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A Royal Visit

hrh5 thumbWe were delighted to receive a royal visit from their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they came to open the Chelsea Children’s Hospital at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Cake Sale!

fcchs web thumbMany thanks to our wonderful volunteers from FCCHS who organised a Cake Sale for the school today and raised over £600. The cakes were magnificent!

We need your memories!

In 2014 we are celebrating 25 years of the Chelsea Community Hospital School. Before we start on the next 25 years we are taking a moment to look back and see how we got to where we are today. The plan is to collect our memories and milestones from that journey here 25years.cchs.org.uk and then to make a book with a selection of the material we’ve collected – and this is where we need your help.

PiXL - The moral principle knows no boundaries

pixlr-smlIn September 2013 CCHS made the decision to join an organisation called PiXL, Partners in Excellence. The purpose of this organisation is to work collaboratively with other schools and education settings to improve the life chances of all our pupils through improved educational achievement. This is a very exciting development for us to be part of this group of over 1000.

Big Green Footsteps

group on solarshuttleWe shared a fantastic two days with our vistors from Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Poland to start our new Comenius project, Big Green Footsteps which will see us working together exploring energy awareness and climate change issues.

Congratulations to Helen Damon

helend2Congratulations to Helen Damon who has recieved a 1st for her MA Dissertation in Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton. She has also recently completed Filial Therapy training. See below for the the title and abstract of Helen's MA Dissertation.

Green Tokens for FCCHS

Friends of Chelsea Community Hospital School is delighted to have been chosen by the partners of Peter Jones Sloane Square as one of three charities to go through to the customer voting round of the department store's Community Matters Scheme.

Our students and staff raise £650.90!

race for life photo thumbOn the 14th of June Mary, Melissa, Sian and community students Abby and Evian ran the 5k Race for Life for Cancer Research! It was an incredibly hot day but so much fun, thank you to Abby and Evian for their spirit and enthusiasm in fundraising and running for such a worthy cause, we are very proud of you! Collectively we raised a grand total of £650.90!! A huge thanks to all of those who donated and supported us!

Easter Celebrations

easter thumbAt our Easter celebrations students from Chelsea and Collingham performed with musicians from Wigmore Hall. This was the result of a 5-week project with Wigmore Hall's resident ensemble, Ignite and Philip Wells (The Fire Poet). We will me making a CD of their music called Fire and Ice, and also we will also post up some video of the performance soon. Happy Easter!

World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March we will be celebrating our love for reading with World Book Day.
Members of our staff team will be coming to work dressed as a character from their favourite poem/story - so far a ginger bread man has been confirmed!

www.worldbookday.com

Valentines night Zeus 'Sweet Art' benefit

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Graffik Gallery is currently running the Zeus 'Sweet Art' show in their gallery in Portobello Road London

They have an event on Thursday 14th for Valentines that will include the launch of Zeus's Graffiti.

Chocolate bar 50 will be on sale with 3 bars that will have golden tickets inside, the lucky finders of the tickets will receive a free piece of Sweet Art from Zeus.

Proceeds from the sales of the chocolate bar will go to The Chelsea Children's Hospital School

International School Award

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We were delighted to attend the Link2Learn presentation to receive the International School Award Link2Learn prize. Leo, our school ambassador along with our colleagues Jehan and Mohammed from our partner schools in Gaza and Jo, our International Projects Co-ordinator recieved a cheque for £750 celebrating our international school projects. Many thanks to John Rolfe and the British Council for their support of our work.

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

A huge thank you to The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for their kind donation of £3000 to the Friends of Chelsea Children's Hospital School, from the Edwardes Square Gala Concert earlier this year.

Plates at Leighton House

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We have been working with students from UNWRA schools in Gaza on a collaborative art project. Students in Gaza sent us their pictures of everyday life which our students then transferred to a set of plates. The plates are now on display at Leighton House as part of this year's Nour Festival.

Make us Smile!

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Can you make these men smile?
It's Movember once again – and here's our team, Martin, Steve and Robin, growing our moustaches for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

The Olympic Games by Leo

leo opening 02 thumbLeo writes of his experience of attending the opening ceremony of this years Olympic Games

Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for theopening Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Leo, one of our past students, writes of his experience of attending.

 

The Olympic Games by Asha

Asha writes of her experience of attending the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Games.
Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Asha, one of our past students writes of her experience of attending.

SCHOOL NEWS September, 2012

CHELSEA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL SCHOOL NEWS

1st September, 2012

 

Many thanks to Sir Merrick Cockell for donating his tickets to the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the closing of the Para-Olympics to students at CCHS. We have chosen two of our long term students to attend, Leo who is our student ambassador and Asha who has been a recurrent student at the hospital school throughout her school life. Both have agreed to write an article about their experience – so far Leo has said ‘ My mother and I had the best night of our lives!’

Parents evening at Chelsea and Westminster

thumbWe had a great turn out for our annual parent’s evening for community pupils at the Hospital School. Students, staff and parents showed how committed we all are to making sure that our students know how well they are progressing and are clear about what they have to do to achieve their best at school.

Schools Summer Art Exhibition

Our students exhibited a range of artworks in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Schools Summer Art Exhibition, which celebrates art work produced in schools and  encourages children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art.

Visit to partner school in Gaza

Three of our staff visited Gaza and worked with our colleague Mohammed and his students at our partner school in Jabalia. They involved the students in a range of projects:
▪ English language lessons
▪ Hands-on art
▪ 3D Design + printing
More details coming soon.

Book Launch

IMG 3855 exportthumbThe launch party at the Brompton Hospital of our book "Hospital School - A Year in the Life"  was a huge success, with all the books selling out on the night!
We have now  reprinted the book - see www.hospitalschool.org.uk/ for details on how to order

Also take a look at the great photographs taken on the night by student photographer Will Dawson.

