Meadowpark News

We aspire to provide all our learners with access to the highest quality of learning and teaching alongside a mix of evidence based Autism specific approaches in order to maximise their success and encourage achievement in its broadest sense.

Our aim is to help all our pupils be the best they can be as:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2019

Pupils have returned after a refreshing February break aided by the unseasonably warm weather, and there is a sense of busyness across Meadowpark as we settle back into routines, plan ahead for visits and engage with partner providers to develop and enhance learning experiences.

I was delighted to catch sight of a Twitter feed on my phone last night stating that Haddington Area Partnership have approved funding for Meadowpark and Knox Academy request for an Art Therapist. I have just received the final details of this and am overwhelmed with relief that we can offer this significant service to an increased number of pupils in Meadowpark and Knox Academy. Having previously received funding from Dunbar and East Linton AP, Preston Seton and Gosford AP and  Fa’Side AP we can fully concentrate on creating a bespoke provision with high quality resources.

Having seen the positive impact of Art Therapy for several of our pupils I am thrilled that we are able to offer this service across a broad range of need and I am happy to share the experience of one pupil again Read more here...Newsletter 22.02.19

Published: Fri 8 Feb 2019

It has been a delight to witness some of our young people making fairly momentous strides this week and achieving personal goals and aspirations.

For one this has meant being in school, fresh and ready to learn on Monday morning which can often herald a challenge for him from getting up and being ready for the taxi, to actively participating in activities. Of course this is not unlike many of us but is further exacerbated by his autism. We chatted together yesterday and I had a sense of personal success that he has managed in school all week, actively engaging with his peers and coping with changes in staffing.

Another pupil has been following a new approach to his learning, using signs and symbols, carefully considered boundaries and engaging positively with staff. In spite of a language barrier and some attachment issues he has settled very quickly and we have seen his personality shine through. Read more here...Newsletter 08.02.19

Published: Fri 1 Feb 2019

It feels natural to continue the theme of planets this week as the night sky has been so clear and in the early morning at 0600 when I am walking my dog on the beach I have been able to see the waning crescent moon and Saturn (the bringer of old age), Venus (the bringer of peace) and Jupiter (the bringer of jollity).

Pupils staff and I had fun on Tuesday when I took the German Masterclass and the theme was animals. I found a useful and amusing video that explained how some of the animal names are put together: Hund – dog, Seehund – sea dog = seal; Fisch – fish, Tintenfisch – ink fish =  squid. But my favourite was Schnecke – snail and Nacktschnecke – naked snail = slug J All pupils responded very well to my lack of expertise and Mr Gilmour chuckled on his return and explained that he was going to teach domestic animals! It’s a perpetual learning curve for me! Read more here...Newsletter 01.02.19

Published: Fri 25 Jan 2019

Newsletter 25.01.19Gustav Holst’s The Planets Suite was utterly delightful last Sunday at Dynamic Earth  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isic2Z2e2xs and being able to switch off from the outside world in warmth and comfort was just what was needed to conclude the end of a weekend and mental preparation for the week ahead. Sometimes we need to re-configure our routines and approach new experiences with an open mind and an open heart.

I have aimed to provide learning opportunities for staff over the last few months by inviting speakers, trainers and members of the extended school staff to our monthly meeting and on Tuesday Gordon Craig and Jennifer Jones were in to teach us a little bit about the My World of Work website, and we all participated in the Animal Me quiz http://animalme.myworldofwork.co.uk/ . Read more here ...Newsletter 25.01.19

Published: Fri 18 Jan 2019

Threats of a return from The Beast From the East have been swirling around this week, but fortunately no sign of extreme weather conditions as yet, although within the space of 18 hours the temperature changed from 11’ to -2’. No wonder we’ve been feeling hot, cold, somewhere in between and perhaps a bit unsettled as a result.

We are delighted to welcome a new learning assistant to the fold and observing from afar as I have done since Wednesday it would be impossible to tell that she has only been with us for 3 days. Talk about a duck to water – welcome Paula, you’re very much part of the team already. Read more here...Newsletter 18.01.19