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October news

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It has been a busy first half term with children settling into their new classes. They have all done very well, especially our 15 new starters!

 

Staff leavers

We said goodbye to a number of school staff. Teachers Rose White and Claire Carter left the school in July. Chris Croft, teaching assistant, left the school at the end of term. Chloe Khan and Carl Andrews left the school in June. Mary Hadley left the school in July 2017. We wish all of these staff the very best for the future.

 

New staff

Martin Shieber, Paul Waterhouse and Joe Neil are all new teachers to the school.

 

We also welcome as classroom assistants Leanne Taylor, Sophie Jones, Annabelle Knight, Marcia Cave, Abbeygail Benton, Nicola Ralph, Nicola Sutton, Rebecca White and Alex Florey. We also have a number of regular supply staff working with our children.

 

Harvest Festival – Thank you to everyone who came to school our special Harvest Festival assemblies. It was wonderful to see all the children taking part with singing, dancing, acting and reading. Our youngest pupils were amazing and we were all so proud of them. Once again, many thanks to everyone for the generous donations of produce. This was taken by Post 16 Class 3 to a local food distribution centre for the needy in our community.

 

Student of the month – Well done to Olivia Webster, pupils of the month for September! She is working so hard and her teachers and parents are very proud of her.

 

Well done also to all of our youngest new pupils who have settled so well in our reception classes.

 

Awards evening

We held an Awards Evening in October when our leavers with their families returned to receive their ASDAN and OCR certificates. It was a joy to see them again and hear how well they have all been doing since leaving us.

 

Memorial service

We held our first Memorial Service in October for pupils who we have sadly lost over recent years. We shared happy memories about all of these very special children, released balloons with messages, and lit candles on our wonderful memorial tree. Parents loved the copper leaves engraved with their own special messages and were very appreciative of the opportunity to come together.

 

Parents Evening is on Tuesday 7th November between 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you on this important evening where you can discuss your child’s progress and meet the class team.

 

Education Health and Care Plans- these important meetings continue to take place.

Over the next couple of years Inspectors from Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission) will be inspecting the Borough Council and Health services in Dudley to see how well they identify children's special educational needs and/or disabilities, how well they meet those needs and how effectively they improve outcomes for those children and young people.

 

Attendance

Our children love school and we encourage them to attend as much as they can. If pupils are not in school it is the parents’ or carers responsibility to inform the school on the first day of absence. If a pupil is absent, and no message has been received, the school will try to contact parents or carers on the first day to discover the reason. If the school receives no explanation for absence when the child returns to school, either by telephone or in writing, an unauthorised absence letter will be sent and a meeting arranged at the school.

 

Dates for your diary:

 

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October- Half term

Monday 6th November- INSET day

Tuesday 7th November- Parents evening

Friday 24th November- Christmas Fayre with Santa! - 6- 8.30 pm

December 11th- Party week (details to follow nearer the time!)

Wednesday 13th December- Christmas lunch for the children

Wednesday 20th December- Christmas Nativity Assembly

 

We wish you an enjoyable half term break!

 

Thank you all for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Gill Cartwright

Come and join us celebrate with singing, dance and drama, at our Harvest Assemblies!

 

Lower and Middle Phases are performing on

Thursday 5th October from 9.30am

 

Upper and 14-19 Phases are performing on

Friday 6th October from 9.30am

 

Any kind donations of tinned or dried food will be gratefully received and distributed locally.

Welcome back to  all of our pupils and families to the new school year. I hope you all had a restful summer holiday. We warmly welcome  all our new reception children  who have settled in extremely well.

 

We started the new school year off with a 'welcome back' assembly and it was good to see how happy and excited the children were to be back with their friends and teachers. 

 

We look forward to a busy year ahead!

July news

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

The end of another fantastic year of achievements for our young people who have all worked extremely hard and deserve their success.

 

Our school prom for our leavers and older students was wonderful. We were so proud of our ‘Class of 2017’ who looked fantastic in their ball gowns and suits! They enjoyed a buffet and disco.

 

Our amazing children performed ‘Beauty and The Beast’ on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July. Thank you for coming to watch our production and your feedback. Here are just some of your comments!

 

'I loved the show, every child had a part to play and you could really tell they enjoyed doing it. This is such a rewarding experience for the children and parents/ carers alike. The amount of effort everyone puts into making it possible for our children to shine is unbelievable and very much appreciated'

 

'What an amazing performance! All of the children seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely performing for the parents and carers in the audience. The costumes, scenery and props were spectacular, as was the music and lighting- very professional! The performance was both entertaining and uplifting- proof once again that our children with any type of disability are more than able to put on a memorable show!'

