Hedleys College have finally able to have their graduation and prom this year after being unable to have it for the last two years due to Covid.
This year, it was held at Grand Hotel Gosforth. We were able to see a brilliant presentation created by students themselves, all about the things they have achieved this year. Awards and certificates were given out for each part of the curriculum too.
Students enjoyed a 2-course meal, with a sweets card, photobooth, and disco, whilst having a lot of fun!
Gary has done many shifts in our shop and has built on his communication skills by interacting with customers and handing out flyers to promote our social enterprise. Gary took it upon himself during our quiet times to sell sweets created by our ‘Candy Gang’ from outside the shop which brought many customers through the door.
Gary has built on his independence skills by using the till and card machine to serve customers, packing products into bags, stocking shelves, general housekeeping, dealing with money and taking orders from customers.
Gary has become familiar with Manor Walks Shopping Centre and has particularly benefited from having minimal to no support whilst walking around the shopping centre.
He is an absolute natural in the retail sector, his people skills and positive attitude has been amazing to see. Well done, Gary!
Last week we did our (slightly delayed) Careers Week which is about linking students with the world of work. Students from our schools and college have been meeting with a wide range of employers and learning about lots of different careers.
We kicked off Careers Week on Monday with TeenyWeenyVR who gave a demonstration with VR headsets and how they help children and young people with SEND.
On Tuesday, students also had a talk from Newcastle United Foundation, about their workplace, including a virtual tour of St James’ Part and a video about Club Manager Eddie Howe and player Matt Targett. There was also a presentation from Atomhawk, an art and design studio that provides animation and interactive design in the gaming industry; They spoke about roles within the industry.
On Wednesday, Students and Members had an interactive visit from Newcastle Castle, where they dressed in Medieval clothing and made gingerbread with a 1400s recipe.
On Thursday, Impact Workwear visited to discuss Health and Safety in the workplace, with former student, James Piet, who discussed what he does for work there.
On Friday morning, some students visited Eldon Square to help with an accessibility review of the centre with their Community & Events Coordinator, which helped them learn more about accessibility in the workplace.
Students have had a very enriching week learning from a range of different employers, discussing careers and opening up their future opportunities.
Get in touch with the form below if you would like to be involved with any future employability programme events:
Please see our full gallery below of the full week.
A huge well done to Chris and Matthew from Hedleys College on achieving their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award! Such an amazing achievement, and also a huge well done to Michael on achieving his Bronze Award. You have all done so well and should be really proud of yourselves.
Last week our “Friends of the Community” group from Hedleys College/ Horizons were presented with a very special recognition award. The award was from “The Key” A charity which is dedicated to inspiring belief in young people, and was awarded to them for helping the homeless, and those who are less fortunate.
Our group were delighted to receive this award and we look forward to seeing them continue their mission to carry on helping those in need in the future.
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