This week has been a busy one. It is Anti-bullying week, so lots has been done around it. The week began with Odd Socks on Monday, celebrating inter faith with desserts each day linked to different religious affiliations, culminating with Children in Need today. You will have received a letter with more detail. The excitement around Children in Need celebrations is palpable, although we know some students don’t cope with changes to routine. Just a reminder that on non-uniform days it is always optional. Some of our older students don’t think it cool. Remember, it’s their choice and we respect it. Thanks to those who have sent in donations for Children in Need.
The link to the Online safety information can be found on the school website under the heading “Parent and carers area”, then “online safety” from the dropdown menu.
Toby Henderson Trust: Webinars on Understanding Autism.
They have announced a brand new seminar - Understanding Autism!
Parents and carers are often overwhelmed when the term autism is mentioned to them, especially in relation to their own child. Fiona and Lynda will come together to help you begin your journey into a better understanding of what it means to be autistic and how you as a parent/carer can feel more confident in supporting and understanding your child.
We will cover key areas and dispel common everyday myths using a range of materials and drawing on lived experience from autistic individuals. This webinar has been co-produced by our staff with support from our A Team (Autistic Advisory board) and the children and young people we work with.
Please take a look at the poster below for upcoming dates which are also available to view on our website. If you would like to register for this session, please complete our online registration form.
Note from Eileen: This is open not just to parents/carers but also to family members. My own experience with some members of my own family when my son was diagnosed was:
- They didn’t understand.
- They didn’t believe it.
- They didn’t know how to support him or me.
Over time we all learned, and I have always had excellent support from most; I thought this might be a good way to get extended family on board.
Belsay Hall: English Heritage
Festive stories with Father Christmas
LOCATION – Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
SUITABLE FOR – Children
DATE – Weekends from Sat 2 Dec until Sat 23 December 2023
TIME – 10:30am, 11.10am, 11.50am, 12.30pm, 1.20pm, 2pm, 2.40pm & 3.20pm
Limited availability and 10% discount for online bookings.
Tickets to Festive Stories with Father Christmas at Belsay Hall cost £9.50 per child. This includes the group storytelling session and a small present.
CJ’s Funhouse: SEN session with Santa Claus
A soft play centre in Cramlington is offering an SEN session to visit Santa Claus.
The Alnwick Garden: Winter Light Trail
In just a matter of days the Alnwick Garden will be lighting up The Garden with their sparkling, annual Winter Light Trail.
The award-winning experience starts on Monday 13th of November and runs until the 7th of January 2024 with tickets selling fast! Don’t miss out on the ultimate festive adventure, book your tradition today.
Northumberland College Zoo: Kirkley Hall
A Very Kirkley Christmas - Back for 2023!
“Santa is busy in the North Pole getting ready for the big night on Christmas Eve so come and keep his Elf team company for a wonderful Kirkley Christmas time helping the keeper elves with their jobs. Start off with a zoo tour with one of our elf keepers delivering some food presents to our animals. After your festive tour head to the elf workshop where you’ll get to help make some Christmas crafts and animal enrichment to give to our animals and listen to a story round the fire and receive a lovely animal themed present per child.”
Dates 2, 3, 9, 10 (1-4pm added), 16 and 17 (1-4pm added) December.
Price £20 per child (one adult free with each paying child then any additional adults £7.50)
Taken from a post by North East Autism Society.
You’re invited to Elf School!
Eldon Square, which has achieved our Gold Acceptance Award, is opening its doors for a very special festive event this Christmas.
Children of all ages are invited to attend a 30-minute ‘Elf School’ session at the shopping centre across four days this Christmas – and the first session of each day will be a quiet session with no music or singing.
Sessions are free to book and will take place on: Saturday 25th November, Sunday 26th November, Saturday 9th December and Sunday 10th December.
Tyneside Cinema are offering relaxed screenings this festive period.
“RELAXED SCREENING – THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, Sun 26 Nov
Our relaxed screening programme is open to all, but is particularly mindful of neurodiverse audiences, with adjustments in place to create an inclusive, relaxed environment for everyone.
After booking a ticket, you’ll receive a Social Story document to outline what to expect at the screening, including information about the film, our building and how the day will run.”
If you love swimming but prefer a quieter, more relaxed environment, then these sessions are for you!
“Have you tried our pool sensory sessions yet? We dim the lights, keep the numbers low, and add lots of toys, floats and sensory toys to the pool. Everybody is welcome but these sessions are particularly popular with SEN families and young children.
Why not come along and give them a go one day? Advanced booking essential. Spaces cost just £3.50 (plus booking fee) per person and can be booked via our website”.
Sunday, 8.45am, Shiremoor.
Sunday, 3.45pm, Killingworth.
We held our meeting this week on Thursday 16th. As part of the constitution, we are required to give 6 weeks’ notice of the AGM, so this is it.
The AGM will take place on Thursday 25th January from 9.30-11. I, and I am sure I speak for the committee as well as many parents, carers and staff truly feel that what the FoPHS does makes a difference. It is why many of us gave up a day off to run the Autumn Fayre, support initiatives like the 100 club, IQ cards etc. It is why parents/carers are generous with their time and donations for the fayre and other events. Funds raised by us are used to enhance the learning environment for all students. I am parent to a former student and fully understand the challenges being a SEN parent brings and I appreciate everything done to support FoPHS. I would like to ask more of you to join us; it doesn’t have to be onerous but that saying “many hands make light work” is so true. We may need help with different things in school, so offers would be great.
FoPHS 100 Club
If you haven’t yet joined, and are able would you consider doing so please? If we get to the magic 100, this means the FoPHS will raise £600, and each winner of the monthly daw would win £50. To enable us to reach 100 we do these draws in 2 batches: with the first 6 being drawn at the AGM.
We will get the form revised to include BACS details and the Just Giving QR code but here is the form.
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