Letter to Families - 25/02/2022

Dear Families,

We hope that you all had a lovely half term. It has been wonderful to welcome our young people back and they have had an amazing week. As it is the beginning of a new half term, curriculum overviews will be posted on your child’s class story in the coming week, so please look out for these which will give an overview of what pupils are learning.

We have a very busy half term planned, as always! This half term there will be parent / carer consultations as there were in the Autumn Term. These meetings are set to discuss your child’s progress with their class teacher and spend some time in their classroom, seeing all of their amazing work and progress over the year so far. Class teachers will be contacting you directly to book this in to ensure they are set at a time which is convenient for you.

Just a quick reminder, school is closed to pupils on Monday 28th February and will re-open on Tuesday 1st March. We look forward to another amazing week next week.

Lower School

Over the previous half term the pupils have enjoyed visiting Austerfield and this term the visits will continue. Pupils attending from lower school will receive a letter next week outlining when they will go and a summary of the activities on offer.

This term, community visits will continue to be planned in order to develop pupil’s independence and support our curriculum offer. Please keep an eye out for these opportunities as they arise.

Representatives from Doncaster Arts are continuing to support group work in both lower and upper school this term. The project in lower school will involve creating pieces of digital music to enhance video footage. We look forward to sharing our creations with you.

Lower School pupils have now completed their sessions with Caged Steel and we are currently in the process of arranging the graduation from the programme for those who participated. Further information about this will follow.

Upper School

Many pupils in upper school have now enrolled in the Youth Enterprise Project where they will participate in project work in relation to eco schools. We will plan, design, market and sell products that benefit the environment.

We will be continuing to offer enrichment opportunities at Austerfield Study Centre this half term. Some young people have already attended and are looking forward to some additional experiences, this week they were able to handle different reptiles!

Doncaster Arts are working with pupils to continue the transition project, empowering our young people to make independent choices about their future careers and life after Bader.

Caged Steel, a martial arts company will be with us this half term, to help our pupils develop essential skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and to support with self-regulation. All upper school pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in this exciting opportunity.

World Book Day

Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day 2022 and here at Bader we will be celebrating this year’s theme; ‘You are a Reader!’. Throughout the day, Class Bases will be taking part in different book themed activities. In the afternoon a film based on a book will be played in the Hall, where pupils will have a movie experience, hot chocolate will be available too.

On World Book Day, pupils are invited to wear their pyjamas to school or attend school wearing non-uniform if they wish. We cannot wait to see you and share our love of reading!

Parent Governor

As you know, before the half term break we were very fortunate to have five parents put themselves forward for the role of Parent Governor. We are very pleased to inform you that the two positions have been filled. We thank all parents for taking the time to vote, the votes have been verified by a member of the school Senior Leadership team and a member of the Nexus Central Trust Team.

We are pleased to inform you that our Parent Governors are Leanne Bradley and Scott Spence-Hill.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) / Friends of Bader

We are extremely fortunate as a school to have so many families who wish to support the school. We have been asked by a number of parents about how further support can be given and around the development of a parent group to support the school. With this in mind we are looking at setting up a PTA / Friends of Bader group, in order to support the work of the school, run fundraising events and develop a fantastic new parent group.

We would like to invite any parents / carers who may be interested in joining this group into school for an initial meeting to discuss further on Friday 18th March 10-11:30am. If you are interested in becoming part of a new parent group but this time is not suitable for you, please do contact the school office, let them know you are interested and the times which work better for future meetings and we will try to accommodate where possible for subsequent meetings.

Dates for your diary

Please see below some key dates for the rest of the term. As always more information will follow closer to the time of the event. More events may be added, if this is the case you will be informed.

  • Monday 28th February – School closed for pupils – Inset Day
  • Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
  • Week Beginning 14th March – Parent / Carer consultation week
  • Monday 14th March – Pi Day
  • Week beginning 14th March – Science Week
  • Friday 18th March – Friends of Bader initial meeting
  • Week beginning 28th March – Pupils will learn about the Christian beliefs of Easter
  • Monday 28th March – Class Base 1, 2 Blue, 2 Green and Class Base 3 – Visit to Uproar
  • Tuesday 29th March – Class Base 4, 5 & 6 – Parents invited to Café experience with their young people linked to their programme of work
  • Friday 1st April – school closes for the Easter break
  • Tuesday 18th April – school reopens for the Summer Term

CAMHS Information / Training Workshops for Families

We have been informed of some training / information sessions which are being run for families. We know that it is short notice, particularly for the first session, however there are some sessions which may be of interest to you. As a trust we are very lucky to have close links with the Children’s Intellectual Learning Disability Team. To support the parents and carers of our young people, they have agreed to a programme of information that they are going to deliver on the dates below.

These sessions will be via TEAMS so if anyone would like to join, please send your email address to cheyes@nexusmat.org and we will add you to the sessions.

Should you require any support in accessing TEAMS please let us know and we will do our best to support.

All times are 11am - 12pm.

  • 2nd March 2022 - Session 1 introduction to service and programme on offer
  • 16th March 2022 - How CAMHS works / Pathway / What is a Learning Disability / Autism
  • 30th March 2022 - Mental Health v Mental Illness
  • 27th April 2022 - E-Safety
  • 11th May 2022 - Health Action Team looking at Traffic Light System / Learning Disability Health Check (GP – 14+ years)
  • 25th May 2022 - ADHD – 1
  • 8th June 2022 - ADHD – 2 (strategies Q&A)
  • 22nd June 2022 - ANXIETY
  • 6th July 2022 - Recap on information in preparation for school holiday – ADHD, ASD and ANXIETY*

Finally…

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss further. We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,
Viki Drew
Head of School

Posted in Weekly Letters on Feb 25, 2022

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