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  • Opening on Wednesday 19th June at 10am, in The Martlets Centre, Burgess Hill, is the W & B Enterprises Pop Up Shop.  The joint venture is collaboration between local SEND provisions, Burnside and Woodlands Meed, intended to showcase not just the fantastic creative and practical skills of the people involved, but as an example of partnership working at its best; with both services working towards common goals of community presence, inclusion and celebrating diversity.

    The name for the venture and the logo have all been created by Woodlands Meed Students and the people at The Burnside Centre and their advertising slogan of ‘Be the Future’ is a testimony to the importance of taking an inclusive approach in the workplace to those with SEND and learning disabilities.

    Enterprises forms part of the bespoke learning programme at Woodlands Meed College and a significant part of the activities offer at The Burnside Centre.  Students have the opportunity to take an active part in a variety of Enterprises to learn skills and build experiences relevant to the work place.  Horticulture, Up Cycling Furniture, Textile and Wood Crafts, Card Making and Cooking provide produce that students are able to market and sell to be able to fund further activities.

    Burnside is an innovative service, offering a range of dynamic, person-centred activities that encourage people to build links and social networks within their local community, whilst developing independence in their home. We are passionate about the service we provide, and work with people to support their views to live the lives they choose.

    Everyone who attends has agreed outcomes in-line with their personal ambitions and wishes; focusing on their individual skills, abilities, gifts and talents. 

    Woodlands Meed College students are supported in the development of their own decision-making abilities, nurturing the skills that will support their own sense of confidence and empower them to reach their individual aspirations and meet the challenges ahead.

    With a future in further education or their broader working lives, Woodlands Meed provide a bespoke learning programme for each student, within a highly supportive community with the focus firmly on their individual growth towards successful and confident adulthood.

    Woodlands Meed believe everyone deserves their own opportunity to truly thrive, enjoy the satisfaction of building confidence and look forward to their own unique future.

    Future projects to develop our College Enterprises include producing a local information magazine which is written, designed and produced by the students and sold locally to fund the next editions.  Showcasing the abilities and talents of those with special needs, it is hoped local business will support this venture and benefit from advertising or promotional articles written by the students to be included in the publication.  If you are a local business who might like to get involved with this project please get in touch – office@woodlandsmeed.co.uk.

    Browsers are most welcome at the W & B Enterprises Pop up Shop, open 19th, 20th & 21st June 10am – 3pm, The Martlets, Burgess Hill. 

  • A contingent of 41 pupils and 14 staff from Woodlands Meed Special Needs School in Burgess Hill travelled to the K2 in Crawley on 15th May to participate in the annual Sussex Parallel Youth Games. 

    The Sussex Parallel Youth Games is one of the highlights of Woodlands Meed’s sporting calendar, with over 40 students accessing the event.  The K2 in Crawley provides a fantastic arena where students with a variety of differing needs and abilities can participate alongside each other.  The Inspirational youngsters really showcased the achievements that are possible and showed that future is looking very bright for disability sport.

    The event sees students from all over Sussex competing in varied sporting activities including New Age Kurling, Boccia, Dance, Cricket, Street Soccer, Tennis, Golf and Swimming.

    Building on their successes at last year’s event, the students really gave it everything they had and their efforts were rewarded with some fantastic results.  In the pool the students went medal mad as they collectively won 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze, whilst on dry land the Street Footballers were undefeated as they won their bronze medal match, only missing out on the final as a result of a penalty shootout. 

    Penny Gittins, Sports Leader at Woodlands Meed commented ‘It is not only with regards medals that we measure our success; for almost a quarter of our students, they were experiencing The PYGs for the first time, and for some students it was their first inter-competition ever!  As always our students did us proud in how they were able to access such a large event, and their conduct and sportsmanship throughout was, as always, something we admire!’

    ‘The day was a massive success in every way you can imagine and I am so proud of every single one of our students who competed this year.  I love my job, and the area that gives me the greatest satisfaction is seeing students accessing sport that some never thought possible.’ 

