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From The Principal…

posted 5 May 2016, 03:04 by James Dorey   [ updated 5 May 2016, 03:06 ]

I hope you all had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

The students and the team have continued to be very busy this last month with a range of sporting, social and learning events.

I was delighted to see students from New Hall School on their weekly visit, engaging with our young people so effectively during their playtime. Opportunities to interact with young people from the local community helps our learners develop their communication skills whilst enabling those from outside of Columbus to learn more about disability and inclusion.

See the lovely photos below!


A group of FE students attended Razed Roof drama group recently to begin to learn more about imaginative learning and drama productions. Thank you to the staff who gave up their evenings to support this. It is so important for our youngsters to be included in such mainstream learning opportunities.

We continue to work with a number of local and national community groups with visitors and contributors to the school, including Graham Prestedge and John Corrigan from Santander and Matthew Lewis from the Virtual School for Looked After Children. Both groups are interested in supporting us with our therapy provision into the coming year. I will keep you all updated of any further developments in due course.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Stephen Clements once again for his amazing achievement, completing the London Marathon in aid of Columbus therapies. Thank you to everyone who supported him and for your kind and generous sponsorship. Sponsors continue to roll in and we will share with you all in due course how much he has raised for us. People like Stephen and those who kindly sponsor such events, will enable us to continue to explore ways in which we can provide therapy interventions at the Academy; a task which is becoming ever more difficult as schools face increasing local and government financial cuts.

Key Stage News 

  1. Some of the Nursery children visited Marsh Farm recently. They were able to get really close to some of the animals and even took a goat for a walk! 
  2. Class 2 have had a great start to the new topic 'On the Move' and have made some lovely work for their new display board. 
  3. Class 4 enjoyed a trip to Thorndon Woods and hunted for the 'Gruffalo!' 
  4. Key Stage Two have been learning about the Hindu Spring festival of Holi, a carnival of colours. Students experimented with powdered paints and bright colours to create their own Holi-inspired art works. 
  5. Some students have been applying elements of their ABA programmes, such as sorting skills, recognising symbols and independent work on a task during a 'sensory journey to the Moon' in Science lessons recently.
  6. Congratulations to Class 12 for winning the Art competition - the class have plans to spend their prize money on a class trip out. 
  7. In Science the students in Class 14 are learning about the environment and how to look after it. 
  8. As a part of our Humanities lessons the students from Class 15 went to Chelmsford & Essex Museum to learn about the ‘Passage of Time’. Some students had an opportunity to explore and learn about music, transport, clothing and social life in Chelmsford in the past. 
  9. Now that the Summer Term has arrived FE students have been overcoming their fears at Danbury Outdoors. The students have been conquering the high ropes course and moving across obstacles at a height of 40ft! 
  10. The FE Department will also start to operate Hallam's Café in the next couple of weeks and will be open for service on a Friday. Students will even run a delivery service across both campuses!!

The Columbus PD team hosted a successful MESSA mini Olympic event with a total of seven schools attending. Students from KS1 and KS2 took part in lots of activities such as Kurling, target throw and table cricket. 
As I write this Blog, some College students are just starting their residential trip to Tenerife and some KS3 students have just had a wonderful experience last weekend learning new skills at Bradwell Outdoors . Updates and photos of these residential journeys can be found on our Twitter and Facebook social media sites.

Ginny Bellard