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posted 4 Jul 2016, 03:00 by James Dorey   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 06:34 ]

And so we reach the end of another academic year! 

This past month has been such an enjoyable one with our annual Olympic Legacy (Sports) Days, a visit to Chelmsford County High School Music Live event and repeated success at the Panathlon sporting event which saw so many of our younger children bringing home medals for their achievements!

To see photos of these achievements – plus many more learning experiences, please follow us on Twitter @ColumbusSchool and visit our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who took time to vote for Friends of Columbus School and College to be the Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year. On-line and in-store voting is now closed and we hope to hear if we have been successful on or around 11th July. All donations (should we be lucky enough to win in the nominations) will go towards our therapy fundraiser.

Another very successful C-Festival Music event was held by the Friends and staff of Columbus on Saturday 11th June – bringing in funds over £1,600. The weather was kind to us this year and we all enjoyed listening to local bands and performers throughout the afternoon. 


We were also supported by a number of local businesses too through sponsorship and donations to our raffle. We have written to thank them all for their generosity and the time they gave to us to help to make the event such a success.

Two Friends of Columbus fundraisers will be swimming the Serpentine in September to add to the final figure raised at the C-Festival with funds going towards the purchase of iPads and other augmentative communication devices for our non-verbal students.

Another friend of Columbus School and College, Mr Jason Bartella, visited the School Campus recently to present a new play frame for the Early Years Department (Please see the picture below). Jason has been a friend of the school for some years now and has kindly remembered us within his work with The Bartella Charitable Fund. Our sincerest thanks go to him and his colleagues for their generosity.

As we plan a number of graduation events for children and young people transitioning to their new departments, and indeed to pastures new as some of them prepare to leave Columbus and pursue learning and support in the wider community, we also look ahead to our Leavers’ Ball which takes place on 20th July. 

I will be very proud to host the event and have recently heard that the new Mayor for Chelmsford, Patricia Hughes, will be joining us to celebrate the achievements of the young people in the FE and Key Stage 4 Departments.

I am hoping that she will be able to help me to present their awards and have some treasured photographs taken with our young people for them to keep as memories of their time here at Columbus.

It is particularly important to note that our new Lady Mayor has a deep interest in Columbus and the needs of our young people. She has had almost 20 years’ experience working within social care and also worked in Mental Health, with young people in care, before deciding to qualify and work with young adults who had profound learning disabilities. She later became a manager of a residential home, helping disabled young people to live independently in the community. Photographs of the evening will be posted on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for you all to see following the event.

As I prepare to take some maternity leave during the Summer Holiday and into the early part of the Autumn Term, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the children, young people, staff and families for yet another wonderful year. I continue to feel immense pride in Columbus and all who work and support our wonderful academy and look forward to a new academic year where I know we will all continue to go from strength to strength together.

I wish you all a very happy and restful Summer Holiday and look forward to seeing you all soon into the new academic year.

Ginny Bellard