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Read the latest news from Janette Steel our Headteacher.

Chelsea Community Hospital School News August 2010

For all our students who are awaiting their exam results this summer, I wish you the very best of luck, many of you I know will be going on to College or University in September, some of you will be starting apprenticeships, and for others the summer will be full of revision as you prepare for the exams in  November.    Many thanks to our past students who have written with their news and visited the school – we always enjoy hearing from you, and thanks to the many who comment on our web site.

We know that the summer holidays are not the best time to be in hospital, so for these young people we have put on an exciting holiday arts programme – including puppet making,  animation, photography, Bollywood dance (with the famous Jay) sculpting  and painting as well as outings to museums and parks.  We also want to hear your ideas about the types of activities you would like to be included in these five weeks.  Look out for the pictures on the web site – each week a Gold Cup will be awarded to the hospital whose creativity surpasses all expectations.

We send lots of best wishes to Caroline who is getting married to Luke this summer and then going to work in a special school in the Lake District, thanks Caroline for all the enthusiasm you bring to your teaching and for organising the swimming at Collingham – we look forward to hearing about your wedding and look forward to hearing all about your wedding.

We are delighted that Nicola from St. Mary’s had a healthy baby boy and we wish her an enjoyable maternity leave – Bela from The Royal Brompton has also gone on maternity leave and we look forward to hearing her news later this summer. 

Also congratulations to Jessica for being accepted on an art therapy course from September – however we are very pleased that she will continue to work at Rose Youth club one evening per week.

Martin – our famous Web Site Designer – is embarking on a BA in photography and a photography project called ‘A Year in the Life of Chelsea Community Hospital School.’  - Which we will publish next year – Mondays is the day set aside for this project – so be prepared to be famous!

We are delighted that our Comenius project has blossomed over the last year with conferences in London and Poland ant teacher visits from the UK to schools in Finland, Poland, Italy and Greece and teacher exchanges from Finland and Poland.   Many thanks must go to Joanna who has worked so hard to plan these exchanges as well as all the teachers and students who have enthusiastically engaged in this project.  Our link with a school in Gaza has been absolutely fascinating – both for our students and staff – and we look forward to meeting up with a teacher from Gaza this summer.  We are absolutely delighted to have achieved an International School award from the British Council this July; we will be presented with this award on the 16th September at the opening of our new school building at Chelsea & Westminster.

On July 20th we moved into our new school at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - We are delighted with our new premises, right in the centre of the paediatric wards – a ‘living brain’ keeping education at the centre whilst children and young people are in hospital.  We would like to thank the C & W Hospital Trust for this marvellous new building, as well as the architects and our students who were instrumental in the design of the building, Lee and Leo, and many, many thanks to Chris our ICT Consultant who has put so much thought and energy into ensuring our ICT remains absolutely at the forefront of our education programme – enabling us to provide education to the wards on floor 1 and 4 as well as the new school.  Also many thanks to our artist in residence Shaun, who has steered us through the process keeping art and design at the centre.

We would be delighted if you could come along to the Official Opening on the school – on the 16th September at 2pm – (you will find us on the 1st floor – straight up the escalators and walk until you come across a red building) – The students will show you around the school, talk you through our web site and show you our new white boards.  There will be home made cakes for afternoon tea – please let us know if you would like to attend. 

Teaching in the community of Westminster has increased our role, so we are delighted to be able to increase our teaching staff – and through this to have a specialist teacher of information technology – we welcome Faisal who will be working throughout the school to develop further our ICT curriculum offer, and Laura who is an English teacher who is at present teaching at the Royal Brompton, and Hannah who is teaching English part time at St. Mary’s whilst pursing an MA in Literature.

This year has been a pilot for our new web site which has the intention of giving information about how to support children, young people, and their families, who have a medical or mental health diagnosis which affects their attendance at school or ability to learn.   We have already shown this to a number of teachers, and asked for their comments and for suggestions of what this web site should be called – the winning name is www.wellatschool.org - many thanks for your suggestions.  Many thanks must go to Maria and Martin who have worked so very hard together on this project, and especially to Fred our ICT project Manager who has now completed, with the medical team and parents at St. Mary’s,  an informative video about Bone Marrow transplants.

We wish our students from ‘Facing the World’ safe trips home to Vietnam and Fiji – we have so enjoyed working with you and finding out about your way of life,  we look forward to hearing from you in the future – keep in touch.

We would like to also send many thanks to our Charity – ‘Friends of Chelsea Hospital School’  for their support over the past 17 years – especially to Nicky Foy who is the Chair of the Charity, and to Anne, Melissa, Trisha & Helena who raise money through the bric a brac and cake stall ever Tuesday at C & W hospital.
Many thanks to all our students and parents for their support over the years, we are delighted with our Outstanding Ofsted report this year, - please keep sending us your comments and filling in our online questionnaire.

Best wishes,

Janette Steel
Head Teacher

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