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End of Autumn Term:         Tuesday 18th December 2018 - pupils leave after Carol Service

Staff INSET:                       Wednesday 19th December 2018

Start of Spring Term:         Thursday 3rd January 2019

               Half-Term:          Break-up:  Friday 15th February 2019

                                         Return:      Monday 25th February 2019

End of Spring Term:           Friday 5th April 2019

Staff INSET:                       Monday 11th March 2019 - school closed to pupils

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News

March 2018

High Close Has Talent 2018

The last day of term saw the final of 'High Close Has Got Talent 2018'. It was an amazing final with all the acts stepping up to the challenge and raising the standard to incredibly high. The judges thought long and hard about their decisions and finally awarded:

3rd Place to Lindsey and her acoustic rendition of 'Wherever  you will go'

2nd Place to Lee and his awesome dance.

1st Place to Lewie as the absurd comedy act 'Tape Face'

Talent Show - LS  Talent Show - LM  Talent Show - LC

Master Chef 2018

We were very pleased to invite Rob Hughes from the Wokingham Rotary Club to High Close who, along with Mrs Lattimer and Lynda Deveson judged the finalists of the Master Chef competition.  A huge congratulations goes out to all the competitors who worked really hard and supported each other even though they were competing.  It was very difficult to chose a winner as the standard was so high but the Chicken Tikka Kebabs stood out as the best!

Master Chef Judges   Master Chef Winner

February 2018

Year 9 met the Mayor of Wokingham

Year 9 went to meet the Mayor for an education debate. They also had a tour of the town hall today. Their behaviour was impeccable!

The Circus came to High Close!

On Wednesday 21st February the school experienced a day of circus skills. Everyone had the chance to take part and learn some new skills and we were delighted by how many hidden talents we spotted amongst the students and staff! From juggling to balancing feathers, mini-bike riding to diablo, everyone found something they enjoyed. It was a really successful day and one we hope to repeat in the future!

Feathers 1 Feathers 2

January 2018

Careers

As part of our Careers work, seven of our Year 11 students went for a visit to Reading College to look around the campus and find out more about the courses they are interested in.

London Chamber Orchestra's Music Junction

The LCO visited the school this month along with students from two other schools, for the first rehearsal of the Music Junction Project. The students really enjoyed playing the instruments of their choice and worked very hard with their mentor/tutor from the orchestra to pick up new skills. Well Done to everyone involved. We're looking forward to the next rehearsal at Theale Green School on Thursday 8th March 2018.

News from the Units

Willows:   Willows have had enjoyed the snow this half term and the unexpected longer weekend! Even with the snow we have celebrated St Patrick's Day, visited the new born chicks in Primary and this week went on an early Easter Egg hunt!! We want to congratulate Lindsey who entered and did really well at a local talent showcasing event and to all the young people who have been practicing and preparing for the talent show. Willows are still fundraising and Robyn raised a huge amount for the Toilet Twinning charity with her sponsored silence!!

Willows snowWillows snow 3Willows snow 2

Over the recent weeks Willows has celebrated two young people's birthdays, one young girl has started German lessons and another continues to do amazing at her Spanish tutoring. People have taken on doing extra jobs in the unit which we are very grateful for and one young lady has built a fabulous Den in her room! Next week we are celebrating Burns Night and the young people and staff will be trying Haggis!

Cedars:    Last week we had a visit to try out the new Laser Quest in Wokingham. This was a fun action packed event which the young people would definitely recommend. (No pictures as it was too dark!)

Yesterday one of the young people spoilt me with a baby shower that he had arranged with the support of the Unit Manager, although he did much of it independently. He made invitations for all the staff and young people in Cedars, decorated the dining room with pink table cloths, banners and balloons. He independently baked cupcakes, arranged games to play, brought me gifts and I even received a handmade baby bunting banner for our nursery. It was a lovely baby shower and I was extremely touched by all the effort he had made to make my last few days very special before I go on maternity leave. Susana - Residential Project Worker.

Pinewood: Lots of fun was had by all - although Fiona and Caitlyn nearly burst everyone’s eardrums with their squealing. Hats off to the young man who had to push us down the slope, especially when he gave the whole group a big shove down!

Pinewood snowtubing 1Pinewood snowtubing 2

Pinewood snowtubing 3   Pinewood snowtubing 4

News from High Close Primary

The chicks came and hatched. All 8 eggs hatched including number 8 who we named Wilbur (or Lucky). The children looked after Wilbur and made sure he was as healthy as the other chicks when he left us. The children learned about the life cycle of chickens as part of their Science lessons. They also learned how to look after the chicks including year 6 cleaning out the cage - good job HP1!

Wilbur

Primary made the most of the snow, seizing learning opportunities about construction, shape and perimeter whilst building an igloo. They may also have had time to throw a snowball or two at their teachers!

Snowman

Rainforest is proving to be a successful topic with the children. Animals, trees and various foliage made by the children are appearing all over the school!

Forest School - This term HP3 children are lucky enough to enjoy Forest school every Tuesday afternoon. We are looking forward to the creativity they bring to this rich activity. Our thanks go to Ms Nicholas for the undimmed energy and enthusiasm she brings to Forest schools. Thanks also go to all our dedicated LSA's who have joined her in all sorts of weather!

Drama in school - This academic year we have been fortunate to have lessons from Mrs Starling, secondary Drama Lead. Some classes are now ready to start their Arts Award! Such an achievement for Primary! I am looking forward to watching performances and will keep you informed about the childrens progress.

Safer Internet Day - This year Safer Internet Day is on 6th February 2018. We will be designing and doing many activities. Be prepared for questions asked about your online activity!

Occupational Therapy - Every Wednesday the children go up to the OT blockand have OT learning sessions with eithr Catherine or Jamie. This then informs their programme for the rest of the week. The children have copies of their programme visible in school. If you require any further information about this intervention please ask your child's class teacher.

Speech and Language Therapy - I am delighted to be able to introduce Ms Tina Pipkin who is starting as our new Speech and Language Therapist. She wil be working with the whole team and we are looking forward to her input.

Canine Assisted Learning Dog Programme - At a recent assembly we were so lucky to welcome Pip and Dhoon, two dogs that are working in the secondary part of the school. The children asked questions about the dogs and were able to spend time stroking both dogs - especially Pip who likes cuddles!

Other News - Drama in the car park! The beginning of term brought high winds which brought parts of a tree down in our car park. No one was hurt and only one wing mirror was damaged, fortunately. We used the experience to inspire some amazing writing and reporting.

CAL Pip Woodchips Tree Terror    

December 2017

Christmas Concert

At the end of term the entire school gathered together with Parents and Carers to celebrate the season. The school and guests visited All Saints Church across the road where staff and students regaled the audience with readings, songs and drama performances around the theme of Charles Dickens' tale of 'A Christmas Carol.' Ebenezer Scrooge learned a valuable lesson while the choir sang and money was raised for children around the world who are in need at Christmas time.

November 2017

Year 10 make their own Pinhole Cameras

These pictures of main house were taken by the Year 10 pupils using their own 'home-made' matchbox pinhole cameras as part of their ASDAN Expressive Arts short course.

Pinhole camera 1  Pinhole camera 3

Pinhole camera 2

Light Cavalry Course

CavalryIn the Autumn Term a small group of students took part in a 10 week course learning to ride in the military style, performing movements as a ride and learning to carry swords and lances. They worked as a team and supported each other through good and bad rides and it culminated in a Passing Out Parade in front of family and friends.