A reminder to all students that Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September are inset days. Students will return to school on Wednesday 6th September.
It has been a challenging yet rewarding term once again at The Orchard Centre. We have been happy to welcome several new students and to see some of our existing students transition successfully into mainstream schools. It is thanks to the continuous hard work and dedication of staff that this has been possible. We would like to wish all our staff, students, parents and carers a very happy summer.
Students return to school on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at their normal times.
On Monday 17th July Orchard went on a wolf hunt. As part of our Art, Geography and PSHE curriculum we went in search of all the Wolves around Wolverhampton. From the Molineux to the Station and to St Johns, our students walked all over town taking pictures and a great morning was had by all.
One of our Year 10 pupils, Liam Bolton managed to raise an amazing £486 for Prostate Cancer with donations from across the Lawnswood Campus, from family and friends. It all started off as a discussion in his BTEC Sport class, and then developed it into a realistic idea. Out of all the ideas considered, he chose to dress like a lady. This was a huge hit, and he soon became the talk of the school with many of the students offering their expertise in helping with the transformation.
Mr Ince from the Prostate Cancer Charity came in to present Liam with a certificate in a whole school assembly.
Well done Liam! We look forward to seeing how you will top this next year!
We are sad to say goodbye to Mr Kaminski who leaves us this year to retire. Mr Kaminski has been an incredibly valued member of the Maths department. All his hard work and support in the department over the years has been appreciated. Mr Kaminski has always put the students first and worked hard to develop them as individuals. They will remember him, we are sure of that. We wish him well in his retirement and future adventures!
Each ½ term students who achieve above 95% attendance at school receive a certificate and reward, and the form with the best attendance each week also gets a certificate and the attendance trophy. There is a special award at the end of each term and all pupils above 95% attendance will go into a draw for a chance to win a larger prize. At the end of this term there will be a Tablet on offer for one student to win. There will be an additional prize for the students who achieve 95% and above for the whole year. This prize will be a sports watch, Bluetooth dongle and a virtual reality headset.
We understand that our students enjoy using the Internet and apps in a safe and positive way. Recently there have been changes made to the app ‘Snapchat’. Please find the recently released guidelines regarding the Snap Map feature:
This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.
You can find out more here.
Year 11 pupils are leaving soon, so they are creating ‘Positivity Pebbles’ to leave behind for the other students as a memory with Miss. Cooper.
We hope to run this as an annual activity and are thinking of ways the pebbles can be used. One idea is to cement the pebbles into a memory path. We also plan to do a whole school activity where students write positive quotes and messages on larger beach pebbles. We then plan to go on a walk to put them in a public place such as Baggeridge for walkers to find.
On Tuesday 9th May 3.30 – 5.30pm we will be holding a Parents’ Evening where parents/carers are invited to discuss their child’s progress with class teachers and the pastoral team. Students have appointment sheets to book times with staff.
Parents/carers are welcome without appointments.
“The Charlie Waller Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so. ” – www.cwmt.org.uk
We are keen supporters of the Charlie Waller Trust here at Lawnswood Campus. There is a wide range of resources available for students, parents and carers here. They provide information for young people in how to look after their mental wellbeing covering the signs of depression and how to seek help.
More information can be found at: http://www.cwmt.org.uk
If you are looking for help you can go here http://www.cwmt.org.uk/need-help or you can speak to any member of staff at The Centre.