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Charity Donation of New Bus

 

Our business manager Stef has been very busy this year trying to get the Children's Hospital School a new mini bus, so that we are able to take the students out on trips during the school year, to enable the students to access more Enrichment activities and curriculum based activities to aid their learning.

The Variety and The bingo association have been great support in this and have donated a mini bus to us. The big hand over of the keys was on Thursday the 16th March here at willow bank. Some of the students where involved in showing our guests around before the hand over.

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Soft Touch Arts Return to the Children's Hospital School

Last Academic year, music specialists from the Soft Touch Arts Group came to deliver weekly session to students at Willow Bank in the summer term. This year, they have been back and have expanded their work to the CHS students at Ward 3! Superstars Steve and Perri have been leading workshops in music performance, technology and song writing.

All this great work has been very well received by students across the sites and will continue to run up to the Easter holidays. Similar to last year, it is hoped that the Willow Bank students can visit the Soft Touch Arts HQ at the end of the project to do some professional recording.

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A High Profile Visitor to the School

Labour MP for Leicester West Liz Kendall visited the Chidren's Hospital School earlier this month. She had a tour around the Willow Bank dayschool and met with staff and students. It was great to have a high level local politician visit the school. On her website Liz said:

'It is really important that children who are experiencing mental health problems have access to good quality education.'

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Cash Raised For Charity

The Children's Hospital School has helped to raise a great amount of money for cancer support by hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings at Willow Bank and Ward Three. A total of £281.70 was generated for charity across the two sites by the sale of coffee and cakes, including ones made by our own students!

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A great thanks to all who organised, attended and donated.

Willow Bank Students Enjoy Drayton Manor

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As part of the end of year and leaving celebrations, students at Willow Bank were invited to go on a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park on the 26th of July. Around forty students attended the day and enjoyed a quiet park that was full of great rides and attractions.

Many thanks to Mr Jeffcote and Mr Sowman who organised the day.

Willow Bank Students at the Caterpillar Factory

 

On Monday 22nd May, eleven of our Year 10 and KS3 students visited the Caterpillar Learning and Inspiration Centre at Desford. Students took part in a variety of activities. Dressed in high-vis vests and glasses the students not only looked the part but participated in a guided factory tour and then undertook a real hands on challenge to construct a brake pedal for a Caterpillar Backhoe Loader. The groups were super impressive and all completed the task in record time! The final task was the lego challenge.

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 Teams had to work together, communicate ideas confidently and all take an active role-every student participated and the groups were commended for their excellent teamwork. The visit was fantastic, really enjoyable but also provided a valuable insight in the world of engineering!

Audience With Alex Staniforth

Students at Willow Bank took part in a talk given by 'Adversity Adventurer' Alex Staniforth last week. Alex is a young veteran of mountain expeditions who has previously suffered from a number of issues. The students at Willow Bank heard all about life or death trips climbing Everest and how Alex managed to overcome his challenges.

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Willow Bank Students Record New Original Songs

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To finish off another successful run of music sessions offered by Soft Touch Arts, two groups of Willow Bank students have recorded original compositions. Taking place on the 21st and 28th of March, the students made their way via bus to the recording studio on New Walk Leicester. Both sessions were very productive with songs 'Not A Good Day' and Scratchcards and Cigarettes' being recorded and mixed in the time available. Many thank to Steve, Peri and Joe for making the whole experience a success for all.

 

Drop-in Sessions for Parents at Willow Bank

Curriculum Assistant Manager Tracy Bowler and HLTA Emma Thorpe will be offering informal drop-in sessions for parents and carers to discuss support at the school and to share common experiences. These will take place between 9:30am and 11am at Willow Bank School on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 8th February
  • Wednesday 1st March
  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 29th March

For any queries please contact Tracy or Emma on 0116 2298137.

Willow Bank Students Work to Gain Qualifications in Bouldering

A group of students have had the opportunity to visit The Climbing Station in Loughborough as part of their enrichment afternoon on a Monday.  The students have been learning how to boulder; this is a type of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses!  As part of these visits, the students have studied for the  National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) Level 1 qualification which involves learning basic climbing moves, knowing the names for different kinds of holds and moves, as well as being aware of how to boulder safely.  All of the students have thoroughly enjoyed their visits and their climbing skills have improved greatly over the 6 weeks.  This has been a fantastic activity for developing self-confidence, team spirit and communication skills.  Well done to everyone for taking part.