 

We ended the year with our Celebration Assemblies. As always we celebrated our children’s achievements and some of our youngest pupils received their Early Years Learning Journey records whilst older pupils as they moved up the school received their Records of Achievement. We are so very proud of all our pupils!

 

At the end of this term at our Leavers Assembly we said goodbye to-

 

Sean Carr who goes to Futures@ Rodbaston College

Adam Jackson who goes to Dudley College

Chanell Williamson also going to Dudley College

Alison Hall has chosen to go to Stourbridge College

Asad Murad also goes to Stourbridge College

Raheel Rehman goes to Dudley College

Marcus Lewis goes to a Post 19 provider

Jack Crook tackles up a place at the Unicorn Centre

 

We are very sad to see these young people leave us but extremely proud of their achievements. We will miss them all so much and we wish them the very best for the future.

 

The Lettice Holt Award is awarded annually by the FE staff to a student who has been outstanding and a credit to the school throughout their time with us. This year the award was given to Asad Murad. Well done Asad!

 

We said goodbye to a number of school staff. Teachers Rose White and Claire Carter left the school this July. Chris Croft, teaching assistant, left the school at the end of term. Chloe Khan and Carl Andrews left the school in June. Mary Hadley left the school in July 2017

 

We wish all of these staff the very best for the future.

 

The Child of Courage Award is given in remembrance of Hazel Thomas who worked at the school and passed away in 2005 whilst still in service. Her family wished the school to nominate a child of courage each year. We have many such children and it was a difficult decision, but this year we agreed that Aarzoo Baig should receive the award. Aarzoo has faced many difficulties this year but she has always smiled and met these difficulties with courage. Well done Aarzoo!

 

We thank all our wonderful volunteers for supporting the school. It is amazing that so many are willing to give their time to help us in the classrooms, swimming pool, and as part of FOOPS. We also thank our Governors who meet throughout the year and who are passionate in making sure this school continues to be ‘outstanding’.

 

We are overwhelmed by the many organisations and individuals who have tirelessly raised money to help support our children at Old Park School this year. Through their generosity, time and effort we have been able to buy equipment and resources which is making a real difference to the lives and well-being of our children. Thanks to you all.

 

A big thankyou goes out to parents and carers for their continued support and also to the staff for their hard work this year.

 

We hope you all have a very happy summer holiday and look forward to welcoming our children back for the new school year in September!

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs G. Cartwright

Headteacher

 

A reminder!

 

Friday 21st July is our Lower and Middle Phase end of year celebration assembly

 

Monday 24th July is our Upper and 14-19 Phase end of year celebration assembly

 

Tuesday 25th July is our Leavers Assembly

 

All assemblies start at 9.30am

 

 

 

 

Our amazing children performed 

Beauty and The Beast on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July.

 

Thank you for coming to watch our production and your feedback.

Here are just some of your comments!

 

'I loved the show, every child had a part to play and you could really tell they enjoyed doing it. This is such a rewarding experience for the children and parents/ carers alike. The amount of effort everyone puts into making it possible for our children to shine is unbelievable and very much appreciated'

 

'What an amazing performance! All of the children seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely performing for the parents and carers in the audience. The costumes , scenery and props were spectacular, as was the music and lighting- very professional! The performance was both entertaining and uplifting- proof once again that our children with any type of disability are more than able to put on a memorable show!'

 

' This years play was the best yet! It was fantastic from start to finish. All of the children were calm and really enjoyed performing. You could see so much hard work had gone into the production through  the music, the scenery and the creative way all of the children were involved. It was wonderful to see my son so happy. Well done!'

 

'Once again Old Park never fail to amaze us. The whole of the school were involved in the play Beauty and the Beast. I couldn't stop smiling and clapping all the way through it. The children, every single one of them, put their hearts and soul into the parts they played. All the teachers were fabulous. I can't wait to see what Old Park have planned for next year.'

 

'My thoughts are for the children and their effort which was amazing and wonderful and truly touched my heart. Children, you made this performance. Bless all of you, the hard work, the smiling faces, the laughter, you made this happen.'

 

 

 

 

School prom 2017

We are so proud of our oldest students who are leaving us this year. We held our 'Class of 2017' Prom on Friday 7th July and it was a privilege to be there and appreciate what fine young people are leaving our school. 

