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Christmas Card Competition

Each year Oracle organises a competition for all young people to design our Christmas card.

This year we were inundated with amazing designs from our young people, and it was extremely hard for our Senior Leadership Team to judge only one winner.

Congratulations to Marcel for his fabulous snowy scene - it will soon be appearing through the post as this year's Oracle Christmas card. And a big well done to runners-up Sophie, Zak and Aaron.

Here's a selection of the wonderful entries we received.

Assistant Archaeologists at Oracle School

On Saturday 11th November two pupils from Bedford Oracle School took part in an Archaeology Club Training Session at Wrest Park House. It was provided by Headland Archaeology, a business based next door to the School who provide services to builders in the UK who must, by law, have their land surveyed by archaeologists before excavation begins.

Barney and Kurt were allowed to look around Headland’s offices and warehouse, where they saw archaeology in progress. They were able to handle artefacts found recently on some building sites, and the archaeologist explained what the objects were, and their possible dates. Some were as much as four thousand years old! Barney and Kurt were also allowed to handle soil, and see how soil was analysed for archaeological remains – they saw that archaeologists do not shy away from mud and dirt!

After this, the boys went back to Wrest Park House Education Centre, where they were able to look at, analyse and handle some of the collections kept there. They spoke to the Curator who was able to help them work out what the mystery artefacts were used for, and their dates. Both pupils enjoyed the session, and felt they learnt a lot. Participation in this training session will allow them to complete an AQA Unit Award in Historical Research in due course.

Oracle Staff Graduate

Congratulations to 3 Oracle staff who last week graduated from Glyndwr University with a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Childcare.

Well done to Registered Manager Nicola Brown, Registered Manager Michelle Jackson and Senior Residential Childcare Practitioner Steve Lowry.

Oracle's New Children's Home

racle Care and Education are pleased to announce the planned opening of a new children's home.

Located in rural Bedfordshire, Wren Cottage will open in January 2018, offering 3 placements for young people aged 8-18 with complex emotional and behavioural needs.

In keeping with the names of our other Bedfordshire homes, we held a competition to find the perfect bird name. Staff were asked to make suggestions, and then our young people voted for their favourite. The winner was Wren Cottage!

Watch this space for further details of our latest children's home.

Chris Wins Two Awards

Last week Chris attended his LAC Awards Evening in Bedford. The theme was 'prom' so he and the staff team got glammed up ready for a great night.

Chris bought himself a new blue suit, and looked very smart and handsome. The other young people from Nightingale House joined in and got suited and booted too!

Chris invited Home Manager Kat McGowan and CEO Steve Bromley to be his guests, and they were honoured to attend.

The night was a wonderful success, and Chris loved mingling with his friends. They enjoyed a 3 course meal and a fantastic disco.

Chris was presented with two awards; one for developing independence and life skills and the second for his volunteer work over the past year.

Everyone at Nightingale House, and the wider Oracle community, are very proud of Chris for his achievements - he has worked extremely hard over the last year.

Manager Kat said 'The best part of the evening was watching Chris with the biggest smile on his face! I was so proud of him and how he presented himself. He has has come such a long way since he came to Oracle two years ago!'

Here's a photo of the three Nightingale boys with CEO Steve Bromley.

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