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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Lovely Day in SSL (Sign Supported Language)

Lovely Day in SSL (Sign Supported Language, Using BSL signs) Dedicated to our AMAZING NHS and key workers during lock down 2020. By Mia Langley Funnell.


Allsorts Youth Project


Please see below for information about allsorts youth project groups in West Sussex

During this time allsorts youth project are offering Online weekly youth groups, with 1:1 emotional and advocacy support.


Evidence suggests that young people identifying as LGBT can experience significant mental health and wellbeing issues in their lives. After consulting with the community of LGBT young people and stakeholders in West Sussex, we know that they are unable to access the support they need locally, with Brighton being the only provision available in Sussex.

The West Sussex project was set up in response to a need for more LGBTU support and awareness in the West Sussex area.

allsorts youth project – West Sussex Website

Online referral form attached below:

Community Update 24/04/20

Community Update letter for week 5 of this difficult ongoing situation:

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Letter from WSCC to Parents and Carers:

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Sussex Schools Games


We know that school life might be a little bit different at the moment, but you can still compete to be Sussex champions in the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games 2020. 

Take part alongside your friends and teammates from school, win medals, trophies and prizes, and strive to be the very best that you can in this very special, virtual competition.

Each Monday morning during the Summer Term, a new sport will be launched, made up of four physical or technical sporting personal challenges, which can be done from the living room, garden, or school.

Throughout the week you can practice, train and improve, before submitting your best scores in each challenge on www.sussexschoolgames.co.uk ahead of the Friday deadline (12pm midday). Your score will be added to your school total, meaning that you can be part of your school team, and compete against all of the other schools in the county.

Your school’s total score will be calculated by taking the average of score submissions, so it doesn’t matter whether you are at a small school or a huge school. Children representing the winning schools will be awarded with, much-coveted, Specsavers Sussex School Games medals, as well as earning points for the overall leaderboards.

In addition to the leaderboards, schools can also win Spirit of the Games awards for getting the most participants involved in each sport. And we also have some special prizes to give out on social media each week to those who are training hard and embracing the School Games values.

And it doesn’t stop there. As well as crowning separate Primary and Secondary school champions, we also have trophies in the ‘Active Adults’ category, meaning that big kids (teachers, parents, carers and family-members) can all get involved and represent the school too.

Get Involved

It all kicks off at 9:15am on Monday 27 April with the ‘Virtual’ Opening Ceremony and launch of the first sport. Get updates, challenges and results direct to your inbox by signing up here.

You can also follow on social media for a chance to win more prizes and some special surprises:

Twitter: @SussexSchGames
Facebook: Specsavers Sussex School Games
Instagram: @SussexSchGames
TikTok: @SussexSchGames


We have leaderboards coming out of our ears, and there are loads of different ways to win. We have overall leaderboards for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Active Adults running throughout the Summer Term, as well as weekly leaderboards for each individual sport.

In addition, there is also the overall School Games Area leaderboard, so as well as representing your school, you’ll be representing your local area.

And Spirit of the Games awards will be presented to the schools with the most participants each week.

Training Prizes

Practice makes perfect, and to be your very best you are encouraged to train and improve during the week.

Every Monday, we’ll be setting a new training challenge alongside the sporting competition, giving you the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher as a prize.

Simply upload your training videos and pictures to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, and include the hashtag #SussexSchGames, and a weekly winner will be selected at random.

Active Sussex – REBOOT Activities Schedule

The below schedule of activities are free to access.

We encourage everyone across Sussex to get involved, keep active and improve your mental well-being.

Keep fit during the lockdown, why not try something different – FREE sports and activities through ‘Youtube’.

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GTR – Southern Rail Safety Information

Important Safety Information from Southern Rail

  • The railway is never switched off. Electricity powers the overhead cables and third rail 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Passenger services are not the only users of the rail network – freight trains run all through the day and night.
  • Never anticipate that you know when the next train is due. Fewer passenger trains running on the rail network allows more freight services to operate during the day, transporting vital goods around the country. A freight train can travel at up to 100mph.

Thank you.

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Update to families 17th April 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

Community Update

Well done on getting through week 4 of this difficult and ongoing situation and the second week of what was known as the Easter holidays!  I hope you all had a good, family centred Easter weekend without overloading too much on chocolate.

Contact detailsemail and mobile telephone numbers:

If your contact details change please let us know by ringing reception.

Summer term:

The summer term starts on Monday 20th April (there is no INSET day now). We are expecting 36 students to be back into college.  All of these are the children of key workers or students who we have risk assessed with social care and families to need some provision. If you have been offered a place you will have had a telephone conversation with staff. It is likely that if we need to offer more respite places that we will have to reduce the number of days that other students are in. The advice is clear and remains the same from the government: if your child can be at home safely; they must be. This is in force for at least another three weeks. This is the absolute, overarching principle we must follow. Maintaining social distance in college is difficult for all students and it is important that any student who has a place is only in college if they need (therefore when family members are not on shift and they could be at home they should be) to be and if they are unwell they must not come into college.

