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The School Council has 6 new members this year and they have been hard at work already. They had a meeting to organise the healthy tuck shop trolley which will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays with everything costing 50 pence.  They have visited Jarrow Town Hall and met with the Mayor and now plans are underway to arrange a Halloween event. It is going to be another action packed year for the Council and the school.

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We have had a busy first few weeks back in school

Everyone has taken part in lots of exciting activities all about space….

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Balloon Aliens

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Rockets made from fruit

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Experiencing what it would be like to eat like an astronaut!!

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Post 16 created some fantastic space drawings

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On Friday we could come to school in space themed fancy dress!!

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Lots of fantastic art activities and science experiements

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Key stage 4 and Post 16 pupils had an exciting opportunity to experience the world of manufacturing through an interactive workshop, based at the Nissan Sunderland plant. The session has been developed by Nissan to allow young people to see, hear and touch in a safe learning environment. The children experience the equipment and methods used in Europe’s biggest and most efficient car plant.

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1) Hands on Lego production line

  • Teams compete to build a model car as quickly as possible
  • Working in teams, removing waste, making improvements and building a quality product
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2) Hands on manufacturing equipment

  • Looks at how we make things safely and the equipment we use to protect staff
  • Learn how we turn sheets of steel into a finished car
  • Opportunity to safely use actual production tools, manual dexterity exercises and parts selection
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Today we say our final goodbyes to our leavers. From everyone at Keelman’s Way school we wish you every success for the future.

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School celebrates the opening of new facilities

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Keelman’s Way School celebrated the official opening of its new facilities alongside pupils, families and friends at its Summer Fayre.

The new addition, known as ‘The Hide’, is an exciting project delivered by timber construction specialists The Stable Company. The fully accessible building features two changing rooms with disabled bathrooms, a kitchen area, an open plan classroom, café seating area and outdoor decking. The Hide will be used for a range of activities benefitting both school children and the local community. It will be as an outdoor learning space that will help Keelman’s Way pupils access the pond area of the school. Local community groups will have the opportunity to use the facility for a range of organised activities.

 

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The summer fayre was in full swing too. We had fairground rides, ice-cream van and lots of traditional summer activities in the playground. The children we particularly impressed with the chance to have ice-cream ‘with everything on’. Thanks to our school cook everyone had their own picnic box and we were able to have lunch outside in the summer sunshine. Thanks to the many parents and visitors we have raised some much needed money for our school fund and had a great time. We are hoping to use the money raise to make our grounds a more interesting and exciting place for the pupils to learn even more about the outdoors and how to enjoy it.

 

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Paula Selby, Headteacher at Keelman’s Way School said: “The Hide is a valuable and exciting new asset for our pupils and soon, the wider community. From October 2016 we hope to offer three relevant and inspiring courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities around the use of mobile phones, building relationships and being healthy. The aim of these courses is to support our young people to become successful adults who feel valued and part of their own community. The school has a very strong association with the South Tyneside Ability Football group that use our site each Wednesday evening and Sunday Morning.” If you are interested in any of these activities please contact the school 01914897480.

Gareth Barber, MD of The Stable Company added: “It has been a pleasure to bring to life the vision for this build at Keelman’s Way. The school is an exemplar when it comes to meeting and exceeding the needs of its pupils and its commitment to providing these facilities is testament to that. We are confident this building will endure for many years to come and continue to support the great work being done here.”

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Our Post 16 pupils were definitely given the red carpet treatment when they celebrated their prom yesterday.

The Little Haven Hotel pulled out all the stops to give our students an afternoon to remember!

The girls were  certainly pampered..  

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Arriving on the red carpet…

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Everyone had their tissues ready for the speeches…

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Pupils received a certificate and a trophy to celebrate their achievements…

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Then it was time to party!!

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our Summer Fair yesterday.

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The theme was 1950’s and pupils and staff dressed up to celebrate!!

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We had traditional games such as pot luck, the wheel of fortune, we even had a coconut shy and candy floss stall. We had a visit from Minchella’s ice cream van which went down a treat!! The tea cups were also a huge hit.

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Pupils made gifts to sell as well as our usual tombola and raffles. 

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All pupils then enjoyed a picnic lunch…

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Nissan Primary Engineer Event

Some of our pupils took part in an engineering event at Nissan.

 The children had to create a team name and a logo and then use a shoe box to create a moving vehicle.  They were involved with designing the vehicles and then working through the process of measuring the holes for the axel and then making the holes.  They also measured the dowling rods and then cut them and then sanded them down.  They then covered their shoe box to represent their design.

