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W/b 17/01/2022: OCR coursework, using money in real life situations, communication, social skills, life skills, travel training and the gym! What a week! See below for a selection of photos and scroll to see the travel training, home management skills and gym photos! Great week Year 14!

This week's travel training focused on Paige's intended route to SERC for next year. We caught the bus from Donagahdee to Bangor, walked to the necessary bus stop, and then travelled in to Ards. It was a really valuable exercise and everyone got to practice practice travel training skills. After having lunch in the town square we did the return journey with Paige leading the way... what an increase in confidence already! Well done!

Unfortunately we couldn’t get to work experience this week due to unforeseen bus cancellations. We did however manage to use this time to learn and practice some life skills! Everyone rolled their sleeves up and got involved, completing the tasks to a great standard! Every learner was able to push themselves to try out a skill they had never done before - SOOOO impressive! Well done everyone!

Our first week in our brand new classroom has been GREAT! Have a look at some of the activities we have been up to! Shopping, cooking, pedestrian travel training, reading, music, art, and a trip to the gym to name just a few of our challenges this week! Well done Year 14!

Leisure for Life. Bangor Aurora and Ward Park 🏃🏻‍♀️💪🦆👟🏃🏻

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Welcome Back Year 13&14

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Roles and Responsibilities in the Hive

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Leisure for Life. The public bus was not running but that didn’t stop the Year 13&14s running 🏃🏻‍♀️ 💪🏃🏻

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Key Stage 5 Christmas Dinner

Week 7: We have had such a busy and festive week! We practiced life skills by preparing and cooking vegetables for the Christmas dinner, followed instructions for the meat, and Christmassy-fied the common room! It really was a magical festive feast, and everyone should be very proud for contributing so well… both before and after the meal!

Week 6: We began the week with a really fun, messy and new experience! After writing shopping lists and doing some local shopping, we came back to school and made our own sausages and Yorkshire puddings! YUM!!! We also did lots of life skills such as using the washer, dryer, dishwasher, washing the floors and sweeping up. On Tuesday we were learning all about local artist Terry Bradley and had our last session with Louise from Orchardville. On Wednesday we went travel training to Bangor and MET Terry Bradley at his gallery! It was such a great day! Thursday was our last day at the Elim before Christmas so we had a fab celebration - doing karaoke on the stage! Stay tuned for some video evidence!!! And look below for some footage from the gym this week too! Well done year 14 for another fabulous week! :)


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Leisure for Life 🏃🏻‍♀️🧗🏻‍♀️👍💪🥊

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Week 5: we started the week by decorating The Hive for Christmas! Charlie joined us for our last session of First Aid training. We cooked some pasta YUM safely and effectively using the new kitchen equipment! We did some Christmas crafts - cutting fabric and sewing up stockings! They look great! On Wednesday we went travel training to Newtownards - we visited the Town Hall to see an art exhibition and took note of prices for next week’s Christmas Dinner at the shopping centre. At work experience we were creating Christmas hampers for Bangor Foodbank. It felt SO good to be doing something for such a worthy cause and everyone worked super hard to get as many hampers done as possible- WELL DONE YEAR 14! On Friday we couldn’t visit the Aurora because of storm damage so we did lots of exercise in school instead. Well done to everyone for trying their absolute hardest!

Week 4: we started the week with some community artwork- decorating Rainey’s Chippy window for Christmas! This was a great fun challenge which everyone got involved with, and the outcome was just amazing! Have a look at some of the photos below, or take a look for yourself next time you’re in Donaghadee! Mr Rainey was very impressed and gave us some yummy sausage suppers to thank us! Big thanks to Mr Rainey! We have been doing some coursework, and some travel training into Bangor to practice our shopping skills, as well as creating some marvellous Christmas Crafts at work experience, and another gym session! Phew what a week!

Week 3: we moved in to our new building on Monday! Woohoo! We celebrated with a pizza party! We did some travel training and went to Bloomfield shopping centre…. And bumped in to Mrs Whyte!! We worked hard at the Elim as ever, and finished the week with a super trip to the gym! Great job everyone!

Week 2 - what an amazing week! We did some certified First Aid training, created adverts for Source Cafe, went shopping to fill the cupboards in our new building (which we will be moving in to on Monday!), met some Amazon animals, went to work experience (check out that sensory session!), and had a great work out at the gym! Phew!!! Have a fab weekend everyone!

