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This week at Medtia has been as busy as ever and our groups around the building have had another action packed week of activities and learning. Jeff’s group enjoyed a wonderful community access afternoon out – first stop was to the bank to get some money..


..followed by a stop at the golden arches for a brew..

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They rounded the afternoon off with a stroll through the Spindles before walking back to Horizons..

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They’ve also been hard at work keeping the grounds around Medtia Square looking presentable..

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I am now handing my blog over to the Activ8 lads who will be telling you all about their time here at Medtia so far. Over to you, Mr Greenway…

Our Activ8 Key Stage 5 ‘men’ moved to Medtia Square in September in pursuit of the wide range of facilities on offer around Oldham. While the staff had hoped that this would include OCL’s sports centre and local gyms, the boys have taken this to mean McDonalds, KFC and Yum Yums jerk chicken!! We have revisited our lessons on sporting nutrition as a result…

The group have really enjoyed the freedom that Medtia offers and are showing real maturity in going out for lunches and integrating with other pathways at lunchtime should they choose to remain on site.

On Mondays and Tuesdays our time is spent concentrating on our core subjects of Maths, English and IT. All these lessons take place in our Medtia classrooms which Activ8 have personalised to give them a more sporting feel with posters and pictures around the respiratory system, nervous system and various exercise slogans and motivational posters..


Our real work begins on Wednesday morning when we join together with our Key Stage 4 Activ8 teammates and embark on our Duke of Edinburgh lessons which this week involved a trek across the moors of Saddleworth, undertaking a section of the Oldham Way..

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The group walked a total of 5.5km from Denshaw to the top of Marsden moor. A windswept day had some of us struggling with keeping hold of our maps. Map reading is a huge part of our Duke of Ed lessons to ensure that we follow the paths and don’t wander off course when we are on our qualifying expeditions later in the year..

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The group learn about many facets of life as part of our DofE lessons and it is a hugely valuable qualification to have. The teamwork on show on Wednesday was a joy to see, not only within the group but also helping other members of the Learning Centre group who join us..


Wednesday afternoons are another highlight of the week. Last year we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to play full contact Rugby League. Currently Activ8 are the only group in school who play contact rugby and they respond to the trust shown in them to do this sensibly and safely..

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Mr Greenway ensures our first few weeks concentrate on learning the correct techniques for tackling safely and falling to protect yourself..

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We are also looking forward to what is now our annual ‘lads night out’ to the Super League grand final at Old Trafford on Saturday. Pictures and a report to follow next week…!!

Thursday is another very ‘Activ’ day as we take a trip down to Alexandra Park to be put through our paces by Mr Lawrence as we undertake the challenge of ‘park run’, concentrating on different aspects of fitness and again joining together with our younger Key Stage 4 teammates..


This week we concentrated on interval training using the stairs as our ‘work station’ and resting on the loop round..

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Thursdays continue with our trampolining lessons with Mrs Tootill at school..

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..followed by swimming..

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The boys worked especially hard this week and showed fantastic teamwork and leadership skills throughout, well done! We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome back Nathan after his ‘loan spell’ at school.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates from Activ8 as the year progresses..

We also have another update from Mr Bright and it sounds like Digit4ll are shaping up to be candidates for ‘The Apprentice’ in future years. Lord Sugar could learn a thing or two from these boys..

This week we have been bringing lots of things together in our IT pathway to help promote our enterprises: New Bridge Productions and New Bridge Printers.

Afsana, Mitchell, Sufyaan and Reece had a meeting with Mr Slater this week to build a database of useful business contacts to get in touch with. They then researched local companies online and drafted an email to send..



Our creative team have been filming and editing a promotional video for ‘Future Finders’ using top of the range equipment in the green screen studio and the post production suite. As you can see, Lewis, Matty, Sufyaan and Eliot have all been hard at work..


The project is well underway and we will share the final video with you all in a few a weeks time.

Tom is designing an animated logo to go at the beginning of every one of our video products. He has been using Adobe After Effects software and is demonstrating some really high level skills in keyframe animation. We will share the final logo very soon..


Our design team have been hard at work too. This week we updated our new flyer – please spread the word that we can provide personalised mugs, t-shirts and canvases. We’ve also had a few jobs to print off this week; Sophie is taking a lead on in the printing area and is doing extremely well..

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If you require any printing solutions contact nbprinters@newbridgegroup.org


For a video created for any occasion it’s nbproductions@newbridgegroup.org


I would like to finish this week’s blog by once again thanking the young people and staff who continue to work so hard at The Atrium. We are as busy as ever and the young people are doing an amazing job on placement. Mohammed, one of our Future Finders students, has done particularly well this week – he has been trained up to prepare food and can be seen here making pies! Great work!


I’d also like to thank Andrew who has been working with me over lunch times to help serve the meals. I would have been lost without him this week, he is the consummate professional and provides excellent customer service which is probably why we received a 4.8 star rating for customer service in our recent customer survey!

We’re also looking forward welcoming families to our coffee morning at Medtia Square on Friday 21st October. It will be lovely to spend time with you all and show you how our new centre is shaping up  🙂

Have a great weekend,

Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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