First Aid at Work
New group for parent/carers supporting a child with Autism/ADHD
Click HERE to find out more!
Great Oaks Christmas Fair
Help for Christmas:
"Together as a group we will work on how to support our children with autism over the Christmas period and how to make it the very special time that it should be
We will cover helping your child understand what is going to happen over the coming weeks as we build up to Christmas
How to communicate to school and nursery what your child needs adapted so they cope and enjoy themselves
Tools to deal with anxiety
Sensory processing issues and strategies
What to do on the day and how to adapt
Training will be via email and in a short term pop up Face book group and starts on the 26th November - people can join after that date too
The challenge runs for 2 weeks during which time we will work together each day to plan our greatest Christmas and ensure our children are well supported"
Click HERE to find out more
Home To School Consultation
0-25 SEND service are looking for feedback on their home-to-school transport proposal. If possible please attend one of the meetings to have your say.
We're very excited to announce the arrival of our new minibus! We wanted to give the children the opportunity to be involved so we started a project to allow them to have their voices (or drawings..) heard!
On the left you can see some examples of the designs the children worked on. Each child was given an outline of the bus and asked to design how they would like the new bus to look. There was a fantastic variety of concepts - everything from super heroes to the broader idea of journeys!
There were however, a few recurring ideas that were picked - colour blocked windows, rainbow wheel arches, a picture of fudge and music. These elements were then drawn into an official design and the minibus looks FABULOUS! The children absolutely love seeing it and going out in it and most definitely have a sense of pride in their involvement.
The minibus is loan from the Hampshire Transport Network and was branded by the Hampshire Printing Service.
All children's book donations welcome!
Special Needs sessions @ Active Nation
Building works & Expansion Parent Meetings
Jackie is holding two Parent Meetings to share information with parents on the building works and the expansion of the school moving forward. Tuesday 5th June (1.30-2.30) & Friday 8th June (9.30-10.30).
Parent and Carer Event - CAMHS
Parent Coffee Mornings
Home to School Transport Feedback- 27.04.18
Willow & Maple's Giant Egg! - 23.03.2018
Willow and Maple classes have been busy decorating a giant egg which will be displayed alongside eggs from
11 other local schools at the Marlands Shopping Centre between the 24th March and the 20th April! Visitors to the centre will be able to vote for their favourite at the centre, and on social media and the winning egg will win a class trip and a donation to a charity.
So if you’re passing Marlands Shopping Centre, do drop in and vote for Springwell!!
World Down Syndrome Day - 21.03.2018
Springwell took part in World Down Syndrome Day and helped raise awareness by wearing lots of socks!
SCHOOL CLOSED - 19.03.2018
Following an assessment of the site this morning, Springwell will be closed today due to health and safety issues, as the grounds are icy and inaccessible. We are sorry for the late notice as we had hoped the school would be open as usual. As the main site is closed, the decision has also been made to close out off site provisions. The forecast predicts a rise in the temperature today and so school will open again tomorrow..
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Parent Workshop at Sure Start Centre - 24.4.18
World Book Day Postponed to THURSDAY 8TH MARCH!
SCHOOL IS CLOSED THURSDAY 1.3.18 DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Support Group for Visually Impaired - 08.02.2018
Parents Evening 2018 - 30.01.2018
Christmas Fundraising - 01.01.2018
Thank you so much for your support with our Christmas Fundraising. We raised £281.40 at the Christmas Disco, £335.32 from the sale of pupils’ framed pictures and £861.00 from the Grand Raffle giving a brilliant total of £1477.72.
These funds will be used to purchase outdoor play equipment and to support other activities in the summer term.
Southampton City Council Commendation - 19.12.17
Springwell was nominated for the Highly Commended Team Award. Dawn Baxendale, Cllr Simon Letts & Jason Evans joined us during one of our Christmas performances and presented us with our certificate.
"Springwell School was built for 56 primary aged children with complex learning disorders. Due to the increase in demand for places, the school has grown to 144 on roll, with 48 children educated off-site in temporary classrooms.
