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Letter to Families 27th May

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for all your great support over this very short half term.  It has been a busy half term with lots of year 10 and 11 students completing assessments, the plant sale coming back, Friends of Oak Grove College meeting and planning a range of events to support families, students and raising money for the college and off site sporting events. Students have been out and about this half term and it is wonderful to see this happening again.

At the end of this newsletter is a page titled “What parents and carers need to know about….” We will regularly be sending similar information out to you all as part of our support to you all re managing young people on line and how we can help them to do this safely. If there are specific platforms or online issues you want to know more about let me know and I will make sure we share those next.

The college, as part of a county council move, is changing our Management Information System over the half term and so on our return it may be that some of our systems are slightly different (and slower while we get used to them). Overall the move to a new system is really positive and will enable the college to be more efficient and make better use of cloud technology.

At the end of this half term we have two colleagues who are moving on: Courtenay Dean -Moules who is leaving her TA role to become work in a therapeutic residential provision and John Henty our ICT manager who has given 17 years service to the college and one of the predecessor schools.

We wish them both the very best for their futures.

After half term we have the following new staff joining the college:

Teaching Assistants: Jonah Langston and Luisa Dimasi.

Pastoral Officer: Sam Matthews.

Can I remind all families of the importance of checking students use of mobile phones regularly and ensuring they are using it sensibly and safely!

I hope you enjoy looking at the range of activities and information about college life in this newsletter and you have a wonderful half term and enjoy the extended bank holiday weekend.

Yours sincerely

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

Have a good and safe half term!!

Letter to Families 220527

End of Term Letter from Governors to Families

Dear Parents / Carers,

We have written to you at different times during the pandemic, and as we break up for this Easter holiday, we thought that it was time for another message.  Although nationally the COVID restrictions are lifting, as a college we are still feeling the impact of coronavirus. As you know, the last few weeks have been a very difficult time for many within the Oak Grove College community; the postponement of The Lion King production being a big example of that.

We have had large numbers of staff test positive, and their absence has meant that those who remain have had to cover lessons and take on extra tasks alongside their normal role. We are very grateful for how all staff have pulled together, and mindful of how the impact of the pandemic seems never-ending. We thank everyone who works at Oak Grove College for the way in which they continue to support the students.

We are incredibly proud of the way in which our young people have managed the situation. They have responded well to last minute changes of plan, with different teachers etc. This is no more the case than with the postponement of The Lion King performances. Rehearsing and planning this show has been a huge undertaking for our young people. Indeed, for some of our Year 11 students, this forms part of their exam work. We are proud of the way that our students have handled the disappointment of the necessary changes to the production dates.

Last and by no means least, we are very grateful for the support shown to the college by you, our parents and carers. We fully understand that the last-minute class closures are difficult and cause inconvenience – parent governors have joined you in putting their ‘home school’ hats back on again too! We are grateful to you all for the understanding and patience that you have shown during this time.

As we move into the summer months, let us all hope that this disruption lessens, and that everyone has a more normal college experience next term.

We hope that you enjoy the holidays and keep well.

Happy Easter, and have a good break!

Yours sincerely,

Chrissie & Ann

Chrissie Chalmers                        Chair of the Governing Body, Oak Grove College

Ann Schreiner                             Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Oak Grove College

 

 

 

 

End of Term letter to families

Dear Parents/Carers,

This has been an incredibly busy term for all and I am grateful to all families for the great flexibility that all have had to show during a term when there has been disruption due to Covid but also lots of opportunities for students. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work and flexibility the staff have undertaken over this term.

Lion King Jr!

It was fantastic to be able to see the students doing so well in the four performances of the Lion King Jr! Every student involved as part of the core cast, stage crew or chorus should be so pleased, proud and impressed with the performance. It was a wonderful example of team work with students from across all parts of the college taking a full role.

Thank you to the staff who supported this production, especially the Arts Team, Sue Yates for the costumes, the premises team and all those who gave up their evenings and weekends to facilitate this.

Covid guidance:

New Covid guidance has been issued by the government. A video briefing is available explaining the impact of this for us and is available on our website at:

Easter Update – Oak Grove College

The updated government guidance includes a significant increase in the range of symptoms to be aware of and this is available here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

It is important that students who are unwell, including those with a temperature, do not attend college.

If families of students who have complex health needs want a supply of LFT tests can I ask them to email me at head@oakgrovecollege.org.uk to ensure I can allocate a supply of them for you.

Sixth Form Plant Sale:

Our Annual Plant sale will be running 16th-20th May. We are hoping to be able to re-open our doors for this but a limited delivery service will also be available. Details will be sent out nearer the time. In the meantime if any keen growers out there have some extra plants they would be happy to donate to our sale please get in touch with Carol Noble via cnoble@oakgrovecollege.org.uk  Alternatively if you are happy to contact any local businesses that sell plants to ask for donations please also let Carol know.

