You could be forgiven for comparing the next few weeks at college to a busy international airport with the comings and goings of students on placements, trips, activities and work experiences.
Staff and students have been making the most of the summer sun by moving lessons outside and taking full advantage of the facilities across the site, from the play equipment to the horticultural area and from the 3G pitch to the cycle area.
As always, we experience a time of mixed emotions as we move towards the end of summer term. Although we will be sorry to say goodbye to our Leavers, they have grown and matured throughout their time at school and are ready to tackle new challenges in the outside world. It goes without saying that they will remain a part of our Ellesmere Community and will be welcomed back should they choose to visit.
Similarly, there is excitement in the air as we look to welcome new students across all stages of the college in September. This week we welcomed parents and carers of our new starters for a coffee morning (served by our fantastic Community Café team) and an opportunity to meet some staff members.
Current students are looking forward to experiencing life in their classes for next year on ‘Moving Up’ day, and our Phase Two and Post 16 leavers are looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with their annual Prom. Next week the whole college will be partaking in PSHE day, a day to focus on our Personal, Social and Health Education, and the following week sees the annual Sports Day for all our students.
Finally, we need to welcome our new residents to the Ellesmere community! Peri, Peri, Nugget and Drumstick, our Ellesmere chickens, joined us before half term and are being well looked after by both staff and students, who are working on a rota system to care for and feed the chickens.