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From The Principal 14/05/2013

posted 28 Aug 2013, 06:40 by Web Admin   [ updated 28 Aug 2013, 06:40 ]

May has, as have the recent preceding months, been busy and full of achievements at Columbus.

Teachers have completed their termly teaching and learning observations where their teaching is observed and scrutinised to ensure quality for all across the school. The standard of teachers at Columbus, I am thrilled to announce, continues to be good and often outstanding. Thank you and congratulations to them all.  In the months ahead, we will be looking at how we can continue to improve our practice and our understanding of how best to teach and support our children and young people.

All teaching staff took part in a training event on 3rd May which focused upon reading and phonics. Colleagues from Pioneer special school in Basildon joined us to share best practice and we plan to use all that we have learned to develop reading and communication practice school and college-wide. 

May 10th saw the opening of our Community Café on the College Campus. ‘Friends’, parents, governors and colleagues from local schools joined a group of young people from our F.E Department to share in our Columbus Café refreshments.   

We will continue to develop this initiative to provide work experience and accreditation for our older students as well as social experiences and opportunities to raise money for the FE Enterprise Group. Look out for our Café flyer which will update you very soon.

Mr Simon Burns, Conservative MP for Chelmsford joined us to celebrate and encourage the students who attended the event; having his photo taken for the local press and taking great interest in how the initiative will benefit our young people. He has promised to help and support us with social care issues that concern us and I look forward to meeting with him and County Council colleagues to advocate for our students and their families as we face further budget cuts in both education and social care.

Exciting events this month have included a very successful Panathlon which was held at Columbus and kindly funded by the Essex Olympic Legacy pilot in partnership with the Academies Enterprise Trust. Students from Great Baddow High School and St. John Payne came along to support the 55 young people who took part - all won certificates and medals! 

Five young ladies from our Key Stage 4 and FE Departments have just returned home following a week in Tenerife. The holiday was kindly funded by the ‘Tenerife Sur Lions’. They usually only support schools every other year but told us they were so impressed by our students last year, that they wanted to invite us back straight away! Our students continue to be a credit to us and it is wonderful to see them rewarded in this way. 

Another credit to Columbus is Alfie Ridler who won this year’s Young Poetry Writer Competition with his poem about his baby brother, Tommy. You can read his poem on our website. It will also be published in the new edition of "My First Rhyme Book". Congratulations Alfie! We are so very proud of you! The Fuchsia Society will be joining us aga

in this week to work with our young people on the College Campus to create a new Fuchsia bed at the front of the campus. The Society have been terrific supporters of the school for many years now and we are delighted to be able to spend time with them in the weeks ahead. This year they will be introducing a Columbus Art Competition and I am very excited about displaying the fantastic artwork that our children and young people are currently creating with the Fuchsia Society as their theme.

This week has seen the arrival of our first chicks - please follow us on Twitter (@ColumbusSchool) for regular updates of how they are getting on. This year we will be keeping a couple of them in our soon-to-be-erected "Eggloo"! The first additions to what we hope one day will become a Columbus Farm! Next month I hope to update you all a litt

le more on the plans for the new academic year, provision for Post-19 and a number of special events we hope you will be joining us for.

Ginny Bellard
Principal