23 Sep

Our young people have had another fantastic week! Hayley’s group have been busy transforming part of their wing at the Learning Centre and we think you’ll agree that their new sensory environment looks absolutely amazing..

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Well done to the staff and young people for creating such a wonderful space! Hayley’s group have enjoyed visits to Alexandra Park this week for Ability Wheelz (where they met up with some friends!)..

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They’ve been getting messy (no change there, then!) with shaving foam and gloop in their sensory session..

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..and made sure to include plenty of chocolate in their baking..

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Our newest group at Horizons led by Key Worker Shelley have settled in really well at Medtia and are making the most of their town centre base to access sessions across Oldham. George, as anyone who knows him will confirm, is rather a keen football fan so you can imagine just how much he enjoyed taking the tram down to Manchester to experience all the thrills of the football museum..

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Jeff’s group are also taking advantage of Medtia’s handy location to work on their travel and road safety skills when they are out and about in the community. They really enjoyed being able to walk to their swimming session at Oldham Leisure Centre this week..

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They are still working hard on keeping things clean and tidy around the building..

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..but it’s not all work..

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..and they’ve even found time to get creative this week (I can hardly believe it’s time again to create their decorative Halloween blocks)..

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Emma’s group had a great time meeting up with Hayley’s cycling fanatics at Abilty Wheelz and they are beginning to make real progress in developing Mr Fieldhouse’s sensory garden over at the school site – Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh eat your heart out..

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They’ve certainly been having fun back at Medtia too..

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Our Future Finders have been looking extremely smart this week and have been doing us proud, representing New Bridge in businesses across Oldham. This week some of the students have started their new placements at Oldham Leisure Centre and they really did get off to a fantastic start, successfully completing their induction including health and safety tests before joining their different departments in their brand new staff uniform..

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We also had a visit from Kellie, the manager at Premier Inn, who came to meet the team. She was really impressed by our students, so much so that she invited them to be ‘mystery shoppers’ for the morning before they started their placements. The students went over to the hotel for their induction and got stuck in with their fire safety tour and workbook before undertaking their mission….completing an undercover breakfast survey (how did I miss that?!) which meant they had to eat a full English free of charge!

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Mohammed also attended his induction at Royton Cars yesterday where he received his uniform – he is very excited to be starting his placement on Monday. Well done to all our Future Finders and good luck next week!!

We’ve also taken a trip to the job fair at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham which was a very productive networking exercise and the students loved talking to different businesses and collecting free advertising memorabilia.

Well, it has been another exciting week here at Medtia Square and my time has been focused on setting up everything in readiness for our café launch. The Atrium Coffee Shop and Eatery opens tomorrow for a staff event at First Choice Homes and we will be operating a full service from Monday.  We are looking forward to providing meals for our young people at Medtia and I am delighted to see that so many of them have decided to opt for our new daily hot food options. If you haven’t yet returned your letter to request hot meals you can still do this on Monday, just remember to bring in £2 each day and you can take your pick from a choice of three meals.

What do you think of our very fancy new coffee machine..

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I was lucky enough to attend the barista training yesterday and if it all goes wrong here at Medtia, I am fully trained and prepared for a career at Starbucks! Some of our young people will be starting work placements at the café next week and I can’t wait to update you on how everything goes..

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For our Key Stage 5 Pathways we have decided to focus on one group each week to give you a real insight into what it is like being here at Medtia. To start us off, we have a report from Lumenus…

Well, what a busy few weeks Lumenus have had! Our Key Stage 5 students have now officially moved into Medtia and the staff have made the studio into a fantastic place to learn, complete with a classroom area and a rehearsal and performance space – we even have some mirrors and lights to practise our theatre makeup! Just look at all the space..

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In preparation for our big New Bridge performance in the summer, the Key Stage 4 Lumenus group will be coming up to Medtia to complete costumes and props in lessons and, of course, for rehearsals too..

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We’ve looked at a number of performances and we have chosen Aladdin and Jasmine … we can’t wait for July (we have great plans for a flying magic carpet…..!!)

On Thursdays we are focusing on developing our performing arts skills and this term we are looking at what inspires us in Oldham. We started this by visiting Gallery Oldham – we loved the interactive parts of the gallery and found many interesting displays to stimulate our creativity, especially the life stories – wait and see what we develop over the coming months..

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Did we ever mention that we do love a bit of dress up..

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The diary is getting full of exciting opportunities for Lumenus including workshops with Dark Horse Theatre, going to see ‘The Grinch’ at Oldham College and performing at the Salvation Army in Shaw. We are keen to create links for our Performing Arts pathway and work in partnership with other professionals – if you would like to find out more, please get in touch!

Digit4ll will be bringing us all the details of their exciting new enterprises next week but you can find out more about what’s in store here.

Although Matthew has moved on from his role of Head Boy at school, he has agreed to continue writing his blog to give us a student’s view on ‘Pathway Life’ at Medtia – click here if you would like to read his first entry this year.

All that remains to say is have a wonderful weekend! Wish us luck for our big café open day tomorrow and keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates over the weekend!

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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