Sid's News Letter
Updated: Sep 18
Welcome back to the new term!
Hi I'm Sid, my role in school is to act as a therapy dog for the students.
You can normally find me chilling in Erica's office or wandering around the grounds. My favourite thing to do is relax, however I do also like to have a game of fetch.
My biggest role is helping the Head Teacher with the news letter and blog.
"I hope you enjoy our first news letter"
“We have completed our first full week and it has been lovely to see our students back on the school site.
There have been lots of great changes over the summer holidays and it was very pleasing to see how much the students enjoyed these.
On Friday 4th September, we held our first ‘Giant Inflatables Day’. It was a huge success and the whole school community had a great time. The ice cream van visit was a particular favourite! Some photos will soon appear on the website for you to enjoy.
It has certainly been a busy but constructive week!”
Our buildings have been painted, we have a newly decorated music room, a spacious common room and lots of exciting plans for the year ahead.
Our students are now in tutor groups and will be working mainly in small classes or, of course, individually when they need to. This has worked really well this week and it has been good to see new friendships developing or refreshing after the strange times earlier this year.
We have a celebration assembly now on a Friday afternoon, with reward time just before that too. All of our pupils will be able to earn rewards as points to spend in ‘The Belsteads Shop’. They can also contribute to the ‘Acts of Kindness’ jar by collecting a large marble if they complete a good deed. When the jar is full, the whole school will share a reward!
“I have put some exciting photos on the next page of our fun in the first week” - Sid
We have a celebration assembly now on a Friday afternoon, with reward time just before that too. All of our pupils will be able to earn rewards as points to spend in ‘The Belsteads Shop’. They can also contribute to the ‘Acts of Kindness’ jar by collecting a large marble if they complete a good deed. When the jar is full, the whole school will share a reward
Our pupils have done some beautiful artwork and they have begun to re-design the sensory room. They have also completed a ‘Dragon’s Den’ task to bid for funds to fit-out the common room. There has a been a project about keeping chickens, in preparation for us hatching our own eggs and beginning to care for animals here.
We have welcomed John, as our new outdoor learning specialist. He has plans to work with our pupils so that they build their own shelters and definitely a dry wood store so that fires can be built regularly too. Life skills are being developed as students take responsibility for researching, presenting and ordering things they will need for each project.