Wheel

All the very best to all of you, from all of us here

John & the Team

Family Information and PTA updates 17 June 2022

Coffee afternoon. 

Approximately 20 parents/carers attended the first post pandemic social coffee afternoon on Wednesday. It was lovely to see new new and older parents and to finally put faces to names. As the MOVing all over the world was taking place, most of the parents took up the invitation to see it in action. I had some lovely feedback and hope to continue these half termly.

What you found most valuable:

  • Talking to other parents (unanimous)
  • Meeting parents of children in your child’s class
  • Being inside school
  • Seeing the MOVE event in action
  • Meeting me in person and discussing your issues
  • Meeting some staff (at MOVE event)

 

Training/workshops for Parents/Carers

We know from past experience how valuable training is for parents and these have now resumed. Earlier in the year the first of these was the online E-Safety one. 2 others are planned, one on phonics, the other on MOVE. I know how valuable I found these as a parent. Whilst we won’t be able to choose a time which suits everyone, it would help to know what times do not work for the majority of families. I shared lots of online sessions available over lockdown but they weren’t accessed, which makes me think people prefer face to face. However, if they are recorded, would this be better for those who can’t get here in person? I know we have families who don’t drive, live a long way from here, have siblings/young children and other barriers to getting here.

Let us know please.

 

E-Safety

This is a really important part of our work at school, ensuring that our students who do access online platforms are as safe as they can be. Philip Coates who, with Maria Mawdesley’s input adds content weekly has asked me to signpost parents/carers to the E-Safety section of the school website. There you will find recent updates on

  • Tik Tok
  • Apple IOS 16: Family Sharing
  • Staying safe on WhatsAPP
  • Staying safe on YouTube
  • Staying safe on Roblox
  • XBox Family Settings App

You will also find a recording of the online session which Philip ran earlier in the year. It is important that we get feedback from parents/carers on these and Philip and Maria would appreciate it if you would provide this please.

The link to the E-Safety section can be found under the heading “Parents and Families”

and on the link here

Ofsted Parent View

Thanks to those who have completed this Ofsted survey already. Apart from being visible to Ofsted, it gives school some sense of how parents/carers feel about certain aspects of school. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and I would like to see more results.

The link to complete is here

You will, if you haven’t already completed one need to register your email address so that Ofsted can, if they need to verify that the surveys have been completed by current parents/carers.

Information

Personal Assistant Training

Do you employ a Personal Assistant for your child/young person or are you in the process of doing so? Disability North, who advertise positions are offering a 1 day free training session for Personal Assistants. This will be held at Disability North on Thursday June 30th. Full details are on the link below

JuneTraining Flyer V2 – June 22

The Little Falcon: Tracey Horner

I spoke with Tracey this week and she is expecting a delivery of her book in the next week or so. Priced at £6.99, she has had feedback from schools saying it is a very useful teaching tool. My own view is that it is a positive way to teach people about so much more than disability! We hope to have copies for sale at our summer fayre. Tracey will be donating a copy to the school library and 10% of profits to the PTA., for which we are extremely grateful.

 

PTA

Thank you to those who have started sending in donations for the summer fayre. We are always humbled by the generosity of our families. We already have some lovely raffle prizes and, as it will be cloakroom tickets we can only sell these on the day. We have

Champagne, Morrisons voucher, Love 2 shop voucher, Whiskey, Fruit hamper, toys, a Chocolate hamper, Gin hamper and Prosecco hamper. You have to be in it to win it and at the fayre to buy tickets

Next week we would welcome gift sets for our gift tombola, but we will still be collecting bottles, non alcoholic as well as alcohol.

We need volunteers to help run the stalls. Could you or a family member or friend do a couple of hours? If so, please let me know

PTA Meeting

Next Thursday, 23rd June we have our meeting via Microsoft TEAMS in the evening from 19.30-20.30. Donna has asked if there are any items you would like added to the agenda. The link to join the meeting is here

PTA Facebook Group

We have had 3 new members this week, and I hope that you feel it is a useful additional means of communicating about school as well as PTA matters. The link to join the group is here

Until next week; let’s hope the warm, dry weather continues through the weekend at least

Eileen

Email: e.robinson@percyhedley.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Messages from John & the Team, Friday 17th June 2022

 

Hi everyone

Well, the weather does finally seem to be getting better! And not before time! Hope you have a decent weekend lined up where you can enjoy it somehow

One thing it does mean for us here though is to be very mindful of the sun and its effect on the pupils, so please do send in whatever it is that you usually do at this time of the year, whether it’s cream, a hat or whatever. It’s a strange thing that we complain when it’s rainy or windy, but the one that can often do the most damage – the sun – is the one we like! No, we’d just appreciate your help with keeping the children healthy in this weather. Cheers

Elsewhere in the blog, there’s some great sport, some pretty great STARS, and some very very nice things happening in MOVE, and lots of other lessons. It’s also great to have the Makaton signs every week, and there’s a few things to look out for such as Parent Consultations, Reading stuff, Prom, Fair and all sorts. Hope this gives you a few minutes of interest and diversion anyway

And please do read about This is Me

You Said, We Listened: Parent View

Do go over and look at Eileen’s blog too, if you haven’t already – there’s always good stuff on there that’s very helpful. Enjoy!

Eileen also sent out a Parent View questionnaire; thanks for getting those back to us – we’ll have a look at what comes back and see what it all says and means. Please do let us know about the things that concern you

Parent Consultations, and Coffee & Catch-up

  • The new Parent/Carer Consultations are from the 27th June to the 8th July
  • Please do book a 20-minute appointment at a convenient time during this two week period, face-to-face or on Teams, whatever suits you
  • The teacher will go through the work that’s been done and how your child has been doing, and anything else that’s relevant too, like Key Drivers, Annual Review targets, safeguarding
  • We plan to do one of those every term, towards the end of each term
  • The Coffee & Catch-up sessions are more informal are what used to be the Coffee Mornings. Again, these will be three times a year, but in the first half of each term

End of Year Reports

  • The teachers are just gearing up to write these now
  • The format is based on the Key Drivers that you’ve been working with us on through the topics that we’ve been teaching in school
  • There’ll also be a general section and a note of attendance. We hope that they’ll be useful and meaningful, and that you’ll enjoy reading them. Few weeks yet!