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Willow Bank Students Record Original Song

 

A group of five Willow Bank students have recorded an original song using the recording studio based at Soft Touch Arts on New Walk in Leicester. The song titled 'Colours' was written over a number of weeks at Willow Bank and features the students performing drums, guitars, bass, vocals and sample pads. This was part of an all day trip during the last week of the summer term and was the perfect event to end to a number of delivered sessions that focused on music writing and performing.

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Recording was a very rewarding experience for the students and marks the first time in a studio for most. Many thanks to Steve, Dimitris and Joe from Soft Touch Arts for making this possible!

Site produced meals continue to make an impact

 

The school kitchen at Willow Bank has recently celebrated its third birthday. The kitchen was introduced during the BSF project that tranformed the school and replaced the previous method of outsourcing lunch orders. Rapidly becoming one of the most popular features of Willow Bank, the kitchen provides subsidised breakfasts for students, a huge range of lunch orders and a selection of snacks for break time. Catering Manager Catherine Rice also provides meals for functions and events at the school, the most recent being a mammoth buffet for the 2015/16 leavers assembly.

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To celebrate the anniversary, free cake was greatly received by students. From now on, the kitchens birthday will be an eagerly anticipated date in the school calendar.

CHS Chain Story

Students at the Children's Hospital School have created a chain story that was built in sections across all of the school sites.

Outreach started with a gripping opening, Willow Bank added a complication, Ward Three described a crisis and the LRI resolved the story.  Each base was allowed a maximum of 400 words.

 

The basic idea was that the story started with a given opener of:

 

The sound of breaking glass stopped her.

 

The story can be viewed by clicking HERE

LRI Re-launches PE Lessons

The staff of the Children's Hospital school based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have re-started PE sessions as of Tuesday 1st of March 2016. The sessions will be run by fully qualified staff member John Ramshaw and will feature a good range of gym equipment. The sessions will occupy a two hour slot between 10:00AM and 12:00PM every Tuesday. Many thanks to George Johnson for helping to organize these valuable lessons.

 

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Soft Touch Arts Provide Music Sessions

This year, Soft Touch Arts have expanded their work with the Hospital School to include music production and recording activities at Ward 3. Ever reliable tutors Steve and Perri spend several days in the early part of the year working with the young people on the ward to produce several tracks of original work. A selection can be listened to here:

Young people from our CAMHS inpatient ward at Coalville hospital have been putting their artistic skills to good use this week, raising £50 for Comic Relief through a raffle of handmade cards, bookmarks and other craft pieces.

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Rachel Scott, a teaching assistant from the hospital school at our CAMHS inpatient unit (Ward 3 at Coalville Hospital), runs a weekly ‘Helping Others’ group on the ward, encouraging the young people to get involved in community events and charity work to help raise their self-esteem. The group has already organised a coffee morning in support of MacMillan Cancer Support, and made Christmas cards which they took round to other patients at the hospital. They wanted to do something for Comic Relief, and had the idea of creating works of art which they could raffle to people visiting the ward. Rachel said: “I’m really proud of what the young people have produced and I know that they are too. Having the opportunity to do something practical which helps other people makes everyone feel good.”

Students also commented on the event:

‘It was a really engaging day and something I wouldn’t expect to do in hospital so it was great’.

‘I think it brought everyone together and you got to really interact with staff and other patients’.

‘I enjoyed giving out tickets for the raffle, and it was great to see people’s happy faces when they won their prizes’.

‘I think the fact that we made crafts made us more motivated’.

Staff on the ward also wore red for the day to raise even more money. Pictured are (L-R): Rachel Scott, teaching assistant, Helen Booth, deputy matron, Shabana Vadiwala, team leader, Wadzanai Chinosengwa, healthcare support worker and Rosie Denman, teacher from the hospital school.

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Children In Need Fundraising at CHS

puseyStaff and students across the sites of the Children's Hospital School worked to raise money for the Children In Need charity on the 11th November 2016. This took place as a non-uniform day across the different areas of the school.

The staff and students of Ward 3 had a particularly strong turn out with the students creating yellow spotty Pudsey Bear hats to wear.
 
As a whole school, £127 was raised on the day. Many thanks to all involved!

Origami at Ward 3

Ward 3 students have produced some excellent origami artwork in the CHS classroom in recent months. Various pieces have been created using a variety of techniques, the largest of which have been made using multiple 'origami triangle units'. The triangle units are simple structures made from a single piece of rectangle paper that can be combined to produce large, complex structures; the most impressive being the painted dragon.

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The dragon was constructed and painted by many students over a number of weeks, making it a true collaborative project. It has since been joined by other individual and group origami projects. There is no sign of origami interest slowing down as past works continue to inspire new students to create their own masterpieces.

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