Newsletter No 244
Friday 9th October 2015
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Harvest Festival – Tuesday 20th October
Parents Evening – Tuesday 20th October
Autumn Half Term - Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October
Six pupils from years 8 to 11 flew with staff to Centre Algarve, a state of the art holiday resort built specifically for learners with disabilities.
The trip was partly funded through generous donations from charities O2E (Ordinary 2 Extraordinary), Witham Rotary Club and the Tiptree Charity Cup.
Learners were firstly greeted at Stansted Airport and checked in by staff, who were excellent in assisting the learners through passport control and onto their flight.
In Portugal, students had the opportunity to browse shops and visit the local harbour, providing an excellent opportunity for learners to develop and foster communication and interpersonal skills, whilst learning about another country and culture. They also got to use the excellent facilities at Centre Algarve, which included specially designed swimming pools and kitchen areas to promote learner independence, as well as a small petting Zoo.
The trip was a tremendous success due to the hard work of Southview School Staff involved in arranging and taking the learners away, and the positive attitudes of all the learners. It also would not have been possible without the support of the charities that helped fund this event and staff at Stansted Airport and the Centre Algarve resort.
‘’The trip to Portugal was an amazing experience of both independence and confidence for all the children. Jess was absolutely buzzing with excitement when she returned and literally spoke of nothing else for days. The facilities on site at the Centre Algarve looked excellent and the pool and hot tub were particularly enjoyed. The Southview staff did a fantastic job of arranging, organising, and planning such a successful trip which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone involved. We were honoured that Jess was able to be part of that experience and am positive she benefited from it considerably’’ -Rebecca, Parent.
‘’It was wonderful’’ – Jessica, Learner.
‘‘My favourite part was going on the plane as it was my first time flying.’’ – Reece, Learner.
MAKE SOME NOISE!
As part of ‘Global Make Some Noise’, Middle phase and College phase had a disco on Thursday afternoon. Everybody enjoyed dancing around and getting together to make some noise! We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that donated, with the school managing to raise a total of £32.00.
THE SCARECROW COMPETITION
We have had some fantastic entries that were entered into naming the new scarecrow. We are now pleased to announce the winner of the competition is Logan who entered the name Bob!
Well done Logan for picking a great name, Bob will be living in our garden for all the learners to meet.
We would like to thank everyone who entered a name into the competition!