Reading

  • Wed 22md June 9.30 – 11am – an introduction to phonics and Essential Letters & Sounds
  • Please do joining us in the school for a cuppa and a look at how we teach reading. It’s really interesting, I can guarantee it!

 

 

 

The Wheel

This Is Me Mini Festival

Here’s a message from Jo and Leanne about an exciting new thing that’s happening soon

Next week is National School Diversity Week and the students are planning their very own “This Is Me” mini-festival to take place in school on Friday 8th July. Students will be creating information leaflets within lessons on areas of diversity such as: LBGTQ+, neurodiversity, race, feminism, etc, that will be distributed at the festival. The event will include activities for students to choose from throughout the day including a reading/drama corner, giant games and a catwalk. There will also be a “shopping village” of stalls of which enterprise groups are planning and creating food, beverages and merchandise for festival-goers to buy. The whole school event will come together at the end of the day for our “This Is Me” march and we would like the students to come dressed in whatever makes them feel fabulous (festival gear, fancy dress, PJs, couture). We’re on the hunt for the following donations if you have any: unused face paint, photo booth props, fashion accessories, glitter and rainbow anything really!

The event will be raising money for a charity which will be chosen by our students. Tickets will cost £1 per student of which they will exchange for a wristband on the day and will be available from Jo or Leanne. They will also need some spending money for the shopping village.

We have a small group of students from George Stephenson involved as an inclusion project, they will help plan and run the event. Hopefully we’ll also have some entertainment from local artists, drag queens and students too.

The day will celebrate individuality within our school culture, will provide an opportunity to practice functional organisational and money skills and also to bring the fun experience of a festival to our students. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please contact Jo, Leanne or Lizzie on j.ferguson@percyhedley.org.uk and l.daley@percyhedley.org.uk, or your class teacher if you feel more comfortable.

Therapy Focus – MOVing All Over the World

Another absolutely amazing piece of work from the MOVE team this week – truly inspirational! Have a look at it over on the PHF blog here https://www.percyhedley.org.uk/saving-the-planet-with-move/

There’s millions of photos on there and some really interesting writing too. Great stuff

So many of the children got so much out of it, and it was so educational – and fun at the same time!

Something Great from Post 16….

This morning a post-16 group went to the shops to buy the ingredients for todays Food Tech session, using maths skills to calculate to the best value for money when buying the chicken and making a saving of £2.50…we all like a good bargain!

Then they all got to work to prepare their chicken wraps for lunch. As you can see from the photos there are some really great food preperation skills and cooking going the on. The end products looked amazing too!! Great work, Guys!!

 Allotment News from Jo!

As part of “Moving all over the world” Sandpipers visited their allotment again this week and worked hard looking after their green space. They also looked at how items had been repurposed and what strategies are used to help harness natural resources or conserve energy.

George planted and watered flowers to attract pollinators

Jack planted a raised bed very compactly to reduce empty spaces so that watering can be efficient and less weeds would pop through bare soil

Nieve also chose her activity using symbols, working towards her Speech and Language target

Huge drums are used to collect any rainwater or surplus tap water. This water is used to water plants before hosepipes come out

Solar powered window openers automatically open and close greenhouse windows when the temperature is too high or low. This helps keep plants healthy

Gutters have been used on fences in a way to brighten the area but also champion a very important philosophy to reduce, reuse and repurpose

This planter has also been mended and planted up afterwards to reduce waste

Team of the Week – Girls Football!

Girls Football

Got a great report and pics here on the girls football from Helen

It was the final matches for the Hedleys girls football team last week. We went along to the NUF Community Hub to take part in the cup games as the league had finished at the end of May

So not only were they playing for the cup, they would also find out where they had come in the league. Needless to say they were very excited!

The girls had six matches to play and unfortunately the weather was not kind to us so all the matches were played inside instead of on the rooftop Astro courts, which we were a bit upset about, but the games were still going ahead at least. The first game was a tough one and we lost 3-0 but the score did not reflect how well they played. The following five matches were two draws and two wins one of those being a 5 – 0 win!

The end results were that we came second in the Cup which is a fantastic achievement but the best result of all was that we had won the league. I am so proud of my girls they have played such good football, showed fantastic team spirit, fair play and always congratulated the team at the end of every match played so this is a very justified reward of which they are delighted

Wow, great stuff Helen and everyone in that squad. Here are some fab pictures too

 

Another lesson of the week – Outdoor Learning again!

This week the KS4 Outdoor Learning group has been doing some work on knots and pioneering. They attempted or managed to tie overhand knots, an overhand loop knot, reef knot and clove hitch using strawberry laces and strawberry pencils (or ropes and a stick if they preferred). This was followed by miniature tripods which then led on to some large scale pioneering which we took a stage further to make catapults. Blimey, that all sounds very technical! Good stuff! Outdoor Learning really has become an important part of the school. And this class is a pretty good class! Great stuff guys

Another Fabulous Thing That Happened

Shae’s been getting things sorted and enjoyed having a bit of banter with Jamie. Great to see him, and great to see him looking good! Also great to see that he is giving good banter back to that Jamie! See you soon, Shae!

High-Powered Clever Learning of the Week – Tangrams!

The Guinea Fowl have this week been investigating properties of shapes through Tangrams, and spent a lesson investigating the use of Tangrams and using their core vocabulary words of quadrilateral and polygon.  The students enjoyed the problem-solving and trial & improvement aspect of the task and all said it was much more challenging than they thought it would be and really made them think! Maths everyone! Great photos!

