Meadowpark News

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  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 19 Nov 2021

A few weeks ago at Meadowpark, we launched our Meadowpark enterprise projects.    This essentially involved me having to get my hands in my pocket and and give each class some money from which they would develop their enterprise business.   Since then, each class has been using their enterprise lesson to learn about business and to produce items to sell.  We are going to be holding a Covid safe "Christmas Fair" before the end of term where people can order some of the amazing things that classes have been producing.  For example, Esk class have been making Gonks, which are those super cute Scandanavian bearded gnomes that have become really popular.  We also have Leven class making 2022 calendars and Clyde class are making Christmas decorations etc.  More info to follow on this.

Today has been a non uniform day with proceeds going to Children in Need.  Thanks to everyone who supported this and I'm very happy to be able to send £24 to them!

Lots of classes have been continuing their work around Armistice Day and finding out about WWI.  Some classes visited the memorial to pay their respects and have also produced some amazing artwork.

It's been lovely this term to be able to start doing some things that we've really missed over the lock downs.  On Thursdays, we are able to visit the swimming pool at the Aubigny centre and all of the young people have been fantastic here.  They've demonstrated their independence and mature attitudes and supported each other brilliantly.  Other groups have been demonstrating the same during their visits to Aubigny gym.

 

Published: Fri 10 Sep 2021

We were all amazed by the ingenuity of Esk class this week, who have been demonstrating their design and engineering skills. 

Here they are with their completed kites which flew magnificently.

Some of our groups this week managed to start their block of sessions with Martyn Pegg from the outdoor Education team.

Bush skills and fire safety was the focus of week 1.

 

 

It was fantastic to be back swimming this week.  We had a superb first session and I was really impressed by everyone’s positive attitude and independence.  Even the staff!

We have a number of people who are attending college twice per week now.  So a very well done to Danny Stewart who has really taken well to college life and impressed us with his level of independence. 

A big well done also to Cameron Graham and Douglas Whiteside for their fantastic start to college.

Clyde class have really impressed all of us with their inclusion lessons at Knox.  They’ve managed these extremely well and have been a real credit to us. 

They've even had time to hold their own Olympics!

Published: Fri 28 May 2021

With pupils now back into their regular classes, we should have lots of great work to show you and exciting developments to report on the run up to the summer break.

Over the last few weeks, we have been running a recruitment campaign in school for a number of pupil jobs.  Following interviews on Friday, I am delighted to announce the appointments of:

  • Beau Mangan as School Facilities Assistant
  • Iona Fraser as School Grounds Assistant
  • Daniel Murray as School Admin Assistant

Congratulations to them and a very well done for their superb interview preparation and performances.  Very professional indeed!

More congratulations to Daniel Murray who on top of his admin role, has become a Children in Scotland Inclusion Ambassador.  Amazing.  If you would like to know more about that organisation, please look here.

 

Our links with Our Community Kitchen are well known, and the kitchen garden is nearing completion and ready for planting.  I want to just “plug” the Community Kitchen’s 50/50 Club, which is a great way to support them.  This from Elaine Gayle (founder / manager):

 

The person with the winning number in April received £300!

INTERESTED?

This is a monthly cash prize draw where you can buy a unique number for £5 per month. 50% of the income generated makes up the monthly prize and 50% goes to OCK to help us to continue our work.  You can buy as many numbers as you like and the more numbers sold, the bigger the prize! Help us to fundraise and win cash prizes at the same time!

You can choose your own individual numbers from the ones still available, which will be your unique numbers that you can keep. The winning number will be chosen randomly by a much loved and respected local lady Jan Wilson, using an app named Random UX.  The winning number will be announced on the last Friday of each month.

 

For more information or to apply to join please email Ock5050club@gmail.com

Published: Fri 5 Mar 2021

It’s been far too long since our last newsletter but once again we’ve find ourselves working in this really challenging way during another lockdown.

Many of you will know that the last few weeks in school has been particularly challenging for us as a community, and I want to say thank you for all of the support that we have received.  The young people who are attending Meadowpark regularly have been incredible during this time as has the whole staff team.

Despite these tough times there are things to celebrate and look forward to.  The kitchen garden is really taking shape thanks to the tireless efforts of Stefano.  He’s been out literally in all weathers building the decking and planters, and we are really looking forward to welcoming the participants and seeing this project grow (pardon the pun).

 

One of our pupils, Max, is getting quite a lot of press for his very creative work during lockdown.  He has been featured recently in the East Lothian Courier because his sculptures are not only fantastic, but they are also helping to raise lots of money for two very good causes: Can Do and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

    

We are really proud of what he is doing, and you can read more about his work and how to donate if you would like to on the East Lothian Courier page here.

Finally, I’d like to say a really big well done to all of our amazing pupils who are learning from home.  You’ve really done a great job in coping (as have mums, dads and carers !), and I’m really hoping that things will start to get back to normal soon.

 

Published: Fri 8 Jan 2021

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you had a good Christmas as far as was possible.

It is the start to 2021 that we really didn't want, but I wanted to say thank you to you all for being so understanding and supportive.  We are in good shape for Monday and many of you will have already heard directly from our teachers to explain how the access to online learning etc. will work.

There are bound to be glitches, but nothing we can't solve, and if you haven't been contacted by your child's class teacher yet, please don't worry.  On Monday, we will be continuing to contact everyone to ensure that the technology is working as it should, and that you have all of the information you need.

Best wishes,

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.