Ashleigh - Downing Street
Last term, I wrote a story using my Tellus* called The Big Fight. It was about my friend Georgina and I fighting over the pop star Shayne Ward. I entered my story in a competition and was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street! I went with my mum and Katie from school on a minibus. The reception was to raise awareness for people who use communication aids. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his wife were there. I spoke to them using my Tellus. It was lovely inside and I wish I could live there. We heard other people telling stories using their communication aids. It was a really good evening out.
* A Tellus is an aid, which allows Ashleigh to communicate with others.
Young Voices - O2 Performance
On 27th November the choir took part in the Young Voices Concert at the O2. All term the students have worked hard in learning the set songs for this performance and on the day sang along with 7000 other school children to a mass audience. There was a live band on stage and we performed alongside Des’ree as part of the Big Sing, a world record attempt for the most number of children simultaneously singing around the country. It was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for our students to sing alongside other schools and perform with various professional musicians and dancers. Well done to everyone who took part, students and staff, to make this such a memorable event!
On November 7th 2008, our school celebrated International MOVE day by doing an Olympic torch relay around the O2. We took the students’ physio equipment with us and they passed the torch between them in their walkers, bikes and mobile standing frames. A lot of classes came to offer their support and all the cheering and clapping was really loud! We were joined by representatives from Willow Dene and Millenium schools who enjoyed the day as much as we did. Well done to those who took part and a big thank you to those who came to cheer us on!
Direct Enquiries - Emma & Georgina
During the half term break a film production crew came into school to interview two ex students Georgina and Emma for a website about disability access. They were asked about their experiences and thoughts. Their confidence was impressive and they added a very valuable contribution to the project. This is a site that many families may find helpful as it provides lots of information about accessible places, services transport, attractions and more. Visit at www.directenquiries.com
Colin is really enjoying the work he is doing down at Acres Way Kennels. Colin has a special talent when working with these dogs. He shows lots of care towards the dogs and works hard while he is there. Some of Colin’s duties are: walking, feeding and mucking out the kennels. He stays focused on his duties whilst at Acres Way and has made new friends as well. Colin has said that he would like to work with animals when he leaves school.
Charlton Park welcomes the All Blacks
THE world-famous New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ came to open the Adizone in Charlton Park and we had a group of students who attended as well as some very excited staff!! The Adizone is an outdoor gym and fitness ground which has been opened by the Greenwich Council to promote health and fitness in the community. The All Blacks - Richie McCaw, Ali Williams, Ross Filipo, Rodney So’oialo, Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu arrived just as the rain cleared and took some photos with Mayor Steve Offord and a group of Charlton students. Our students took part in rugby skills training and used the outdoor gym equipment, they were a credit to the school and asked questions and mixed openly with the athletes.