Well done to you all and we wish you the very best for the future.

 

 

 

 

Family Fun Disco!

Thanks to everyone who supported this event on Friday 16th June- it was a huge success and we raised almost £400 for our school fund. 

 

May news

 

We have had a very busy half term with lots going on. The school is bursting into life and we are making the most of our wonderful Forest School! All our pupils have the opportunity to learn in our ‘Forest’ and this term and have been bug hunting, making wigwams and shelters, learning about keeping safe and exploring. We held an orienteering event in our Forest School this term and 5 special schools from the region joined us.

 

We held a ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ week in May and across the school pupils found out about Internet Safety, Safety in the Home, Keeping Safe out in the Community and much more.

 

Middle Phase pupils have enjoyed a French day with grape squashing, French Maths and a French trail in the Forest. Lower Phase also enjoyed their French day last week.

 

We are very pleased to see such huge support from families for the homework we send home each week. Well done and thank you! This really is helping our pupils make great progress in reaching their targets.

 

Pupil of the month for May is Xander Tonkinson from Bear Class for always working hard and doing his very best. He is currently going horse-riding with his class mates and is showing lots of love and care towards the horses. Well done Xander!

 

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 26th May- INSET staff training day

Half Term: Monday 29th May- Friday 2nd June

Friday 16th June- Family Fun Paradise Party (more details to follow)

Monday 19th- Friday 23rd June- PSHE/ SRE focus week ‘Ourselves’

Monday 26th June - Primary Sports 1st choice

Tuesday 27th June- Secondary Sports 1st choice

Friday 7th July: Sixth Form Prom and Buffet

Week beginning 6th July- School production- details to follow

Tuesday 18th July- staff meeting- Meet the new teacher- in the Hall

Friday 21st July- EYFS/ Primary ‘Moving up’ Assembly

Monday 24th July- Secondary/ 14-19 ‘Moving up’ assembly

Tuesday 25th July: Leavers / End of Term assembly and last day of term

 

Wishing you all an enjoyable half term holiday!

 

April news

 

Easter assembly

This was a wonderful event and as always was very well attended! The pupils, dressed as bunnies, chicks, flowers and much more,  sang, danced, told the story of Easter and paraded in their amazing Easter bonnets.

Thanks to FOOPS for the Easter Bunny bringing chocolate eggs to all!


Parents evening
It was good to see so many parents at Parents Evening. This year we held our Post 19 Options Evening at the same
time which gave parents across the school a chance to drop in and see the wide range of options available after school.


Parent governor
Following an election for a parent governor I am pleased to let you know that Andy Hegedus has been elected for a
second term of office. 


Goodbyes
Lee Armstrong, site manager at the school for a number of years, left the school in March . He takes up a site manager post nearer to his home.


Baby news
Mrs Laura Foster, teacher in Bumblebee Class delivered a baby girl. Amy Croft, teacher in Giraffe class, had a baby girl. Danielle Mills, Classroom assistant in Owl class delivered a baby girl. Michele Atkins, administrative assistant delivered a baby boy. Helen Dade also gave birth to a baby boy. Well done to all!

 

World Book Day
Old Park School celebrated 20 years of World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, pupils dressed up as their favourite character from a book for a donation of £1.00 with all money raised going to Book Aid. We had a wonderful day! 
Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit and Captain Hook visited the school- organised and funded by Foops.


Makaton Choir and School orchestra
Well done to our Makaton Choir who took centre stage at the Vivo Concert at Dudley Town Hall. We also sent an
orchestra to the Town Hall which was an amazing experience for our pupils. 


Sponsored walk
The sun shone for us on our annual sponsored walk which took place on Tuesday 21st March. All the children and
staff took part in the walk as well as many families and friends of the school who came along to join us. Thanks to
FOOPS for arranging our fun event. Sponsor money raised will greatly help our school funds and we will also be
making a donation to the Red Nose Charity. The sponsor money is still being collected!


Thanks also to all of you for helping raise money to buy equipment for the school with an amazing response to our
‘Onesie Wednesday’ event which coincided with Autism awareness month.


Pupil of the Month
Pupil of the Month for February was Joseph Proctor of Tiger Class for excellent work. Well done Joseph!


Pupil Absence
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please can you inform the School Office on 01384 818905. If your child has any medical appointments, we require a copy of the appointment letter to keep our attendance records up to date.

