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Columbus News

Below you will find a series of articles on recent Columbus events, publications and achievements written by ourselves as well as local community partners.

Principals Blog...

  • From The Principal…

    The Fondest of Farewells…

     

    As I sit down to write the very last  blog as your Principal at Columbus School and College, I reflect on all we have achieved and all that we, or rather you dear readers, will continue to achieve. 


    Even during this term, we have achieved so much and the accomplishments of the children and young people mirrors this. In the majority of learning areas, in excess of 90% of learners have achieved or exceeded their learning targets set for this academic year. This might be learning new mathematics or literacy skills. It might be a skill in the area of independence or an important life skill. For many it would be learning to communicate or adjust to a new change.  


    Teams who support the children and young people in receipt of an ABAVB have in some cases, seen amazing achievements. Some have learnt to independently shower themselves or use the bathroom completely independently. Many are now able to sit down at a table and share a meal or a learning activity with their family. Some have even been able to visit a restaurant with their family for the first time! 


    Some pupils have begun to speak more, or have even spoken for the first time. I can only imagine the joy and elation of hearing your child’s first “Hello Mummy” after years of patient waiting. Congratulations and thank you to all those who have worked tirelessly to achieve these amazing things for the children and their families. 


    The standard of teaching and learning has continued to improve this term. Thank you to everyone for their continued efforts and focus in delivering their very best to our children and young people. This term, we have seen 93% of teachers performing at a Good or Outstanding level. This is a 7% improvement on last term and is very pleasing.  


    Since my last blog, we have been working on improving how our young people see and experience their School or College environment. Signposts pointing the way to key learning locations or people who work in their School/College have also begun to go up in order to enrich the young people’s understanding and begin to build a skill for independent way-finding around the academy. This is a job that will be gradually completed in the run up to the end of term. 


    We have continued to work hard on the College Campus to improve the social experiences and opportunities offered to our young people at lunchtime. African Djembe drumming circles have been introduced and a Zumba class is currently being planned by the FE Department. Interactive dance resources are being used to engage the young people and we hope to share further pictures of these experiences on our Facebook page soon! 

     

    Columbus has been very proud to support a stand at the ‘3foot Festival’ this year, held at Hyland’s Park. The stand, led and co-ordinated by Chelmsford City Council Disability Champion, Councillor Stephanie Scott, advertised a range of support groups, benefits and entitlements available to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I was very proud to share our Parent Directory (Yellow Pages eat your heart out!) which has taken many years of expertise, knowledge and editing to create and I hope that it will bring families some help and support as they begin to navigate the complex and often confusing world of special needs. Thank you to Councillor Scott for inviting us to contribute in her support for local families of those with an additional need.

     

    Columbus’s success in the area of fundraising continues. A Race Night was held to mark the commencement of the Mayor’s Charity Year. You may be aware that The Friends of Columbus Fundraising Committee has been nominated as one of his chosen charities this year. The event was a great success and I thank most sincerely, our fundraiser, Claire Rayner for the tremendous level of input she has given to make it so. The night raised in excess of £1,100; money which will go towards the organisation of the next fundraising event for the Mayor. Please do keep an eye out and support where you can, as all monies raised will come to Columbus, Chelmsford City Mencap and Age Concern in the Spring of 2018. Various Christmas and New Year events will be advertised soon!

     

    An amazing £14,000 has been raised by our friends at Sainsbury’s Springfield, Chelmsford, Claire Rayner and by the help of Columbus parents and staff through in-store bag-packing days and social events. This is amazing and the money will secure an additional day of a Speech and Language Therapist for the new academic year. I hope to sign and secure contracts in the coming week so that additional input plans for all departments across Columbus can be in place for September.

     

    I would like to take this opportunity to share with you all, an exciting opportunity that Ellie Jenkins, one of our Learning Support Assistants, will be embarking upon this month. Ellie is going to work at a special school in India, having raised money and also collected a range of toys and teaching resources to take with her. I am sure you will wish her every success as she embarks on her journey. Ellie, we look forward to hearing of your adventure on your return and hope that perhaps you will make some pen pals we can email in partnership!

     

    And so, I sign off now.

     

    I thank you for all you have given me. I thank you for all you have taught me.

     

    Most importantly, I thank you for enabling me to be one of those few, fortunate individuals who can genuinely say, they have loved their job.

     

    You will forever be in my heart. 

     Ginny 

    Posted 11 Jul 2017, 08:58 by Web Admin
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A Day in the Life of... 
  • CLASS FE5

    Wednesday

    08:50 – 09:30: Morning Tutor Time

    The students of FE5 begin to arrive off of their taxis with many now walking independently to class. Once all present in class, there are a number of important jobs that the students take responsibility for across the week. Money is checked for their daily activities, key equipment is organised and most importantly the lunch orders are taken. Once tutor jobs are done, our students often choose a morning activity to complete. Some of our tutor time highlights are Austin independently constructing and remote controlling a Hornsby train set, Billy and Gabriel driving a World War 1 model tank replica around the outside area and witnessing the daily outfit from Freddie’s fancy dress collection…policeman, cowboy, prisoner, Mrs Brown and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast to name but a few!

     

    09:30-2:30: Outdoor Pursuits

    Wednesday is one of FE5’s days out in the community. The students read through a PowerPoint of their session routine in class and then begin to collect their money and equipment. Today is Archery at Skreens Park. The group gets a mini-bus and arrives promptly, ready to start their session. This is led by the excellent instructors who engage really well with the group. The FE5 students love a competition and quickly want to hit the bullseye with their arrows to score 10 points! Rees was the star archer today, firing his arrows accurately including popping balloons attached around the targets. Everyone in the class made great progress throughout the activity improving with every arrow fired.

