Family Newsletter 27th March 2015

Friday 27th March 2015
No 13
Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to thank all families for their
continued support over this last term.
Next term, the Annual Reviews will continue
and for those of you who have already
attended, I hope you found the session
informative and useful.
Friday 27 March – Last day of
Mon 13 April – Pupils Return
Mon 11th May – PTFA Plant Sale
Sat 27th June – Summer Fete
The Bidwell Brook Parent Group for Learn to Live continues to meet regularly
and this term, we have held another successful conference for schools across
Devon and Cornwall. If you are interested in finding out more about Learn to
Live, please let me know.
We have lots of exciting trips and activities planned for the students in the
Summer Term, but I hope you have a restful Easter break and look forward to
seeing you in a couple of weeks.
It was so lovely to see so many parents at the recent parent’s lunch; we hope
you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you for all of your positive comments
about the food and thank you to Tony, Lorna, Michelle and Sally for all their
hard work on the day. For those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to come
along we hope to hold another one in the summer term.
On to other news:
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people
both within schools and in their lives outside
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However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at
risk within and outside the school.
A recent serious safeguarding incident has occurred in the Exeter area where
children have used the internet to access unsafe messaging sites. This
happened outside of school where the use of mobile phones and tablets was not
being monitored. One child has been 'groomed' as a result. The particular sites
in question are 'Omegle' and 'Kik'. They are messaging sites that allow you to
upload videos and photos.
Do you know what sites your young people are using? Have you talked to them
about keeping themselves safe?
We are sending home with this newsletter a handy guide for staying safe online.
We hope you will find this useful for both you and your child.
Orthotic Clinic Dates
Thursday 23rd April
Thursday 21st May
Thursday 11th June
Thursday 2nd July
If you would like your child to be seen at any of these clinics please let the
Therapy Team know.
Many thanks Selina, Raegan & Rachel
First Aid for parents
South Western Ambulance Station Foundation Trust is running a First Aid for
Parents Course in Exeter. Details of the course are below:
14 April 2015
17.30 – 20.30
South Western Ambulance Headquarters, Abbey Court, Eagle
Way, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter. EX2 7HY
£25 per person or £40 per couple
For further details please telephone 01392453842 or take a look at the
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This week’s Snippets
Easter Holiday Adventure Club – Hannah’s Seale Hayne
Monday 30th -Thursday 2nd April and Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th April (closed
for the Bank holidays)
Costs £20 per day per child with the option to stay until 6pm with a hot dinner
for an extra £6.50.
The activities over the two weeks may include, but are not limited to:
Laser combat
Bushcraft (fire lighting, shelter building, outdoor cooking),
Bug hunting
Arts and crafts
Music workshop
Sports in our Sports Hall
Contact: Tim Moss, Outdoor Pursuits Generator on: 01626 325864 or email:
[email protected]
Hannah’s Seale Hayne
Roller Disco
Family skate 25th April 2015. 3.30pm – 5.30pm and 7.00pm – 9.30pm open skate.
£4.00 entry / 50p skate hire. To make a reservation contact 01626 325825
Challenge Ahead! Outdoor activities for children and young people with acquired
brain injury on April 8th at Hannah’s Seale Hayne 10.00am – 2.00pm. A variety
of activities on offer and please bring a packed lunch.
Contact Penny Weeks M: 07929 265 225 or email [email protected]
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Lego Club Open Day
Tuesday 7 April Hannahs at Seale-Hayne will be holding an open day to
introduce families to a Lego Club for children with social and communication
difficulties. This club offers an opportunity for children to meet friends,
socialise and develop social skills in a supportive and engaging environment. The
Lego Club will be delivered by an experienced assistant psychologist and
occupational therapist. 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm. Free. To book your place
please email [email protected]
The Donkey Sanctuary – Ivybridge
Love a donkey days 1st April and 10th April a hands on experience of caring for
a donkey. Session times vary see contact details below to make a booking
Holiday Club – this free service will run on Tuesday 31st March and Tuesday 7th
April 2015 Sessions are from 10.00am – 1.00pm. See contact details below to
book a space.
Easter fun week end – 3rd,4th,5th & 6th April 2015 from 10.00am – 3.00pm
Join in with the Easter egg hunt, fun activities, craft corner and spend time
with the donkeys. Refreshments available, everyone welcome. Free parking and
free entry. Contact 01752 690200 or email
[email protected]
Snowdon Trust
The Snowdon Trust gives grants to students who are physically disabled and/or
have a sensory impairment. Applicants must be in higher or further education
and/or be in training for employment.
Their aim is that ‘everyone must have the opportunity to achieve their full
To do this they offer grants for all for those extra costs of having disability
can bring, that can put barriers in way for someone in education. You can get
help with funding for:
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•Human Help - sign language, interpreters and note takers
•Computer Equipment
•Adapted or additional accommodation
•Travel Costs
•Mobility Equipment
•Other costs which relate solely to disability
Apply via the website - Click on ‘Get a grant'
Over The Wall
Over the Wall offers free therapeutic recreational activity camps for children
and young people aged 8-17 years with a wide range of life limiting illnesses and
conditions. The camps aim to build self confidence, self esteem and resilience
through popular activities such as abseiling, canoeing, archery, swimming, drama,
music and arts and crafts.
Over the Wall also offer camps for siblings and family weekends. All are free
of charge.
There are 3 programmes:
•Seriously ill children aged 8-17 years for 5 nights
•Siblings of seriously ill children aged 8-17 years for 4 nights
•Family groups where there is a child with a serious illness for 2 nights
Applications can be made on line. A medical form will be required for completion
by the child or young person's medical professional.
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Totnes Children’s Centre
Wednesday 29th April, 6:30-8:30pm, waiting list for Saturday 20th June,
A two hour First Aid session for carers (parents, grandparents, friends...)
The session will boost confidence in dealing with emergency first aid; what to
do when a child is choking, has a burn or cut, how to do CPR...
Booking is essential and places fill up fast. Contact: 01803 864737 Totnes
Children's Centre, Pathfields, Totnes, TQ9 5TZ
[email protected]
Just a reminder: Parent newsletters and attachments also go on our school
Accessible from the scrolling news-feed links on the front page of our website
or on the Newsletters page.
Kind Regards
Jacqui Warne
Executive Head
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