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Well, it is the last week of the first half term of 2017 for many of us here at Medtia and as ever, it has been full of activity. Gary’s group have been volunteering at the Link Centre café, they had a busy day with plenty of customers to serve and lots of cleaning to be done..

This week the young people attended a hate crime workshop at the Salt Cellar café where they learnt about what hate crime is and that it’s not just strangers who can be a danger but also people who are pretending to be your friend –  ‘mate crime’..

They also enjoyed browsing the library for books to borrow and read over half term to improve their English skills while on holiday. Finally this week they had a visit from the Brook at Positive Steps to discuss sexual health and ensure they all know how to stay safe in the future.

At Horizons, Emma’s group have had a busy week, making delicious cheesecakes..

..and doing an excellent job of tidying up afterwards..

They had a wonderful time in their dance class which this week was led by our newest member, Mia..

Welcome to Horizons, Mia!

Jeff and Shelly’s group enjoyed a visit into Oldham town this week which included a tasty treat at McDonalds. After fitting in a spot of shopping around the town centre, they stopped for a photo outside the new Odeon Cinema, somewhere that they are hoping to visit soon..

Jeff’s group have now nearly completed and sold out of Valentine’s blocks. They really do look great – well done to all of the young people involved in their creation..

They certainly made the most of some welcome sunshine at Ability Wheelz..

This week our Future Finders students have continued their placements are Oldham Library, Oldham leisure centre, Premier Inn, Age UK, the Atrium café and Plastics Direct. Gareth is becoming very independent, travelling to placement every day on his own and working with the staff really well at Oldham leisure centre. This week he has been learning to check people in and out of the gym using the computer. Callum W. has also worked independently at the Premier Inn doing the housekeeping and we have had excellent reports from staff saying how sensible he is and how well he has worked. A big thank you to all our placement providers for their continued support of our young people!

And now over to Mr Bright with an report from our technical whizz kids in Digit4ll…

This week in DIGIT4LL has seen the culmination of our Young Enterprise seasonal project for Valentine’s Day. Students on the IT pathway have been marketing, producing and selling chocolate filled wine glasses for sale. There were many tasks involved, from researching the cost of individual items such as wine glasses, chocolates, glitter, glue, ribbon to purchasing the items, designing the posters, sending out emails, creating the product and handling money at trading events. As you can see from the photos, the students have been hard at work!

This week Luke, Tom, Mitchell and Sophie set up a trading stall at the Trafford Centre and competed with other schools and colleges..

Although the trading event wasn’t our best in terms of the number of products we sold, the students really developed their social and presentation skills when interacting with customers. On the whole, the Enterprise is proving very successful with the total profit now being over £1,200 since September..

Elsewhere Lewis, Joshua, Eliot and Luke sold shares in the Enterprise to the New Bridge Group staff. All the shareholders will now be kept updated with how their shares are helping the Enterprise and more importantly what the return might be by the end of the academic year..

Finally, a huge well done needs to go to the three brave students, Tom, Jordan and Mitchell, who completed the ‘Dragon’s Den Presentation’ at a boardroom at the GMEX Centre in Manchester. As you can see from their faces it was a terrifying experience but one which will give them great confidence moving forward in the rest of their lives..

As Mitchell put it, “Going through that horrendous experience of Dragon’s Den means nothing will fear me ever again.”

Mr Bright would like to say a huge ‘thank you!’ to all the staff and students involved with Key Stage 5 DIGIT4LL for all their hard work and a very successful half term.

This morning I had the privilege of visiting the newest school to join the New Bridge Group, Spring Brook primary. I was invited to attend their ‘good news’ assembly where parents were also invited along to a presentation by each class to share their achievements over the last half term! The pupils did an amazing job and spoke with confidence and pride about their work. It is lovely to have Spring Brook as part of our family and I look forward to visiting again in the future.

For those of you having a week’s holiday, I hope you have a wonderful time.

Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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