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  • Primary 2 Sports Day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    Our third and final sports’ day of the year took place on Friday the 28th  June and was for our older Primary students.  The weather continued to impress, but even the glorious sunshine was outdone by our fantastic students!

    Students went around in their class teams and spent 10 minutes on each event.  The events were varied and fun and included:

    TARGET THROW:

    1) Velcro target throw

    2) Netball/Basket ball shoot out

    3) Bean Bag Can alley (knock the cans off the table with bean bags)

    4) Water pistol hoop targets (shoot water into hoops) 

    JUMPING: 

    1) standing long jump with tape measure

    2) High jump (over a pole balanced on cones)

    3) Hi bounce (Trampette, how many jumps can you do in the time)

    4) Ladders (jumping two feet into each hole)

    THROWING:

    1) Foam javelins (with tape measure)

    2) Bean bags (with tape measure)

    3) Basketballs (with tape measure)

    4) Knock Down Cans

    RACES:

    1) Sprint race

    2) skipping race

    3) Egg and spoon race

    4) Balance race (bean bag on head idea)

    5) Hurdles 

    6) Space Hoppers!

    RELAYS:

    1) Sprint race (the batons/high 5/bean bags)

    2) Skipping 

    3) Sack race

    FOOTBALL SKILLS:

    1) Football dribble (In and out of coloured spots)

    2) Penalty shoot-out (using football goals)

    3) Passing (pass backwards and forwards to a friend how many can you do in the time)

    It was a fantastic morning and a great end to our three day sports’ days!   Well done to Kirstie for planning and delivering Primary Sports’ Day...what a great success!

    Thank you everyone for your help and support with these events.

  • Primary 1 Sports Day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    Our second sports’ day of the year took place on Thursday the 27th June which was for our younger students and those with more complex needs.  Once again we were extremely lucky with the weather, albeit a little windy, but that added to the fun! 

    The morning took on more of a festival feel with lots of different stations set up on both our premises and also on Burgess Hill Academy’s 3Gpitch.  The extra space meant we could provide a variety of different stations, with many focussing on fun and sensory exploration!  We all had a great time!

    Students from our older generic primary classes and also some of our Key Stage 3 students supported our participants fantastically well; making banners, assisting specific classes and taking photos of the events! THANK YOU!

    It was a fantastic morning with the students right at the centre of it!  We cannot wait until next year!  Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!

     

  • Secondary Sports day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    On the 21st June, we held our annual Sports’ Day for students in Key Stage 3.  After weeks of wet weather, we were blessed with sunshine as our students jumped further, ran faster, tried harder and laughed louder as we all enjoyed a fantastic morning of sporting entertainment!

    Students (and staff!) competed in ten events including tag, long jump, sprint, target throw, high jump, archery, sack race, egg and spoon, and our all-time favourite...the dressing up race!

    It was a fantastic morning in front of a record crowd!

    A MASSIVE thank you to The Sports’ Leaders from BH Academy for all their help—you were AMAZING!

    The attitude, effort and sportsmanship was truly amazing and we really are proud of every student who took part.  There were however, individual medals which were awarded to each group for:

    -The person with the most points

    - The individual who truly represented the core qualities of what sports’ day is all about.

    Well done to everyone involved!

  • On Friday the 14th June, students and staff got kitted out and teamed together for this year’s Soccer Aid!  Students were encouraged to wear sporty attire with many choosing to wear the shirts of their footballing heroes, whilst raising important funds for this fantastic cause.

    Classes were then invited to participate in the longest football match in the history of Woodlands Meed.  Despite it being Secondary’ Activity week, almost all classes accepted the invitation to play a part in this one off match which lasted a staggering 4 1/2 hours! 

    It was a thoroughly inclusive event where the ball may have been changed on occasions to include wheelchair football and also our youngest students, but the level of enthusiasm and enjoyment remained the same!  Many goals were scored, plenty of saves were made, and it was all very entertaining for both those playing, and also those observing! 

    The marathon match was structured whereby each class was given a time slot.  When the next group arrived, the match did not stop; instead ‘rolling subs’ were used whereby students were removed and introduced to the match at such a speed that it did not hinder the pace or flow of the game!

