News & Stars and Kittiwakes from John & the PHS Team! Friday 5th July 2024

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Our This Is Me Festival

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday! And a lovely one it is here too, with the sun shining and our This Is Me Festival in full swing. It鈥檚 a great day, one of the best in the school year

Also, some of our children have been busy. Last night the John Muir group were on BBC news! Well done to Jack and Bobbie for taking part in interviews. We should also be on ITV news over the weekend as well as being in the chronicle and PH media.

Watch it below:


Elsewhere there鈥檚 loads to look at with pictures from work experiences, trips and elsewhere, along with some brilliant Stars of the Week, and a reminder about next week鈥檚 Prom!!!!!!! Maybe see you there!!!

Please do have a read of this blog or any of the others, and enjoy. Thanks for your support, and all the best for a lovely weekend. All the best


馃槉 from John & the PHS Team 馃槉


Let鈥檚 hear from our three Super Steering Groups which deliver our Key Drivers through the curriculum 鈥

Communication, Wellbeing and Independence


Becky, our Literacy Lead, is going to get us going! It鈥檚 always good stuff! This week 鈥 some great things about outdoor spaces, and activity packs for parents about ELS

You may remember seeing Hannah’s Book Nook in the Outdoor Learning Area last week, which the students were thoroughly enjoying being able to explore. Well this week we caught up and set up the second outdoor reading area or ‘Book Nook’ in ‘Teletubby Land’. Despite the wind the students were very enthusiastic in helping us get set up, whilst exploring new and familiar books. Staff and students are welcome to explore the books in there in breaks or sessions, and the idea is that there will be a book for everyone with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, lift-the-flap, touchy-feely, musical, chapter, comic….. hopefully all the bases are covered and we will continue to mix it up each term/ season

A lovely addition to our outdoor space in time for the last few weeks of term (and hopefully some sun!)

In other news, if parents have requested an ELS home activity pack they will be sent out early next week as the final touches are being added! We’ve planned a mix of games and information for parents so it doesn’t feel like a chore to keep practicing phonics at home. If you haven’t replied but are interested please contact your class team and let us know

Personal Development

Another one of the best things about our school! Let鈥檚 hear from Jo and the team about the This Is Me festival, which shows what we鈥檙e all about, and is happening today! We鈥檒l have more about it again, and we鈥檝e written about it a few times here too, but in the meantime, have a look at some lovely pictures from Hannah鈥檚 class

Hannah鈥檚 class getting ready for and going to the Festival 鈥 This Is Me!


Physical Development

And of course everything that is fabulous in the world of Physical Development too! This includes physio, hydro, MOVE, PE, HI, VI, a lot of OT and all sorts of key areas for us, including all of the Outdoor Learning, John Muir Award and many other aspects鈥

Let鈥檚 start with something that the OTs work on a lot 鈥 sensory issues! A swing!

And now a bit about Rebound Therapy from Beth!

This week a team of staff were trained by ReboundTherapy.org to become trainers themselves. This means we can provide in-house training to staff which will allow even more pupils to access Rebound Therapy. Rebound Therapy uses the trampoline to provide opportunities for movement, therapeutic exercise and recreation for people across virtually the whole spectrum of additional needs

We use our Rebound Therapy sessions to provide cognitive challenge, develop communication skills, promote independence, aid wellbeing and improve gross motor skills. The therapeutic effect of the trampoline has many benefits on our bodies too, but above all, it is really fun

Rebound Trainers who will help many pupils with this exciting method


Something very nice from Andy

Joseph and his Mum have very kindly donated a Toniebox! Joseph鈥檚 Mum applied for a grant through a company called Foresters and bought it using this money, to donate to school

The Toniebox is a digital audio player for children which combines songs and stories with a unique element of play in an intuitive and durable unit for children. 听Just place a Tonie character on the box and the audio plays. There are no buttons or screens and children can choose from a wide variety of different Tonies, each with their own collection of songs and stories.

It’s easy to use, engaging, and best of all, a lot of fun 鈥 great for storytelling and improving listening and choice making skills.

Work Experience! With Louise!

Work experience at the Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

This year, over 100 students from the Northeast region applied for an opportunity at the Live Theatre in Newcastle for a 鈥淏ehind the Scenes of a Theatre鈥 work experience week where only 15 places were available. After completing a very enthusiastic application Logan received the amazing news, he had secured an opportunity! 鈥淚 can鈥檛 believe I managed to get a place. I鈥檓 so pleased as it鈥檚 my first work experience.鈥

Logan had an anxious start to the week, though settled in with support from school. Throughout the week he had practical taster sessions to explore roles within the performing arts sector. 鈥淚 met lots of people like graphic designers, script writers, developers and producers who worked in different jobs and tried some of the tasks they do. I even sat on the front desk in the box office.鈥听 Towards the end of the week, he supported a small group of children to create and perform a Live Tales production.


