Enjoying Easter

As we hope that the longer days and sunshine continues our young people have been making the most of the holidays and had a fantastic Easter break. In our Staffordshire region many of the young people have made the most of the close proximity of Alton Towers and enjoyed the rush of adrenaline as they took to the rides. One young man is celebrating his birthday by a visit to the theme park with staff. Trips to Waterworld, the cinema, Crocky Trail and Blackpool also took place, together with a bit of retail therapy and rounds of golf. Those young people at Brunswick put their creativity to the test and created an art wall for all to see. And of course Easter is not the same without a little indulgence and relaxation! Some enjoyed recharging their batteries and Easter egg hunts, and all of our young people have enjoyed meals out, take-aways and even afternoon tea and cake decoration...lovely! In our Bedfordshire region the young people have also been busy visiting Brighton, London, the Emirates Stadium and Eddie Stobard Depo. The learning did not stop for some however, as alcohol awareness sessions and a visit by community police took place. Trying to walk in a straight line while wearing alcohol goggles was a challenge for staff as well as our young people! Talking of challenges the staff v. young people go karting was easily won by the youngsters, although the staff are not happy and a re-match is on the cards. Whereas the swimming, walks and football have been far less competitive but just as enjoyable. Volunteer work is never far from peoples minds and this holiday saw some doing wood work at a volunteer group, and others taking old carpet materials to a dogs home to help with comfort and warmth. It's also been lovely to see some of our young people have the opportunity to see family and undertake activities with them over the holidays too. However they chose to spend their time, it's safe to say that they decide themselves and made the most of their two weeks off school!

World Book Day 2018

Students enjoyed World Book day 2018 with an interesting twist this year.

Students were asked to use there knowledge of staff and try to match them with their favourite books.
While staff were modelling good reading habbits it also gave to students a different insight into their teachers.

There is a lovely display of the day to remind pupils of the acitivities and to inspire them to read a range of books.

The winners were Max with first place and Mark with second. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the staff for their hard work and support.

A great day was had by all!

Be Inspired - Awareds Evening

Our Bedfordshire school celebrated the students’ success under the theme ‘Be Inspired.’ The event saw students past and present students receiving a range of awards from subject awards to top achievement in KS3 and KS4. They were entertained by the talented Dr Fiona (Oracles own English and History Teacher at Silsoe). One guest remarked, “I have never heard the flute played so professionally.” The guest speaker, Dr Charles, inspired the students using the life story of Charles Darwin. His overall message can be summarised through the quote, “It is not how good you are it is how good you want to be!” Head teacher, Lisa Patterson-Igwe, was delighted with the number of people who attended and gives thanks to those who helped to make the event so positive and to those who took the time to join them.

Thank You from the Kings Arms Project.

We were delighted to receive a letter from the King's Arms Project this week.

The young people and staff at our Oracle School in Bedfordshire collected items to support the projects clients over the Christmas period. The King's Arms project supports 650 homeless and disadvantaged clients, and were able to provide cooked breakfasts and Christmas dinner over the festive session.

The Fundraising Officer said,

"Our clients were greatly appreciative of the items that you collected and I'd like to thank the whole school for really getting behind this."

Well Done everyone!

Down on the Farm - Stockley Farm Visit

The weather may have been cold and wet but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of our young people who spent the day at Stockley Farm in Cheshire. The youngsters and staff from our Congleton Oracle School were all wrapped up for a day at the farm and had a fantastic time. The day included a look at how an organic farm is run, in particular a dairy farm and how that differs from a normal farm, this meant the young people got to meet the dairy cows and calves, along with other animals on the farm such as the sheep and goats. They went on to look at the milking parlour and the procedures for milking the cows and explaining how they kept the cows welfare at the heart of this process. For the second part of the day they took a tractor ride around the estate where the farm is based, discussing how farming had developed over the last 100 years with regards to machinery and imagined a day’s work on a dairy farm then and now... the very early start was a shock to the youngsters! Afterwards the students went to look at the polly tunnels to see how having these affects the variety of vegetables grown on the farm and talk about how seasonal foods affects our diets and so as a result we looked at food miles linking in with recent lessons in school. To top the day off the students received a hot chocolate or an ice cream made on the farm using their organic produce from the cows they had met earlier. The highlight of the day was meeting the baby goat Coco and her mum Fudge!

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