Makaton Signs of the Week

It’s been great to have these every week. So good to have so many trained professionals at the school, in so many different disciplines. OK, here’s your three for this week. I hope you’re using them, I hope you understand them, and they are easy to remember and not forget! 😊

Understand

Remember

Forget

 

 

Engagement Stars of the Week – Puffins!

Puffins made the most of the sun yesterday and went down to the library and listened to some stories, followed by snacks in the cafe there. They then took a walk down to the park and had themselves a play before heading back to school. Lovely morning out! All STARS!!!

ELTBA Star of the Week

The ELTBA Team this week would like to give their Star of the Week to the wonderful Sadie in Starlings.  For the past month Sadie has been working super-hard on developing independence skills whilst at the swimming baths and she has really excelled and persevered, even when she has found it challenging.  Her team are very proud of her.  Sadie, you are a complete STAR!!!!!!!!! Of course you are!

Also a huge Well Done to Jess in Starlings who went in the swimming pool for the first time since joining Percy Hedley and had an absolute splashing time 😊😊😊 Well done Jess! STAR!!!!!

Another Star of the Week!

Well now this is a good one. Katie has trialled her new Powerchair this week with great success and taken a huge step in how good she is at it. She has made real improvements and progress that is really noticeable. Hugely well done, nice one Katie, we have always known that you are, but what a total STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are. Congrats!

 Finally…..Our first PROM!

PROM #1!

Less than a month away!

Finally finally…..

Summer Fair, 16th July!

 The Wheel

All the very best to all of you, from all of us here

John & the Team

Family Information and PTA updates. 10 June 2022

And, just like that we are into our final half term of the 2021-22 academic year. This week has flown by too, so please excuse the shortened version of

Parent/Carer coffee afternoon.

I’m hosting a social coffee afternoon next Wednesday, 15th June from 14-15.00. This is an opportunity to meet other parents/carers and I know pre pandemic were appreciated. I am hoping for a mix of new families and those who have been with us longer. I will want to get some feedback from you to matters that are important to families and on communication from/to school.I have sent a letter today. Please respond; I would hate to run out of biscuits

 

Father’s Day Sale

The student council has decided they would like to hold a Father’s Day sale this year. You will have received a text/email today about the sale next Friday. Please send in donations and £3 on Friday per gift. The student council would really appreciate your support.

E-Safety.

There is a link on our school website dedicated to E-Safety information, something which is so important to keep your children/young people safe online. There are lots of links which are current and have been chosen as being relevant to our school community. I urge you to read these.

It now has weekly updates and Philip Coates is very keen to get some feedback / requests from parents as to whether they are ok with e-safety at home.

https://phs.percyhedley.org.uk/category/parents-and-families/e-safety/

 

 

Information

Universal Credit and students in non advanced education who are over the age of 16.

I have shared, on Facebook a number of articles from Contact-for families of Disabled children recently. I have been asked by some parents for further information.

In a nutshell, students over the age of 16 were, prior to December 2021 able to apply for Universal Credit, Education and Support Allowance (UC/ESA) element if their parents were not claiming Child Tax Credits. Once a child reaches the age of 20, regardless of where they are in education Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit ceases. These young people would then have claimed UC/ESA in their own right. The changes brought in state that in order to qualify the DWP must have carried out a work capacity assessment prior to the young person commencing the course.

Non advanced education can be a college course, but not a university level one.

It is still very new, and despite my research the outcome/success is unclear. Since the changes were introduced there have been challenges in the high court so there are likely to be changes ongoing.

Some DWP staff I spoke to were unaware of the change. The link below is to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) information.

https://cpag.org.uk/news-blogs/news-listings/new-universal-credit-rules-could-force-disabled-youngsters-out-education

Activities

Twisting Ducks

Jay Hare

Get creative for #LearningDisabilityWeek with our FREE Drama and Creative writing workshops at #Newcastle City Library for people with learning disabilities and autism (age 16+), on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd of June. To find out more, and to book your place, visit https://www.thetwistingducks.co.uk/events
Clip n Climb Metrocentre
Wow, this looks fantastic. I took my son there a few years ago and was amazed at how well he did, albeit noisily! An SEN session sounds like great progress
Our all-new SEND sessions provide a safe and fun space for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 💪 They include special equipment, less crowded sessions, and lower noise levels. Our first event is Saturday 11th June at 9am 👉 https://clipnclimbmetrocentre.namcofunscape.com/
Centre for Life: Relaxed sessions
 Join us for our monthly Relaxed Sunday Sessions – dedicated quiet time for anyone to access and enjoy the science centre, including autistic people and those with other sensory needs.

Next session: Sunday 12 June, 10.00am – 11.30am. 

Explore the science centre with fewer visitors* and less noise, and enjoy relaxed performances in our planetarium and Science Theatre. Find out what’s on during your visit.

Lighting and sound levels will be altered where possible, to accommodate those with sensory needs. For example, hand-dryers in toilets will be turned off for the duration of the session.

Relaxed Sunday Sessions run from 10.00am – 11.30am. You are welcome to stay after this time if you wish, but please note that our traditional programme, lighting and sound levels will gradually resume from 11.30am.

To support your visit…

  • Ear defenders for both adults and children are available to hire from reception. (£10.00 refundable deposit. Subject to availability).
  • We also have sensory bags available to hire, which include ear defenders, sunglasses, a range of fidgets and a copy of our visual story. (£20.00 refundable deposit. Subject to availability).
  • Before you come, and to help prepare for your visit, you can download our visual story and sensory map. These resources will be available at reception when you arrive, too.

