For the best part of a year, Martina Martin from Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Nottinghamshire, has been kindly visiting our Friday Dog Care option group to share her knowledge and experience of dogs and the working life of a centre manager. Her visits are always interesting and enlightening – today we learned how dog owners’ behaviours can influence their dogs’ behaviours, how to refine a dog’s recall performance and what you can learn from a dog by looking at its poops!
Gryff, our resident school therapy dog – and an ex-Jerry Green rescue dog – is always a topic of conversation, and it was lovely to hear Martina talk about how she has seen Gryff develop over the months since we have had him. Martina also commented on just how knowledgeable the Dog Care students (6 of them in total) have become since studying for their Professional Dog Walker qualification this year. The group are genuinely passionate about dogs and work really hard to develop their understanding dogs and their behaviours.
So, thank you Martina, well done Dog Care students and of course, ‘good boy’ Gryff… you deserve a tasty treat or two for your progress this year.
Over the last few weeks, students in M1 and M2 have been studying William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and have worked hard to produce an amazing piece of artwork which went on display at Colonel Frank Seely school earlier this week, for other schools to enjoy.
Students worked with Nonsuch Theatre in Nottingham and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to learn how to safely carry out stage combat and acted out key scenes from the play. Some of the children’s work also appeared on Notts TV.
If you wish to view it, (and see if your child can spot their work), please visit https://nottstv.com/programme/ey-up-notts-monday-26th-march/ (32 minutes and 20 seconds into the clip).
NB click on the pictures to see a larger view.
Students were given the opportunity to watch the Nottingham Panthers train at the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday morning. After watching the experts, it was then time for them to get on the ice and have a go. With the help of some of the Panthers, students managed to learn new skills and survive relatively unscathed!
The morning was a great success and enjoyed by all who took part. Behaviour, attitude and effort were exemplary and we look forward to more skating sessions and experiences in the near future. Many thanks to the Panthers, staff at the arena and parents for supporting the school with this opportunity.
In January we had some very unusual visitors in school. Our pupils and staff (or to be more accurate some of the staff!) were very pleased to meet them.
Our visitors included a very friendly rat, a corn snake and a gecko, a scary looking scorpion and a cockroach which was almost as big as some pupil’s hands.
The pupils were finding out about Predators and Prey as part of their Science and Animal Care lessons and the visit certainly helped bring their learning to life.
We enjoyed the visit so much that Zoo Lab are coming back again next year. We can’t wait to see what they might bring with them next time.
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!
On 10th October Derrymount School went along to St Mary’s Church in Arnold to celebrate our Harvest Festival.
We collected an amazing amount of food which will be taken to the local food bank. The fresh fruit and vegetables will go to Emmanuel House and a refugee centre in Nottingham.
Some of our pupils performed on guitars as part of the service and others had brought their paintings of vegetables, salt dough, Harvest Sheaves, and Harvest poems to decorate the church.
Parents and carers also came along, and some came back to school for coffee and biscuits afterwards.
Margaret, the Vicar was really impressed with Derrymount and said we had given more than 20 big bags of food! A big thank you to everyone who helped and contributed something towards those who are in need.
We will be visiting Margaret again at St Mary’s in December for our Christingle.
Well done everyone!
Thanks to our new tent stove (bought with funds from DofE Central), we have a warm and less smokey environment – with an extended covered area – that will help us keep working outdoors during the colder months.
Already enjoying the benefits
A lunchtime visit from students from our junior site resulted in smiles all round: archery, some moving of bark chippings, relaxing in the hammocks and bellies full of hot dogs all helped create a very enjoyable lunchtime for all. Speaking of dogs, Gryff played his part too.