We have occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and our counsellor doing facetime consultations and in exceptional cases visits to homes to support some of those not in college.

We will be putting together more work packs for students which will be delivered as well as adding more to the college You tube channel and on the website. Remember the work and activities are there to help structure time and learning. It is not there to become a source of worry or arguments. If it does not work: don’t use it. If you have better things to do, do them!

When these packs are delivered staff will knock on the door, step back and ideally we want to see the student (at the window is fine!) so we know they are safe and well. This is something all schools are being asked to do.


Free School Meals (FSM):

We will no longer be delivering a food hamper for students who have free school meals. Families will be sent (either by email or post depending on what you have asked for) a voucher worth £15 per student per week of term time to support with food costs. This is a national system that is being rolled out by the government and a staff team have spent many, many hours working to get this right. There are glitches in the system nationally and these are being resolved. If there is a problem for you with this system please contact Lesley Crosby: lcrosby@oakgrovecollege.org.uk or Sarah Ellis (Senior Teacher) sellis@oakgrovecollege.org.uk who is leading on this for the college.

It is a new national system that has been set up in two weeks. We can only offer vouchers for Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S. The government is seeking to expand this offer.


Emergency supplies:

If any family has a problem with access to food, supplies, medicine or equipment you need please contact the college office and we will work with you to resolve this. We have been able to deliver emergency food hampers, get extra work to people, get equipment sorted and link with other services.


Welfare calls:

Staff will telephone home regularly to check in on families. Who does this will vary. The team who are teaching and supporting in school each week will not be involved in as many of those calls.


Bereavement and Loss:

In these times we know that families are experiencing bereavement and loss. However our experiences of this will be different, difficult and happen in a way and at a time that may make things even more unsettling.

On the college website we have information about bereavement and sources of information and support.

If you need support in this situation please ring us and we will organise help for you.


Use of Oak Grove College grounds:

We want to be able to support families who may have a problem going out as a family as they need space or to avoid dogs and that is quite difficult at this point in time. As such we intend to trial using the playground for families on:


Saturday 25th April slots from 10- 3pm

Saturday 2nd May slots from 10- 3pm

Saturday 9th May slots from 10-3 pm


The playground could be used by a whole family who are living together to spend 50 minutes in a large space, able to move around and spend some time outdoors. Or it could be a familiar space for a PA to take a young person. It cannot and must not be used as a way of contravening social distancing rules. Entrance would be through the Littlehampton Road entrance using the gate by the swimming pool. If this proves useful and successful we could explore ways of expanding this over more time at the weekend. Families would have to ensure they arrive on time and leave on time so that there is no social mixing and leave the playground tidy.

If you wish to book a session please email Louise Wilson lwilson@oakgrovecollege.org.uk  who will book you a slot and confirm arrangements for this.


Online: staying safe:

Below is a link to a number of pages to support you in managing safer access to social media and Zoom over this time. Zoom is proving for some people a popular and quite straight forward way of staying in contact. All of these are also on the website.

 Online Safety Card Resources

Exercise guidance:

The goverrnment has updated the exercise guidance to be clear that those with autism and/ or learning disabilities do not have to be limited to exercising once per day. This guidance can be found here:




It continues to be really important to discuss this letter with your daughter/son.  It will help keep them remain connected to their Oak Grove community and to feel part of something that is helping to look out for them and for you. Don’t forget to send us photos to forwebsite@oakgrovecollege.org.uk We love looking at them.


Thank you for your continued energy, positivity and support to your children and the community at this time.

Please stay safe, wash those hands and ensure you maintain a distance of 2m whenever you leave the house from other people, reduce all non-essential trips and remember if your child can be at home, that is where they must be.


With the very best wishes of all in the Oak Grove Community.


Yours sincerely,


Phillip Potter



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Lockdown Learning for the Whole Family


If you haven’t made it to one of our practical Farming STEMterprise workshops yet, do not fear as we are now offering them online!

Join us for a family friendly workshop to explore how you can use these cross- curricular projects in school or at home.

If you want to take part in the practical element of the session, it would be great if you had the following items:

chopping board
a plate to present your finished creation
a small selection of some of the following suggested ingredients (or a selection of your own), cucumber, salad leaves, tomatoes, carrot, fresh or dried herbs, cheese, natural yoghurt, tortilla wraps, tortilla chips, sweetcorn

The training is being hosted via Zoom. Click here or sign in with the meeting ID and password:

Meeting ID: 871 134 245 Password: 582470

We look forward to seeing you there!

#Lockdown Learning


Find It Out + (Worthing and Adur)

Please see the attached support contact advice from the Find it Out+ support service:

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Tacpac 5 for Free

Please see below for a link to a code for parents/carers to be able to access Tacpac set 5 for free for 3 months.

Tacpac is communication through touch and music.

Tac-Pac Set 5 – Free Access