Helen Green, who arranged and facilitated the work experience project gave fantastic feedback on Logan鈥檚 contributions during the week. She commented:

Day One听 – 鈥淎t the beginning of the week, like everyone else, Logan was quiet and a bit nervous as were we as the staff team鈥.

Midweek – 鈥淟ogan worked brilliantly with others to help complete tasks 鈥 he was a valued team member and showed particular strength with tech-based tasks. Logan is very capable and made very creative contributions to the group,鈥

Placement review 鈥 鈥淟ogan should feel less apprehensive and more confident in his ability to meet and connect with new people. He is really good at it and has a natural ability to make people feel at ease. He has a cracking sense of humour and should consider work-based roles that involve working with others, he is a great team player. Logan needs to hear and believe all of these things and has to have belief in himself and the positive impact he has on others. He鈥檚 Champion!鈥

Throughout the week Logan experienced hands-on experience of all the different roles needed to run a theatre.


鈥淚 got to meet a lot of people who work in the office. There were creators, developers, productors, financial and graphic technology departments. I even sat on the front desk in the box office.鈥


Towards the end of the week Logan had found his place, working alongside the Live Theatre marketing, creative and production team was his comfy. Logan finished the week by supporting a small group of young children to create a live tale 鈥渁 first taste of action story.鈥

鈥淚 loved the experience of writing a script to perform a play with all my new friends.鈥


Logan thoughts reflecting the Week

I had a brilliant time throughout the week. I really enjoyed watching my first ever theatre production. I loved the lightening effect, but it could be made to be simpler. Technology is so advanced these days. I think I would like to be more involved in producing and directing than acting.

Safeguarding Updates 鈥 this week, recording things properly when they happen

Aylisha is our Safeguarding Officer, Rebecca is the DSL, and there is a great team, including Claire, Tracy, Corin, and other colleagues who look at other aspects too. For the blog, they give us weekly updates, which cover a range of topics 鈥 some of them pretty heavy! Here鈥檚 Aylisha!

Online Safety

Attendance Matters!

Updated Code of Conduct

Here鈥檚 a link to our Code of Conduct, which is also on the website in the Parent and Carers Area - 最新麻豆原创 School鈥. Most schools have these now, so please do have a read 鈥 they aren鈥檛 used very often

Friends of PHS 鈥 the FoPHS!

So excited by all the things that the FoPHS are talking about and planning. A huge thanks to all of them for their time, commitment and support, with projects, ideas and all sorts. They鈥檙e also talking about the Outdoor Learning area 鈥 my favourite part of the school! It could be called the FoPHS Outdoor Learning Zone or anything! Great to have you guys on board, thanks again

Lunch and Lunch Accounts

Just a reminder please if your account is in arrears significantly to please move to reconcile that with us. There are just a couple so thanks for that! Today was American Independence Day in the dining room! There鈥檚 some pictures later on down in the blog!

Exams 鈥 let鈥檚 hear from Kat!

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)

Please get in touch with me via the email below and I will be happy to respond to any queries, suggestions about the LPPA and other issues for parents From Tracy and the LPPA team Contact t.smithson@percyhedley.org.uk

Stars of the Week

That reflect our School Values!

Makaton Signs of the Week with Julie!

This is Me Festival LGBTQ+, rainbow, flag, this is me, love, kind, family, friends

Food! American Independence Day!

Well, our lovely kitchen has been at it again 鈥 this time, their special day was American Independence Day! As you can imagine it was very popular!

It was great! Better than McDonalds! Hey, you have to have naughty ones as well sometimes, right?

Finally鈥t鈥檚 that time again 鈥 our Third Prom!

This is from Rebecca!

Just a reminder that our Upper School Prom is coming up on Friday 12th听July.听 All our students within our Upper School should have received their invite with the details of the evening

Please ensure that you have sent us your reply in to allow for us to arrange with our suppliers for numbers.听 Please also let us know if you plan to stay with your child.听 Any children needing personal care or support with feeding will need to have a carer with them to support with this

RSVPs can come to either听percyhedleyschooladminteam@percyhedley.org.uk, or听your class teacher, or by ringing the school office on 01912161811

鈥..from John & the Team here at PHS

And a reminder of this great news that came from a lot of hard work! Well done, guys!

Our Latest Award 鈥 the PQSM!

Huge congratulations to everyone who has worked on us getting the PSQM Award