After a lovely break we can now reflect on a hectic first term!
Ellesmere staff and students have given their all in a challenging term, and have made the college and themselves proud of their achievements. Once again, Ellesmere has been working with Attenborough Arts as part of their research project; ‘Unlocking the World Through Art: A Sensory Atelier’. The project works with children with complex needs to provide multisensory and kinaesthetic approaches to learning and the arts, and has concluded with a public exhibition of work from students at Ellesmere and Ashmount School, displayed at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester until the 29th January.
In October, some of our primary students were given the opportunity to experience sport in the wider community, with Ash class competing in and winning a Primary Sport-ability competition, and 4 KS2 children competing in a Boccia competition. All of the students involved showed great team work and represented Ellesmere brilliantly. November again saw the whole College community come together to raise a total of almost £700 for Children in Need, by selling homemade paper plate Pudseys, pompoms and JoJo Bow’s and enjoying a non-uniform day and disco! The enthusiasm and effort from everyone really demonstrated the generosity and selflessness of everyone involved.
At the beginning of December, each student in school was given the opportunity to demonstrate their creative skills by decorating a bauble for the school Christmas tree which was then proudly displayed in reception. Some of our primary students were then lucky enough to visit the ‘Winter Wonderland’ at Twinlakes, a trip which was enjoyed by all those involved and which really instilled the Christmas spirit!
As always, the last few weeks of term were incredibly busy, but again brought together the school and external community in a way that Ellesmere seems to do so brilliantly, taking every opportunity to integrate and share with those around us. We welcomed visitors and guests for our annual Christmas fayre, and held our last community café of 2017, which as usual proved a great success with staff, students, parents, carers and local community members joining us for a mince pie or slice of cake and cup of tea. In the last week, the college came together to allow each and every child the chance to perform in the Christmas production. Class teachers drew a country name from the hat, and tutor groups were challenged to introduce Christmas from that country to the rest of the school, and the wider Ellesmere family.
In our last days of term we enjoyed a Christmas lunch as well as celebrating Christmas jumper day, with students and all college staff, alongside some of our governors, eating together. This provided a lovely opportunity for a celebration and appreciation of the term from all, as well as a demonstration of some lovely and extravagant Christmas jumpers!
As we head into the New Year, we continue to build on our relationships between all members of our internal and external college communities. This term we look forward to a performance of Cinderella in school, World Book Day, Science day, Sport Relief, Community café, a trip to ‘Orchestra Unwrapped’ and sports competitions and a Careers afternoon for Phase 2 and Post 16. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be keeping busy!
“Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success” Henry Ford