20th -24th March
Work on Shape in Maths this week, we have really enjoyed building 3D shapes and looking at their properties ready for assessment work. We also had a transition visit to West Notts College. These visits really help our students get a taste of college life and what its like...we are very grateful to West Notts for doing these for us.
13th -17th March 2017
Back to lessons and normal routine after a very busy week at White Moor Lakes. We were all pretty tired so we had a gentle PE lesson exploring Rufford Abbey.
White Moor Lakes Residential.
Finally the bags are packed the mini buses are ready! Our students have been so excited about going to White Moor Lakes for this years residential. Lets hope we all come back in one piece.............
What an amazing week, check out how brave we all were.
20th -24th Feb 2017.
Well done to everyone for working so hard this week. We have completed the assessments for functional skills English, maths and ICT. By doing it now we can see if we have passed if not we can have another go in May and work on plugging the knowledge gaps before then. You all worked very hard and were very sensible and mature.
6th - 10th Feb 2017
We welcomed the Evolve Trust back again this week, this time they were working with our students individually to help them experience what it is like to have an interview. This is so important as we look to moving on to college or employment. A big thank you to the ET staff who spent the whole morning interviewing. Our students enjoyed talking to you and have learnt a lot about how best to present themselves well done to all.
A very special well done to Georgie Ancliffe who this week attended a day at West Notts College, spending time working with the course she will be joining next year. We are so proud of you Georgie for getting the maths and English grades to get on the course.
We had a great day on 7th Feb it was Friendship day. Check out the Wollaton Class page for Photos.
Have a great half term everyone see you in a week!
30th Jan - 3rd Feb 2017
Starting to think about where we can move on to after Bracken Hill we had a great visit to Portland College. Thanks to the staff for showing us around and making us feel welcome.
20th -27th January 2017
Brilliant workshop this week from the Evolve Trust working with our students on interview skills, thank you so much to Catherine and Annette for such a great session that we all enjoyed and learnt so much.
Don't forget next week is 'Secret Angel week ' where we all have that one special person to look after secretly for the week. Can you guess who is your angel?
16 th - 20th January
A good week for all. We have started working with an outside agency to promote healthy lives and healthy living. This will take place in our PE lessons over the next four weeks.
Some great work in maths and independent travel this week well done everyone.
4th - 13th January 2017
Welcome back we hope you all had a great holiday. Now its back to the business of getting on with learning.
Can we remind all our Year 13 students that college applications should now be discussed with staff at school.
This term we will be making visits to various colleges, working with the Evolve Trust to help you with choices and interview techniques. Working on healthy life styles in PE and thinking about Friendships in PSHE. Its going to be a busy term.
Last days before Christmas
Secret Santa, making our own decorations, Christmas dinner at a local pub... its been a really lovely end to a great term. Merry Christmas Everyone.
12th -20th December
Sam and Ryan have taken on the great job of clearing the over grown area to the back of college with the view to replanting in the spring. Thank you for all your hard work boys.
5th - 9th December
We have spent this week preparing for Christmas around the world. We had to investigate what happened in Poland at Christmas so our ICT skills came in very useful.
5th - 9th December
Another hard working week with the bonus of a PE session walking at Clumber Park. A truly beautiful place. We visited the church where we met Dave the guide. Students introduced themselves and asked amazing questions about the Church, the art gallery and had some pre Christmas fun. Many of us had not been before. We were also able to watch some very talented artists painting out in the open.
Check out the lovely photos we took.
PE Monday 28th November .
We had an amazing time walking in Sherwood Forest. Visiting the Major Oak and taking some beautiful pictures of the trees.
28th Nov - 2nd December.
Thoughts in Post 16 has started to look towards Christmas. We helped out towards the school Christmas fair but being Santa's little helpers. We sorted and measured out sweets and bagged them ready for Santa to hand out.
21st - 25th November
Watch out for those coughs, colds and sick bugs.....they seem to have arrived at Post 16. Please can we remind parents and carers that if students are not 100% then the best place for them is at home getting better and not in school. If students have experienced any vomiting or diarrhoea please make sure that 48 hours have past since the last episode before they return to school.
Its lovely to know just how amazing our students are and this week we can't praise them enough. With high levels of staff sickness its not been easy but the students have been amazing...well done crew.
One of the worst days of winter weather on Monday meant PE very definitely needed to be indoors....so we tried Combat exercise using cyber coach....totally amazing....check us out.....
14th -18th November
The weather on Monday was beautiful so we were all very pleased that our PE lesson on Monday afternoon was a winter walk in the woods. We looked at Autumn Colours and Olivia Watson took some beautiful photographs....she is very talented with her camera.
On Wednesday morning both Wollaton and Kelham class attended a health and wellbeing event at the health centre in Kirkby. It was very informative about exercise and healthy eating. We all took part in sitting down aerobics which everyone enjoyed.
7th - 11th November
Another busy week at Post 16. We have been thinking about what we would need to do if we were organising a party. What information would we need to put on the invitation? Students have been helping each other and assessing each others work.
This week we made our first visit to an FE college as we think about what to do and where to go when we leave Bracken Hill.
We really enjoyed our visit to Vision West Notts College. We looked all around at the different departments and even had a look at the SPA!
31 October - 4th November
Another busy week at post 16. In ICT we have started designing a poster to advertise our Christmas dinner. In Maths groups are working on measuring and rounding up.
Monday afternoon's PE lesson was at Sherwood Pines tackling some Orienteering and practicing our map reading skills.
17th -21st October.
Its been a great half term and everyone has worked so hard. We have had a fantastic day today, the whole of post 16 have enjoyed working together today finding out all about the Hindu religion and Diwali..
