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on Monday, 23 January 2017.

After a fairly mild winter so far these past few weeks have plunged us into coldness that contrasts sharply with the heat generated by the feverish activity taking place within school. A walk around the building reveals a hive of activity throughout with all our phases and departments busily beavering away. Our sports hall is always full. Just at this moment we have cricket, basketball and multi-fitness all taking place. Walking past the cooking rooms is a real test for anyone. The smells are enough to start stomachs rumbling a hundred metres away! Just now it seems cakes are being baked in readiness for some lucky people. The stage area is currently filled with the sounds of an expressive arts group. I don’t know what it is they’re doing but it sounds like fabulous fun! All of our hubs are full of students and staff hurriedly making their way between lessons and learning spaces and barely a day goes by without a new innovation appearing. Right now it’s our new intervention pods that are attracting attention. These pods provide a positive learning space for individuals and small groups. A few teachers had to be convinced they weren’t Star Trek teleports due to their futuristic appearance! They’ve proved to be a brilliant addition to our hubs and the feedback from staff and students has been hugely positive.

Last week we were visited by M&M Theatrical (magicoftheatre.com) productions who put-on a brilliant performance of Pete Pan. The show went down an absolute storm with all who saw it and we hope to welcome them back to Ellesmere sometime soon.

On 24th January staff from Ellesmere will be taking part in the Local Offer Live! Event at the Curve theatre in Leicester city centre (http://curveevents.co.uk/local-offer-live). Local Offer Live is an annual event showcasing disability related services. For 2017, Local Offer Live is expanding to include services from Leicestershire and Rutland. If you’d like a free fun-filled day where you celebrate amazing people, then please feel free to drop in at the event. All welcome.

Our post-16 Internet Café continues to go from strength-to-strength. Visitor numbers are up around 15 – 18 students per lunchtime who use the café to eat lunch, watch TV, surf the web and generally hang-out and chat in an environment they feel really comfortable in. The café also provides respite from the bitter cold here in Leicester this week!

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