*Numbers for this event are limited.
Are you a carer? Carers come free to Life Science Centre. If you’re booking online, please add a free Carer ticket to your basket and show proof of carer status at reception on arrival.

Any questions?

If you have any specific queries ahead of your visit, or if we can provide further support, please let us know by calling (0191) 243 8223 or emailing info@life.org.uk.

PTA

Summer Fayre. 

Please send in donations to make our summer fayre even better than last year. We need:

  • bottles, alcohol, non alcoholic
  • Chocolate
  • Gift sets
  • Raffle prizes.

We held a sub-committee meeting this week and it is looking better each time we update.I’ll share more next week.

 

Activity:

Hope: Online production. This week students have started watching the online production called Hope, which was about bullying. I had some feedback from students in Key Stage 4 and they seem to have enjoyed/learned from it.

Outdoor learning area: The mud kitchen and benches are on order

True Colours: We have been given the green light and the 2 days for the whole school are due this half term. Further details will follow. Quite the best part of my week has been listening to them singing that song on a Thursday afternoon. I managed to watch them signing it too.

Platinum memento coins: These were sent out before half term. It would be lovely to have some feedback (co-funded by the PTA)

MOVing All over the World: The PTA will fund resources for these days next week.

Meeting:

Our next PTA Meeting will be in the evening on Thursday 23rd June from 19.30-20.30. It will be via Microsoft Teams. We were very pleased to have new parents join in last time. The link is here.

Facebook page

The link to join our closed Facebook group is here. Please do not invite non Percy Hedley School parents, friends or professionals to join.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Eileen

 

Message from John & the Team, Friday 10th June 2022

Hi everyone,

It’s good to be back, especially for the nicest half term – the second half of the summer. This is where activities and all come into their own, and we start to turn our thoughts to September arrangements as well. There’s a lot going on that doesn’t even make the blog! And the school feels lively and busy, which I like

I hope there’s something that interests you in the blog from the team this week – there’s Makaton, reading, MOVE and some lovely lessons. There are also a few invites to you for various things, so hopefully we will start to get to see more of you in the school, after a long time when that hasn’t really happened

Have a lovely weekend, it’s great to have your son or daughter in school, and thanks for all your support for our community. Very best

Chris sent me this picture! Thanks Chris!

You Said, We Listened: Parent View

Do go over and look at Eileen’s blog too, if you haven’t already – there’s always some good stuff there, like stuff on the Fathers’ Day sale and the Coffee Afternoon. Enjoy that!

Eileen also sent out a Parent View questionnaire; thanks for getting those back to us – we’ll have a look at what comes back and see what it all says and means. Please do let us know about the things that concern you

Achievement & Progress: Parent Consultations, and Coffee & Catch-up

  • The new Parent/Carer Consultations are from the 27th June to the 8th July
  • Please do book an appointment at a convenient time during this two week period, face-to-face or on Teams, whatever suits you. We anticipate that about twenty minutes will be enough
  • The teacher will go through the work that’s been done and how your child has been doing, and anything else that’s relevant too, like Key Drivers, Annual Review targets, safeguarding or perhaps e-safety or other training that you would like
  • We plan to do one of those every term, towards the end of each term
  • The Coffee & Catch-up sessions are more informal are what used to be the Coffee Mornings. Again, these will be three times a year, but in the first half of each term

Achievement & Progress 2: End of Year Reports

The teachers are just gearing up to write these now, and you’ll notice that the format is based on the Key Drivers that you’ve been working with us on through the topics that we’ve been teaching in school. We hope that these reports will be useful and meaningful to you, and that you’ll enjoy reading them. They won’t be out for a while yet though!

The Wheel

Reading

Reading’s a real priority here, and we want to involve you as much as possible

·        Wednesday 22nd June 9:30- 11am – An introduction to phonics and Essential Letters & Sounds

·        We invite parents to join us in the school hall for a cup of tea or coffee and an introduction to how we teach reading within Percy Hedley. Sounds good

Therapy Focus – MOVE to Learn – How’s The Weather?

This half term Parrots are learning about the weather in their MOVE to Learn session with Steph and Sophie. They had lots of opportunities to practise their standing and sitting skills, as well creating opportunities to practice their fine motor skills when ‘dressing for the weather!’

For their warm-up, they all practised standing up to look outside so we could work out ‘How’s the weather today?’ (and for the record… it was cloudy!). Here’s Abi and Wren doing a great job!

Then, they all had a chance to roll the weather dice, and whatever weather it landed on, they had to search for props around the room to dress themselves appropriately!

After that they had to dress their body template by picking appropriate clothing from the washing to ensure they too were dressed appropriately for the weather!

Can you guess which weather Toby had to dress for? I’ll give you a clue, we sprayed him with water to make it more authentic!!

Can you guess what weather Abi dressed for? Here’s a sneaky clue from Toby and Wren!!

Can you guess which weather Chloe and Teddy were dressing for? Here’s another clue – they wore sun cream!!

And here is Wren… the clue for this one is that they all practiced their breathing (blowing!) to make the pinwheel spin to replicate the weather Wren was dressing for!

 Class of the Week – Starlings!

 Well, even although I haven’t managed to see it myself yet, the fabulous Starlings have got a really nice new Reading Area in their nest – I mean, room! Check out some of these pictures of a great class

Another Great Class!

This week the Grouse made some fresh fruit salad during their cookery lesson. They were given lots of choice over the fruit to include in their fruit salads from a wide range including pineapple, kiwi, apples, grapes, melon and pears. Yum! A Healthy Yum!

The KS4 Outdoor Learning group has been doing some mini-beast hunting using a range of methods. They then made some sculptures of mini-beasts using clay and natural materials

Another lesson of the week – Puffins!