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  The children then went to Harton Comp on Wednesday 6th July to take part in a celebration event.  The children explained their design process to the judges and then raced them down a ramp.  At the end of the event, the judges award all children with a certificate and our very own ‘mini mechanics’ won the award of best themed design and received medals.

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Green Class 1 have been learning about droughts across the world and thought of how to raise money for Water aid. The pupils thought of having a backwards race across the yard.

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All the pupil got sponsors from home and we raised £66.00. we had great fun and everyone got involved.

Well Done Green Class 1!!!

 

 

Food Bank Donations

3 pupils from post 16 have been part of the Borough wide Youth Parliament for the last 2 years. This year they have been discussing poverty and ways to help those in need.

These pupils along with the school council have listened to speakers from the Key Project in South Shields which helps young people in need. In response they have organised a food bank collection week in order to help people who do not have enough money to buy food, drink and toiletries.

Pupils are asking everyone to bring in donations of long life food, drinks and toiletries this week (13th – 20th June) which they will take to the Key Project’s Food bank.

If you want to find out more about the Key project visit http://www.keyproject.org.uk/keyproject/

Thanks,

Rebecca Ramsden

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold students have just returned from a magnificent trip to France, which included climbing in Fontainebleau, a day’s navigation around Paris and camping every evening at La Musardiere in Milly La Foret.

 

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The Gold Award is the highest and the most difficult level to attain.

Therefore the Keelman’s crew had to use all the skills and knowledge they had learnt from previous Bronze and Silver awards to complete the non-stop 9 day expedition.

This happy band of explorers left the UK on Saturday the 4th of June and returned to South Tyneside at 12.30 a.m. on Friday the 10th of June.

An exhilarating experience for all involved and a first ‘Gold’ for Keelmans Way School.

Au Revoir France next stop Buckingham palace to receive Gold awards from hopefully, the Duke of Edingburgh himself.

Take a look at our galleries for more pictures of our expedition to France.

 

 

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In School we have been celebrating the Queen turning 90.

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Rainbow class had their own Royal picnic in the classroom to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Pupils used switch activated equipment in the kitchen to help them to prepare lots of lovely treats such as scones with fresh cream and strawberries!

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Blue classes joined together to have their own tea party. The classroom was decorated in red, white and blue and pupils tasted some delicious food such as Victoria sponge cake, cherry bakewell tart and cucumber sandwiches.

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Indigo class made afternoon tea this week as part of their cookery lesson. Pupils helped to set the table with cups, saucers, plates and cutlery. They made traditional cucumber sandwiches and prepared scones with jam and cream.

Everyone wore masks to dress up as members of the Royal family.

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In class they spent time researching the Royal family and found out some interesting facts about the queen, such as her favourite hobbies, the names of her different homes and the important jobs she does.

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Green class 2 created this piece of art work of the Queen…

 

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A template of the Queen’s head was cut out and placed on top of a larger sheet of black paper. Pupils used their finger prints to decorate around the template in the colours of the Union Jack. The template was removed to reveal a silhouette. Detail was then added to decorate her crown and white finger prints to create a necklace and earrings.

 

 

 

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In Spring 2016 Blue 2 focused on their local area of Tyneside. They visited museums and learnt about famous people such as St Bede, Ant & Dec and George Stephenson as well as making locally known food such as Ham and Peas Pudding sandwiches. The group worked together to make this beautiful class display that was a map of the River Tyne as well as several locations and landmarks.

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Lots of pupils across school  have been busy preparing for Mothers Day….

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Yellow Class made baskets of paper flowers and painted a vase of Spring daffodils picked from the school garden. They matched colours, used different size paint brushes, cut paper, scrumpled different types of paper and used glue to join things together.

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We had some very special visitors in school yesterday for our Easter Fair

Animals About Town brought in a variety of farm animals including, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, hens, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Our students (and staff!!) had a lovely day handling the different animals. It’s not every day you get to take a goat or a sheep for a walk!!!

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‘Very Special Maths’

Keelman’s Way School are very pleased to announce that Les Staves will be delivering his exciting ‘Very Special Maths’ course on Monday 6th June 2016.  This course is designed for teachers and anyone who is interested in booking a space can do so for the price of £100 per delegate including lunch.  The course will begin at 9am finishing at 3pm. To book a place please contact Vikki Scott on 0191 4897480 or email vscott2@keelmanswayschool.co.uk

 

Morning session:

Rhythm of Life—1hr 30 mins

Covers what ‘Mathematics’ is, for children who may be working towards level one for many years, exploring how it enables them to observe and share information about their surroundings and occurrences in their lives. The session is about how all     children learn but it will make special reference to the learning of pupils who work at the most fundamental levels.

