SCS Newsletter 08.11.2019

This week, classes across the school have been creating lots of lovely art work using colour, scrunched up tissue paper and foil to celebrate the 'Bonfire Night'. Pupils have also been collecting a lot of the beautiful golden leaves that are around the school to create autumn pictures.

In lower school, pupils enjoyed having a story session with the children's author Chris Wormell. The learners enjoyed the session especially when they got to join in with all the sounds. In upper school, various classes have been going out to the local community to practice life skills, communication and independence.

Parent Council: The Parent Council at Swiss Cottage School is looking to recruit parent representatives this year. If you are interested in becoming a parent representative for your child’s class please contact your child’s class teacher. The role of a parent representative is very important to us at Swiss Cottage and involves: attending each Parent Council meetings; representing all parents, carers, and families of your child’s class; working closely with your child’s class teacher; helping with school events such as the international evening (this may involve helping to organise the event, coordinating a particular activity/stall, and compiling a rota of class parents to help on the day); attending other school events such as sports day and concert; drawing up a list of contact details for all the parents in the class, circulating this to the families, and keeping it up to date (this is helpful for arranging play dates and birthday party invitations); organising social events for parents such as coffee mornings; acting as an extra line of communication between the teacher and parents, for example by passing on messages about school trips and event. 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 hearing from you and seeing you at the next session. Thank you!

Autumn Term Dates Reminder: 

-Friday 22nd November 2019: Staff training day – no school for pupils

- Thursday 19th December 2019: Last day for pupils

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


This week in Early Years, we were busy exploring the different senses experienced on bonfire night. We enjoyed making the sound of fireworks using drums and using glitter, shaving foam and paint to create beautiful firework pictures.

Some of us experienced the sound of a bonfire by walking over twigs and bubble wrap. It was lots of fun!

Informal Pathway

A pupil from Marie Curie Class had his 11th birthday yesterday. He enjoyed a sensory birthday party in class with friends and family.

Semi-Formal Pathway

This week classes in the semi-formal pathway were visited by author and illustrator Chris Wormell who came to read his children's story George and the Dragon. The learners were encouraged to take part in the story through role play and a range of sensory activities. Organised by our two trainee teachers, all of the classes involved were able to explore the world that Chris had created and were able to practice their artistic skills with him by drawing their own dragons!

Formal Pathway

This week Roald Dahl class and Malala class have been composing music with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. They are collaborating with other schools to produce one collective performance titled, A New Created World!

The learners composed a beat, rhythm, melody and lyrics based around the 'New World' theme. They will be performing the final piece, amongst other songs and instrumentals at The Royal Albert Hall in March 2020.

Sixth Form

Students in Bill Gates Class enjoyed an interactive week together, exploring different textures, smells and vibrations on the resonance board.

During their Functional Skills and Communication sessions, students interacted with staff and exciting resources using facial expressions (smiling!), eye contact and through switch work.

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