TRANSITION TO POST 16 EDUCATION
For our year 11s, their parents and carers, leaving The Ashley School Academy Trust at the end of the summer term is an exciting time but as with any significant change there is the element of the unknown. To help pupils with this, the school employs a Transition Worker – Mr Walton who is always on hand to answer any questions you may have, help pupils make informed decisions and reduce any anxieties associated with this time of change.
In order to help pupils make decisions about their future we give them plenty of opportunities to discuss options with members of staff, organise visits to colleges and other appropriate providers.
During November we hold a Pathways Evening where providers and organisations who may be able to help in the future offer advice and contacts, giving you the freedom to ask questions and find out information. This year’s event is on Tuesday 10th November 2015 here at school.
As well as the Year 11 Annual Review meeting there is an individual meeting with the Transition Worker which will allow you the opportunity to discuss such things as transport and provide any other information you need.
Colleges also give pupils the chance to try out the course of their choice so that when they start in September they will already be familiar with staff, the venue and other students, these are often called taster sessions.
Please feel free, whatever year group your child is in, to contact Mr Walton at the school to learn more about transition. These are exciting times as our young people move on to this next phase of their education. Our aim is to make this transition as smooth as possible by keeping everyone as well informed and knowledgeable about the process as we can.
If you would like to more information around this subject please call the school on 01502 565439
Parents Get Together
The ‘Parents Get Together’ meetings are continuing once a month on alternative Monday and Thursday afternoons 1:00-2:30pm. Last year it was great to see many parents and carers joining us when they could. Hearing your ideas about school was really helpful too. The group is very friendly, informal and everyone is welcome. It would be lovely to see more of you so why not give it a try.
If you have already joined us why not encourage another parent or carer to join us. The next terms dates have been set and hopefully you would be interested in coming along. It’s a good opportunity to meet other parents and carers as well as have a chat about school, maybe find out the answer to general questions you may have about our school.
Upon arrival please come to reception and sign in.
The dates for the get together meetings are;
Thursday 24th September
New term, hopes and wishes.
Monday 19th October
Sam Lichfield from the Learning Disability Children and Adolescence Mental Health Service (LDCAMHS) will be joining us for part of the afternoon to offer advice about this service.
Thursday 19th November
To be confirmed
Monday 7th December
Mrs Redrup, our English co-ordinator will be joining us to share some ideas of how to support your child at home with reading, spelling and writing. She will also speak about how English is taught in school.
Thursday 14th January
Louise Holmes from Activities Unlimited will be joining us to tell us all about the Activities Unlimited scheme.
So please save those dates, write them on your calendar or put them in your phone.
If you would like further information about the get together please contact School (01502 – 565439) and ask to speak to Sam Bover.
INVOLVE Fun Day
Please see below message, and posters, from Involve who run Activities and Engagement Programmes for 5-25yrs and Adults with additional needs
We would like to invite you to our special day of fun and celebration!!!
Lots of fun for the family, such as games, Bingo, Karaoke, a family quiz, fancy dress and lots more!!!
We are trying to raise money for a hoist for our changing room and handrails for our ramps.
If you are able to donate a raffle prize or support us in anyway that would be great.
We would love to see you all on the day.
Tel 07717539717 or 01502 501542
We are aware, and apologise, that there are delays with Tesco order processing and deliveries for the new school uniform and in particular uniform with the school logo embrodered onto it.
We do have some stock of embroidered uniform within school and we will be open next Wednesday (2nd September) and Thursday (3rd September) between 9am and 3pm if you would like to come into school for any uniform requirements.
We will also, of course, have uniform available next Friday (4th September), when pupils return to school.
Parent Support Information (Slice of Advice)
Please see flyers for Slice of Advice support events through the summer in both Great Yarmouth and Martham.
Please direct any enquiries directly to the organisers.
Please note that we will have limited access to our Information Technology (IT) systems, including emails, over the next few weeks while our services are being upgraded.
If you do wish to contact the school please call us on 01502 565439.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Olympic Park Swimming Panathlon
The day began at 07:00 when the pupils were picked up by the school mini bus. We had a 2.5 hour trip to Stratford in London to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There we competed in the Aquatics Centre. Walking onto poolside the pupils were in awe at the size of the building and also how big the pool was, standing looking at a 50m Olympic pool is a major sight.
The events started at 11:15 with Callum taking 1st place in convincing style in the 25m front crawl.
Next up was Adam in the 25m Backstroke battling hard with the other schools and after a close race Adam achieved 2nd place.
Then it was Lewis in the 25m Breaststroke with a strong field and up against competitors almost twice his size. He worked very hard gaining a very close 3rd place.