The school is also 6 months into a building project to accommodate the growth, with the construction taking place on the current main school site.
The impact on all of the above has brought significant organisational change and challenges, with staff working across Southampton to deliver outstanding educational provision to some of our most disadvantaged children and families.
It is also against a backdrop of working next to a construction site, with daily impact on the learning environment. Staff have, and continue to be, fantastically resilient, positive and focused on the children's outcomes.
The challenges to maintaining a consistent environment for the children has been wonderfully creative, with a totally commitment to providing the best to our pupils. The school's success is built on the strength of the staff team and feel this award would be a fantastic recognition of their ability to embrace change and focus on maintaining the school's outstanding educational offer."
Don't forget - THIS FRIDAY!!
SEND Strategic Review
Nasal Flu Vaccination - 15.09.17
It's Official! We're still OUTSTANDING!
We can finally confirm the outcome of our Ofsted visit! Please read the report below to find out more!
Thank you Intech! - 29.06.17
Another thanks is in order and that is to Intech Telecoms for sponsoring our Therapy Dog Fudge for £500! Fudge is loved by all the children and his presence alone can take a child into a calm and collected mindset almost immediately. As many of you will know, pet food and vets bills can easily mount up and so donations like these are incredibly important to us. Thanks again Intech!
Thank you Cafe Saxophone! - 23.06.17
A really big thank you to Cafe Saxophone and Pete Thomas who have so generously donated £2000 towards music sessions for the children! They have been well underway and the children absolutely adore them. We will be uploading some images into our gallery soon!
Please click HERE to find out more about Cafe Saxophone!
We raised £1215!
We raised £1215 from our sponsored walk to buy toys and resources for activity time! Huge well done and thank you to everyone involved, if you haven't brought in your promised pennies yet please endeavour to do so, then we can start to order!
Free Online Courses
Future Learn host two autism related courses; smart ASD run by the University of Bath and Understanding Autism run by the University of Kent. They are four weeks long and there is a range of articles, video material and suggested further reading etc. You can spend as little or as long as you want although the suggested time commitment is 3 hrs per week.
The courses are free but you can pay (it's around £50) if you want a certificate of participation and unlimited access to the course materials. The courses run at various points during the year and you can register your interest on the website.
Click the link below to find out more about their courses.
New Shark Club Dates
Parent Carer Engagement Events
QE2 Activity Centre
Ofsted SEND Review Letter to Parents
Light It Up - Support Group - Meeting Dates
Christmas Performance Details:
Penguin Club at Bitterne Leisure Centre - Only £10 a year!
Great Oaks Christmas Fayre - December 3rd
Local Parental Support Group
We have a great time participating in Jeans for Genes Day. A fantastic effort from everyone and we managed to raise £100 pounds for the cause in one day!
Latest Little Sharks Swim Club Course Dates
Hearing Dogs Charity gig:
Follow the link below to see "The Spectrum" in full swing at the talking heads. The Spectrum are a collective people who produce great music and raise awareness of special education and generously direct donations to Hearing Dogs for Deaf people which is obviously close to Springwell's heart and also The Great Oaks Sensory Area.
Could your child dial 999 in an emergency?
Springwell pupils help ITV demonstrate the importance of child emergency awareness. Follow the link to find out more!
Thanks from Fudge
Today we welcomed Medhurst to the school and thanked them for their kind donation towards our therapy dog Fudge. Children from the school council were fantastic helpers, and had part of their morning at The Range picking out the dog toys that they had agreed in their meetings!
We have held an in school competition for redesigning our classroom courtyards. Each class had £20 to buy materials and different creative ideas have been flowing ever since!
The competition isn't quite over yet, but the transformations have been simply stunning!
Springwell Zebra Conservation
Springwell has had the pleasure of getting involved with the Marwell led initiative for Zebra Conservation. Many businesses and school have decorated zebra statues in preparation for them to be stationed around the city to raise awareness for the cause, before they are auctioned off for charity.
Please see below for our entry so you can spot it around town!