Wargrave House School & College Newsletters – Issue 16 – 27th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope our end of first summer half term newsletter finds you all safe and well.

Last Friday I was delighted to join a number of you at our Cosy Corner Café coffee morning at Lyme and Wood Hub.

I would like to pay a particular tribute to Julliet Doherty our Head of Post 16 Learning for making the event such a purposeful opportunity for our college students to demonstrate so well their team working skills in hosting the event. I know how pleased our young people were to see all their hard work materialise into sales of plants, crafts and refreshments. We were delighted to receive a vote of thanks from the local Rotary club who acknowledged the significance of the national award attained the week before in Birmingham of Khovan Hussain. Khovan is such a great role model for all people, actively pushing the boundaries of what is truly possible, whilst reminding us all that such achievements don’t happen without hard work, motivation and resilience.

Next week we hope you all enjoy a good weeks holiday. Ongoing site cleaning and refurbishments will continue across our site in preparation for our return to school and college refreshed on Monday 6th June.

Best wishes,

Robin

Dear Parents and Carers

We are grateful to you for all your support over this last half term. Today we have all enjoyed a very purposeful morning marking the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through a great Cosy Corner Café post 16 led student event. Seeing all our young people enjoy refreshments and live music from our very own Electric Stars was fantastic, alongside the efforts of all staff learners and students dressing in red white and blue colours.

Within this edition of our newsletter you will note the successes gained form Pyjamarama Day which helped raise £53 towards supporting children who are unable to access a bedtime story. Please encourage your child to read at home whenever you feel the opportunity arises. We continue to develop our literacy strategies through effective and consistent use of phonics and look forward to sharing this practice with you next half-term by way of mutual support to provide the best education outcomes for your child as possible.

I would like to express my thanks to Hannah Richards who is generating great leadership amongst many students through the excellent Duke of Edinburgh Award. Pre-expedition training took place this week for our young people in BASE 4 and 5. We are delighted that we gained£48,000 towards a purchase of a brand new minibus to support our Duke of Edinburgh work from which we believe we can become a national centre of excellence in knowing exactly how to support the needs of our young people through their active participation in physical activity skills and the service component of the award. I would also like to pass on my sincere thanks to Mr Grimmer for his hard work in putting this bid together.

Next half term we will be sending you a progress update following the outcomes of this half-term’s reflection week. By way of reminder please remember that Thursday 30th June is closed for staff training and school and college will be closed on Friday 1st July. Wishing you the best half-term as possible.

Best wishes,

Stuart

Dear students, parents, and carers.

Welcome to our last newsletter of this term. We are all looking forward to the Wargrave House School and College, Red, White and Blue Platinum Jubilee Garden Party on 27.5.22.

The ice cream van is booked, the Cosy Corner Cafe is open and we have live entertainment from our own student band, Electric Stars, as well as music by our resident DJ, Chris. We had a fabulous coffee morning at our Lyme and Wood Learning Hub on Friday 20.5.22, thank you to all the parents, governors, local councillors and community groups, who visited and shared their time with us, particular thanks to The Mayor, Cllr Susan Murphy for her consistent support of our students.

We have our production of Alice to look forward to on 13th July, more information to be shared next term, please do come along and support the students when we release the tickets, the students from Lakeside and LEAP are enjoying their therapy led, by Andrea Claire, Wednesday afternoon rehearsals. I would like to offer our huge thanks to Cllr Terry McGuire who came to our rescue with his flat bed truck to collect some garden flags donated to us for our Lyme and Wood Learning Hub site, an early morning call and a delivery for 7am was no trouble to Terry and we are very grateful for his support.

The Post 16 staff team and I wish you a lovely week and we look forward to seeing you all back on the 6.6.22

Julliet and the Post 16 team