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Staff member Karen Town is running the Abbey Dash 10K run in Leeds on Sunday 16th November and is being sponsored for school funds. Doing the Abbey Dash is not a ‘flash in the pan’ where Karen is concerned because she has been training hard for several months building up her mileage pounding the streets in training. Once again donations in support of Karen’s run are very welcome.
Intrepid Mo Bros and Mo Sistas stride forth!
As Movember approaches Beechcliffe staff are cultivating thoughts of what style of moustache they will grow throughout the next month in support of awareness and fund-raising for men’s health issues. Mick Hey as well as planning his top lip odyssey, has also arranged a sponsored walk for Saturday 15th Movember following an arduous 8 mile circular route around Sutton-in-Craven with a carefully selected finishing point at an establishment that will be able to provide nourishment for the weary walkers whose moustaches may be starting to droop. Funds raised will be split between school and the Movember charity so please contact school if you wish to either join the hike or contribute to the fund-raising.
The colour pink has a lot of significance in school but never more than this week. Many of our pupils are used to having their work marked with comments written in pink ink which are used to identify things they need to do to make their work even better – Think Pink! Pupils also know that work marked with green ink highlights aspects of their work that they have done particularly well – Green is Good! However today, 23rd October on the last day before half-term, all our thoughts are on Pink Day as we dress up (in pink) and raise funds for Breast Cancer. A full day of exciting events are planned with a celebration assembly at the end of the day. As always Beechcliffe pupils will be ultra-enthusiastic in their efforts to raise money for charity and it is fantastic how they are all so good at thinking of others.
Transition Evening 22nd October.
On the evening of the 22nd October we held a Transition event alongside our autumn Parents’ Consultation Evening. So, as well as being able to meet the teachers, mums, dads and carers were also able to meet a wide selection of the providers who work with our older pupils when they leave school. On the night we had Bradford Careers, Bradford College, Craven College, HFT, Home from Home Care, Keighley & Craven People First, Leeds City College (Keighley), Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET), Shipley College, Waddiloves Healthcare and the Transition Social Workers from the Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CTLD). Hopefully this allowed some useful discussions and information gathering to take place.
Eden Camp visit.
“It’s a long way to Eden Camp, it’s a long way to go.” This is what our Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils sang on the coach during their long journey to Eden Camp military museum near Pickering on their recent visit. The visit was made in support of their work on World War II. It was well worth it though as the pupils got to see an iconic Spitfire as well as tanks, and trenches and air-raid shelters and such a lot of exciting stuff. It was a super-effective way of learning about history and the whole day out was a memorable experience for staff and pupils.
Michelle Nichols writes:
“On Thursday the 16th of October 4 KS3/4 classes visited Eden Camp near Pickering. The visit was made to support pupil’s history work relating to World War II. After a long and noisy 2 hour drive the pupils arrived in time for lunch in the mess hut. The grated cheese sandwiches certainly made a mess!!!!
By far, the Blitz hut was the favourite, when inside the hut pupils got to experience a bombing raid on London at night. It was very dark and the noise of the drones and bombs gave pupils the opportunity to discover what life was really like for children in World War II. Some pupils visited this hut several times throughout the day. Pupils also had the chance to go inside an Anderson shelter, into a German submarine, in the gun turret of a plane during a bombing raid and also into the trenches of World War 1.
Throughout the day the pupil’s behaviour was brilliant and all were a credit to the school and their parents.
Although it was a very long day pupil’s enjoyed all aspects of it and talked enthusiastically about the experience upon their return to school.
The return journey was a quiet one with many pupils (and a couple of staff) sleeping. The ones who were not sleeping were making very good use of Hannah’s supply of plastic bags!!!!”
Skills Yorkshire – the biggest skills event in the region.
On 15th October a group of Post 16 students visited Elland Road, Leeds for Skills Yorkshire which is the biggest skills and careers event in Yorkshire and Humberside. The event provided lots of opportunities to try interactive activities and gather information from companies, industries, training and educational organisations. The day provided a very useful insight into the World of Work as well as being a source of information about some opportunities available to our students. It was also attended by a vast number of young people from all sorts of schools and this made the day a valuable social experience too.
Parents’ Consultation & Transition Evening.
Wednesday 22nd October from 3.30 to 7.00 is the first of our Consultation Evenings for parents. Letters will be sent home soon for you to book appointments with your child’s teacher to discuss how they have settled in at the start of the new school year. As we have done for several years now we are also making this evening a Transition event at which parents can gather information and meet staff from providers and colleges who cater for our pupils once they leave Beechcliffe School. The ‘exhibitors’ at this evening will be up and down our corridors outside the classrooms so that you can access them either before or after your appointments with the teachers.
Welcome back to the new school year and in particular we welcome all our new pupils and their parents and carers. We are also pleased to have Louise Marsh join our teaching staff and she will be working in Post 16. We are looking forward to a year filled with exciting times for our pupils and regular events and opportunities for families to join us in school. We have scheduled regular Coffee Mornings throughout the year and our first Parents’ Consultation and Transition Evening is on Wednesday 22nd October. This event will be attended by colleges, service and support providers, careers, health and Social Services – all of whom may be involved in planning for pupils who will be leaving school this year.