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posted 24 Mar 2015, 03:13 by James Dorey

On Thursday 19th March, we were delighted to welcome The Mayor, Councillor Bob Villa, and The Mayoress, Mrs Valerie Villa, to Columbus.

The purpose of their visit was to share inspirational stories of achievement and examples of how the academy works to ensure its young people experience equality of support and learning experience.

The Lord and Lady Mayor were given a tour of both campuses to enable them to see the academy’s facilities.  During their tours they were introduced to pupils on School Campus and students on College Campus, some of whom had inspirational stories of achievement to share.

They watched a performance of ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen sung by the School Campus Choir and saw Class 3 perform ‘We All Go Travelling By’.   The Mayor and Mayoress also had the opportunity to meet members of the newly-formed Columbus Scout Group and observe children from Key Stage 2 exploring the sensory room.  We were very proud to introduce ex-Columbus student, Harry Franklin to the Major and Mayoress who heard a little about the course Harry is taking to become a Learning Support Assistant. After a buffet lunch on College Campus, the Mayor and Mayoress toured College Campus where they watched an ‘Active Essex’ video and enjoyed watching some young people working with our music teacher Hilary Cornell in the atrium to demonstrate how communication can be developed through music and song.  The Mayor and Mayoress then met Gabriel Ellis,  a Key Stage 4  student,  who gave a PowerPoint presentation showing the golfing experience he has each week at Little Channels and the sport leadership he has taken part in for excellence and equality.  The Mayor also enjoyed a putt (ably coached by Gabriel!)Students from the Further Education Department then spoke to the Mayor and Mayoress about their recent new entitlement to have personal proximity cards that enable them to independently gain access to certain areas of the College without a member of staff having to be present. To finish their visit, the Mayor was presented with his own Christopher Carrot and was invited to sign the Visitors’ Book before departing.