We have been fortunate to receive the support from a number of local Companies and Organisations as part of our fundraising activities.
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE PLC – Following an appeal by James Hawkins, Family Welfare Officer, we were thrilled to receive a £500 donation from South Staffordshire PLC to help support the work we do with our young people. This is a fantastic donation and we are extremely grateful for this support from South Staffordshire PLC.
WOLVES AID – Mr Cross, Deputy Head, accompanied with his eldest son Noah, the Wolves Community Trust celebration event at the Molineux and watched Wolverhampton Wanderers successfully beat Leeds United 4-3. This was an opportunity for Elmwood School to formally thank the Wolves Community Trust for supporting our children and staff achieve some truly spectacular results which have improved the way in which we interact with parents and enhanced the curriculum offer. The celebration culminated in an on the pitch banner walk and bucket collection to really highlight the diverse community groups this organisation supports and also secure vital funds for them to continue this fantastic work well into the future. A massive thank you to Laura Cowley (Community Trust Administrator) for being such an advocate for Elmwood School and for inviting the school to such an event. Click on the link to watch some of the action - Wolves Aid.
Our two year bid has come to an end, please see our impact report below for further details. We will be contacting Wolves Aid in 2018 with a view to re applying and further enhancing our curriculum offer.
The Variety Club, Children’s Charity, enables a number of our young people and their families the chance to attend their annual charity event at West Midlands Safari Park; this year it will be taking place on Saturday 20th October 2018. As well as having free admission into the Park, wristbands can be purchased for a £2 entitling the user to unlimited rides in the amusement area. We are very grateful to the Variety Club for giving our students this wonderful opportunity and send our sincere thanks. Photographs are available on the photo gallery page on the website.
The Variety Club also offers other services to help support schools and families.
They are able to help in providing wheelchairs, specialist equipment, Sunshine Coaches and Great Days Out as well as being there should families need support.
On average the Variety Club provides funding for a piece of specialist equipment for a child every 2 days, a wheelchair every 5 days and a Sunshine Coach to a school every 6 days, In addition the Varity Club also have funding opportunities that can support children and young people with special needs as well as help with grants for wheelchairs and specialist equipment for children and young people up to the age of 18 years old. An application form and guidelines can be found at: http://www.variety.org.uk
Attached is a flyer providing information on what the Variety Club provide grants for and who to contact for further information. Variety Programmes Leaflet
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Children’s Charity give some of our young people the opportunity to go a Christmas Party at Dudley Zoo as well as to Birmingham Botanical Gardens in the summer. Students are treated to a visit around the Zoo, enjoy a hot meal, watch a show and meet Father Christmas at the Christmas event and in the summer term enjoy face painting, jugglers, bouncy castles and snacks. Everyone always return having had a brilliant day out. Copies of recent thank you letters sent by Year 7 pupils can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Students also have the opportunity to visit the Circus, usually early in the year, thanks to Circus Starr. Twelve students were taken to the performance at Darlaston Town Hall on Monday 14th January 2019 where they had a brilliant time having first enjoyed a meal in School! A big thank you to the staff (Mr Damms, Mr Francis, Mrs Powers and Mrs Bowen) who gave up their time to take the young people and also to the Companies and individuals who donated tickets for our use. Pupils kindly sent thank you letters following the event some of which can be read below.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE APPEAL (TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2018)
A big thank you to the following Companies who kindly donated prizes as part of our fundraising appeal. Their support is much appreciated.
Now Education—Amazon Echo dot
SEN Central—Tower of treats
Blakemore Foundation—£25 hamper donation
Francesco Group, Walsall—cut and finish
Dudley Zoo—2 child entrance complimentary tickets
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre—half price tickets for Sleeping Beauty Pantomime
Tesco Walsall—Amazon Echo Dot
Better Gym, Walsall Wood—one month membership for 2
EARLY HELP TEAM CHRISTMAS DONATIONS
We are very grateful to Gemma Hatfield from the Early Help Team who has provided a number of Christmas gifts for some of our students and their families. These have been donated by a locality team – further details of which are on the 4 steps to a smile website. Again a very big thank you to everyone who has made this possible and which will make a big difference to Christmas for a lot of our young people.
Support with Work Experience Placements
Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the world of work by participating in work experience placements.
Ricardo, in Key Stage 4, had an amazing week working at Major Reaction Design, Print and Media in Wolverhampton. Under the watchful eye of Richard Lyn-Kew, Ricardo has completed one week of a two part placement. Ricardo has proven to take instruction remarkably well, remain focused and committed to any brief assigned to him. Feedback also stated that Ricardo has a great attitude and thrives off creative development and feedback. Richard feels that if he continues to concentrate on his studies and remain interested in the arts, he is sure he will be successful in this industry.
Cailum, also in Key Stage 4, spent a week in February at Shire Oak Motorcycle Training Centre in Brownhills. Feedback from Paul Butterworth stated that Cailum assisted in washing and maintaining the bikes and assisted the mechanic with jobs in the workshop. He was also able to see how a motorcycle workshop runs on a daily basis and what is expected in the trade. Cailum showed enthusiasm, initiative and sought help if he was unsure of a task he was given. Cailum followed instructions well, alwas remained polite to other members of staff and was a pleasure to work with.
Ethan in Key Stage 4 has also received an excellent report following a week of work experience working in the Bistro at Walsall Adult and Community College. Ethan worked as part of a team providing 100 plus meals per day for staff, students and visitors following strict hygiene, health and safety rules, and was able to follow instructions and use his own initiative.
A very big thank you to the above Companies for giving their time and sharing their expertise; it is very much appreciated.