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SCS Newsletter 29.11.2019

In lower school this week, classes have started making some beautiful winter inspired artwork. There are hand print snowflakes, stars made from clay and sparkly igloos being made. In Snowdrop class pupils have been doing some lovely pretend play and the children have started to do this with more independence. Bluebell class went off for an adventure to Kew Gardens on Friday.

In upper school this week, preparations have hit full swing for our winter festival of celebration. Learners from Malala & Roald Dahl are practising for their performance at Royal College of Music. Jonas Salk & Attenbrough classes resources Swap Shop is up and running, with students coordinating the sharing of resources across the school and developing their vocational skills. Post 16 students hosted a wonderful event for visitors on Thursday & Friday and showed outstanding professionalism.

Tuesday, 3rd December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We are joining the #PurpleLightUp movement to highlight this year's theme: the importance of employing people with disabilities. Please support this initiative by wearing purple on Tuesday, 3rd December as a sign of our pledge in supporting the power of our pupils in the world of work. Their potential is showcased through our 'EmployMEnt Pathway' and will be highlighted throughout the day on our social media and website.

Reminder about the Winter Concerts: From Monday 9th December to Friday 13th December, students will be presenting some creative work in a series of Winter Concerts. There are six concerts grouped together by age and stage within the school. Parent, carers and families are all welcome to attend and you have received an invite and details of which concert to attend through your class teams.

Christmas cards now on sale: Christmas cards, designed by our very own Swiss Cottage learners will be available for purchase from school reception from the start of next week. Check out the card designs below to see what our creative pupils have been up to and pick up a pack of cards at £3 for 5 designs. Thank you!

Parent Council: The first parent council meeting of this year will be taking place on Friday 6th December 2019, 10.00 to 11.30am. We look forward to seeing you at the first session.

Autumn Term Dates Reminder:

- Thursday 19th December 2019: Last day for pupils

- Winter break: Friday 20th December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020

EYFS

This week in Early Years, Snowdrop and Lotus Class enjoyed the last of the Autumn leaves by engaging in their sensory story of 'We're going on a Leaf Hunt' where they trekked though rivers, snowstorms, dark forests and rain to find lots of colourful leaves!

Informal Pathway

Pupils on the informal curriculum are engaged in developing greater independence and communication skills.

Some classes in the upper school have begun preparations for the festive season and are exploring winter stories and music.

Semi-Formal Pathway

This week, pupils in the upper school came together for a social carousel activity. Pupils from Jonas Salk, Anne Frank and JK Rowling spent the afternoon interacting with new friends and exploring new spaces.

The learners were free to choose an activity of their choice from Yoga, to arts and crafts, from dance and parachute to board games and the gym.

Formal Pathway

This week Roald Dahl class went to The Sutton Life Centre where they learned about safety in the community. The learners are immersed in a virtual world where they are faced with a number of choices to make, whether on public transport, online, in the home or thinking about the environment. They then decide, and learn about the correct choice to make in each scenario.

The learners thought carefully at each stage of the various workshops and now feel better equipped when faced with tricky situations. Well done Roald Dahl class!

Sixth Form

Four students from Rosa Parks Class completed Work Experience on Thursday and Friday this week in our Development and Research Centre where Flo Longhorn was leading her last ever 2-day Conference.

Through the EmployMEnt Pathway- Event Hosts, the students escorted visitors from reception to the 4th floor, worked with the catering assistant to set up for breaks and lunches and cleared tables.

Visitors attending the conference were impressed with their initiative and hard work. Well done!

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