In just a week’s time we will be officially halfway through the school year. This week I aim to see what activities are on offer over the half term holiday. If you know of anything, please share with me by email or on the FoPHS Facebook group.
This week has been busy in terms of parent/carer engagement. We had 2 training/information sessions; Online Safety which has been recorded and MOVE face to face. I hope you found them helpful. It’s difficult to gauge interest and the numbers attending don’t always reflect what you’ve told us you would like. I’m sure that I speak for all PHS staff in saying that we know the additional challenges of caring for students who attend our school and we do want to be responsive to your needs. We also had 2 departmental coffee afternoons with another next week and the final one just after half term.
Next week at a glance:
Thursday 15th February: 09.30-11.00. FoPHS AGM
14.00-15.00. Engagement pathway coffee afternoon.
And, in case you had forgotten school closes on Friday 16th at 15.30 for half term. We re-open on Monday 26th February.
Those of you who are eligible for income related free school meals will receive vouchers via the usual method to cover half term. These will be active from Monday 19th February and must be activated during this period. The letter from North Tyneside will be emailed to families in receipt of vouchers. If you believe your child may be eligible, please contact me.
School meal payment system.
A parent asked about the following, so I thought it worth sharing for all. You will have received a letter enabling you to choose bulk meal plans if your child/young person prefers only a pack lunch or a hot meal. It isn’t necessary to return it; this was simply an easy way for parents/carers if their child restricts themselves to one option. If you do choose and they would like something different on a particular day class teams can alter it in the morning.
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.
This week Maria hosted an Online safety session which was recorded.
Monday 5th of February – Online training for parents
The Parental Controls Information – Video – Link will go live as soon as possible.
You will find the link on this week’s online blog.
Please do have a look. Maria would welcome feedback.
Webinar for parents/carers
This is hosted by the Toby Henderson Trust.
“Our emotional wellbeing webinar for parents of autistic children will be hosted on Thursday 21st March at 9.30am-11am with our Autism Family Support Specialists, Katherine and Kerry
This session will focus on “realistic self-care” with lots of coping strategies and tips that you can take away to use for yourself, other family members and your child too.
If you would like to join us for this webinar, places are now available to book on our website”
Centre for Life/Science at Life
The centre re-opens on Saturday 10th February and on Sunday 11th there is a relaxed session.
Membership fees apply with free carer option. Free carer tickets must be booked in advance. Accessibility information also linked below, and they have a changing place toilet.
There are also half term activities. The links are below.
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books
Free admission and there are events on over half term where some charges will apply.
These include (charges apply to events below):
- Phizz-Whizz Puppets
- The BFG’s splendiferous afternoon tea
- Matilda’s eat along movie screening
- Matilda’s magical afternoon tea
- Marvellous masks
Not all will be suitable for those who struggle with sensory overload, but have a look at the links below
Located adjacent to Seven Stories, this could be a full day out weather permitting.
In case you didn’t know Café Beam which is part of Smile for Life charity runs the café. I happen to know a few current and former PHS students volunteer there. I’ve included a link below, so that you can check out the menu!
There aren’t any special half term events posted yet, but I will keep checking and pass on as they appear.
Smile through Sport: Half term
February Half Term Sessions.
“Multi-sport holiday activity sessions for children and young people with SEND, siblings are welcome too! Join us for a range of fun activities, games and sports all FREE of charge!”
I’ve also included current information on their weekly groups.
Half Price Zoo Tickets
Half price tickets to Northumberland College Zoo are still available.
One adult and one child can visit for the bargain price of just £7.50 (other options are available).
This deal can be used over weekends from 17 Feb – 24 March and over Feb Half Term (19-23 Feb).
The Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday celebrations
It’s the Gruffalo’s birthday and everyone is invited!
The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.
Head out on the Gruffalo Party Trail to find missing party items, pick a present for the Gruffalo and enjoy more fun woodland activities throughout the year.
With trails across England, grab your special trail activity pack, and get the party started for all the family at a forest near you! Our nearest one is Hamsterley Forest, Co Durham.
What to expect
The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.
Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.
Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack
Pick up your pack for just £4 from the cafe during opening hours, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure.
Inside you’ll find:
- kraft bag to colour in
- party headband to wear
- party trail activity leaflet
- pencil and crayon
- keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch
Places where children can eat free or for £1 over half term
This is taken from Money Saving Central, and as they get updates they add to the list.
School holidays can be expensive for entertaining children. Here is a link to places where you may be able to feed them free, or for £1; may be subject to minimum spend by accompanying adults.
Check out the poster, especially if you’re travelling as not all restaurants are in this area.
They have a Facebook page where other savings are shared too.
North Tyneside Disability Forum Wednesday Fun and Games Club
This was shared by a staff member.
A few notes to add:
- No 1:1 support provided.
- No transport provided.
- Mainly for North Tyneside residents, but please phone if you live nearby and discuss with them.
- Suggested donation of £2 per session
- This club is to develop independence and there is no capacity for carers to remain with the young person. I know this means it will not be suitable for many of our students.
Please see poster and contact Susan on 07930451809, as I did if you’d like further information.
Brand new for 2024. SEN and ALN classes offer the same quality session of recreational classes in a quieter environment.
“Numbers are minimized for this class and music is turned down. Where possible we also try to keep the gym empty whilst this class is taking place.
This class is also open to gymnasts with physical limitations or disabilities which stop them participating in mainstream recreational classes.”
Gymnastics SEN Stay and Play Session
Swimming session for those with additional needs Hadrian Leisure Centre
Time: 5pm till 6pm
Please call 0191 643 2025 if access to ‘changing places facilities’ are required before the start time of the session.
See our pool programme for further information
We look forward to seeing you next Thursday 15th February from 9.30-11.00. At the risk of sounding a little repetitive here, I do want to assure you that in being part of the group, there are many ways you can support us. If you can join half termly meetings that would be wonderful. If you would consider taking on an Officer role that would be fantastic as our success depends on parental representation. If you can’t commit on a regular basis there will be other opportunities to support us on one off events. Give me a call if you would like an informal chat. I know we make a difference and hope you feel the same way.
Last chance to join for the whole year as we will draw the first 6 winners at the AGM.
This is a closed group for family and friends of Percy Hedley School, where you can share news and updates about school life. It is not for external professionals who may be working with families. To join, you need to answer the question stating your link with school.
Please note: this group is for sharing news and updates about school life and is not intended to discuss any issues around individual students, and as such all comments are moderated. If you have a particular issue or concern, please contact school directly on 0191 216 1811.
I like to end with a thought for the week, something to inspire this week I hope as the FoPHS AGM is imminent:
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Eileen Robinson: Family Liaison Officer
Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext. 3260.