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My name is Rachel Gadsden. I am a visually impaired artist. I am writing to you today to invite you to be part of an exciting free art project.


The art workshops have been created to enable individuals with visual impairment, or any other disability, to create sculptures based on themes relating to the story of the Mayflower ship and the passengers who departed from Southampton to travel to America in August 1620.


The workshops will happen in your homes through Zoom on the computer, but I shall be instructing and supporting you to create your sculptures throughout the workshop session.


You can invite a brother, or a sister, cousin, parent, or a friend to take part in the workshops with you. Just make sure you are safe within your Covid bubble.


I have arranged a Zoom session so that we can meet each other, and I can tell you more about the project. This will take place at 5pm on 22 March.


The workshops will take place in the Easter holidays. For 7 – 11 year olds workshops will take place on April 6th and 13th. For 12 – 16 year olds they will take place on April 7th and 14th. We will talk in our Zoom sessions about what time of day might be best for the workshops for you but we suspect they will be mid-morning.


We will send you all the art materials and paints that you will need to create your sculpture, so you will not need to purchase anything to take part. If you have any additional needs that we can help with, let us know and we will try to help with those too.


At the end of the workshops, we would love you to photograph your sculptures, and we will be exhibiting them on the Mayflower 400 Southampton website, so that everyone can see and admire what you have created. That’s:


I shall be in touch again with more information about the first Zoom session. Between times, please ask a parent or guardian to complete and return the booking form to by March 18th.


Best Regards,


Children's Mental Health Week

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Christmas Jumper Day

Parent Questionnaire:

As part of the SEND review at Southampton Parent Carer Forum, the team are keen to hear more about the journey that families face and how they go about getting information to help them help their children. In order to do this they have produced a questionnaire, it is very short so should take less than 5 minutes. If you could spare the time it would help them immensely:

Parent Training Courses:


Please find below some parent training courses being run by the Sure Start Centres. They are running "Being a parent" and "Living with teenagers".

A Message From The LA

'The Flying Seagull Project' 

On 15th July at 2pm, there will be live socially-distanced streaming of the sell out theatre show 'The Flying Seagull Spectacular' from Applecart Arts in Plaistow to celebrate the end of term. Suitable for all primary children (4-11), you can watch this for FREE in school, or for children at home, by following the link after booking. You can watch the trailer HERE


To book, simply go to Applecart Arts site, select the number of tickets you would like, then enter the discount code: NEWHAM at the checkout. This will reduce the tickets to £0  and you will then be sent one link to be shared with all the children so they can tune in next Wednesday for a magical, interactive theatre show.

Hamble Youth Club are looking for players!!

They also have another team for children aged 12-16 who are also looking for players, please use the same contact details if you wish to find out more!


Important Information - Changes at Springwell

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You've Got The Love - Springwell School

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Parent Update - 22nd May

National Teacher Day:

National Thank a Teacher Day is on Wednesday 20th May 2020, please see the TOOLKIT for ideas!

More information can also be found on this website – Thank a Teacher

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National Book Tokens:

This year we are participating in the book token competition and we need your help!

Click on the image below, and nominate Springwell for us to be in with a chance to win!


Parent Update - 11th May

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Springwell's Hearing Dog Update - Orson

We have had a really lovely update from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Back in 2016 we raised over £10,000 to fund a puppy to be trained to aid a deaf person. Well this is lovely Orson 4 years on! To find out more about Orson's journey click on the document below..

EHC Plan Q & A

Wash Your Hands!

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Find out what we have to offer!

New Minibus




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.