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We are delighted that Baroness Mary Warnock will be launching our www.wellatschool.org web site on the 15th March.  This event will be happening in the school on the first floor at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital at 4 pm, we would be pleased to see you there, if however you have other commitments, we look forward to hearing your comments about the new web site which we intend to be ever evolving, with a regular questions and answer facility. This site has been primarily designed to help teachers support the student’s in their school who have a medical or mental health iagnosis to achieve their potential.

The Chelsea Community Hospital School web site is continually being updated with our students work and many of you are using the facility on the website which enables you to add comments, this positive feedback is really appreciated by staff and students.  Imagine if you can an admission to hospital for a long period, feeling separated from family, friends and school – this ability to share the student’s work with their home, friends and school has an immediate benefit to our students, so thank you so much for taking the time.
 We are looking forward to the return of two of our teachers following maternity leave.  Bela is returning to the Royal Brompton and Nicola to St. Mary’s, we welcome you both back to school and look forward to hearing all about your families. Following Caroline’s marriage and  move to the Lake District we have now been able to recruit a very experienced teacher  for Collingham, Helen, she will start with us at the beginning of the summer term.
Our Comenius project is coming to an official end in the summer term, but we have made such good relationships with the schools, in Greece, Italy, Finland, Poland and Gaza that we hope the impetus of this project will continue.  Joanna has to be congratulated on her energy and enthusiasm which has motivated all the schools, staff and students.  We have had visiting teachers from all the partner countries teaching in our schools, and this has been invigorating for all of us.  Many of our staff have had the opportunity to travel and teach abroad through the European grant and this has been an enhancing opportunity for all.  During the summer term there will be a conference in Finland and representatives from all the partner schools will attend.  This will be an opportunity to evaluate the project and outcomes.  The opportunity to feel part of a wider world and experience what it would be like to live in a country affected by war, or where the environment is so very different – has been extremely educational for our students – for example video conferencing with Finland when they had 2 metres of snow.
 Our Easter service will take place in the Chapel at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital on the 6th April, this is a celebratory service and we hope that the CCHS staff and student choir and musicians will be in full voice.  We look forward to seeing you at this service.
As you know CCHS has always stayed open for 50 weeks a year (just closing at during Christmas holidays) so that all children in hospital can have access to education and the arts throughout their admission to hospital.  We also have enriched arts programme, including our fulltime artist in residence, Shaun, who is incredibly talented and not only full of ideas for whole school arts projects but also very able in supporting GCSE art.  Our other artists include musicians, Martin& Brian, our poet in residence Phillip, story teller Giles, and our drama and art therapists Mary and Susan.  This enrichment is to support our long term and recurrent students with their emotional issues associated with their conditions (for example the experience of being isolated or segregated whilst in hospital)  the arts can help children to express their feelings and thereby help them to mnage their condition more easily.   To support this team and highlight the benefit of the arts in hospital we are holding  ‘The Marvellous Medicine Ball’ on the 12th May at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.   We have a very exciting line up – music ranging from the 40’s through the 60’s to the present day with some surprise celebrity guests.  The programme will be published on the 20th March, so do keep your eye on the web site so you can book a ticket.
As the exam season hurry’s near it is always rewarding to see our student’s put in the extra effort they need to achieve.   I was for example very pleased to see so many students attend during the half term for additional study.  There will be additional study periods at lunchtime and after school, so please make the most of this support.

Janette Steel
Head teacher

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