Next up was Connor and David in the 2 x 25m relay. The first 25m was close with Connor holding on to 2nd place then a strong swimmer from the other school in 3rd battled hard with David to take 2nd and put David in 3rd.
Then it was down to Mia in the 12m assisted race, a quick splash and dash saw Mia take 2nd place.
Riley was then in for a tight battle as the swimmers all stood way above him, but after a very determined swim and a close finish Riley came joint 3rd.
Then came the relays;
Treasure Hunt was a fast a furious race to get as much treasure on their mat, Callum, Cerys, Connor and Riley, all underwater specialists gained a 1st place but it was very close.
Mia, Lewis, David and Adam then followed in the ball shuttle race. Bonus points were available if you scored a hit on the mat with the ball. From the start we were battling for 3rd place and with Lewis on the end of the ball and with a hard throw and he scored bonus points which secured 3rd place.
The last relay was a long event with each swimmer having to swim 100m in the pool. Adam, Cerys, Connor and Callum worked well as a team to gain 3rd just missing out on 2nd by 4 seconds.
After all the hard work was done they all decided to do “Tom Daleys” jumping into the pool.
The whole day was a brilliant team effort, gaining an overall 2nd place in the East region and then to our surprise we also gained 2nd place in the whole event which included the South and London Borough’s.
The whole team was then treated to a tour of the Olympic Park and they saw all the major venues and the London skyline. After an ice cream we headed home with a well-deserved stop at Burger King in Ipswich!
The day finished with everyone all done and home by 8.35pm.
The next day we received the following message from Tony Waymouth organiser of the Swimming Panathlon
“I just wanted to thank you and your staff on allowing your children to attend the Swim Panathlon at the Aquatic Centre in Stratford yesterday.
Your children were brilliant both in and out of the pool and were a credit to your school.
The effort for them to attend was immense and I hope that they had a brilliant day at the competition and also sightseeing in the park”.
Neil Godbold (Swimming Instructor)
A full report and details of all particpants in the event can be found by following this link - http://www.panathlon.com/priory-school-swim-to-olympic-park-success/
Parents and Carers Get Together
Just to remind you that the last parents / carers get together for this term is this week on Thursday 9th July at 1.30pm.
If you have not been before, then what’s stopping you dropping in for a cuppa and a chat? Maybe, meeting other parents or carers at the group would enable you to make some plans to meet up with the children in the school holidays.
We have also invited parents/carers of children new to our school. Could you offer advice or information about what it’s really like being a parent at our school?
When we return to school in September we may trial a more flexible approach to the dates for Get together. The first meeting of the new term will be at 1pm- 2.30pm (as requested) on Thursday 24th September 2015. Please meet in the main school reception area just before 1pm. For further information please contact Sam Bover at school on 01502 565439. We look forward to seeing lots of you soon.
ATHLETICS: Ashley takes clean sweep!
The Ashley School Academy Trust recently travelled the UEA Sports Park, Norwich to take part in the annual East Anglian Special Schools Athletics (EASS) competition competing against schools from Norwich, Dereham and Cromer. There were 2 parallel competitions comprising of the main events and the special events.
There were 21 special events and our pupils did well achieving four 1st places and five 2nd places.
In the main points scoring competition there were 13 field events with The Ashley School winning four and coming 2nd in five. However, it was on the track where they got most of their points, predominantly from the relays. There were 17 individual races and Ashley took 1st place in 4 but with some solid 2nd places in 10 of the other races. In the relays, of which there were 5, Ashley stormed home in 1st place in four of them and finished a very tight 2nd place in the 5th one.
At the end of the morning the points were added up and The Ashley School had made a clean sweep winning the Girls, Boys and Overall trophies. Athlete of the day for The Ashley School was Callum M who did the maximum number of events with a 1st in the Long Jump, 100m and 4x100m relay along with a 2nd place in the 400m.
Mrs Milton, Head of PE at The Ashley School said, “All of the pupil athletes competed well giving their best in a truly sporting manner. I was equally proud to see some of our less able pupils engaged in athletic competition as I was to see our relay teams put into practice the baton changeover practices and winning the relays in style. Once again my thanks to Sue Hawkes and her staff from Parkside School (Norwich) for organising another terrific event.”
Artwork Displays in memory of WW1 fishermen
One of our pupils, Lauren, has had her art work selected to be on public display outside the Lowestoft branch of ASDA. The artwork is in memory of WW1 fishermen who risked their lives by locating mines and despite the danger of being caught if one of the mine exploded, continued to fish and provide supplies to the local area.
Lauren, and others, artwork was one of a number of pieces which were recently unveiled at various locations across Lowestoft.