Beer goggles

We’ve been a little quiet on this website for a while because we’ve been so busy in the centre! We’ve had quite a few new students starting and a few new projects starting.

Julie’s been coming in to help with our PSHE programme, which now includes a buddy scheme – more details coming soon.

We’ve also recently had Helen from SHADOWS come in to talk to students about alcohol. As part of this we all tried on some ‘beer goggles’, which simulated the feeling of having had far too much to drink and made us all feel a bit ill. Helen comes into the centre regularly in order to offer advice and support to students who might need it.

January 25th, 2007 by Ian in News

Building Skills practical assessments

DSCF1816.JPGStudents on the CITB City & Guilds Building skills course started work on their practical assessments in bricklaying this week. The course is progressing well with 10 students enjoying one day a week focusing on learning trades associated with the construction industry. The course gives students interested in a career within construction, an opportunity to try out different skills and help them to make more informed decisions on their career direction. It is hoped that once the new premises for the course are completed places can be offered to students in all the COOSS learning centres and secondary schools throughout North Dorset. A great deal of interest and support has been forthcoming from a variety of local businesses both large and small and it is hoped to involve them in sponsorship, work experience, site visits and eventually apprenticeships for students on the course.  All 10 are aiming to achieve an NVQ level one in construction skills and are progressing well.

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December 12th, 2006 by Ian in News

Quiz night

We took part in our second quiz night against Wimborne Learning Centre last week. Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre also took part.

Wimborne were excellent hosts and did lots of wonderful food for everyone. We paid them back by letting them beat us and continued our fine tradition of boosting other people’s self-esteem by letting Cranborne beat us too.

The final results were:

  1. Cranborne
  2. Wimborne
  3. Sherborne
November 25th, 2006 by Ian in News

Celebration Evening

DSCF1716.JPG We held our annual celebration evening and it was well attended by students past and present. We gave out GCSE certificates and other certificates for hard work and achievement. James won the Linzy Danoris award for teamwork and leadership in outdoor pursuits.

We combined the evening with a Christmas Fair where we sold items donated by staff, students and friends and goods made by students. We raised over £220.

The Western Gazette were there and published an article with some pretty good photos.

November 21st, 2006 by Ian in News

Postcard lottery

The winners of October’s postcard lottery were George, Matt and Jamie.

Well done!

November 21st, 2006 by Ian in News

English Subject Meeting

Jez went to the English Subject Leaders network meeting at Kingston Maurward on Monday 13th November 2006

We looked at:

  • practical approaches to teaching Shakespeare across all year groups;
  • the departments of self evaluation and its role in raising attainment; and
  • assessing pupils’ progress and using tracking systems to plan pupils’ progress.

It was very helpful and much more interesting than it sounds.

November 16th, 2006 by Julia in Training

Building Skills Centre

Jerry is working hard to set up a Building Skills Centre. We already have a group working with us even though we don’t have a centre yet! Students from the Gryphon School have been working every Wednesday learning about the skills of the construction trade.

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October 6th, 2006 by Ian in News

T for Teenager in the news

Bored teenager (not at SLC)We were on the front page of the Western Gazette this week, with an article about the film we made called T for Teenager.

The film was selected for inclusion in a prestigious national film festival and is well worth watching.

You can read the article here and watch the film here.

October 5th, 2006 by Ian in News

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September 25th, 2006 by Ian in News

In the press

The Western Gazette had a feature on us today. It was accurate most of the way through and it was very positive, so I was pleased with it.

As I said in the article, we need to shout about the incredible work our students and staff do.

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There were also some great photos which will appear here soon.

September 14th, 2006 by Ian in News