  • On Monday 13th May, 17 students travelled to The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill for the years 6,7,8 football tournament run by Albion in the Community.

    Due to the popularity of this competition, we were able to field two sides, complete with subs.

    Woodlands Meed A. found themselves in a very tough group which pitted them against previous winners such as St Mary’s and Bowden House.  However, the teamwork and togetherness is to be admired, as they fought from the first to the last minute of these matches.  This hard work was then rewarded as Woodlands Meed achieved two wins in their last three matches, including a 5-0 goal fest against Grove Park.  Our top goal scorers during the tournament were Harvey with 5, and Ethan and Aaron with two goals apiece.

    Woodlands Meed B. were also an absolute credit to the school; demonstrating a steely determination and great sportsmanship throughout. 

    In their group, they found themselves competing against schools such as Lindfield, Grove Park, Angmering and Brantridge.  Again, it was a tough group but the whole squad applied themselves superbly throughout, with highlights including a 5-0 win against Grove Park, matching the achievements of our A team, and then earning the bragging rights as they beat our A team 1-0 in the penultimate match of the tournament.  Goal scorers for our B team included; Nathan C with two, Skeff with three, and Tom, Toby and Oscar with one goal each.

    We are very proud of all of our students who participated in this tournament.  However, special mention must go to:

    1. Ethan T (Woodlands Meed A)

    For his continued support of his teammates, playing in goal when required, leading by example and thoughtful play throughout.

    2. Harry M (Woodlands Meed A)

    For some fantastic saves, enthusiastically playing in any position asked and positively encouraging his teammates throughout.

    3. Toby G (Woodlands Meed B)

    For his never say die attitude, encouragement throughout, composed finishing and sportsmanship displayed without prompts.

    Well done to all our footballers, we could not be prouder of you!

  • On Wednesday 15th May, a massive 41 pupils and 14 staff travelled in convoy to K2 in Crawley to participate in the annual Parallel Youth Games.  It was a fantastic event with students from all over Sussex competing in varied sporting activities including New Age Kurling, Boccia, Dance, Cricket, Street Soccer, Tennis, Golf and Swimming!

    It is not an exaggeration to say that The Parallel Youth Games is one of the highlights of our sporting calendar at Woodlands Meed, and with over 40 students accessing this event, makes it by far the largest inter competition we enter.  The K2 in Crawley provides a fantastic arena where students with a variety of differing needs and abilities can participate alongside each other.

    It was hard to imagine that we could eclipse the success of last year’s event, but we really gave it everything we had with some fantastic results! 

    GOLF:

    Our golfers put into practice what they have learnt during their JOLF sessions by putting on a great show in front of staff and parents.  Well done guys!

    TENNIS:

    Our students played brilliantly during their tennis matches; demonstrating great skill and co-ordination.  They were VERY unlucky to finish just outside the medals.

    BOCCIA:

    Our Boccia Team encapsulated what the PYGs is about; showing great enthusiasm and team spirit throughout the tournament.  Well done!

    NEW AGE KURLING:

    Our NAK Team demonstrated vast progress since last year’s competition as they demonstrated a greater level of strategic thinking during their matches! 

    DANCE:

    Our dancers have done it again!  Not a dry eye in the house as they performed in the closing ceremony; dancing to The Greatest Showman (of course!)

    CRICKET:

    Our cricketers found themselves pitted against some tough opposition during this year’s PYGs, but they batted, bowled and fielded amazingly well, whilst also showing great team spirit throughout!  Well done boys!

    STREET SOCCER:

    Our footballers did amazingly well, getting through to the semi-final without conceding a single goal!  Our students were then faced with what can only be described as a bizarre penalty shootout  after a 0-0 draw in the semis (tiny pop-up goals and shots taken from miles away!) which we narrowly lost.  However, credit to the boys; they dusted themselves off and played superbly in the bronze medal match, winning 1-0 and finishing a creditable 3rd.  Well done!

    SWIMMING:

    All our swimmers made us extremely proud during The PYGs with each student getting a PB!

