End of Term Newsletter – Term 1
When we articulate our vision at the Beacon we refer to our core aims of supporting the young people to be – as independent as they possibly can be, to reach their maximum potential and to make a positive contribution to their community/society. The Beacon Plus College Café opened earlier this month with our leavers running the café on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can find hot drinks, cakes and hot food being served at the Mind Café, 3 Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1JS. It was featured in a Kent Online news article, read the full story by clicking on the link below.
It’s Harvest Festival time at The Beacon in Folkestone and we have been taking donations for the Rainbow Centre Food Bank. We have had some fantastic donations so far. The Harvest Festival will now take place on Wednesday 3rd November and we will continue to take donations in the meantime.
The children of The Beacon have been taking part in a global art project this term. The project is called ‘The Walk’ and is the combined work of Good Chance Theatre Company and Handsprung PuppetCompany. Further information about this global project can be found at https://www.walkwithamal.org/
Fun filled RunAbility Session supporting Downs Syndrome athletes. Building confidence, friendships, agility, balance, coordination and endurance in a relaxed friendly setting. At the Hawkinge Community Centre Saturday 29th February 2020 10am – 11am
18 pupils from zone 2 took part in the Physical Disability Sports Festival in Maidstone on 4th December. This, like Boccia, was an inclusive event tailored to the needs of the pupils who haven’t represented the school in other events. The event included Athletics, Sitting volleyball, Boccia and Dance activities.
On Monday 13th January 19 pupils from Zone 2 represented The Beacon at the Kent School Games ‘Panathlon Aqua Splash’ Finals, a swimming event for special schools. The pupils performed extremely well, working as a team for some events and putting in some fantastic individual swims with a few pupils even winning their heats! Our teams finished 5th and 9th in the competition which involved schools from across Kent. Well done to the whole swimming team!
12 pupils from zone 2 and 9 pupils from zone 3 represented The Beacon at the Kent School Games Boccia qualifying event hosted at St Anselms Schools on 26th November. All of The Beacon teams were hugely competitive and represented the school with enormous pride and enjoyment which enabled them to put their physical competence into practice as well as build their character, resilience and team cohesion skills. It was wonderful to see them all conduct themselves so competitively whilst demonstrating true sportsmanship throughout the event. We are still awaiting the results from other competitions before we find out how many of our 6 teams have qualified for the Finals event in March.
4 pupils from zone 2 and 5 pupils from Zone 3 represented The Beacon at the Kent School Games indoor rowing qualifying event hosted at Highworth Grammar on Thursday 12th December. They conducted themselves with the utmost maturity in the company of their mainstream counterparts. We’re delighted to reveal that every one of them qualified for the Kent School Games Finals event being held on Friday 31st January and we wish them the best of luck!
Two classes took part in a workshop focusing on music, movement and intensive interaction. As you can see the children were engaged and enjoyed the experience. We are hoping to work with The Shakespeare Company during the next academic year.