 

 

January News

 

Bamboozle Theatre

On Monday 23rd January many of our profound and complex children were treated to a fantastic production by the Bamboozle Theatre Company. The story, based on a story set in Scotland was delivered during the day to small groups of children who actively participated and interacted with amazing multi sensory resources. Our children were totally captivated.

 

Chinese New Year

Celebrations took place across the school to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Upper Phase made Chinese Foods, danced to Chinese music and Eagle and Owl Classes made their very own dragons and treated the whole school to a dancing dragon display! They also had a 'chop stick' challenge, eating rice with chopsticks. Well done Byron for winning the challenge!

 

Del the music man is making an Old Park CD

Every child in the school will be part of the Old Park CD, either playing an instrument or singing. Each class has a song. Look out for the CD which is coming available shortly.

 

Find a friend

Our school council asked for a quiet area in each of our playgrounds where anyone can go who wants to find a friend to play with. What a lovely idea!  We now have symbolised signs and chosen special places where friends can meet.

 

Sad news

It is with great sadness I need to let you know that Shifa Mohammed, one of our precious pupils, sadly passed away in December. Shifa was a wonderful little girl who bravely faced many challenges in her life. She is sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

 

Pupil of the month for January

Congratulations to Sophie Steele. During the Christmas holiday Sophie produced some excellent written work about her holiday. It was beautifully written and she had also carefully drawn pictures to illustrate what she had done.

 

 

Goodbyes 

We say goodbye to Carol Prentice, classroom assistant,  who left us in January to take her retirement and spend time with her grandchildren. 

 

Ben Oppenheim, classroom assistant  leaves this month as does Lee Armstrong our full time site manager.

 

We wish them all every success in the future.

 

Reminders, events and dates for your diary

Tuesday 28th February, Parents Evening combined with a Post 19 Options Evening from 6-8pm: a chance to talk to staff from colleges and local providers about what is available for our young people when they leave school. All welcome, no matter what age your child is.

Thursday 6th April : Easter Assembly Secondary, 14-19

Friday 7th April : Easter Assembly EYFS and

Friday 7th April- Last day of term

 

Summer Term starts Monday 24th April 2017

 

INSET day- Friday 26th May

 

 

December news

 

What an exciting time of year with so much happening! We have visited Santa in various locations, gone to the Sea Life Centre, cinema, the Sycamore Centre, Dudley Zoo and Safari Park and all enjoyed carols with Dell the Music Man and the Old Park School Band.

 

A residential took place at Astley Burf in November with pupils from the Upper Phase of the school. This was very successful with pupils showing great independence and maturity and willing to take on many new challenges. Well done!

 

Thanks to all of you who joined us for our Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 27th November. Santa was amazing and took a great deal of care to make every child feel special. Thanks also to all of you who came to our Christmas Celebration with Carols and saw our youngest children perform the Nativity.

 

Party week was a great success with pupils meeting Santa in our school grotto. Children all received a present from the school and enjoyed party games and food as well as a disco. Presents for the children were purchased with money kindly raised by FOOPS and your generous donations.

 

Many thanks to our friends at the 'Buffs' who continue to support the school by raising money for us. Their generous donations have purchased two new changing beds for our pool area.

 

We say a sad farewell to Ann Moran a teacher at the school for a number of years. Ann is taking retirement and we wish her the very best for the future.

 

I am very sorry to let you know that Subhan Khan, one of our very precious pupils, sadly passed away on Tuesday 15th November. He was a little fighter and had great spirit and was so happy at school. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

 

From all the staff at Old Park School we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 4th  January 2017!

 

 

 

Brunch with Santa!

 

We all had a wonderful time on Sunday morning when we met Santa in his grotto and enjoyed a hearty breakfast! Thank you all for supporting our school. We will continue to sell tickets for our raffle which will be drawn at our Christmas Carol Concert on Monday 12th December. 

 

Week commencing 12th December

Monday 12th                                          EYFS/ Primary Carol Concert (am from 9.30)

                                                              Upper/14-19 (pm from 1.30)

 

Tuesday 13th                                           Lower and Middle phase party

 

Wednesday 14th                                     Christmas dinner

 

Thursday 15th                                         Upper and 14-19 phase party

 

Friday 16th December                             End of Term

 

The last day of term is 'Wear your Christmas Jumper to school' day for the

'Save the Children' Charity. If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper or T Shirt on this day, please send a donation.

 


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