    Holly: Gold (Front Crawl)

               Gold (Back Stroke)

     

    Marlon: Gold (Front Crawl)

                    Silver (Back Stroke)

     

    Sammy: Silver (Front Crawl)

                   Bronze (Back Stroke)

    It is not only with regards to medals that we measure our success; for almost a quarter of our students, they were experiencing The PYGs for the first time, and for some students it was their first inter-competition ever!  As always our students did us proud in how they were able to access such a large event, and their conduct and sportsmanship throughout was, as always, something we admire!

    The day was a massive success in every way you can imagine and I am so proud of every single one of our students who competed this year.  I love my job, and the area that gives me the greatest satisfaction is seeing students accessing sport that some never thought possible.  This could be at school during intracompetitions, at events such as this, or even at clubs in their free time.  Barriers are there to be broken down, and with so much emphasis on ALL young people having access to increased physical opportunities, the future is looking very bright for disability sport, and how can it not be when we have so many inspirational young people that makes my role not a job but a vocational delight!

  • Woodlands Meed College student, Niamh, represented Albion in the Community Blues, under 16’s disability section, in the finals of this year's People's Cup, held at St Georges Park.  Woodlands Meed teacher, Ian MacDonald who helps train with Albion in the Community was there to help and support.  Ian commented on the day

    ‘Not only did Niamh play a part in every game she was the only girl in the tournament on Finals Day.  Playing at St George’s Park where England train was a particular honour and added to the occasion’

    Over 440 team were in the initial draw, with AITC Blues making it through to the final 6 teams.  AITC Blues came second after the mornings group games and in the afternoon they won their semi-final on penalties after drawing 1-1.

    The final was against the holders, a very strong Maidstone United team, who won after a very hard fought game 2-1.

    Niamh and Ian enjoyed an exciting day and were thrilled to have their photograph taken with the FA Cup which was on show in the arena during the event.

     

  • Teacher goes Bananas raising £1000 for School!

    Published on Tuesday 30th April 2019

    The Bananas in Pyjamas didn’t have any stairs to climb on Sunday but they did have 26.2 miles to run!

    Dressed as the Bananas in Pyjamas, teacher Tom Brown and his friend Andy Massingale ran the London Marathon, finishing with an impressive time of 3 hours 39 minutes, to raise funds for Woodlands Meed School and College in Burgess Hill.

    Tom is the Maths Lead Teacher at Woodlands Meed Special Needs School and College and he took on the challenge to fundraise for Woodlands Meed to help raise money to fund equipment and projects to help the pupils achieve their best.

    Tom commented on his achievement and motivation to take on the challenge ‘It was one of the best experiences of our lives. It was amazing. The support from the crowd was incredible. We were cheered all the way, singing the theme tune and shouting "Go Bananas!". We high fived thousands of fans and their energy and positivity made it a day we will never forget.’ 

    ‘I still Can’t believe the coverage we have received, Morning TV, BBC highlights,  Daily Mail online and Sky news to name a few.   We can't wait to do it again and make it an official world record next year. ‘

    ‘working at Woodlands Meed can be hard but it’s an extremely rewarding job.  It’s a pleasure to say I work here and that I get the opportunity to work with and teach a number of amazing children and young adults.  The pupils greatly benefit from the wide range of expertise, equipment and resources which help stimulate and motivate their learning. I am delighted to have been able to raise money to help support this and provide our pupils with the opportunity to be able to achieve their best.’

    You can make a donation to Tom’s Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tom-brown46

  • Last week students from the college site took part in the South of England Agricultural Society’s 21st Jim Green Challenge

    Read more at: https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/woodlands-meed-students-pipped-the-competition-at-jim-green-challenge-1-8858965

  • On Monday 18th March, Penny Gittins and Rob Alderman took a group of year 9 students to The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill to participate in the recent Albion in the Community Football Tournament. This is a very popular event, with no less than 17 teams entering this year’s competition with schools such as Saxon Mount, Grove Park, Manor Green, Cooksmere, St Mary’s, Down’s View, Lindfield and our very own Woodlands Meed College all being represented in what proved to be a very competitive tournament!

