On Monday we held our very first ‘Employability Awards’ at New Bridge School, which saw 40 guests from local businesses and over 100 students and family members come together to celebrate all of the work that we have done this year on our work experience and internship programmes. It really was the most inspirational and incredible evening and I left feeling so incredibly humble and proud of our amazing staff and students. We handed out over 80 awards from ‘Worker of the Year’ to ‘Best Friend’. We handed out awards to employers for special recognition and also dedicated a special achievement award to The Royal Oldham Hospital for supporting our students with placements for TEN YEARS!
Having worked at New Bridge now for nearly 13 years, the evening felt like a celebration of the journey that we have come on! Incredible stories from students and employers who all work so hard to ensure that our young people reach an appropriate destination. ‘Creating Meaningful Futures’ couldn’t have been presented in a more appropriate way. A few special thank you’s from me… firstly to our job coach Genna and Bridging the Gap student Reece for planning the whole evening. From the invites to the films and certificates presented, they did the most incredible job! Thank you to Maria, our Work Placement Co-ordinator for organising the guests and for co-ordinating all of our work placements over the past year. To our amazing Atrium staff Becki and Toni for providing our employers and VIPs with a fantastic meal before the awards and finally to the amazing staff and students who have worked so incredibly hard this year! You’re all wonderful!
We have also held a successful second transition day on Wednesday with next year’s students visiting us and preparing for the year ahead.
Next Friday we have our graduation event for our Future Finders students at The Civic Centre. I am so looking forward to celebrating another fantastic year and I look forward to seeing all of our students, families and special guests there. Tomorrow I shall be representing the New Bridge Multi Academy Trust at London Pride, an event which celebrates and fights for the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the world. I am honoured to be representing our trust and our own LGBTQ+ community at the event and we have even had a flag made for the occasion…
More updates to follow over the weekend on our social media pages!
Have a great weekend,
Head of College
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