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From The Principal…

posted 16 Nov 2015, 01:01 by James Dorey   [ updated 16 Nov 2015, 04:48 ]

This half term sees us rehearsing in earnest for our Shakespeare Festival which takes place on the 16th November at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. I am so very proud of our young people and what they are achieving in the area of communication and drama and am excited to see the finished piece performed in a real theatre, along with other mainstream secondary and primary schools. The dedication and determination of the staff to make this event a real success for our young people knows no bounds and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and wish them the very best of luck with their last few rehearsals.

I was delighted to be invited to the Witham Carnival Association presentation evening on Saturday 7th November to receive a donation for our therapy funds. The dedication of the group to raising funds for worthy causes in our area is tremendous and we thank them most sincerely for their generosity.

Columbus has recently registered with Easy Fundraising as another stream of fundraising for the school. Please do take the time to register with the website at Many of the high street and most popular online stores are registered on the Easy Fundraising website and, by going to the website of your choice via Easy Fundraising, you can automatically send funds to the school with no additional work or cost to you. With more and more of us doing our weekly shop online and also with Christmas fast approaching, this could prove to be a very helpful revenue stream. We have only been registered with the website for a couple of weeks and already we have raised £160 to go into our therapy funds. Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support by registering. A quick link can be found for you all on the right-hnd-side of our school website –

I met earlier this week with colleagues from the Hamelin Trust (who also run Hamelin House respite care setting). They are developing a new initiative called U Matter 2, which enables parents to request additional support with tasks around the home that are often difficult to get to when you are caring for a child or young person with an additional need. They also offer staffing to support parents on trips out or medical appointments. I have invited members of the U Matter 2 group to attend our upcoming Parents Evenings, the next Parent Consultation Committee meeting and our Pamper Night which will be taking pace on the College Campus on 10th December – more details to follow soon. 

Ginny Bellard