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We've changed our name

To reflect the evolving role of the school we have, after discussion amongst staff, pupils and Governors decided that the school will now be known as Chelsea Community Hospital School.

Thank You!

Just to say a big THANK YOU to everybody who helped make our Haiti appeal sale such a success. 

We raised a total of £270 for victims of the Haitian earthquake.
The pupils at Chelsea were fantastic and really showed how committed they are to helping and thinking about others as well as how good they are at organising.
Thanks also to all those who donated items to sell.
We are hoping to replicate the success at another sale based at Collingham very soon.

Your World Our World

We met with 9 teachers from Finland, Greece, Italy and Poland when we hosted the first meeting of our new Comenius project linking European schools.
We spent Thursday deciding on the theme of our project and showing our visitors around our school sites. On Friday we worked together on a joint staff training day visiting The Ecology Centre and looking at ways of sharing and communicating ideas with our pupils and staff. We will be posting news and updates here.

Providing Inpatient Schooling on a Segregated Ward

Head teacher Janette Steel along with Chris Cole and Marie Sherlock made a presentation at the 32nd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Brest. The theme of the presentation was 'Providing Inpatient Schooling on a Segregated Ward'. As this was a medical based conference we were delighted to have been chosen to speak. It really shows the great strides that are being made in highlighting the importance of education outside the hospital school environment. It was also a marvellous learning opportunity for us. The breadth of medical and psychsocial expertise was immense, and very interesting to see posters presented by others advocating the importance of visits/liaison between childrens' schools and their medical team.

HOPE calling

hopeHOPE (Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe) is an association of European hospital teachers who work in Hospital and at home with sick children.
If you are interested in joining up please contact Marie Sherlock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Farewell Chicks!

chick_eggWe were eggstatic and eggcited about the pitter patter of tiny claws as our 10 eggs were hatching. The first of the brood was lucky 9 shortly followed by number 1, rumour has it that the first chicks to hatch were following nurse Chris thinking he is mother hen!

Sadly they have now all left and returned to the farm.

Melissa ran a half marathon!

melissa03.jpgCongratulations to Melissa, one of our teachers who ran a half-marathon on Sunday 29th March as part of Team Haem to raise money for the Child Bone Marrow Transplant charity Champs at St. Mary’s hospital.

School Vouchers

Our school is registered for both Tesco's and Sainsbury's vouchers. You can give them to any of our members of staff or at the school office. Thanks!

Heart and Design

heartanddesign-logo.jpgHeart and Design is a project working with the design and fashion communities to raise money for a CT Scanner for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital NHS Trust.
Our pupils will be helping to create stories, pictures and animations on the theme of "The Heart". Watch this space!

School News Winter 2007

Seasons greetings to all our readers, it is amazingly gratifying to see this web site having more and more ‘hits’ – in particular my news in the early days was only read by one rather eager student – now it has hundreds of readers - thanks for all your comments – and especially those of you who have commented on the children and young peoples work that appears on the web site. It is so reinforcing for young people in hospital to know that they are reaching a wider audience.

We are always absolutely delighted to hear from our past students, so please keep letting us know how you are doing, such a wide range of studying, from theology to psychology with many ‘ologies’ in between. We have also been amazed by how many young people have achieved highly in their SATs, GCSE and ‘A’ levels despite spending much time in hospital. You really are an inspiration to so many other so please keep the news coming in.

Click here to see our team Trish, Ann, Fiona and Helena beavering away on their weekly fundraising stall – this stall has been running for 15 years and has ensure that the hospital school provides a 50 week a years education and arts programme. It also helps to pay for all the artists that visit the four hospitals on a regular basis

Here is some information about some of those artists

Painting and Performance Art
Shaun Dolan works as an artist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and St. Mary’s. He addresses the content of the art curriculum, including GCSE art and ‘A’ level art. He works in many types of medium including, clay, sculpture, oils and conceptual art. This additional art gives children the opportunity to express themselves and develop a range of methods of describing their feelings.

Mosaic
Catherine Parkinson is a mosaic artist and works at Collingham Gardens, the children have now made 4 major mosaic pieces which we will transfer to the new building when we move. They have also designed and made plates with pictures of food for the new kitchen.

This experience of working with a real artist who is well known in the mosaic world has given the students confidence in their ability.

Art therapy
Susan Rudnick uses art therapy with children in isolation at St.Mary’s and The Royal Brompton – art therapy can help with containing feelings whilst in hospital, it provides an opportunity to talk describe feelings through drawing and painting rather than using words.

Poetry
Phillip Wells is a performance poet and works with children at all sites to enable them to enjoy poetry and to begin to write their own, Some of these poems are on our web site.

Music
Brian Speirs runs evening music groups at the Royal Brompton and Collingham and a lunchtime music session at Chelsea. These sessions are great fun and all ages plus parents can join in.

Storytelling
Giles Abbott is a wonderful storyteller and tells stories to children throughout the hospital school. This is particularly soothing for those children who are in bed or in isolation.

We also have the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery visiting all hospital sites on a regular basis, this experience enhances the children’s stay in hospital.

All these activities, as well as our youth club programme help us to provide and extended school for our pupils.

We are delighted that one of our students Obinna has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 Road Safety and Green Travel Calendar. 27 schools entered and 1700 drawings and paintings were judged.

ICT & Video conferencing
We are delighted that so many young people in hospital are now able to join in classroom sessions and link up with museums, art galleries and their school and colleges through video conferencing. This has been a steep learning curve for all staff and students and the ultimate experience of learning together. We look forward to students and families comment on this development.

Christmas Activities
We have had a wonderful two day visit from an extremely talented band called Iroko, this has been videoed and we hope you will soon be able to see this on the web site. This exciting and dynamic group have been visiting the hospital for the last 10 years so I am sure many of you can remember playing music and dancing with them.

On Wednesday 19th at 10.30am we will have our Christingle service at the Chapel in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, we look forward to seeing many of you there, the theme this year is ‘giving’ and we are very please that the mace bearer from the town hall will be attending the service.

Other activities include a visit to the pantomime at Richmond Theatre to see Cinderella and a Circus Space.

I wish you all a peaceful New Year,

Janette Steel
Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100 Club Initiative

100 Club Initiative
We want to raise regular income to support projects that help children in the Hospital School so we are starting a 100+ club. This is a kind of lottery whereby members buy one or more shares in the club annually and then have the chance of winning prizes, which will be awarded twice a year.

Healing Art

collage of healing art artworksHealing Art is an exhibition of children's art work which includes paintings, prints, photographs, mosaics, sculptures, masks and also poetry and writing. The subjects explored include bullying, isolation, terrorism, and self-portraits that show how it feels to be in hospital.

Congratulations to WCIT on their 10th anniversary

THANKS & CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS ON THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY FROM CHELSEA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SCHOOL
Congratulations to WCIT on their anniversary – it is 10 years ago that Chelsea Children’s Hospital School and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologist collided – saw stars and became irrevocably entwined.

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