    After the activity, the class enjoys their packed lunches outside in the sunshine amongst the peaceful surroundings of the countryside. With lunches finished, the group plays some sports in the afternoon. It is great to see Rees and Freddie playing football, Oliver and Joseph practising tennis and cricket and the class in general interacting and socialising together.

     

    3:00-3:15: Afternoon Tutor Time

    The class gets ready for taxi time with Oliver collecting the taxi list and Jade collecting the letters ready to be handed out. Students help tidy up, put away any activity money and then head off independently to taxis.

     

    FE5 are a great class and enjoy anything active. All of the class staff enjoy working with the students and are particularly forward to helping them get Hallam’s Café up and running as well as supporting them in the Post 16 Panathalon in the next few weeks.   

     

    Amy Hayes & James Blake

    FE5 Tutors


    Posted 11 Jul 2017, 07:35 by Web Admin
  • Bradley Smith, FE2

    Hello,

    My name is Bradley Smith, I am 17 years old and in FE2 at the College Campus. My friends are James, Lauren, Ethan and Ewan.

    I work hard and like to do well in class. I like going to the gym, my favourite things are the bikes. My favourite lesson is Enterprise and Art where I really enjoy designing and painting a bowl. I like doing jobs around college and enjoy helping my tutors by changing the screens on PowerPoint slides.

    At the weekends I like going to McDonalds. My favourite meal is a cheese burger, chips, coke and for desert a Mc Flurry. However, my all-time favourite meal is roast pork and Yorkshire pudding.

    I also like feeding the ducks in my walks around Danbury Park and enjoy bowling with my mum (and I always win!). I enjoy watching films and my favourite film is Toy Story. At home I also like sleeping, and using the foot spa in college!


    Sharon Wright and Leon Samuel helped me put this together

    Name - Bradley Smith

    Job Title - Member of the Student Council for FE2
    Posted 29 Jun 2017, 01:18 by Web Admin
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Latest News

  • KS3 DUCKLINGS!   Many of the School Campus pupils had the opportunity to meet the ducklings last week and even watched them swim! The pupils worked on developing their personal and communication skills ...
    Posted 22 Jun 2017, 04:24 by James Dorey
  • News from Class 2    Class 2 have had great fun exploring this Term's Topic, 'Out and About', and enjoyed creating beautiful nature collages. The children collected some natural materials, like grass, leaves and ...
    Posted 20 Jun 2017, 00:34 by James Dorey
  • News from Reception   The topic this term is 'Out and About' and the Reception class went on the local bus. On the way they saw shops and a hospital. They enjoyed ringing the ...
    Posted 16 Jun 2017, 06:03 by James Dorey
  • News from Class 3   Class 3 have been enjoying and working very hard in their Music Therapy sessions this term; enhancing their listening, communication and fine motor skills!
    Posted 16 Jun 2017, 05:58 by James Dorey
  • News from Nursery …….  The Nursery children have been continuing to develop their matching and sorting skills during their Maths sessions. 
    Posted 12 Jun 2017, 03:31 by James Dorey
  • COLLEGE STUDENT COUNCIL COMPETITION   The College Student Council recently ran a poster competition. The purpose was to create a 'Keeping Safe and Keeping Healthy' poster. Each class had a different focus: • Healthy Eating – Bad ...
    Posted 12 Jun 2017, 00:30 by James Dorey
  • 1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts   The '1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts' is now open and we held our first meeting on 12th May. Eight Columbus pupils have joined us as Scouts and are learning to follow ...
    Posted 21 May 2017, 23:55 by James Dorey
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Pupil Quotes

  • I like number work in Numeracy, playing football and playing on the field with my friends.
    Daniel Year 8
    Posted 9 Feb 2016, 00:28 by James Dorey
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From The Principal...

Ginny Bellard

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LONDON MARATHON 2017!

We are delighted to announce that John Mean, from Sainsbury's in Springfield, will be running the 2017 London Marathon for Friends of Columbus School and College.

Please find the below link for Johns's fundraising page;

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/John-mean-Friend_of_Columbus_School_and_College

Parent Questionnaire

Dear Website Visitor,

Thank you for showing an interest in the Parent Questionnaire I send out to all our families on a bi-annual basis.  I am always interested to hear the views of our parents/carers in order that we can maintain the very highest of standards for our children and young people.  Please follow the links below to see the latest results from the Parent Questionnaire.  You will see that these are true representations of our parents’ views – some positive and some with some points for improvement.  I strongly believe in taking the recommendations for improvements from families and building these into our Academy Improvement Plan or adapting our day-to-day working procedures to improve our services and approaches.  Any concerns raised are considered fully and will form key improvement projects for the months ahead. 

Anonymous Qualitative Comments – June 2016

Quantitative Feedback - Parent Carer Questionnaire June 2016

Final Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - June 2015

Final Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from June 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Quantitative Results - Pupil and Student Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Feedback - Pupil Questionnaire without symbols - January 2015

Anonymous Qualitative findings from January 2015 questionnaire to Pupils and Students

Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from January 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Parent Questionnaire (Quantitative) - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - January 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2013

Parent Questionnaire - Janunary 2013

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Diary Dates

24th November 2016 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

1st December 2016 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

9th March 2017 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

16th March 2017 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

15th June 2017 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

29th June 2017 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

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