Preparing for Adulthood Family Information Event
Saturday 23 rd March 2019 10:00-14:00
(Refreshments will be provided throughout the day)
This event is an opportunity for young people and their families to meet with services and organisations who are available to support with the move into adulthood with particular focus on Education, Employment & Training pathways for Post 16. The event is being supported by a range of services and organisations. There will also be the opportunity to get involved and take part in both sporting and art workshops on the day.
If you are interested in attending this event please email them by no later than Friday 1st March
Services at the event:
Futures Career Advice & Apprenticeships
Information regarding Supported Employment
Skills For Employment
NCC Transitions Team
Adult Overnight Short Breaks Services
Independent Travel Training
Information, Advice & Guidance Services
Sports, Leisure & Community Opportunities
Community Short Break Providers
Nottinghamshire Participation Hub
Email your Name, D.O.B, and people who will be accompanying you to ICDS.EOTAS@nottscc.gov.uk
What a success!
It may have been the first time we’d organised and hosted a careers / industry event as such, but boy was it successful!
The aim of the event was to provide a friendly and non-threatening SEN-specific experience during which the students attending could:
- Find out about local colleges and the courses they offer
- Learn what apprenticeships are and what opportunities might be available for them locally
- Learn more about different ‘career pathways’ there might be in the public sector
- Meet with local companies, such as Sainsbury’s, to find out about work experience and volunteering opportunities
- Learn from parents/others connected with DMS about their jobs and professions e.g. midwifery, nursing
- Mix and interact with other young people from other Nottinghamshire SEN schools
Not only did the Derrymount students enjoy the event, we were delighted to have groups visit from three other SEN schools.
The feedback we got from everyone (exhibitors and attendees) was very positive – it was just the right kind of event (and environment) for students to receive expert career guidance and advice as part of their broader ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ work that takes place in school.
Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the success of the event – especially the students that came round with scrummy school-baked buns 🙂
Now, enjoy some photos taken on the day!
Derrymount’s Industry Day is being held on Wednesday 28th November between 1.30 – 4.30.
We will have a host of visiting colleges, professionals and experts on hand to give up-to-date information and advice. It’s the ideal time for parents, carers and students to find out about the options available at Post 16 and beyond.
Please come along for some or all of this event.
For more information please ring the school on 0115 9675020.
Gedling council are putting on multiple free play days during the summer for the under 14s
All hands to the pump (or to the nettles in reality)
Ever since a neighbour backing onto the school expressed a lack of enthusiasm towards our outdoor endeavours – I think the sound of happy and enthusiastic students got a bit too much for him – we started considering our options and eventually we decided to move our Adventure School HQ a number metres along our boundary fence.
Now, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal if it hadn’t been for the fact that the 100m we had to move was home to: nettles, brambles and years of uncontrolled natural growth (no, I’m not talking about Andrew’s beard here).
But rather than seeing this as a problem, we saw this as an opportunity to get the students practically immersed in a hands-on get-stuck-in project that would benefit them and the school in general (for years to come). We set to work removing branches, sticks, nettles, brambles and much more and using freshly cut (and kindly donated) tree chippings.
The result: a safe and usable area… check out the last photo below.
Great job everyone!
The job isn’t finished though (we have big ideas), but as you can see, things are looking a lot better and we’re back to normal with the bushcraft and outdoor hands-on activities which we all enjoy. There’s even a hammock or two for those that just need to lay back, look at the canopy and chill.
DMS Duke of Edinburgh programme
Andrew and I are really pleased that that a number of students have persevered in a determined way towards achieving the DofE Bronze Award – which is no mean feat! Actually, at the time of writing, our first practice expedition is only a few days away and the first batch of DMS participants students will hopefully graduate in time before they leave.
Our second group will take their practice in July and final expedition in September, with a view of graduating before the end of this year’s DofE season.
We’re really proud of all of the students that have taken part this year and really hope to take more students through their Bronze and a group of 2nd year AS/DofE students through the Silver Award during our next academic year.
With the above in mind, we must say a massive THANK YOU to Jackie Bull at DofE Central for helping us secure some important funds to help us get our DofE (and Adventure School) programme up and running. Not only have we been able to purchase the kit we need to run the DofE programme, we have also been able to develop our Adventure School into a key part of DMS; DofE and AS provide valuable opportunities for our young people to get outside, get active and see and reach the potential that is within them (which is sometimes buried and needs uncovering).
Below are a few images of the students organising our kit, and wrestling with one of our expedition shelters when 8 of them were trying to get inside 🙂
The DofE future at DMS is up, but shhhhh… not too much rejoicing – it might upset the neighbour.