Anti-Bullying Week 2018

This years 'Anti-Bullying Week' did not go unmarked with the youngsters at Oracle.

The theme of 'Respect' was highlighted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance this year but this is something that Oracle Care and Education hold a lot of focus on in the day-to-day relationships between our staff and young people.
Our dedicated and experienced teams support the young people in our care, helping them to feel safe, giving them a sense of belonging, the opportunity to grow and develop, alongisde developing a mutual respect and understanding.

One group of youngsters linked their ASDAN work to this weeks anti-bullying theme by doing a piece of personal journey art work, based on the Aboriginal art from Australia who use symbols to represent there journeys. Part of the task is to then speak to the group explaining what they have drawn, and why, and been respectful of each others thoughts and opinions. Often, through tasks like these stories link to very personal issues and events, our youngsters need to be understanding and tolerant of each other.
While another group look at 'Purple Tuesday' to help promote disability awareness as a bully subject, i.e people getting bullied for having a disability. The group watched and discussed the videos on the Purple Website.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Our Bedfordshire school took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning again this year in support of Macmillan. Staff and young people enjoyed an array of lovely cakes and drinks on Friday 28th September and raised a total of £71! Each year the amount raised is increasing which is all down to raising awareness and community spirit.

The annual coffee morning is Macmillans biggest fundraising event of the year and aims to help people living with cancer to live life as fully as they can.

Well done and thank you to all those people who got involved... your amazing!

World Mental Health Day - Reflection and Support

As part of World Mental Health Day our pupils completed a variety of activities to highlight a number of issues regarding mental well - being.

In tutor time some pupils discussed depression, looking at what it is and how it effects all of us directly or indirectly. They looked at how, as a family, the school can support those with mental health needs as we all have a different understanding of what it is and how it affects people. The youngsters talked about their own personal experiences and shared these with their peers through a supportive group discussions.

Springing into September

Our Cheshire school came into the new academic year full of enthusiasm!

We welcomed new staff and pupils together with fresh ideas. Team building games and activities have helped everyone to build good foundations to their relationships and started the term off on a high.
One member of staff came into school on the back of coming 19th in the World Windsurfing Championships and our youngsters are looking forward to their paddle-boarding outdoor education with him from October. Two other members of staff are also starting their HLTA courses and proving that we are always striving for excellence.

As The Great British Bake Off continues some pupils joined in by making animal shaped bread and creating food themed around Roald Dahl. The pupils followed instructions and even put their own twists on things to show how previously learnt skills could be used to improve their outcomes.

We are delighted that some of our Key Stage 4 students are accessing courses at local colleges and following in the footsteps of our outgoing Year 11's who have successfully been placed in colleges pursuing things including Business Studies and Journalism.

Everyone is looking forward to the term ahead with lots of exciting and interesting learning taking place.

Hard work really does pay off!

Despite the tougher examinations and grading system Oracle school - students and staff have celebrated the examination results. In fact our Bedford school celebrated its best examination results in 10 years!

All the students have achieved some qualifications with exceptional results in subjects such as 100% pass in Science (Single Award ) ,Citizenship, Food Preparation and Nutrition and 80% in English Language. Notable outstanding performances are a year 11 student who has achieved in excess of FIVE 9-4 (old A*-C) and a year 9 student who has passed all his core subjects (English, Maths and Science).

Whether it be GCSE results or Entry Level qualifications the pupils worked hard and gained their rewards with their results.

We are equally proud of all our students who have had to deal with exceptional personal challenges. However, with their efforts and the hard work of their teachers, support staff and therapy team they have made tremendous progress.

This is a culmination of year of hard work and focus on academic excellence. There has been a renewed ethos on school being the place for learning. Well done to all the students, staff, therapy team, Governors, parents and carers . These results came only through great teamwork.

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