Wow! Christmas has been and gone and we welcome 2017!
Fair Ways Schools were very busy in the Autumn Term with lots of news and events to come from it. Read what we got up to below!
The students from Swanwick School were very busy with a wide range of activities last term, including charity fundraising, informative trips and visits and sports opportunities!
Students and staff baked cakes and invited everyone from Fair Ways and parents and carers to join them for a coffee morning – they raised an amazing £98.00 for Macmillan cancer support, with a further £101.00 being raised for Children in Need by games such as ‘Guess the number of sweets in the jar’ and ‘Guess the number of spots on the cake’ as well as partaking in sponsored trampoline or rowing sessions
We were lucky enough to get to either visit or have visits from some amazing people this term including a trip to Hightown Fire Station in Sholing to learn about the dangers of fire and how to keep safe. Students had a tour of the station and had a look at the equipment in the fire engine plus got to have a practice go with the hose! This was a very informative visit with all students engaging well. Students were able to visit Southampton Boat Show and took part in the activities they had on offer, including kayaking and rib rides. In our hectic term, we also had a visit from our local PCSO to talk about drugs and crime. The students learnt a lot and engaged well with the visit.
Alot of sporting activities were readily available during the Autumn term including having a go at blind football and skiing at Southampton Alpine Centre with the help of their professional instructors. As a member of the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project, this year the schools athlete mentor is Heather Fell an Olympic silver medalist in the pentathlon. She visited the school for a morning and discussed with the students the different sports that make up a pentathlon. She then went on to teach us how to pistil shoot and we all had a go. It was great fun and she is visiting us again to teach us how to fence!
Fair Ways students played against other local schools at a five-a-side tournament that took place at Portsmouth Goals. They came 3rd and received certificates and medals, which was followed up with a trip to St Mary’s football stadium to watch England U21 vs Italy U21 with England willing 3-2 in the final minute!
The young people at Totton School have been extremely busy this term!
In our student meetings we completed lots of work on Anti-Bullying including statistics, worksheets, videos and true/false questions.
We also did some work around learning about Gang/Gun/ and Drug culture in the UK. Students heard about the laws and statistics around these things as well as having two prison guards from Winchester Prison come in and talk to them about prison life, crime etc.. I think its safe to say our students AND teachers were shocked by what we learned about prison! We had a visit booked to go to the prison but due to unforeseen events in prisons in the UK this had to be cancelled.
We were visited by a PCSO from Totton coming in to speak to the students about online safety, child sexual exploitation, and cyber bullying.
Students and staff alike dressed in spots or in yellow and raised £36.68 for Children In Need, with students also baking Pudsey bear cookies and coloured a Pudsey. For Remembrance Day the students coloured poppies to hang around the school as well as completing crosswords/word searches/ and fill in the blank worksheets. Some students went to Asda to purchase poppies to wear and we observed a minute of silence at 11am.
Students have been learning about different cultures around the world and what Christmas means to them. They made cakes and sweetie jars to sell as well as decorating the school and Christmas tree. Prior to Christmas, the students headed off in all different directions participating in their end of term activities such as trips to London, Paultons Park, and maybe a pantomime! We also managed to squeeze a school Christmas dinner, Christmas disco and wearing Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Save the Children in as well!