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A big welcome back to all of the young people at Medtia after my lovely two week break and an extended Bank Holiday weekend. Although our pathway students and Future Finders have also been on holiday, it has been business as usual for our young people at Horizons and I have enjoyed looking at their updates on Facebook.

Hayley’s group had a great fun filled Easter week, they were busy making Easter cards..

..decorating their eggs before going on a Easter hunt (even though they then forgot where they had hidden some of the eggs before eventually finding them all!)..

They also made Easter biscuits and chocolate cakes..

..and played lots of games which they really enjoyed..

Jeff’s group have had another busy week. They’ve taken part in their usual dance session at Horizons..

..visited Ability Wheelz and made the most of the sunshine in the park..

..walked over to Oldham Leisure Centre for swimming and made some new friends on the way..

..before making a beeline for their favourite café..

..and had a great trip out to go bowling..

Shelley’s group have had a wonderful day out at Heaton Park..

Gary’s group enjoyed another visit to the art gallery on Thursday..

Emma’s group have celebrated James’ birthday this week and have been out and about as usual (I love the masks!)..

On Wednesday we had a fire drill at Medtia. The young people all coped incredibly well and remembered the protocols to follow when the fire alarm goes off in the building (and luckily it wasn’t raining!)..

Our pathway and Future Finders students have all settled back in well this week after their holiday and this term will be focusing on exams, transition into the next academic year and for many….finding jobs!

I am really excited to inform you that from September we will be launching a brand new Employability Pathway here at Medtia which will run as a full time pre-internship for students aged 16-19 who may be interested in moving into paid employment after New Bridge.

The Employability Pathway is a full time course and young people can join the pathway in Year 12, Year 13 or Year 14 and stay on the pathway for up to three years. This pathway has been designed as a stepping stone for young people interested in moving onto Bridging the Gap, Future Finders or into paid employment.

The curriculum offer includes a core of literacy, numeracy, ICT and a careers/Independent Living Skills programme over a period of two days. On the remaining three days, the students will participate in termly work placements with numerous employers across Oldham. Over one academic year, students will access three long-term placements for around 10-12 hours per week. Students will keep a portfolio of evidence and work towards an ASDAN Employability qualification. Placements will be diverse and varied and could include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Administration
  • Shop Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Waiter
  • Library Assistant
  • Retail Assistant
  • Leisure Attendant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Nursery Assistant

We currently work with many employers across Oldham including Premier Inn Hotels, Oldham Leisure Centre, Oldham Library, Beefeater Restaurant, Oldham Plastics, Tesco and many, many more. This new Employability Pathway will ensure that every student has many opportunities to gain real ‘on the job’ experience to prepare them adequately for the world of work. Placements will be chosen with the students to ensure that they are in areas of work that the students are interested in.

The pathway is currently by invitation only. Students will be selected by our pastoral teams and families will be contacted individually should we feel that your child is suitable for this course.

We do also offer weekly work experience opportunities to any student at New Bridge. If this is something that you are interested in for your child, please contact their pastoral manager or head of year.

This has been a great week for our Future Finders with lots of our students looking for jobs in their selected field. Everyone has settled back into their placements well or had fun starting their new ones. Our job coaches have also continued to liaise with multiple employers this week looking for potential jobs.

Callum Smith has found two volunteer placements which will hopefully continue after he completes his Future Finders this Summer. One placement is at a lunch club at Springlees Court and the other is a line dancing class, both for the elderly. Callum will be assisting with the running of both of these projects.

Our next success is Abdul who has now completed the recruitment process for the Whitegate Beefeater and started with his first official shift on Thursday 20th April. We wish Abdul all the best with his first official week at work and will continue to monitor his progress and keep you informed.

This week Mr Greenway brings us the latest news from our Key Stage 5 Activ8 pathway..

Activ8 had a very busy last half term. Some members of the group have been focusing on their GCSE PE qualification with both written pieces of self-evaluation as well as showing off their skills in their chosen sports for video evidence. On top of this they have been using both their own free time and some timetabled sessions to gain leadership experience for their Sports Leaders qualifications, as well as for the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards. Like I say, busy busy…!!

The lads spent their Super Learning Day delivering some fun Easter activities to the lower school at Hollinwood Academy. The group have a huge amount of leadership experience to fall back on, with some having been leading for 3 or 4 years now and they certainly put it to good use – not only did they plan all the activities, they shopped for the resources in Oldham town centre, made the cut outs for ‘pin the bunny tail’ and then delivered the activities expertly with the participants thoroughly enjoying themselves. Well done, boys!

Our rugby sessions have continued and the group are now starting to look a bit deeper into the workings of the game now that they are more than proficient at the basics of passing, catching, tackling etc. We looked this week at changing how they run at the defence to try and outwit their opponent. Some great bits of play resulted in the game at the end.

We have had some tired bodies return to us over the last few weeks from the practice DofE expeditions with the group undertaking some overnight camps in preparation for the gruelling 2 / 3 night full expeditions coming up in July. The groups had to practice putting up and taking down their tents in the wilderness and also cooking their own food using the trangias (portable pans and stoves).

Finally, I would like to remind you to sign up for our New Bridge lottery! The first draw is on Saturday 29th April and for just £1 a week you could be in with a chance to win not only a local prize but also a national prize open to all the schools involved of £25,000 a week! Most importantly, your support in this lottery will raise funds for all our young people. Please do sign up and tell your friends and family all about it too! Just visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for New Bridge or click here to go straight to the page.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!


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