17 Mar

Well today is the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and St. Patricks Day…surely a lucky day and a great opportunity to officially launch our brand new New Bridge local lottery. This lottery has been set up specifically to raise money and make a difference for our children and young people!

It’s a fantastic way to bring families, carers, staff and the wider community together, in partnership with our schools and other provisions, and at the same time to give something back. We hope to raise funds that can support and enrich the provisions for all our young people – we aim to provide extra resources and activities for them, as well as improving our environments.

It works really simply, you can sign up online to join our weekly lottery and draws take place every Saturday. Tickets are just £1 each and you are entered into two prize draws weekly. One is just for our school and the more tickets we sell, the larger the prize will be each week. You are also entered into a national school lottery with other participating schools each week and this lottery has a guaranteed prize of £25,000 a week!

So, now it’s over to you. Please tell your friends and family and spread the news of Oldham’s fantastic new lottery that will directly support our young people. The first draw will take place on Saturday 29th April and will then run weekly. You can sign up here. Your support is greatly appreciated and we wish you the best of luck!

Talking of luck, we have had a brilliant week with our Future Finders students and I am thrilled to report that Abdul has been taken on for a 3 week trial at a local hotel as a kitchen assistant. We are very proud of you Abdul and wish you every success in making an impression and gaining that permanent job! Here he is on his way to work for the first time..

Some of our other young people have also had interviews this week and they really are making a big impression on employers. It is just a matter of time before they secure paid employment.

At Horizons, Jeff’s group have had another busy week at Ability Wheelz..

The young people are enjoying seeing the flowers blooming in the parks and have been playing football and walking along the nature paths..

They have also enjoyed some community access which naturally included the odd visit to a few cafés..

..swimming..

..and another trip to Hollywood Bowl..

Hayley’s group have also enjoyed visits this week to Ability Wheelz, walks to the local shop and café and a lovely outing to Chadderton Hall Park..

They have also enjoyed their water activity, making plenty of mess..

To be fair, they did help with the laundry afterwards though..

Their baking skills continue to improve and this week they have made rocky road cakes which looked absolutely delicious..

The group have also worked hard on their stretches and exercises..

.. and enjoyed a great music session, playing instruments with friends and listening to others play music..

Emma’s group have been getting crafty this week as they enjoyed an art session to prepare cards for Mother’s Day..

A number of young people also visited Rollers Café in Oldham this week and this cinnamon roll looks amazing! I am very jealous…

Finally, I would like to congratulate all the young people from across the Group who came together yesterday to create their very own BBC News Report. It was a hive of activity here at Medtia as the building turned into our very own TV studios! Just look at this report from Mr Bright…

Today’s BBC School Report News Day saw the young people of the New Bridge Group fully involved……and what a day we had! Pupils came together from New Bridge School, Hollinwood Academy, Spring Brook Academy and Medtia Square to learn all about how the news is reported. The young people have demonstrated a real understanding of how the news is gathered, written and presented..

Pupils started at 9am researching stories of interest to them and pulling the key facts from each story. They then attended an editorial meeting to choose the 6 stories they would run with..

Pupils then had first-hand experience in interviewing, recording and writing the news. They learned how open questioning allows for more interesting responses and how the 5 W’s (What, When, Who, Where and Why) are important in every story..

Some of the pupils then presented their news stories ‘live-to-air’ in front of a green screen, just like at the BBC..

The young people have had a great day, working as a team and developing their social interaction skills whilst developing a deeper understanding of how news is constructed. The day has been challenging at times as the pupils gained an appreciation of the pressures when working to a deadline. However, they have really enjoyed being part of this experience and I am extremely proud of every one of them..

I would like to thank all the staff who have helped make today possible. Please take a look at our finished news broadcast..

The pupils have been in charge of every shot recorded, every word written and spoken, every technical feature used and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a joy to watch – well done, everyone!

Same time next year!

Wishing you all the best of luck this weekend, whether it be on the races or on our brand new lottery! Please do support us in this venture, it is open to all of your friends and family too! 2 lottos weekly for just £1 – a bargain!

Have a fabulous weekend,

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

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