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Newsletter No 199

Friday 11 July 2014

 A reminder to everyone that our Summer Fete is to be held TOMORROW (12 July) from 12.00 - 3.00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


A big 'Thank you' to everyone who came and supported our Sports Day on Tuesday.  It was great to see so many friends, families and carers getting involved and supporting all our learners in their activities and events.

Sports Day kicked off with teams dressing up and making flags and mascots in their team colours which they presented on the playground with a big team cheer!  Arthur, a brave learner in Class 1, then beautifully sang a Sports Day song which he had composed and practised with Elaine our music therapist.  It was then time for the teams to set off and take part in goal throw, team challenge, precision beanbag and shuttle ball and run.  All teams worked hard together and by the end of the morning had managed to score lots of points!

After a well deserved picnic lunch, everyone was energised and ready to take part in the individual races.  It was time for every learner to shine and show off their skills in walkers, wheelchairs and power chairs. Whether self propelling in and out of cones or collecting beanbags on their laps, it was clear to see that all learners put maximum effort into their race whilst having lots of fun!

It was a fantastic day which finished with a parents/carers and staff race, which was very fast and very competitive!  Finally, everyone was invited to the hall to hear the team results announced by Julian. It was a really close competition with England just stealing the first place spot from Brazil!  A round of applause was given and a trophy was presented by Jill Baylis to the winning team along with individual medals and certificates.

Thank you to everyone for making Sports Day such a success!  All the learners should be really proud of their achievements!


I have set up on Facebook a closed group for parents and carers whose children go to Southview School to share experiences, get advice and generally chat amongst each other.

We have found that the only time we get to talk is when we meet up outside of school or an event is happening at the school when we all see each other.  This new group gives us an opportunity to be able to talk and share 24/7. The group has 12 members currently, and is really working well!

We would like to invite parents/carers who use Facebook to find us and join so we can all share our experiences. To find us the group is called ‘Southview Special Needs School, Witham’.   Please note that this is a closed group and you can only see the posts if you become a member which has to be approved by a member of the admin group.

Kind regards
Liz Mayer (parent)



Our trip along the canal began at Harlow, from where we travelled downstream passing through three locks on our journey. The boat was fully wheelchair accessible and had toileting facilities on board. The charity which runs the trips also has a larger boat with sleeping facilities – maybe something to look at in the future.



We enjoyed a picnic lunch on board before turning round and sailing back. Learners had the opportunity to steer the boat and sound the horn! 

We all thoroughly enjoyed our sunny day on board the ‘Stort Daybreak’.


End of Term Assembly – Friday 18 July

Last day of Summer Term - Tuesday, 22 July 2014

First day of Autumn Term for Learners - Friday, 5 September 2014


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