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From The Principal…

posted 8 Jun 2016, 01:19 by James Dorey   [ updated 8 Jun 2016, 01:19 ]

Welcome to my penultimate blog of the academic year.

The staff are currently working very hard to compile the children and young people’s Annual Reports and share with you all the wonderful achievements and the progress they have made over the last three terms.

Learning assessments are also being updated so that we can share and celebrate the qualitative progress as well as the quantitative progress – of which there is a great deal!!

We continue to develop and benefit from many great partnerships with local businesses and charities. This month has seen Nationwide Building Society donate £3,000 which will go towards therapy equipment for communication and physiotherapy equipment. Look out for the photos of these items on Twitter and our Facebook Account.

Essex-based charity, Kids in Need have granted Columbus £2,000 for a third Acheeva Learning Station. The Friends of Columbus School and College will add the remaining outstanding amount to complete the purchase. These working stations enable our physically disabled young people to learn outside of their wheelchairs and to have regular position changes to ensure they are physically happy and comfortable – with learning taking place simultaneously. This newest piece of specialist equipment will be allocated to our youngest PMLD children to broaden their access to appropriate assistive equipment.

Our sincerest thanks goes to Nationwide and Kids in Need for their kindness and generosity. We hope that they will be able to visit to see their donated resources in action and benefitting our learners later in the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate Mr Harry Franklin, a trainee Learning Support Assistant in Class 5 who also happens to be an ex-student of Columbus College. Harry, after many months of hard work and studying has completed his Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificate Level 2 – “Supporting the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce”.

Harry has been a great role-model for our children and an asset to the Early Years and Key Stage 2 teams. I am especially proud to see young people who leave us as learners, taking up work experience opportunities which make such a positive contribution to the lives of others. Many congratulations, Harry! You are a credit to Columbus and to your family.

Congratulations also go to the Early Years Team and (despite her absence on Maternity Leave at this time) to Hannah Austin, Head of Learning. A very successful Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum moderation took place yesterday afternoon where staff presented the way in which children in the Early Years are taught, assessed and make progress.

The moderators were very impressed by the high standards of the team , the depth of their knowledge about each and every child and how they are supported and challenged to reach their full potential.

I would like to thank the teachers and Hannah for the tremendous commitment they give to the children every day. It is wonderful that they are recognised for their professionalism and rigour in supporting our youngsters. Very well done to all the children in the Early Years Department too for their marvellous achievements – we are all very proud of you!

I would like to take this opportunity to remind and indeed invite you all, to the annual C Fest Music Festival which takes place on Saturday 11th June – 12pm - 4pm on the College Campus.

We have even more local bands and musicians joining our young people in performing a range of musical genres as well as the usual Summer stalls and Barbecue.

We do hope that you will be able to join us and enjoy a fun afternoon of celebration and entertainment!

Wishing you all a very happy Half Term holiday,

Ginny Bellard