 

Count me in—1hr 30mins

Looks at how children develop early concepts and skills that lead to understanding and communicating about quantities, learning about counting and carrying out early processes. The session will include practical examples and refer to resources that will help teachers with children of all ages who are working their way through P Levels towards the early levels of the National Curriculum.

 

Afternoon session:

‘Special Delivery’ – 1hr to 1hr 30mins

Interpreting the revised numeracy framework for pupils with very special needs.

This is a workshop session in two parts:

* It begins by outlining how the strands of Mathematics can be interpreted to provide appropriate learning for pupils who are working across the range of P scales.

* It continues with a practical session giving groups opportunities to get hands on resources and discuss ideas about how to use them with their pupils.

 

What’s in the ‘Mathemagical’ Boxes?

Les has very large boxes full of things and ideas – looking at these colourful resources should be incorporated into any training day it always inspires laughter and shopping trips –            and ultimately learning.

 

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Lisa and Lorraine from the Gross Lab visited us in school as part of British Science week.

We were shown lots of yucky experiments to help us to understand how our body works. We looked at burps, vomit, scabs and poo!!

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Here are some of the other activities our pupils took part in during Science Week…

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Blue Class 2 are learning about keeping healthy. They made fruit kebabs, explored different foods hidden in custard and learnt about the different equipment you may see when visiting the doctor.

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Orange class 2 have been getting very messy exploring different materials and learning about floating and sinking.

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Indigo class made their own very realistic scabs using food colouring, tissue, Vaseline and cocoa powder. We learnt how important scabs are and why we should not pick them!!

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We have also been exploring our senses, using touch to guess what was hidden in the different rubber gloves, taking part in a sound quiz and the fruit pastille taste test!

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The world of work is being opened up to teenagers as part of a specialist school’s drive to improve life skills for its pupils.

Read more: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/project-opens-up-world-of-work-for-special-needs-children-1-7691800#ixzz3yLpeuDOL

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Blue Monday Event 2016

Our school council discussed how to cheer people up on Blue Monday.

They came up with lots of good ideas…

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They invited Mrs Selby into the meeting to discuss their ideas.

Plan agreed – milkshakes for all pupils and breakfast snack (crumpets, pancakes, croissants)

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Anthony bought the shopping in Morrison’s on Monday

Thursday morning the school council met and shared out the different roles:

-Make milkshake and put into cups

-Pancakes toasted and buttered

-Crumpets toasted and buttered

-Croissants in the oven

-Drinks onto a trolley

-Food onto plates on table for pupils to choose

Everything was ready for first group down at 10am

Happy songs were played in central area

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Everyone enjoyed their morning snack. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to our school council for organising this event. Everyone worked together as a team.

You certainly cheered us all up!!

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All of the staff and pupils at Keelmans Way would like to wish you a happy new year.

                             

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 Christmas at Keelman’s Way School 2015

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Vikki and Amanda from the school office have been replaced by our new secretaries Cassie and Isabel looking super smart in their party outfits!!

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Senior Christmas Show 2015

This year our senior show was based around the musicals. Pupils performed popular songs from famous West End shows such as The Lion King, Dirty Dancing and Thriller. Pupils and staff worked so hard  learning dance routines and using Makaton to sign some songs.

The audience were very impressed!!

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Primary Christmas Show 2015

Our primary pupils performed the Sleepy Shepherd. This retold the story of the traditional Nativity. All pupils looked fantastic in their costumes and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show.

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Yet again our Christmas fair was a huge success. Staff and pupils worked extremely hard to make some wonderful gifts to sell. It was lovely to see so many friends and family in school. We raised a magnificent total of…

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Well done everyone!!

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  What a ‘FAB’ week we have had in school!!

We have been busy thinking about how we can promote positive behaviour and friendships in school. During our FAB week we celebrated all of the wonderful things already do in school.   Classes all made a paper chain link to show how we call work together to achieve something good. Post-16 have been busy making and sharing E-books with the whole school.   Classes have been looking at online resources about how to keep our pupils safe when online. We have also had  opportunities to discuss and issues centred around friendship that may affect the wellbeing of the pupils at our school.