Happy Holidays to you all don't forget inset day on Friday.
10th -14th October.
Another busy week, rain stopped us orienteering round the school but a great game of bench ball in the hall with Wollaton Class was a great
Great work in English and Maths.
3rd -7th October
Another good week , we are working hard in maths and English and we have also started to do well with our orienteering in PE. In maths we had a great day looking at space shape and measure.
26th -30th September 2016
We know our number bonds.....we are showing them in as many different ways as we can think of.
Welcome back to everyone. Its a new academic year and we have got off to a great start.
All the staff would like to wish all our students a very happy holiday, see you all in September
Checking Out Local Facilities.
A lovely afternoon spent at our local park, looking at the facilities and also checking out the venue for Orienteering next term. We enjoyed an ice cream and used our maths skills to work out the cost and change.
Great fun with our work on India, we learnt loads about famous Indian people, foods, religion and tradition. We really enjoyed Indian fashion!
We are looking forward to working together as the new Kelham class. Welcome to Amiee. Amy-Jayne, Josh, Daniel, Olivia and Thomas.
13th June - 30th June 2016
With exams well and truly finished at Bracken Hill College this has meant turning our attention to the sad fact that our year thirteen students will soon be leaving us. Many have been part of our Bracken Hill family since they were four years old.
We all looked forward to our Prom event on Friday 24th June. It was a slightly new venture for us, as we decided to use the newly opened Diamond Centre in Kirkby in Ashfield as our venue for the first time, a centre run for and by people with additional needs and a place that we have started to build a good relationship with.
We also decided this event would be exclusively for our Post 16 students. We wanted them to feel special and experience that end of school Prom just like so many other schools do these days.
The sun shone, students arrived looking amazing and the centre was beautifully decorated especially for us. We all had an amazing time. I would personally like to extend my sincere thanks to the Diamond Centre for being superb hosts and making the evening so special for the students.
To the Post 16 TA’s who worked so hard to sort out all those little details.
To all the staff who came and supported the event and finally to the students and you their parents, carers and friends for helping them to all look so lovely and arrive in style. It was a fabulous night and yes we will do it all again next year.
On Monday 27th June we all sat down together at Bracken Hill College to share a final lunch. We all contributed and looked at our Prom photos before heading out for our last PE lesson as Post 16.
Tuesday 28th June saw all of Post 16 head off to Sherwood Pines. We had a great day shelter building, making woodland sculpture and Orienteering. The weather was kind to us and our activities were a great way to show our co-operation and team work skills.
So now its just the leavers assembly and then a very sad farewell to our year thirteens.
We will miss you all and wish you all the luck in the world. You are all moving on from Bracken Hill to new challenges at different colleges. We want you to know we are immensely proud of your achievements and look forward to welcoming you back to collect your certificates at the celebration evening in the autumn term.
Photos to follow
We hope you all had a really good half term. Now its back to work. We will be doing the OCR functional skills ICT exams this week and then that's it folks, its all over, no more exams.
Dates for your dairies:
Friday 24th June - The Post 16 Prom. Don't forget to buy your tickets. If there is anyone who has any questions or needs help regarding transport please get in touch via the email link at the bottom of this page.
Tuesday 28th June - Post 16 Trip to Sherwood Pines - letters to follow.
Thursday 30th June - Year Thirteen Leavers assembly -letters to follow.
23rd - 27th May.
Well done to all our students for getting through the dreaded maths exam. You all worked very hard.
16th - 20th May.
Just one week to go before the dreaded maths exam so we thought we do some really practical maths looking at how we measure area. Great work this Monday . Well Done.
On Tuesday afternoon Mrs Rawson(English) organised a really informative talk about supported apprenticeships from Prospect Training. Lots of useful information, but the best bit for us was being told by the trainers that they had never met such a friendly polite bunch of students who made them feel really welcome. I know I'm bias and am totally proud of you all every day but now I have proof its not just me !
Our assembly on voting is on Thursday pictures of our acting skills to come...possibly even a bit of video if Mrs Swain can get to grips with the Ipad!!!!
9th - 13th May 2016.
Good Luck to James and Katie as they both attend college interviews this week.
A bit of light relief for all of post 16 this week as we head off to the Odeon in Mansfield to see a film together.
These events are so important to help our students to prepare for a more independent life. As a group we investigated the location of the cinema and what films we could watch. We discussed ticket prices and how we would get there.
As we all wanted to be together we had to take a vote to decide which film we would all see which for all of us was a lesson in how democracy works. This gave us some ideas for our school assembly that is coming up at the end of the month. We have to talk about voting!
2nd - 6th May 2016
We are still on count down to our two exam weeks. Maths exam week is week beginning the 23rd May. ICT exam week is the week after half term , week beginning 6th June. Please make a note on your calendars.
Work Experience 2016.
All 28 students in Post 16 were able to take part in our work experience week. 21-24th March 2016.
We are incredibly proud of their achievement, their hard work, polite manners, dedication to the job ( some even did over time!) and self confidence well done everyone.
25th - 29th April.
We are all working hard this week. Four weeks to go before our maths exam week. Our D of E group is also working hard to get prepared for their practice walks and then final expedition.
18th -22nd April 2016.
We have all enjoyed the Easter Break. Now its time to get back to work and preparing for those all important maths, English and ICT exams and preparing students for the next step in their lives and education.
We enjoyed a great day this week provided to us by the Evolve Trust. A fantastic group of successful entrepreneurs and members of the business community who give up their time and expertise to come and run work shops for our students to help them develop those skills that will help them in the job market.
Thank you Keith, and Catherine.
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