Our first week back at school after the half term holiday was jam packed as ever! We did some coursework on Tuesday, then did some travel training on Wednesday- we got the bus to North Down and Ards Museum (and the castle gardens)! On Thursday we did our work experience at the Bangor Elim - we helped out at the food bank and baby bank, and we were visited by Jeffery Donaldson! On Friday we usually go to Bangor Aurora Gym, but due to a cancelled bus service we had to stay in school instead… we had a Birthday party for Toby and Bradley, used our outdoor gym equipment, and visited our new KS5 building!!! What a fab week!

KS5 view their Hive!

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Week 7 and our final week before the half term Halloween holidays! We started the week by doing some writing about our targets for the year. We did draft copies and used iPads to word process our work. We had a real treat when Mrs. McBratney cam to teach our class! We did some fun Halloween activities including carving and painting pumpkins. Our travel training took us to Newtownards to explore the SERC site and do some window shopping… Mrs McB doesn’t look too impressed with the football shirt!! Scroll down the page to see more photos from this week, at our Elim work experience and end of term fun. I hope everyone has a fantastic and well-deserved half term break! - Miss L

As it is harvest time, we had lots of food donations to sort through at the food bank during our work experience! Big thank you to everyone at the Elim Church for Toby’s early birthday celebration too!!

On Friday we didn’t go to the gym this week… instead we had our end of term/Halloween celebrations! Big thanks again to Elim for giving us some nibbles for the party, and to Jazmin’s mummy for this this yummy cake!

Week 6 - we did a great variety of activities this week, including baking (and eating!) pancakes, celebrating Harry’s Birthday, money work, travel training, road safety and of course work experience and the gym! Enjoy looking through our photos!

Week 6 work experience - we split into groups and did car valeting, organising at the food bank, and customer service in the cafe shop!

Week 6 at the gym - this was our last session at Aurora this half term and everyone gave 100%! Great effort everyone!

We finished the week with a trip to the Walled Garden before heading back to school. Well done for another great week everyone!

Week 5 already! This week we did a variety of subjects, including money work, communication and some of our OCR coursework.

Week 5: for Travel Training this week we went to Bloomfield Shopping Centre. We had to plan ahead and estimate the prices of shopping lists. We managed to budget well and totalled exactly £5! Yay!

Week 5 at Bangor Elim work experience. We even had a visitor in the form of Mr Millar

Week 5 at the Bangor Aurora gym… we did some cardio and then worked out our upper or lower bodies. Great effort from everyone, well done!

Week 4 already! We did some great reading and writing using iPads. We did a great music session with Mrs Hammond. We did some sunny travel training, and some money work in numeracy! What a great start to the week!

Week 4 work experience at Bangor Elim Source Cafe. Jim is a professional car valeter and he gave us a workshop on how to clean a car! We also did some cafe role play and started work serving/ taking orders! Well done everyone!

Week 4 at the Aurora and we all worked up a sweat doing a spin class! Phew!

Week 3 - we started the week with some work towards our numeracy, communication and travel training qualifications. Take a look at some of our photos to see us working with money, using iPads for reading, finding our way around town using maps, taking part in social games, and finding “indicators” while pedestrian Travel Training! Mrs Hammond even treated us to a trip to The Stormy Cup! Thank you!

Week 3: on Thursday we were back at Bangor Elim to do our work experience at the food bank and baby bank. It was all hands on deck to move some of the larger donations too! Well done everyone for your continued work for this very worthy cause!

Week 3: a great time had at Bangor Aurora! Some serious work outs followed by showers and lunch! Our travel training on the bus went well too! Great work everyone!

Week 2- We have had such a fabulous week, trying out our full time table! At the start of the week we did some work towards our OCR qualifications. On Thursday we visited Bangor Elim Church to explore our new work experience venue. It was great to meet our new 'employers' and friends. We are all very excited about the opportunities we will have with them in the coming weeks and months (and we had the BEST time on our initiation day!) On Friday we did some public transport travel training, and got the bus to Bangor.  From here, we walked to the Aurora Gym. We had a tour of the gym and facilities, and did a short work out session. From next week, the work out will be longer so remember to bring a towel and change of clothes! Have a look below at some photos from our fabulous experiences this week!

Week 1: Well team… what a fabulous first week back! We had a really varied timetable with arts and crafts, lots of sports and we even started some of our OCR units! Great to see everyone getting involved in all the activities and working so well together! Next week we are all REALLY looking forward to starting our placements at the Elim cafe and food bank, and visiting the gym too! We have SO much to look forward to this year, and I know it’s going to be just great!