Some of our Post 16 pupils along with other school in South Tyneside attended the FAB awards to be rewarded for their attempts to stamp out bullying.

Click on the link below to read more about the event.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/education/friends-against-bullying-awards-ceremony-highlights-good-work-at-schools-1-6966313

 

 

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FAB WEEK

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The behaviour of our pupils in school is good. Next week children will be learning about how they can all get along even better with friends and how they can keep themselves safe. We have lots of activities planned with friends in their own classes and in other groups in school. They will be sharing stories and activities to help them learn, keep themselves safe and to be confident enough to ask for help if they need it.

We have a week filled with activities for all ages to enjoy. Be sure to look out for all of our fun activities on the school website. We will be entering the FAB awards. This is a local authority event where children of all ages and abilities meet together to tell each other about how they stay safe and avoid bullying.

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Merry Christmas animated with many colors

Café     Raffle     Tombola     Handmade gifts  

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MacMillan Coffee Morning 2015

Our MacMillan coffee morning was a huge success. It was so nice to see so many visitors in school on Friday to raise money for such a worthwhile charity.

Many thanks to all staff and pupils for either creating mouth watering cakes and savouries for our coffee morning-or for consuming them! You all raised a fantastic £117.25 which will be making its way to MacMillan Cancer very soon!

 

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Post 16 Leavers Prom 

Our Post 16 pupils were given the red carpet treatment at their prom which was held at the Little Haven Hotel.

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Our leavers arrived in style by limo and enjoyed an afternoon of celebrations which included a hot buffet, chocolate fountain and a disco.

Pupils were presented with a ‘Cheeky Monkey’ trophy and certificate to celebrate their achievements.

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     A huge thank you to the Little Haven Hotel for a fantastic afternoon.                                   They also presented school with a cheque for £500. This will go towards school funds.

A great time was had by all…

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Work Experience Celebrations

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We have been celebrating our Post 16 pupils hard work during their work experience placements.

We held a special assembly in school to reward our pupils achievements and invited employers who supported our work experience programme, along with our local mayor and mayoress.

Here is the link to the full article in the Shields Gazette.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/education/pupils-awarded-for-experiencing-the-world-of-work-1-7314029

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We now have a new slogan to describe our wonderful school…

‘An inclusive, happy and successful school’

Members of our school council thought of many statements and presented these to our Governors. They voted for this slogan as it best represents how we feel about Keelman’s Way School.

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Healthy Food Event

The healthy food event was run across two days and included all pupils from Early Years up to Post 16.

Our pupils were able to access a range of healthy food related activities: vegetable art, sensory exploration, finding out where your food comes from and tasting different fruits from around the world.

The pupils also got to try a wide range of fruit and vegetables in many different forms e.g. smoothies, kebabs, juices, sorbet, sticks and dips.

All pupils had a brilliant time, with the help of our fantastic staff!!

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Our Easter Fair was well supported as always. Many thanks to those who attended.

We raised an amazing total of £1077.89 towards school funds. We will donate £100 to Eddie Brady who is taking part in the Coast to Coast challenge for Multiple Sclerosis.

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Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work.

Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and Africa.

At Keelman’s Way we came into school dressed in red clothing or in our pjamas. There was a photobooth set up where we could dress up using silly props and have a photograph taken.

We raised a grand total of £431.31

Here are a few pictures to show how much fun we had!!

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This year’s World book day was celebrated by various story events in school.  We all enjoyed some wonderful stories by some very talented people. Everyone got involved in singing and dancing- it was great fun.

Each class was asked to make a story using  PowerPoint. Stories included ‘Farmer Dan’, ‘The Lambton Worm’ and ‘A book of magic potions’. Some of our Post 16 students created their own presentations using moving clip art and video clips. Prizes were awarded during assembly for the best effort.

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Classes were busy making funky bookmarks and we held a book sale to raise money for newbooks. The end to the week was marked with a marvellous fancy dress day where we saw lots of characters from our favourite storybooks, such as Peter Pan, Harry Potter and lots of Disney princesses to name a few.

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We had a very special guest to open our marvellous new library. The legendry Ray Spencer did us the wonderful honour of unveiling our new learning space. After a re-vamp with new shelving and more desirable design it now offers an exciting and welcoming environment, new seating and furnishings add to the comfort and atmosphere.

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After plenty of cake, coffee and balloons we all enjoyed a truly wonderful end to a great week.

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