Harding House News – 6th December 2013
Dear Parents and Friends
Well done to Jonathan who escorted Sue to the Mayor’s Carol Service last Sunday. He was an excellent representative for Harding House and engaged well with all the people he met. Well done also to Matthew who gave up his Saturday to plant trees at Bedgrove with an Aylesbury Youth Action team.
Congratulations to everyone for an excellent performance of Christmas Songs at Churchill Court. Zac opened the proceedings with a wonderful solo. This was a new venture for us and so it was good to hear the residents full of praise for the event and the Music Club students. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see them interacting with residents and then singing an excellent range of songs; a resident commented at the end how much she enjoyed the mix, especially the lively ones!
AHS Concert tickets were sent home on Thursday. Please note the start time of the concert. Students will need to meet from 6.30- 6.45 p.m. If there are any queries please let Sue know as soon as possible.
Next Thursday the Hampden group are baking their final batch of bread before Christmas. Order forms are attached. Please return them to John on Monday if you would like bread.
I hope you all enjoyed the Xmas Craft Fayre- I thought the range of products was excellent and the students, as always, were great.
Over to the team
Hampden Group News:
This week has been dominated by preparations for the Craft Fayre on Friday. The final sweet treats were packaged and on Monday Aaron attached the final decoration – his lovely origami starts.
After the Churchill Court concert, students decorated the classroom and we are now officially Christmassy.
On Tuesday morning the class completed a project they were doing in World of Work about equipment used by different staff, and did presentations of their work to the class. We took a small group of students for a walk during off-duty club after lunch, and visited the Waterside Theatre. While we were there, Aaron noticed Anita Dobson, star of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty, and we asked her if she would pose for a photo with the students. She was charming and spoke to Aaron, Ayshe and Matthew about how excited she was to star in the show.
In the afternoon in Personal Skills the students looked at their achievements to-date with activities they were practising and how much progress they have made since the beginning of term.
On Wednesday morning in their Community session students returned books to the library and borrowed new ones, Ayshe went to House of Frazer to let them know that she did not want the item she had asked them to put aside for her and Aaron finally bought the hat that he had had his eye on for a while. Well done Aaron: you had to work hard for that – keep on going! In the afternoon students worked on individual paperwork for their units and had some time to read their books.
On Thursday students worked on write ups for previous work and the final preparations for the Craft Fayre. On Friday students were looking forward to staffing the stall to sell the items they have made – and of course looking at the other stalls.
I attach a letter about our Christmas shopping in the final week of term.
- Wednesday 11.12.13 Christmas lunch at Stocklake Park so no packed lunches please.
- AHS Concert in the evening
- Thursday 12.12.13 final bread making for this term
Walton Group News:
The highlight on Monday was the students singing for the residents at Churchill Court. Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the residents.
In Home management, Robbie independently cooked macaroni cheese for himself on Tuesday. Other students did their write-ups, and then they went out to town to look up recipes in the library.
The group worked with Sue recording their social actions in AYA.The whole group enthusiastically participated in their Orienteering at the High School.
After lunch, Dionne and Mosab went to Tesco to buy a Christmas tree. The rest of the group went to town to look for decorations to decorate their classroom.
The whole group visited the Esso garage to find out what they sell.
Back at school they all made great contributions to their Retail module. They also looked at the Morrison’s and Amazon websites and recorded what kinds of things they sell. Matthew was “on fire”: his spellings, writing and sentences were excellent. Well done Matthew! After lunch, Robbie showed a new parent around the House. The others worked on their money skills.
We sold our wonderful crafts at the Xmas Craft Fayre, which was well attended.
Have a lovely weekend.
Gladstone Group News:
Here are some dates for the Gladstone class:
- 11.12.13 we are having Christmas dinner at Stocklake Park School with friends old and new.
- 11.12.13 Last Orienteering session.
- 12.12.13 we will be visiting Waddesdon Manor to see the wonderful grounds and Reindeer Trail.
- 13.12.13 we hope to visit High Wycombe for bowling and lunch out. No swimming this day.
This week it has been a baking, whisking, rolling, dusting, sieving, wrapping extravaganza! The Lumpa Lumpa’s have been hard at work to produce coconut ice, fudge, truffles, cupcakes, short bread, cookie dough and peanut bites to name but a few! They also ran a hamper raffle and a Santa photo stall (Zac was a rather fab Santa!)
Zac did a wonderful job counting all our products and dividing them correctly, George worked hard to package our sweets; Premal measured brilliantly, Rebecca enjoyed stirring and watching the gingerbread ingredients melt, and Joe did a fab job rolling lots of truffles!
Even with all this flurry of excitement we managed to fit in a bit of orienteering, numeracy skills, ICT and Home Management.
Well done Premal for a very good Annual Review.
Thank you for all the support!
Harding Group News:
At the Friends Café this week we were joined by Martin and Ellis. Everybody carried out their jobs well. We will buy some mince pies for the last one next week until after Christmas.
Everybody sang well and tried their best at Churchill Court,it got everybody into the Christmas spirit.
In Employability the students visited the local job centre, they were shown how to look for jobs by a really nice lady, who really put herself out to help them and to answer their questions.
On Wednesday the students did Orienteering at the High school, they all worked really hard with the High School girls independently.
In Media the students talked about their feelings on leaving school, they said that it was exciting but scary.
On Thursday Sam and Jonathan worked well at Waddesdon Manor.
Aliyah and Trudie didn’t have any office tasks to complete, but had a long to do list to complete for the last minute things for the Craft Fayre.
Have a good weekend.
Regards from all the staff at Harding House.