 

Grand Opening of the new Schoolroom on Rose ward

Pic3Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure.
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school. Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and remain motivated. Claude Lattin another former student, now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school, for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.
 

Phoebe's Amazing 5km run for CCHS

Phoebe_Run_006After hearing about all the work Chelsea Community Hospital School does to support her friend Daniel and the other children at The Royal Brompton Hospital, Phoebe was inspired to undertake the challenge of completing a 5km run to raise money to go towards new resources for the school.

All the children and staff at Chelsea Community Hospital School would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Phoebe for raising the grand sum of £535.00!!!

Here you can see some pictures of Phoebe in action.

 

 

 

 

Headteacher Janette Steel awarded OBE

January 1st 2012

 

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY CREATIVE NEW YEAR FULL OF CHALLENGE AND SUCCESS

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Dear Colleagues, Governors, Families and Friends of CCHS

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes on the Honour I received today.  It was only through your efforts and that made this award possible.

Talking with Gaza

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts we set up a live link-up with the Jabalia Prep "A" School in Gaza. We have a continuing project between our two schools in which the students explore and share lifestyles, cultural differences and comparisons of their environments. Students and members of the public asked their own questions to children and teachers from the school. More video here.

Leo wins Courageous Citizen award

Leo3_thumbLeo Jordan who has attended our school for 15 years won an award in the "Courageous Citizen" category of the Diana Awards. Leo is an Ambassador for Chelsea Community Hospital School. He has inspired students in the UK and abroad through his involvement in the school’s international projects, he supports those who are new to the school and those who speak little English. In addition he helped design a new school, has been involved in fundraising activities and has spoken publically about the importance of hospital education.

A Huge Thank You!

demi296Demi Lea handing over a cheque for £751 to Laura and Shaun. A HUGE THANK YOU to the Claydon family (Danielle, Demi Lea, Kai, Laura and their parents Tracy and Paul) who have raised £751 to go towards resources for Rose Ward and Foulis Ward.

School News - November 2011

School News
November 2011


Official Opening of the new School Building on Rose Ward.

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Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure. 
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital  - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school.  Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and  remain motivated.  Claude Lattin another former student,  now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school,  for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.

The dilemma for CCHS was how we design a school in a relatively small space that will enable as many young people to attend as possible.  Patients with cystic fibrosis have to be segregated from one another, so only one student could be in a classroom at one time – we turned to the Architects for advice and we were lucky that Studio 4 who had worked with us to design the new school at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital were available – The team very quickly came up with an idea that created a sense of light by windows in every wall, and glass partitions which gave us five separate learning spaces.  Students, staff and parents were closely involved with thinking about how the space could be best developed – however our thanks must go to Laura Livesly from Studio 4, Chris Cole our ICT Manager for their diligence in ensuring all the technical details were incorporated. Many thanks also to Shaun Dolan, our artist in residence, who again steered the team towards a sophisticated colour scheme in the secondary rooms and studio and soft colours in the primary rooms.

The second dilemma was – How are we going to raise the funds needed?  - A Marvellous Medicine Ball,  cake sales, leaflets explaining the plan to all and sundry, after dinner speeches, persuading and cajoling – our Fantastic Friends of Chelsea Hospital School and volunteers all became fired up and did their par - so many, many thanks. We did it – ‘Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith’ (Margaret Shepherd).

As our school has always highlighted the arts as a way of developing communication skills, another strength is that of communication technology – so what better than to celebrate the new school than by asking Shaun and Chris to design an arts and technology sculpture – this piece integrates words from school reports and shapes from the school design – the art work continually changes colour and this can be activated from a computer or mobile phone – making a truly interactive piece of work.

The evening ended with Phillip Wells our ‘poet in residence’ reading some of our student’s poetry – the language of poetry develops communication skills and self expression, giving voice and form to the many losses children may experience in hospital, fostering attitudes and skills that maybe helpful when facing difficult times.  The feelings described in these poems gave one an insight into the difficulties faced by young people in hospital.

One year after obtaining our British Council International Accreditation, we were delighted to win first prize for our international links.  The Link2Learn Award Ceremony took place at Canary Wharf on the 16th November; the prize was £5000 which will be used to further develop our links with teachers and students in Gaza.  Leo Jordan our School Student Ambassador spoke about the importance of our links with schools in Europe, and our regular video conferencing with a boys school in Gaza.  He spoke of the international flavour of CCHS – how so many young people arrive from abroad to have complex facial surgery in the ‘Facing the World’ project , often travelling alone and with very little English – and how these international links help them to settle into life in London. 

A video was shown of ‘Talking to Gaza’ a compilation of students at CCHS sharing their views and lives with students in Gaza over the past two years.
At the same time an art exhibition and video conferencing session was taking place at Leighton House Museum, for the Nour Festival.
This enabled the public to join with our students to find out how these young people lived.  Along with this a curtain of porcelain tiles hangs like a curtain -  light shining through these tiles with a gentle imprint of Islamic materials –  imprints of ancient keys – evokes the loss of home.  This exhibition was put together with Joanna Eaves our international School co-ordinator, Shaun our artist in residence and students from Collingham child and Family Unit.  They must all be congratulated on this moving and fascinating exhibition – and for the organisation and imagination in developing this project.

A Year in the Life of Chelsea Hospital School,  is a photographic project developed by our website designer and music teacher Martin Dixon – please do sign up for a copy of this book which gives a comprehensive insight into the experience of children and young people in a hospital school.

Janette Steel
Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

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