03 May

This week we had our parent/student meeting for our trip to Salou in a few weeks’ time! Despite informing our students that we were meeting at 4am to go to the airport, they are all incredibly excited for the trip! This is the third year that we have taken a group to Salou and it is always such a wonderful experience for our students to have a holiday away with their friends! No doubt I will be reporting back to you on more adventures in the theme parks and trips to the pub!!

Next week, we are welcoming a number of visitors from the Department for Education and the directors of our college to have a tour of our placements and to meet some of our students. I am really looking forward to visiting our students ‘on the job’ and to celebrating our fantastic provision with our guests.

Now for an update from our Future Finders staff..

This week we have got back into the swing of things, and have had our first full week back at college after Easter! On Monday we had our English lessons with Mrs Hartley and we have been practising our spelling and grammar, and in Maths with Mr Holland we have been learning about decimals and how to round up decimals up to the nearest whole number.

Monday afternoon is our Employability session and this week we have been doing more work on what is a healthy lifestyle and what isn’t. The students have all produced really good work and have put a lot of effort into their time in class.

The rest of the week saw us out on our placements, and this week we have had Helal starting his new placement at the Premier Inn where he has done really well. Lynsey the head housekeeper said it’s been great to have Helal at Premier Inn this week, to say that this has been his first week he has done really well and had a good go at everything that has been asked of him. Steph who Helal has been buddied up with has also commented on how well Helal has done and how much of a help he has been..

Other feedback from employers this week includes..

‘Seb has been doing really well over the last few weeks, we are happy that his days have been increased and both staff and the residents are happy to see him.’  ~ Stoneswood Retirement home

‘Colette has settled in well at the cafe, we are impressed with how well she is working and how she is setting herself targets to improve whilst she is here.’ ~ Dr Kershaw’s Cafe

We also have an update from Afsana..

A day in the life of Afsana, Nursery Assistant
East Crompton St James Child Care Village, Shaw

I have now begun paid work at the Child Care Village. I am still doing the same days and completing the same amount of hours to allow me to finish my Employability qualification and work on my Functional Skills Maths and English. This is my new team..

I arrive at the Child Care Village after travelling independently and greet everyone with a ‘Good morning!’

I speak to the staff to find out what jobs I am to do that shift. This morning the children have been working on their Maths skills..

After all the excitement of the morning, we are now having circle time, getting ready for dinner..

After a busy morning playing with the children, painting and playing games, singing and dancing I have tidied up the Book Corner, ready to read a story after dinner..

It’s dinner time now. I am helping to sort the dinners out for the children – they all bring packed lunches and we serve them their dinners..

Well, it’s been a busy but exciting day here! I’m off for my break where I will sit with Anne-Marie, my job coach, and the nursery manager to go through my diary for the week and set my weekly targets.

I am so happy that I get to work at the Child Care Village. The staff are lovely and I enjoy working with the children. See you all back at Medtia!!

Congratulations to our ‘Worker of the Week’ Edward!

So after an incredible week, I would like to wish all of our staff and students a restful Bank Holiday weekend! I am looking forward to a few days away with friends in Scotland. Don’t forget that our Medtia parents’ evening is next Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm and is open to all Future Finders students. Please ensure that you arrive no later than 5.30pm. I look forward to chatting to you there.

Daniel
Head of College

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