Oscar and Oliver made the most of the beautiful weather and they enjoyed reading a story in the garden today. Lovely stuff, and just what you want in June

Another Fabulous Thing That Happened

We’re always really grateful when the PTA does the things they do and funds things. After the online production ‘Hope’, and Eileen’s collected some comments from the students

  • Calum: It was alright and made me think
  • Benjamin: It taught us to never give up hope and don’t let the bullies get to us
  • It was alright and interesting
  • Andrew: I felt ok about it. I enjoyed it I know what to do when someone bullies me
  • I just found it ok

Always very nice to hear from the children – thanks guys, all who were involved

VOCA News!

Here’s a picture of Ameen using his VOCA. Ameen’s been putting different words together to do the things he wants to do, like ask questions and talk about lunch! Excellent!

 

And although he isn’t in the right section here, Ameen is also one of the Engagement Pathway’s STAR!!! of the week for developing his communication skills so well. Not only has he been using his voice, he’s also using his VOCA to express his needs by using two-word sentences!

That’s real progress right there: congratulations Ameen!

Ameen: Star of the Week!

 

Sunflower Watch with Woodpeckers!

OK, now I know what you’re thinking……………….you’re thinking that these aren’t actual sunflowers. Now this is true, but a number of points. First they are lovey, aren’t they, and they are the class’s 3D model representations of the flowers themselves. Now there is some proper learning there, nice one Woodpeckers!

The other thing is that someone very kind had taken these home for half term, so we’ll be able to catch up with the real ones next week! Some great work from Woodpeckers there! Nice one guys!

Makaton Signs of the Week

More

Finish

Stop

All gone

Engagement Star of the Week

Gracey has been working hard on a number of self-help skills and is becoming more independent every day! Here is a picture of her practising them. She was so proud of her work and wanted to show everyone how great she is! Keep it up Gracey!!

Mattie has been working super hard in the magic carpet room this week. He has been doing some work followed by a nice relax, movement and stretch on the mat. He is expert at operating the projection screen and uses the touch pad and keyboard to navigate between some of his favourites! Well done Mattie!!

ELTBA Star of the Week

This week we would love to give our ELTBA Star of the week to the amazing Abi in Parrots.  Abi has shown a great deal of resilience in trying new equipment to help her access ICT more and hasn’t given up even though it was all new to her.  Everyone thinks she is a total STAR!!!  Well Done Abi!

 

 

***** STOP PRESS: we’ll have some news on girls’ football next week! *****

*****COMING SOON: THIS IS ME MINIFEST – 8TH JULY!!!!!!!*****

Finally…..Our first PROM! PROM #1!

I’m doing the punch!

Finally finally…..

Summer Fair, 16th July! Also on Eileen’s blog! Can’t wait!

All the very best to all of you, from all of us here. Here’s to a really lovely last half term of the year – with good weather hopefully!

John & the Team

Father’s Day

Father’s Day Sale: Friday 17th June 2022

The student council has decided that this year they would like to do a Father’s Day sale, similar to the format used for Mother’s Day.  We know that students really enjoy choosing their own gift for a parent or other significant male in their lives

 

 

They would be grateful if you could send in donations of gifts which can be purchased next Friday for £3. Please send for the attention of Claire Hayden

MOVing All Over the World Days: 14th & 15th June 2022

MOVing All Over the World Day ….   Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June

Earth Globe Logo Clip Art, PNG, 900x858px, Earth, Area, Ball, Free Content,  Globe Download Free

 

Each MOVE task is related to eco-friendly and environmentally friendly activities. These will all be based outdoors and each class will receive a map of Percy Hedley on Tuesday morning to help the students follow the path of activity stations around the ‘Percy Hedley world’!

Activities include… a sensory sea tunnel, using a grabber to collect rubbish, using switches to activate fans and planting seeds!

Students and staff are invited to wear blue or green to represent the earth over the 2 days! This is optional.

Finally, to become a more eco-friendly school each class is going to be receiving an end of day class checklist created by one of our students. This will remind the class to always remember to turn off lights and computers and to ensure taps aren’t left running. Every little helps!

We will be sharing lots of pictures of the event on the blog – so look out for this!

Many thanks,

MOVE Team

Family Information and PTA News 27 May 2022

What a lovely end to half term it was, seeing the Jubilee party in full swing? The school and PTA has co-funded a memento for each student on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I also sent out posters on Ofsted parent View, more on both in the blog.

Social Coffee afternoon

I will be hosting a social coffee afternoon on Wednesday 15th June from 14.00-15.00. I would love to see as many parents/carers as possible and look forward to hearing your views on whatever you wish to share/discuss. It;s a chance to meet other parents/carers too.

Please keep an eye on John’s blog too as we know how important it is for parents to have some workshops and training. I will, where invited support these too. Tell us what would help you and, as a school we will include things we know are important. I can’t stress enough the difference it makes to you supporting your children’s/young people’s progress.

Ofsted Parent View

Prior to an inspection Ofsted will look at a school’s website and although we have a link to the above, it is usually my role to promote and encourage parents/carers to complete their survey. You will find details and a link in the attachment below. If you look at the school website, under the heading parents and families it is there too.

Ofsted_Parent_View_poster

For parents

Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think of your child’s school, including:

 – how happy your child is at the school

 – how the school manages bullying or challenging behaviour

If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), we will ask how well the school supports them.

The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.

We will use your responses to help us plan inspections. The information you provide can:

– inform discussions inspectors have with school leaders during an inspection

 – help Ofsted decide when to inspect a school

In addition to this, we also publish the overall summary of the responses to Ofsted Parent View. This information is anonymised.

You will need to register via the link to the survey which is short and specific. Ofsted will collect and save email addresses which they amy check to ensure that responses are from current parent/carers.

If you have difficulty accessing, let me know. This survey is to gather parent views only. Complaints to Ofsted go via their complaints section.

 

Information.

SEND Review

The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22nd.

Below is a quote from the government explanation. However, there is concern amongst charities about the impact of these changes. I would urge parents/carers to read up and use the opportunity of the consultation to say how it will affect your child.