Friends of Oak Grove College Update

A message from FOGC:

“Even though our first attempt at a morning meeting in the Rosie last month was scuppered by COVID, we will arrange another date for next term… watch out on the Facebook page for the date.

It is an opportunity for parent/carers who are unable to come to the evening meetings to discuss all things “Friends” related over a cuppa and help in our efforts to fundraise for the school. 

We would LOVE to hear from you! WE NEED YOU!

Join us on Facebook and look out for upcoming events, give us your ideas and feedback as to how we can support the school and raise some money. 

Mary and Anna (Co-chairs)”

Mobile phones/ Instagram/ Facebook

It is important that all families check regularly the social media and messaging services that students use. It is also important that no young person is on a social media platform when they are younger than the minimum age for that platform.

Please also ensure that young people take regular breaks from using screens.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Students at Oak Grove College have teamed up with Worthing Golf Club to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” – and will help to create new woodland there as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Sixth Form students visited the golf club to help greens staff plant new oak trees. At the same time they were able to learn about the range of jobs involved in running a busy golf club, with its two courses of around 1,000 members.

The students were joined by Deputy Lieutenants Dr John Godfrey and Caroline Nicholls, representing the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and the Queen’s Green Canopy for the county, and Worthing Golf Club Directors Micky Halford and Stephen Moore, who are leading on the work to forge a link with the college and so help introduce students to the world of work as well as learn about trees and nature.

The club is planning to name part of the woodland “Oak Grove Glade” in recognition of the new partnership with the college and students will return in the autumn to help plant and nurture young saplings.

Red Nose Day

We raised £63.40 for Comic Relief through the Red Nose mufti day on Friday 18th March.

Magic Breakfast:

This term students have benefited from having bagels or cereals available in college for breakfast. This has certainly worked in relation to a daily settling into college pattern and students will have had the opportunity to choose a cereal to bring home on Thursday evening. This is part of the support that the Magic Breakfast are providing and is aimed at all our young people.

Staffing:

Susie Hindman (Assistant Complex Needs Coordinator) is leaving us to move to the University of Chichester to undertake research to support the learning of students with SLD. I know you will join me in wishing Susie the very best for the future and thank her for all of her great work and energy over the last 9 years.

In the summer term, the leadership of Koa will move to Claire Goodger as the new Lead Teacher for Koa, she will be supported by Rachel Lane who takes on a new role of Wellbeing Coordinator for Koa.

Liseanne Shaw is joining us from St Margaret’s CE Primary School will take over Claire’s current class.

Joe and Vania, our current catch up tutors, will be joined in the summer term by a returning colleague, Toby, and will be providing in college catch up sessions to small groups of students.

We have a very active staff team and our Lead Teacher for PE completed the Paris marathon last weekend.

If the thought of running a marathon was not exhausting enough our Deputy Headteacher, James, is taking on the challenge of running 100 miles over 3 days along the South West Coast Path, during the Easter holiday.  He will be doing this to raise funds for Young Lives vs Cancer.  A just giving page has been setup if you would like to show your support.  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/100miles3days…

Great work:

8PS have been making great puppets in their DT lessons. Well done to all of them.

Thank you for your ongoing support to ensure that we can provide the very best education for your young people.

On behalf of the staff team I wish you all a great Easter break.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

 

 

Oak Grove College and Worthing Golf Club Tee Up for Queen’s  Platinum Jubilee

Students at Oak Grove College have teamed up with Worthing Golf Club to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” – and will help to create new woodland there as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Sixth Form pupils  and teachers from the Worthing secondary school for special educational needs visited the golf club on Wednesday (March 30th 2022) to help greens staff plant new Oak trees. At the same time  they were able to learn about the range of jobs involved in running a busy golf club, with its two courses and around 1,000 members.

The students were joined by Deputy Lieutenants Dr John Godfrey and Caroline Nicholls, representing the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and the Queen’s Green Canopy for the county, and Worthing Golf Club Directors Micky Halford and Steven Moore, who are leading on the work to forge a link with the college and so help introduce pupils to the world of work as well as learn about trees and nature. The planting will form part of a major restoration of woodland replacing trees lost through diseases such as ash die back.  Worthing Golf Club sits within the South Downs National Park and holds an important responsibility to protect the habitats and landscapes within its boundaries.

The club is planning to name part of the woodland “Oak Grove Glade” in recognition of the new partnership with the college and students will return in the autumn to help plant and nurture young saplings.

The aim of the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign is to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her exceptional service over 70 years on the throne and to be a key part of celebrations planned for this year.  At the same time it will help promote the importance of tree planting and tree conservation to the environment.

All new trees can be added to a virtual map, covering the whole of the country, alongside 70 specially selected ancient trees and a dedicated network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK.  The aim is for the Queen’s Green Canopy planting programme to run through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

Anyone can take part; families in their gardens, schools, community groups, neighbors working together, businesses; you can plant one tree, a small copse or a woodland; hedgerows can be  included and there is even the option for a new forest of Sea Kelp off the coast of Worthing to be part of the initiative. Further information about Queen’s Green Canopy, including useful tips on how to plant and care for new trees is available on the website: www.queensgreencanopy.org.

