Hadrian Exhibition

HadrianOn a warm autumnal day a group of us caught a train up to London to visit the Hadrian exhibition at the British Museum. Hadrian is regarded as a ‘good’ emperor who brought peace and prosperity to the Roman Empire. He was ruthless if he felt it was needed and had no hesitation in dealing savagely with friends or nations who opposed him. He built some wonderful buildings and some of the statues that were in the exhibition were beautiful.

The exhibition was very busy but we saw all we wanted to.

Hadrian passed on power to Marcus Aurelius, who was the old emperor in the film Gladiator.

We also wandered around Covent Garden and Soho where we saw some very interesting and unusual people. At one point we were stuck outside the Ivy restaurant with the paparazzi. They were waiting for someone famous but luckily didn’t recognise us and so we escaped without having our photos taken.

Another grand day out.

September 29th, 2008 by Ian in News

The World Without Us

Adam wrote this amazing beginning to a story.

It happened quickly. They drilled a tunnel with a drill made of some unknown substance. As soon as the bomb exploded from the earth core, magma spewer forth and the earth started to collapse in on itself. There were just a few of us left. It was apocalyptic. Me, Crazy Dave and my brother. Everything was black, charred. We walked. I don’t know where, there was no north, no south, no east or west. All destroyed. All blown up. The little food we did find was rancid and mostly made us ill.

We were heading for a settlement, preferably a small village where there would be an uncontaminated well. It was much colder than you would expect this time of year. The reduction in gravity and heat resulted from the earth’s mass greatly decreasing. in Short terms, it got colder and stayed colder.

September 8th, 2008 by Ian in Links for students

Hairspray Theatre Trip

HairsprayOn Thursday a group of students and staff went up to London to see the award winning production of Hairspray.

They visited Covent Garden, China Town and then explored the side streets of Convent Garden on the way to the Shaftesbury Theatre. They (or should I say Jez) found an ice-cream parlour which was so good Jez insisted they found it a second time.

Hairspray was excellent. It was fast moving, lively and helped by Link being Ben James Ellis from BBC’s hunt for Joseph. Part of the audience went mad every time he came out. The cast all seemed to enjoy themselves and at one point Edna Turnblad (Michael Ball) and Wilbur Turnblad (Ian Talbot) got themselves into a fit of the giggles over a double entendre that stopped the show for 5 minutes.

It was a tiring day but well worth it.

July 15th, 2008 by Ian in News

Solomon Theatre

Solomon Theatre logoToday the Solomon Theatre came in. Jamie and Krista worked with us to make a song about life. I made all the music tracks, Emily and Esme sang, Jamie played the guitar and Krista helped with the lyrics. I wrote some of the lyrics. I thought it was fun and I want to do it again. It was fantastic!

Jacob C

July 11th, 2008 by Ian in News

Good news!!

The film our students made with PVA has been chosen to be shown at the 5th annual San Diego International Children’s Film Festival.

It will be screened on Saturday 23rd August in downtown San Diego. There is a party in San Diego on the night of Friday 22nd August and we are hoping for an all expenses paid invite (unklikely). The event organisers say they have special deals with local hotels who want to fly out there. Alternatively you can watch the whole event on the festival’s website.

Let’s hope this is the first of many such film festivals. Well done to all who took part in the making of the film.

July 1st, 2008 by Ian in News

OFSTED report

The report from our OFSTED inspection of December 2007 is now available online.

The report was very positive as the first paragraph illustrates:

The Sherborne Learning Centre provides a good education for its students. It is very successful in reintegrating students in Years 1 to 9 back into mainstream schooling. It has achieved this partly through building extremely good relationships with local schools, but also through the excellent links it has established with a range of agencies which ensure that staff are able to care for students and support their welfare very effectively. As a result, students make outstanding progress in many aspects of their personal development. The most important of these are the improvements in their behaviour and their very positive approach to learning. Many feel valued in the centre and willingly acknowledge the fact that they like being treated as adults. Because of this they respond positively and are keen to do well. Students’ recognition of the changes that the centre has brought about in them is reflected in their parents’ very positive views. Many comment on the very good relationships and support of staff and how much their children have changed for the better since starting at the centre.

March 28th, 2008 by Ian in News

The Woman In Black

hurley.jpgOn Tuesday a party of students and staff caught a train up to London to see the Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre.

The book is one we studied at Christmas for GCSE coursework and because it made such an impact the students asked if we could go and see the play.

We got to London early so we walked to Covent Garden where Hannah, on the way, pulled. He was a 13′ tall man (on stilts) in a gold foil suit who kept calling out her name.

We spent time in Covent Garden looking at the shops, stalls and street entertainers before walking up to China Town. China Town was FANTASTIC. It was the day before their celebrations for the Chinese New Year. Everywhere had banners on the wall, large red decorated lanterns hung up between buildings (red stands fr good luck in the Chinese culture) and lots of good food in the windows. We weren’t sure about the tangerine coloured octopus but it all smelt brilliant.

At the theatre we met one of the actors and then took our seats. We knew the play was frightening but our seats and we looked down on the stage far below.

The play was great. Everyone, and I mean everyone, jumped and screamed at the right points. Big Aaron ended up a quivering wreck and Little Sam sat for large periods of time with her hands ove her ears and her head bowed.

At the end we all agreed we’d thoroughly enjoyed it but no-one was scared, no-one screamed and it must have been everyone else who had. We are hard-core.

We walked back to the station stopping at a London McDonalds (they taste better) and then caught our train home.

It’s true: the journey home always takes half the time the journey going does, plus everyone played a hundred games of Uno.

A cracking day out.

February 6th, 2008 by Ian in News

Saoirse’s Ghost Story

Saoirse won last year’s Christmas Ghost Story competition with this fantastic story. We’ve made it into a podcast with Jez reading it. There isn’t much in the way of visuals but the words are enough.

Listen to the story.

November 19th, 2007 by Ian in Links for students, Podcast

Clay pigeon shooting

We don’t do clay pigeon shooting at the centre but one of our students has just achieved joint gold in the clay pigeon senior class. Ben also achieved the top score for the Great Britain junior target rifle squad 50 metre prone… 2012 beckons!

Well done Ben.

November 19th, 2007 by Ian in News

Fishing trip

In June we took a group of students to the Jurrasic coast on a fishing

trip. We were due to sail out into Lyme Bay on a boat to fish for

Mackerel but unfortunately the blustery weather put paid to our boat

trip. We decided instead to take ourselves to Burton Beach with some

beach casting rods and spent the afternoon fishing from the beach and

generally having fun. We also had some success with the

fishing (and getting our feet wet)!

Fishing trip

November 19th, 2007 by Ian in News