An Artist in Our Midst

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by News Team

A young person from HIllcrest Steps recently entered the Young Art Oxford competition 2013 and out of thousands, his picture was chosen to be exhibited in The Ashmolean Museum Oxford.

The title for the competition was “What I Love”.  Our young person’s eclectic interpretation of this included a basketball, a burger a football boot and a pawn, representing his love of chess. The young person said he had to include all 4 images in his picture, as he couldn’t decide which one he loved the most!!!

He had the honour of seeing his work exhibited when he attended the exhibition on a school trip last week.

The competition organisers offer the artists the opportunity to have their picture put onto a canvas, so a lifelong keepsake is on its way.

Sadie Dangerfield, Home Manager

The Ashmolean Museum Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Poppy Boys Visit Mercedes World

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by News Team

Poppy Lodge young people and staff recently visited Mercedes World in Surrey for the day.

They spent their time looking around the museum at modern and vintage cars, going around the attractions and also sat in the sun to watch the adventurous Silver Arrows Display Team.

After a bite to eat, the boys had some photographs taken with their favourite cars and also with the Silver Arrow professional drivers.

A great day for all!

Bret Noades, Home Manager

Mercedes World

Mercedes World

Oaklands Student Competes in Dressage Event

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by News Team

A young person made history by being the first Oaklands student to compete in a horse riding event.

Our young person took part in a dressage competition at Hargate Equestrian Centre where she came third scoring 60.4%, which is a significant achievement.

Dressage competitions require horse and rider to perform a series of set moves in walk and trot.  The combination is then judged on how well they perform the movements.

David Biddle, Principal

Hayling Island get the Gardening Bug

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by News Team

The staff and young people at Hayling Island bring some colour and tranquillity to the garden.

Now that summer is upon us! We decided it was time to bring the garden alive. We bought 2 olive trees which then inspired us to have a beach/Mediterranean theme across the front of the house. The boys picked up some drift wood from the beach which added the finishing touch.
We also had specially built two 10 foot oak planters for the back garden, which we have filled with geraniums, bizzie lizzies and geraniums. We have also planted tubs and hanging baskets which the boys were keen to help with.

The pond area is alive with tadpoles and wild flowers, this area, which has been designed upon therapeutic principles, is often used for quiet reflection by both staff and young people.

All the hard work has been driven and coordinated by Carole Mundy and Mike Stephens. An excellent project enjoyed by all.

Mike Spencer, Home Manager

Flower beds at Hayling

Flower beds at Hayling

Oaklands Students Meet Legendary Horse Whisperer

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by News Team

Three students from Oaklands and their teacher, Beverley Parker, recently attended a demonstration by the legendary Monty Roberts – the original horse whisperer.

Monty grew up in California and his own experiences with a violent father helped to shape his non-violent approach to training horses.

By watching horses in the wild and working with his own horses from a very young age, Monty learned the language of Equs – and set about using it to show the world that horses respond to leadership and that once you have established a bond – or “join-up” that horse will quite literally follow you anywhere.

Monty has worked with horses all over the world – including the Queen’s racehorses!

One horse was brought by his owner to the demonstration because he bucked her off all the time and was scared of everything.  The students watched on as Monty taught the horse not to be frightened, so that it would accept a plastic bag being rattled at it, over it, under its feet; and after about half an hour the same horse happily accepted a rider on his bag without bucking.  Amazing!

The students were then able to practice some of the techniques Monty taught them on the College horses, and produced a classroom display.

David Biddle, Principal

Horse whisperer

Monty the Legendary horse whisperer

Tesco Mum of the Year

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by News Team

Congratulations go to our Director of our Autism Services- Anna Kennedy, who has won Tesco Mum of the Year 2013.

Tesco judges said: ‘‘Anna’s singlehanded determination to help families living with autism, while also being a full-time carer to her two sons, is truly inspirational.’’

Anna says, ‘People with autism shouldn’t be hidden. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. I want all children, including my own boys, to have the chance to make a mark on the world just like everybody else.’

Tesco Mum of the Year

Anna with her award

The Creative Learning Journey at Hillingdon Manor School

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by admin

Our new personalised creative curriculum is now fully rolled out across the primary school.

Over the course of two years a new curriculum was carefully planned and developed to ensure we were meeting the diverse needs of our pupils.

The curriculum is skills based which focuses on individual needs and is delivered through different topics each half term. The topics we have covered since September include ‘All about Me’, ‘Around the World’, ‘Vile Victorians’ and ‘Earth the Moon and beyond’.

The feedback from Parents, staff and children has been very positive. Many parents have commented on how children are now talking about their learning more frequently and teachers are noting how engaged the pupils are with the topics.

Ciaran Walsh Assistant Head Teacher

Hillingdon round the world

Hillingdon pupils 'Around the World'

Young People Reach New Heights

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by admin

Some of the young people went on an activity to one of London’s big attractions.

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe at a height of 1,016ft (310m). The young people travelled to the 68, 69 and 72nd floors, in a high speed elevator, to see a 360degree view of London.

They enjoyed using the digital telescopes to identify famous landmarks and buildings throughout London.

One of the young people showed off the photography skills he is learning at school by taking a number of photographs on a staff member’s professional camera.

Coleen Ashman, Home Manager

The Shard, London

The Shard, London

View from up high

View from up high

Come Dine with Me at Poppy

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by admin

Poppy Lodge boys and staff recently organised and took part in a Come Dine With Me Competition.

Each child and their key worker teamed up together to cook a three course meal for the rest of the house. This took place every Sunday for 4 weeks.

The meals ranged from Thai style dinners to large American meals.

Everyone enjoyed all of the meals and it was a great opportunity for the boys to show off their cooking skills.

At the end of the competition, two of the boys came joint first and earned themselves a £10 voucher each to spend at the shop of their choice.

Well done boys!


Park School Sponsor a Puppy

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by admin

Park School hosted a charitable ‘Open Afternoon’ for their ‘Working with Others’ challenge as part of CoPE through ASDAN.

Carers and social workers were invited along to Park School to spend time chatting to the pupils and teachers. They had the opportunity to look through the pupils work and see their progress.

The boys baked and sold cakes and refreshments. A raffle was held with all the prizes donated by staff. All the money raised was in aid of ‘Dogs for the Disabled’, a pioneering charity which trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and families with a child with autism.

They managed to raise £80-00 and sponsor a puppy.

Jennifer Binns, Administration Assistant

Sponsor a Puppy

Park's sponsored puppy!