“The government is determined to level up opportunities for all children and young people – without exception. We are just as ambitious for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as for every other child.

The SEND review sets out government’s proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.”

Special Needs Jungle

A parent led charity, which I have referred to in previous updates. They have extensively researched the review with suggestions on how to answer the questions

You can find more information here

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) have launched their parent carer survey on the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper.

They would like survey responses from as many parent carers as possible to ensure that their views are heard.

You can complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J63QX22

The responses from the survey will be used to inform the NNPCF’s response to the SEND and AP Green Paper consultation.

Please share the link with all of your parent carer contacts and networks. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and remains open until the 30 June.

Newcastle United:   

I shared information with you a few weeks ago  about season tickets. I told you I had emailed Newcastle United disability office. Here is the response I received this week: You will note that it appears to be a reply to an individual, rather than me.

“We do not currently have information for 2022/23 season tickets nor operate a waiting list for season tickets. General sale may begin in summer 2022; but we do not have a definitive date at this moment in time.

Please keep an eye on our website; any information will be published there, if it becomes available.

We can help you set up an account in advance.

To qualify for a concessions price season ticket, we must see proof of

  • Higher or middle rate disability living allowance issued by the Department of Work & Pensions Receipt
  • Enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • The Access Card (Details available from www.accesscard.org.uk)Registration document which certifies that you are Registered Blind or      Partially Sighted
  • Registration document which certifies that you are Registered Blind or Partially Sighted Veterans Agency letter confirming War Disablement Pension
  • If resident outside of UK, please use equivalent documentation.
  • Attendance Allowance

Please send this proof over to disabilitysupport@nufc.co.uk  followed with date of birth, Address and contact number.

Children under the age of 13 do not qualify for a free personal assistant, Is this something you require?

We do have wheelchair allocated seating is this something you will require?”

I would suggest that if you do have a child under the age of 13, who is an avid fan that you query further the age limitation with them.

Activities

Reason to – Disability Triathlon

The Reason To – disability triathlon will be held July 10th 2022 at David Lloyd Newcastle.

It promises to be a great event, one which many of our students have taken part in over the years. It is completely inclusive, open to children, young people and adults with a disability.

They do not have to do all 3 events; it is very much tailored to be open to as many as possible, the buzz the sense of achievement and happy faces at the last one in 2019 was so uplifting.

Please see the attached for more information or follow their Facebook page here

Disability Tri 2022

Beamish Museum

There has been lots of investment in developing Beamish, and here’s another new addition.

Just opened today. Coronation Park and Recreation Ground in our 1950s Town… how amazing does it look 😍😍
Tackle the Lambton Worm, tee-off under the Tyne Bridge, slice around Sycamore Gap and hit a hole-in-one on High and Low Force – our mini golf course features holes inspired by North East landmarks and stories.
The park will also include a playground, sandpit, giant draughts board and football area.
Coronation Park is part of the Remaking Beamish project, which also includes The 1950s Town, 1950s Farm, Georgian expansion and transport developments. The Remaking Beamish project was awarded a £10.9million grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016.

North East Days Out

Here is a link to a Facebook group which may be of interest; it suggests and reviews various attractions/events and places in the North East. Not all will be accessible, but I’d suggest visiting websites to check these details along with any discounts.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/884770881581530

PTA

Platinum Jubilee memento

The PTA agreed to co-fund a memento of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with school. Local Authority maintained Primary School children are being given a book, but as an independent school we are not. We wanted to mark this occasion. I would like to especially thank Jo Thomas, who did the research and found what we think will be appreciated by families. It looks like this:

We continue to support the MOVE events in school which are differentiated to meet the needs of ALL students and which I can say with confidence meet the needs of all students. The staff rather like them too.There’s another planned for the 2nd week after half term.

We await the now ordered mud kitchen and benches for the outdoor learning area.

I know at least 1 or 2 classes have visited a National Trust property, made possible through PTA support in the form of paying the Annual membership fee.

I do hope that our parents/carers can see how the PTA supports school. We have a small, committed number of parents and school staff without whom this would not be possible.

Summer Fayre: Saturday 16th July 10-14.00

Our plans are progressing nicely and this year we will offer more variety on the food front. Thanks to our catering team for offering to make shortbread, fruit and cheese scones as well as hot dogs and pizza. We will have some Greggs fresh bakes and a cake stall. Are you getting as excited as me?

After half term we will start accepting donations so please think of us if you have bottles, alcoholic or non alcoholic, chocolate of gift sets.

Meeting

Our next meeting will be an evening one and will be via TEAMS until we can discuss alternatives. The date is Thursday 23rd June from 19.30-20.30. Please join us. the link is here

Facebook group. 

The link to join our closed facebook group is here

Do put this next bit on your calendar. School re-opens on Tuesday 7th June. Wishing you all a lovely half term.

 

Eileen Robinson: Family Liaison Officer

Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260

Email: e.robinson@percyhedley.org.uk

Message from John & the Team: Friday 27th May 2022

Hi everyone

We’re doing staff training today. Just so that you know, that means we are getting in various groups throughout the day and having training on various things, such as dysphagia, medication, positive handling, Rebound Therapy, the curriculum, safeguarding – things like that. I mention it because people often ask! I hope that the day together is ok for you, and very best wishes for the week ahead. We’ll see your children next on Tuesday 7th June, and I hope you have a lovely time

What we did yesterday was celebrate the theme of Belonging as part of our Emotional Resilience project. But it was also just a really nice day where we had like a garden party for lunch, and all sorts of lovely things were going on. The students were brilliant, some of them dressing up and all sorts. It was a really lovely day

It’s been a lovely week too, with a huge amount going on, and a good, although short, half term. There have been exams (!), lots of sport, some smashing things outdoors, in classrooms and in therapy

Have a lovely half term, and the next time we talk, it will be the last half of the year, and we’ll be talking about you coming in to school at long last! All the very best, and thanks for your support. Have a quick read of what’s been going on if you fancy…..

