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From The Principal 08/10/2013

posted 9 May 2014, 01:55 by Google Google   [ updated 9 May 2014, 01:56 ]

September and the very start of October have been busy and exciting times once again for Columbus and its students.

Five of our students received a Jack Petchey Award from the Mayor at the Civic Theatre for their work in the areas of learning and social development. Each young person will receive £200, as well as their medals, to spend on new resources or learning experiences for their departments. I look forward to hearing from them in the coming weeks about how they want to improve their school with their money.

Our School Council continues to be very active and indeed vocal, in telling me what they think we need to do to improve the day to day learning and living experiences of Columbus. Their most recent meeting with the Board of Governors highlighted their wish for our school meals to be improved. As a result of their thoughts and recommendations, we have now opened the Columbus Community Café at lunchtimes and our staff, as well as our young people, can now purchase a healthy light lunch and a drink in a similar way to what they would experience were they to visit Costa Coffee. It is wonderful to be able to provide a quality, age-appropriate lunchtime experience for our young people.

Daily school meal menus have also been revitalised. Our young people insisted that they wanted to see more fresh fruit, vegetables and salads and they have worked hard with their supporting adults as well as the catering team to provide a menu that the students are happier to receive.

My thanks go to them and also Mrs Kirkby and the Catering Team for working so hard to make these improvements in such a short space of time. I look forward to joining you all for lunch soon!  

We had a delightful visit from County Councillor Kay Twitchen OBE, Chairman of the County Council on the 1st of October. She had a tour of both the School and the College campuses and observed a number of lessons as well as enjoying some refreshments in our independent living flat with some students from FE.  Councillor Twitchen said of her visit:

"It was an amazing visit and I a so glad to have had the opportunity to come and experience the incredible Columbus atmosphere.  Every single staff member I met on the way round was friendly and helpful and I wanted to tell each of them how much I admire the work they do."

We sincerely thank Councillor Twitchen for her time and her interest and hope that she will become a regular visitor and friend to Columbus.

Thursday 3rd October was National Poetry Day. Our children and young people enjoyed writing and hearing a variety of poems as well as writing some themselves. Their work will be displayed around school for you to read and enjoy.

Teachers and LSAs will be receiving training in Literacy and Maths from our AET Colleagues in the coming weeks and I look forward to sharing with you the ways in which we will use this new knowledge to improve the learning experience and outcomes for our students.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. G. Bellard