    It was a fantastically entertaining match with plenty of skill and determination to admire by all who competed.

    Amazing passes, finesse shots, tough tackles, superb saves, glorious goals, team spirit, sportsmanship, endless fun...this match had everything!

    ...and the match could not have been any closer with the final score being Oranges 51:50 Blues.  Let’s hope the match on Sunday produces half as much excitement as our students did today!

  • Sports’ Leaders Rewarded For Excellent Golf Project!

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    Our sports’ leaders have been working really hard this year to develop their coaching skills, firstly with Bhasvic College, and more recently with Neil and Roy from JOLF as part of The GOSketch Project.  We have been very impressed with our years 9s and as a recognition of their achievements, our students travelled to Pyecombe Golf course for a morning of fun on the fairway!

    Our Sports’ Leaders donned their t-shirts, complete with their final designs, and used their own putters which they received for completing the project, to participate in a number of golfing activities. 

    Luckily the sun was shining and all students had a fantastic morning!  A great way to end a brilliant project!  We hope to offer this to our current year 8s next year!

  • Fast, Frenetic Fun at Fantastic Football Festival!

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    The Summer Holidays are almost in sight but that does not mean that the sporting opportunities for our students slow down...far from it!!!  On the 24th June some of our wheelchair users attending the twice annually football festival at The Triangle and run by Albion in the Community.

    The students participated in a number of activities which focussed on speed, control and fun!

     The students had an AMAZING time with the penalty shootout definitely being a firm favourite of all the activities that our brilliant footballers participated in!

     It was another fantastic sporting opportunity and definitely gets the ‘THUMBS UP’ from us!

     WE JUST LOVE WHEELCHAIR FOOTBALL!

  • Burgess Hill District Lions Club came to Woodlands Meed School assembly on Friday to present certificates and Amazon Vouchers to the winners of their ‘Peace in The Countryside’ Art Competition.  Thanks to the Lions for arranging this competition for local Burgess Hill Schools and well done to all those who took part.  It was a very difficult task for the Lions judging all the beautiful artwork!

  • Family Music Festival Hits Right Note raising £900!

    Published on Thursday 27th June 2019

    The sun shone on the first Friends of Woodlands Meed Family Music Festival this Saturday and a good time was had by all who attended.  With six live bands playing throughout the afternoon and DJ’ing by Burgess Hill Radio there was no shortage of music for all to enjoy. 

    The event was generously sponsored by Virgin Media, Cala Homes and local Estate Agent, Hunters and received lots of local community support, with Burgess Hill Bonfire Society providing the BBQ, The Golden Lions Children’s Trust as well as local author Helen Baugh, The Yellow Brick Lab and lots more attending to make it the special day it was.

    Organiser Kate Halls said ‘We are extremely grateful for all the help, sponsorship and support we have received from all involved for our first ever Family Friendly Music Festival. Each year, Friends of Woodlands Meed put all their efforts in to raising money for the school and college and we are so grateful for the support we receive to be able to put on events like this one. The event was a huge success and something we would like to build on for next year, it was fantastic to bring together parents, pupils and the wider community to enjoy the festivities’.

  • We are nearly at the end of the academic year and there have been many successes with regards to sport at Woodlands Meed.  One of our biggest successes is The Super 1s Cricket Hub that now runs every Wednesday after school.  It is funded by The Lord’s Taverners and is delivered by coaches from Sussex Cricket.  It not only attracts students from Woodlands Meed School and College, but also has members from the wider community. 

    It has been a thoroughly successful project that is now a well-established part of our Woodlands Meed sporting opportunities.  Members regularly attend and look forward to the weekly session where they have developed not only their cricket skills but also social skills as they have gained enormously in confidence and have made new friends.  Super 1s also gives students the opportunity to play in matches against other cricket hubs, something that its members really enjoy.

    We look forward to this fantastic Hub continuing next academic year where we know it will continue to grow and benefit the many people it attracts!

    Please take a few moments to visit a film that has been made to show the impact that The Super 1s Hub has had, with contributions from parents and the members themselves highlighting how important this club is to Woodlands Meed School and the surrounding Community.

    You can view the video on: https://twitter.com/LordsTaverners/status/1141021000391221249/video/1

  • 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. 

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