This was the coin I got when I was at school in Plymouth in 1977, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee

 

 

 

But this is the one that hopefully went home to you guys yesterday

Hope you like it – I’ve still got mine, all these years later!

 

You Said, We Listened: Parent View

Eileen has sent out a Parent View questionnaire; please do see if you have a few minutes to fill this in. We want to do all we can to listen and be responsive. Thanks

Please do check out Eileen’s blog on another page

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Also under this section, I’m going to reprint below another version of this information about Relationship, Sex, Health Education (RSHE), in case you missed it last time. Really important stuff

The team working on this have been consulting and seeing what you at home you’ve said about it. Here are some links that you may find helpful and interesting. They had a bit of a low turnout for their Spring 2022 Parent Forum, so they decided to collate some information to share with you regarding the parent and student consultations that have been carried out over the last year. They’ve also included their journey of how we have implemented the new statutory outcomes so far and information regarding our assessment tool. I really enjoyed looking at this – it’s so much better than when I used to teach this kind of thing! Sometimes difficult, but always important stuff!

The first one is more primary, the second one more secondary, if you’re thinking about the ages or stages of the pupils, and your own son or daughter

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1aXrp34qzV21t_rrOCT3SiGtuyw-zc0ktOZMSCF_4lEY/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qok2xaiAdpNtouWkmkJcQi5TNvyi9jVP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108596125345416234729&rtpof=true&sd=true

Actually, I’ve got a third one too under this. You remember that we have been having these lovely Taster Days, following feedback, where the kitchen staff put on lots of choices of foods for the children to try? Well there was a great one the other day that had sandwiches and puddings that were then going to go into the choices for the Jubilee Day. Have a look

Sandwiches and puds…………….mmmmmmmmmmmmm………..yum

 

Achievement & Progress: Parent Consultations, and Coffee & Catch-up

Just putting a shortened version of this in again too

We’re very much looking forward to discussing your son or daughter’s progress at the new Parent/Carer Consultation that we’ve set up, whereby the Class Teacher will make contact and arrange a date and time with you at a convenient within the two weeks

  • beginning 27th June
  • and beginning 4th July

Please do book an appointment at a convenient time during this two week period, face-to-face or on Teams, whatever suits you. We anticipate that about twenty minutes will be enough

At the meeting the teacher will go through the work that has been done and how your child has been doing, and anything else that’s relevant too, like Key Drivers, Annual Review targets, safeguarding or perhaps e-safety or other training that you would like

I hope that it will prove to be helpful and interesting, and indicate to you how your child is making progress – and if they are not making progress, what it is that we are doing about it

If it goes well, then we’ll do one of those every term, so three times a year, towards the end of each term, so in late Nov/early Dec; March or April depending on when Easter is; and in early July

Also, we are organising Coffee & Catch-up sessions, where you can chat with each other, see some aspects of the school that perhaps you haven’t seen yet, and talk to people in a slightly more relaxed manner. These are what used to be the Coffee Mornings. Departmental heads will be in contact about those. Again, these will be three times a year, but in the first half of each term, so roughly in October, February and perhaps May

Hopefully both of these events – one more informal, one more formal – will be helpful. It will be good to see you in the school after all this time

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Reading

It’s been another busy week in terms of our phonics program, as yet more staff are trained in how to deliver ‘Essential Letters & Sounds’ in preparation for rolling the program out further throughout school. We’ve seen some excellent progress this half term and will be sharing what our students think of the new phonics programme soon!

For now, we’d like to make parents aware of the first of our parent training opportunities focusing on literacy

Wednesday 22nd June 9:30- 11am – An introduction to phonics and Essential Letters & Sounds

We invite parents to join us in the school hall for a cup of tea or coffee and an introduction to how we teach reading within Percy Hedley.

We hope that as many of you as possible will join us in person but do understand that this won’t be possible for all. A recording of the training will be made available after the event, and we’ll share the presentation for those of you who would prefer to read in your own time

Further information will follow after half term. Happy Reading!

Allotment Corner

Sandpipers visited their allotment again this week where they all worked together completing garden maintenance jobs. Plants needed watered, fences painted, grassland cleared, and pebbles moved to frame the pond which helps frogs and newts climb in and out

Max collected a lot of litter flying in on the wind

Nieve helped carry and move piles of dirt using a spade

Therapy Focus – MOVE: a message from Tina and Sophie

In the summer term on the 6th July 10am-11am we are going to hold a parent/carer session in which we will discuss the MOVE program. The aim is to provide an overview and answer the following questions

·        What the Move Program is?

·        How is it implemented at Percy Hedley School?

·        What have we learnt in our first year of MOVE?

·        It will be an opportunity for families to ask questions to the MOVE co-ordinators

What would be great would be if you could help us by expressing an interest on this form and providing a preference of whether it is an in-school event or on TEAMS and therefore recorded

https://forms.gle/yCYFZhpFDfstKzjp6

You may also find the following FAQ’s helpful MOVE FAQ’s 22, however if there is anything else relating to MOVE which you would like us to cover in addition to what is outlined above, then please do pop this on the form, or feel free to contact us in advance of the session via email on

c.christopher@percyhedley.org.uk or sophie.thompson@percyhedley.org.uk

Tina and Sophie, MOVE Coordinators

 

Rap of the Week!

We should definitely have a Rap of the Week every week. But anyway, just wanted to share a class rap with you from yesterday’s Belonging day that I mentioned. The students really enjoyed making this together and everyone participated which was just lovely.  Macey’s beatboxing was second to none!!! This Resilience Framework has really created some amazing work, and we’ll bring it all together at the end of the year

Thanks, Leanne and the ‘6LD gang’ – the Owls!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

6LD gang – Belonging Rap

Yo, yo, yo – 6LD is the place to be,

I belong with you; you belong with me.

