Callista Trip With Southampton’s Oceanography Centre

CallistaOn the 18th of September we visited the national Oceanography centre in Southampton along with a few other learning centres. We spent a day on a multi million pound research vessel christened the Callista. During the afternoon we took part in a variety of activities including:

Light penetration tests using secy disks.

Seabed trawls and wildlife examinations (pictured)

Sediment sampling.

Plankton trawl.

On top of this we also learnt about the ships systems including the GPS and I.C.T areas. Plus having a chance to pilot the Callista’s helm. Overall the day ran slightly late due to an abundance of activities and a guided visit around the Southampton docks including the Southampton boat show. Overall a very enjoyable and educational experience.


November 6th, 2007 by Ian in News

Living for Sport winner!

On the 16th October Sophie and Angie went to London to attend the award

ceremony organised by the Youth Sport Trust and the Sky Living for Sport

team. and their sport mentor and advocate Darren Campbell, the Olympic

gold medal athlete.

Sophie was nominated for the Buddy Award for the way she supported all the team members regardless of their ability or her’s. She won the Silver award consisting of a prize for herself and a prize for Sherborne Learning Centre.

We are all extremely proud of Sophie and her achievement. We are continuing with the programme again this year.

Living for Sport

October 31st, 2007 by Ian in News

Outdoor Education

Every Monday a group of students goes to Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre. Students are able to participate in a huge range of activities such as kayaking, climbing and caving. This all takes place on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the country.

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October 31st, 2007 by Ian in News

Spelling Champions

Congratulations to Saoirse, Hannah, Charlotte, Jayne and Bronwyn who all scored above their set spelling percentages. New Look vouchers all round!

All the students at SLC have the opportunity to take weekly spelling tests set at their ability level. They are all set a percentage they have to achieve by the end of the half-term.

October 29th, 2007 by Ian in Links for students, News

Healthy School!

apple-braeburn.jpgWe are very pleased to announce that we have now been awarded Healthy School status. This means it has been recognised and checked that we promote a healthy lifestyle (inside and out, body and soul!) with our students.

We had to submit a portfolio that showed everything that we do in this regard. We do a lot so it was a huge piece of work and Kim did just about all of this collation and organisation, and also a little bit of nagging to get the rest of us to contribute or improve things, so another big thanks to Kim for all her hard work.

September 6th, 2007 by Ian in News

GCSE results

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve had another excellent batch of results this year. Every single student left with at least 2 nationally recognised qualifications and most gained many more. All our students gained a GCSE in Maths and all our students gained either Entry Level or GCSE in English.

This was a fantastic achievement by all our Year 11 students and staff.

Well done to all concerned.

September 3rd, 2007 by Ian in News

Sensory Testing at Rylands Farm

The day was planned and led by Kim and SLC students and involved students from a local special school.

Today was designed to help young people understand how to cope with a disability and the difficulties of being a carer. We chose the farm because of the unfarmiliar surroundings and because it was noisy, smelly and the strange sensations (such as being licked by a cow). Students were blindfolded to perform a number of tasks and this increased their other senses making related feelings easier. Students were surprised by the difficulties of being a carer and having to disregard your fears to be supportive of your charge. They found that staying focussed, attentive and reassuring when you didn’t feel confident was extremely difficult.


July 19th, 2007 by Ian in News

Billy Elliot

On Saturday 16th June, a small group of staff and Year 11 girls caught the early train up to London. The journey was uneventful and taken up with Emma winning at cards.

First off, the group went to Covent Garden where they spent time watching the street performers and rescuing Pam from one of the human statues. Having watched the fly-past by airplanes old and new for Trooping of the Colour, they took the slower and quieter route through the back streets of Soho to Leicester Square.

Billy Elliot was performed in the Victorian Palace Theatre. The building was a trip back in time to the old musical hall days, but Billy Elliot was slap bang up to date. The use of scenery and the sheer energy of the performances was exhilerating. By degrees, it was very funny, heartbreakingly sad and very moving.

The choreography was superb and the way the dancers, old and young, ran span and danced their way in and out of each other’s path was breathtaking.

The star of the show was undoubtedly Billy with his friend Michael not far behind him. The girls and the ladies all like the ‘older Billy’ the ballet dancer.

The show is like the film but we all felt the live performance was much better.

An excellent day out.

June 18th, 2007 by Julia in News

Arrival of the log

Log arrivingNew seating for our garden arrived at Sherborne Learning Centre today, in the form of part of a recently felled Californian Redwood tree. Thanks to Kim and Shane, the huge log arrived by lorry today and its weight required a crane to hoist it into place in the garden. The seating will hopefully remain a welcome feature in our garden for many years to come and will weather nicely to blend in with the surroundings. All are welcome to sit and enjoy.

June 1st, 2007 by Julia in News

Following in the Footsteps of Heroes

At the cemeteryThe five Dorst Learning Centres joined together for a trip to France to follow in the path of the D Day landings.True to history we left Portsmouth on the night of May 9th, having had information that the earlier cross Channel sailing had been cancelled and that a force 9 gale was predicted for our night crossing.

As it was raining horizontal bars and the chains between the parking bollards were blowing 90 degrees to the left, we thought we’d have a rough night’s crossing. Our ferry was palacial and deserted. True, the boat tossed, turned and twisted all night long, with ‘watch the bottle roll across the floor’ being a popular game but we all managed to sleep on the floor (a useful hint for future travellers) and no-one was sick!!!

A 5.30 am British time breakfast saw us up and ready to go. From then on the day went smoothly. It was an excellent day, well planned and full of interesting facts and sights.

Our leader, Allan Wood of the Compass Learning Centre, had thought out every eventuality. We wandered through endless rows of crosses, scrambled on beaches and stopped in tiny lanes as he made them all come alive with the dramatic events of 60 years ago.

We had passport photos of some of the dead soldiers, and Allan was able to explain about their actions: from the original American brothers, who were the inspiration for the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ to a German tank commander who, single-handedly, destroyed 30 odd British tanks and put back the capture of Caen by 3 months.

It might have been a whistle stop tour but it was never boring.

The ferry trip home was quiet, with people sleeping in spite of the rough weather.

It was well worth taking part in and all of us who went would thoroughly recommend it to you!

May 15th, 2007 by Julia in News