    Our boys got off to the perfect start with a convincing 4-1 win against Grove Park in their opening match; Harry T with the almost perfect hat trick, and Harry P supplying the finishing touch to a beautiful team move! We then faced much tougher opposition in Saxon Mount and Down’s View, albeit only losing by a respectable two goal margin in both these matches. We went on to play Manor Green, and despite the 0-0 score line, this was one of the best competitive footballing matches of the day with some great approach play, organised defending and last minute saves.

    Our boys narrowly missed out on a place in the quarter finals but there was still time for a ‘friendly’ between our School and College Site teams. As you may remember, at the last tournament The School Site were victorious as they claimed a 2-0 win. However, it was much closer today with The College Site earning the bragging on this occasion as they narrowly beat The School Site 1-0 in one of the shortest games of the day!

    The conduct of each and every one of our players is to be applauded! It was a pleasure to support them at this event and observe the fantastic team spirit and great sportsmanship throughout.

    Special mention must go to Harry P who received our Player of the Tournament Award! A fantastic achievement! Harry P received the individual accolade of Player of the Tournament for his team spirit, hard work, dangerous attacking play and his tracking back to help his team defensively ... well done Harry, you have had a great tournament!

    Another fantastic tournament; well done to everyone involved!

  • Woodlands Meed Super 1s Cricket Hub!

    Published on Monday 25th February 2019

    Woodlands Meed are very proud to announce the formation of The Woodlands Meed Super 1s Cricket Hub.  Super 1's is a community cricket club delivered by Sussex Cricket, funded by Lord's Taverners, which provides young people, aged 12-25, who have physical and/or learning disabilities with sporting opportunities.  As well as these competitive opportunities, members get access to regular physical activity and the participants are encouraged to make new friends and develop their independent life skills such as communication and leadership.

    The Burgess Hill Super 1's club is based at Woodlands Meed every Wednesday after school and forms part of a new West Sussex league where they will play matches against other Sussex-based Super 1’s clubs every 3-4 months.  At each club session, the coaches work with the participants to improve their cricket skills through a series of fun games.  Each session finishes off with a match to prepare the team for the next competition round. 

    Super 1’s is a national competition run by the Lord’s Taverners charity. More information can be found at this website - https://www.lordstaverners.org/super1s.  Woodlands Meed are very proud of the partnership that we have established with Sussex Cricket and look forward to all our joint ventures in the future!

  • Our Year 9 Sports’ Leaders have started their series of training sessions with students from Bhasvic College.  After the success of last year’s sessions, we were determined to continue with this setup.

    The format for these sessions consists of the Bhasvic students delivering some drills and activities that our students participate in.  These are then deconstructed and broken down into stages so that our students are able to deliver similar sessions to our younger students, whether it be during a playtime, as part of a PE lesson, running an Enrichment group or leading one of the activities at Primary Sports’ Day.

    Our students were put into two groups and completed two different warm up games; an old favourite ‘stuck in the Mud’ and the agility activity of Cups vs Mountains.  Our students did amazingly well, putting in great effort throughout that ensured they remained fully warm despite the cold weather!

    Once warmed up, our students spent twenty minutes on two different activities, and then swapped.  One activity focussed on developing a range of football skills but namely control, culminating in a small match at the end.

    The second activity concentrated on speed and coordination as students completed some simple obstacle courses.

    So far, the sessions have been thoroughly successful with students (and staff!) thoroughly enjoying the activities.  The Sports’ Leaders from Bhasvic are fantastic; they have already established a great rapport with our students, who are really enjoying this part of the week! 

    A special mention to The Friends of Woodlands Meed, who were pivotal is securing our Sports’ Leaders with their very own hoodies…They look amazing and our students really are wearing them with pride! 

    Another important thank you to BH Academy for loaning us their 3G surface for these sessions! 

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