 

 

Letter to families – 25th March

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for the flexibility, adaptability and care that you have shown over the last couple of weeks as we experienced a Covid wave in college. The people impacted were predominantly staff and the vast majority are now back at work and I am glad to see all of the classes back in college.

We are moving to the next stage of the management of the pandemic soon and this will start to see the restrictions on availability of testing. At this point we have tests available to issue in college but I am expecting us not to be able to order any more. This is a very silly decision in my view as we are still experiencing most people who test positive as being unwell and feeling unwell. It also reduces our risk of taking appropriate action when there are cases.

The impact of Covid on the learning of students and the opportunities they have had has been significant and we will continue to do everything we can to mitigate this. We now have an additional tutor to support students in small groups, focussing on English and Maths targets alongside the existing tutor and additional counselling support.

Those in the Lion King Jr will get the opportunity to perform over the coming fortnight and we have been in contact with those who booked tickets to reallocate them.

I am really grateful to families and staff for their flexibility in this and we hope the show will get to go on. Obviously everything depends on Covid cases at the time so there could be last minute changes.

Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details (mobile numbers and email addresses) as this is the quickest and easiest way for us to communicate with you.  I would ask that you also check for emails regularly.

E Safety:

At the end of this letter there is lots of information about on line safety. We regularly publish information about this and there is a section on our website about this. It is also taught in college in IT and PD lessons.

We cannot manage the actions of people outside of college in relation to social media and online use. We can support when things go wrong but it is really important that students do not have unsupervised access to the internet, restrictions and monitoring is happening and students and families adhere to the age limits for games and social media profiles. Instagram has a minimum age of 13. WhatsApp a minimum age of 16. There are reasons for this and it is important that these are followed.

It is easy for people to create fake accounts, it is easy for people to say things that they regret and it is important that the same rules of “Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful” are embedded in all aspects of young people’s lives. All social media functions have block functions and they should be used and all social media devices have an off switch. My honest professional advice is that most of the time they should be on “OFF”.

Please read the online information we send out and act upon it. As adults we are all responsible for setting the boundaries around this and setting positive role models in the use of social media.

Mental Health – From Place2Be

The ability of young people to cope is influenced by their teachers, parents, carers and other important adults in their lives. It is important that you look after your own mental health and seek support if you feel overwhelmed.

Mental health:

Training for parents/ carers can be booked through here:

Parental Awareness of Self-Harm – Creative Education

Self-harm is really not discussed enough within our society and it effects more young people than we might think. It can be anything from nail biting to hair pulling right through to some more serious actions. Within this session, we will take a look at some of the triggers, some of the signs to look for and have an open conversation about ways to support young people to break the cycle of self-harm.

www.creativeeducation.co.uk

 

Ukraine:

Thank you to everyone for your great donations to go to Ukraine. The amount donated in such a short time was huge. Astra, our textiles recycling partners, have shipped it out and it is already making a difference.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

Letter to Families 220325

PRESS RELEASE – OAK GROVE STUDENTS CALL FOR SUPPORT  WITH COMMUNITY WIDE PLANT SALE

PRESS RELEASE – OAK GROVE STUDENTS CALL FOR SUPPORT WITH COMMUNITY WIDE PLANT SALE

Students at Oak Grove College  in Worthing have put out an urgent call out to local gardeners to help boost their popular annual plant sale.

The sixth formers at the college for young people with special educational needs are looking for donations of surplus plug plants, especially vegetables, from gardens and allotments

Before Covid struck, two years ago, pupils spent time growing on and selling plants donated by a local nursery, building up stocks for the two week sale, held each year in May.  Funds raised through the event help to buy extra equipment  and community outings for the school. Now due to the strains on the nursery, this source of plants is no longer available so students are appealing to  local community growers instead.

The sale, which last year raised more than £4,600, provides valuable opportunities for the students to learn skills in horticulture, customer service and money handling.

The college is hoping that it will be able to welcome visitors to Oak Grove for the sale, which runs from  to 16th to 20th May – but will also be running a limited delivery service as well

Carol Noble, Lead teacher for Sixth form, is part of the organising team.  She explained: “ Last year’s sale ran really well, thanks to many generous donations and we are hoping we can do just as well again. So, whether you are an allotment holder, part of a gardening club or a keen home horticulturalist, we’d love to hear from you and the students would really value your support.”

Last year, after a plea from the school, donations arrived from many groups, including Littlehampton Allotment and Leisure Garden, Findon Garden Association, Morrisons, Walburton Nursery and The Budding Foundation.

For more information or to offer your support you can reach Carol and colleagues by email on cnoble@oakgrovecollege.org.uk

              

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