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posted 9 Sep 2015, 06:46 by James Dorey   [ updated 20 Oct 2015, 00:46 ]
Ginny Bellard

PRINCIPAL’S BLOG – October  2015

Welcome to my October blog!

The young people and staff continue to settle well into the new academic year and many of our students are already making pleasing progress against new learning targets and developments to the curriculum. New initiatives this term include an autism specific teaching, learning and communication programme for those placed in the Autism Specific Provision classes. Already we are seeing pleasing impact upon behaviour and wellbeing and increaed levels of communication attempts for these children and young people. Training and development in this area will continue throughout this term.

Staff are also taking a greater focus on therapy intervention throughout the school day to ensure that all children and young people have therapy (communication and physical/sensory) at the heart of their learning plan each day. This has been achieved via a reconfiguration of the timetable to ensure that sensory breaks and therapy rebalancing precedes all learning activities thoughout the school day. All learning plans (whatever the focus of the subject) are also being tightened to ensure that therapies are considered within the teachers’ learning plans. 

Louise Doe, Head of Learning for Key Stage 3, is working very hard to pull together the performers from both campuses who will be taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on the 16th of November at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. We are hoping that you will be able to  join us at this exciting event which will see our young people performing in and supporting an authentic dramatic event involving a number of local mainstream schools. For us this is true inclusion and equality of opportunity and I am very proud that Columbus students have a chance to be involved and share with our local community what we are all truly capable of! Tickets are available at both Columbus Reception desks.

Columbus's latest accolade is a Gold Award from the Sainsbury's School Games and the Chelmsford School's Sports Partnership for our participation in sports events, leading sports competitions, extra curricular clubs and enhancing the sporting curriculum across the two campuses. Last year we were awarded the Bronze Award so it is pleasing to see that we continue to improve and get recognition for this!

Thank you to Tracey Plane (Head of Physical Development at Columbus) and her team for making this possible! It is wonderful that they too are recognised for all they do to improve outcomes for our young people!

Work continues to go on for our Pop-Up Shop at Chelmsford Market. Parents and volunteers will be helping us in the weeks ahead to clean, dress and set up the shop ready for a grand opening and its first sales event later this term! We will keep you all posted on how this work experience initiative will progress and we hope that many of you will soon be able to frequent our shop!

Ginny Bellard