Always together and never apart,

Forever we’ll be in each other’s heart.

 

There’s our Liam, loves nuns and the Wiggles,

Then we have Jess with a dance and a giggle!

Daniel K? He’s a movie buff,

And Tom? The planets? He knows his stuff!

James C? He loves the games, and George? Well, he knows all the names! And Callum? He knows all about trains!

Jensen is our water baby, and then our Macey? A future actor maybe?????

Last but not least, our Lucy dot, dot, dot!!!

What an amazing unity we have got!!

 

Lesson of the Week – Music with Parus Major

On Thursday, 4PC were joined in class by Clarence Adoo MBE from the Sage Gateshead. Clarence has a unique way of playing instruments within the Royal Northern Sinfonia MOVES orchestra. Students loved learning all about the inclusive orchestra who have played all over the world and even with Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympics!

Check out the orchestra here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POnot8syUWQ. And of course some pics – it’s was actually pretty special! Great stuff!

 Another lesson of the week – Acrostics

Now, parents and carers, I am going to use my best teacher voice here and ask you if you are familiar with acrostics? You are? Excellent. (If not, look here)

https://www.google.com/search?q=acrostic&source=lmns&bih=754&biw=1536&rlz=1C1GCEV_enGB936GB936&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj25JzOu__3AhVHeRoKHWNZBzoQ_AUoAHoECAEQAA&safe=active&ssui=on

OK? Right then, well you will be able to see that here are some excellent acrostics that the post-16 English class did. Awesome!

Physios teach us

Exercises to help us

Run really fast

Can

You catch me?

Sophie

Have a great day

Eat choices of grub

Dance all the way

Lessons grow your brain

Each and every day

Your teacher will not yell

Finny

Pilates makes me relaxed

Eat a lot of lunches

Relaxation helps me chill

Cookery is fun

You can come too

Thomas

Happy

Enjoy

Dinner

Laugh

Excited

Yey

Grace

Physio helps me move

Edinburgh and the duke

Richard grooves

Charlie runs fast

“Yipee” he yells

Harvey

Happy

Excited

Dinner

Lessons

English

Yoga

Jack

 

Sports News (honestly, Helen could do a whole separate blog on her own, she does so much of this with our pupils) 😊

The Panathlon Primary Games

Last Monday pupils from Steffi Bell and Andrew Halls class went to their first ever primary Panathlon event. The event was held at the Lakeside Centre and our pupils took part along with 5 other schools in skittles, precision bean bag, polybat, shooting baskets, kurling and boccia skills.

They had a really great time and did brilliantly, coming back with medals and a lovely certificate. Fab

The next day was the secondary Panathlon festival, and it was hosted by the school in Hedleys sports hall. Our students took part in the morning’s activities along with two other schools and came in first place! Congratulations to our KS4 team! In the afternoon session four more schools came to take part, the whole day was a big success, and it was so nice to be able to host events again in our Sports Hall. Check out the video on the Twitter site

DofE Award

Cycling at the Rising Sun Country Park this week, the students worked on cycling up hills and down using their gears effectively going up hill and using their breaks and body position going down

Next week is the first lesson in the Bike4Health workshop

Billingham Ice Rink trip KS4

This is a trip that should have taken place back in February but due to Covid it had to be postponed. So, Monday 23rd was the new date and off we went. For some of the students this was the first time they had ever been on ice, and it was a very different experience to what they were used to in PE. But they were all very keen to give it a go. They got their boots and practiced walking in them first very wise! Then one at a time they went onto the ice and the photos say it all!

                                                     Waiting patiently to go on the Ice                       

Another Fabulous Thing That Happened

4JF enjoyed the last day of the half term by learning about Belonging as others did. They started the day by learning what Belonging is. The students identified the different groups that they belong to, including the school and their local communities. They made some bunting and paperchains which were used to decorate the hall ready for their picnic lunches. In the afternoon they had a quiz to test their knowledge about the Queen. We were all very proud of them for all their help and support during the preparation and tidying up of the event. They clearly demonstrated our shared values and their sense of belonging……..

Excellent. Check out a few pictures to give you an idea

Sunflower Watch with Woodpeckers!

OK, so now the news you’ve all been waiting for – how big are the Woodpeckers’ sunflowers?

OK, well, the wait is over……..here we go….

First picture: not bad growth, not bad at all………

Now, the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that the second picture is not in fact a sunflower. It is a pumpkin. They’ve just got green fingers down there. It’s lovely to get updates

More PE! More good stuff!

This week the KS4 PE group completed a carousel of activities. These included badminton, table tennis, bowling – where they had the chance to gain an insight into what it is like for our wheelchair users, sitting volleyball and noodle mania. The students all enjoyed the session and there were good levels of participation

 

Makaton Signs of the Week

Hungry and Thirsty

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u6AvlVuD1M_pd1S3dHy-dAicAnuQGX8p/view?usp=sharing

Hungry – Thirsty

Engagement Star of the Week

Millie for joining first video call since surgery

 ELTBA Star of the Week

This week we would like to give the star of the week to ALL of the amazing children following the ELBTA Pathway.  As everyone knows, yesterday was our Jubilee Picnic and lunchtime was very different for all the children. Although it took a lot of them massively out of their comfort zone they all embraced it and joined in making sure they had, as some said “the best time ever.”   They were all superstars!

 Finally…..#1 PROM!

Our first official Prom, happening at the school in July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally finally…..

The Summer Fair! On the 16th July!

Look on Eileen’s blog! Can’t wait!

All the very best to all of you, from all of us here. Have a lovely few days together and we’ll see you all soon

John & the Team

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