Braeside and Oxenwood are taking bookings for outdoor education in 2019. Both sites continue to be open for business while talks are going ahead on future provision. Please see attached flyer for further information.
Dance Fitness - DDMIX Competition
DDMIX - Dance Fitness by Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, supported by local councils, are calling schools in their area to register to take part in this exciting health & fitness dance competition.
Further information can be found in the attached flyer or on the 'schoolsgetdancing' website: https://schoolsgetdancing.co.uk/
The venue for the celebration event has now been confirmed as Salisbury Cathedral.
School term and holiday dates - responses required by 08/02/19
SCHOOL TERM AND HOLIDAY DATES 2020/21 - Consultation
We would like to receive your views on the term dates calendar being proposed for Wiltshire’s Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for 2020/21. The deadline for responses is Friday 08 February 2019.
It was agreed by the Schools Joint Consultative Committee at their meeting on the 15th November 2018 to consult on 2 options.
Option 1: Shows a proposed calendar with a five day break in October, with term 6 ending on Wednesday 21st July. This is the option favoured by our neighbouring authorities.
Option 2: Shows a proposed calendar with a seven day October break, with term 6 ending on Friday 23rd July.
You can let us know your views by using any of the following methods:
By email to: directorDCE@wiltshire.gov.uk
By letter to: School Term Dates 2020/21 Consultation, Children’s Services, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN
Please circulate this as widely as possible by making parents and organisations local to your school aware of the consultation, either by including details in a school newsletter and/or by drawing their attention to the details on the Wiltshire Council website here: Terms and holidays | Wiltshire Council
The results of this consultation will be collated and presented to the Schools Joint Consultative Committee prior to the final recommended model being determined by the Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills. All comments received will be taken into consideration during the final decision-making process.
Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire has to offer event
Thank you to the nearly 500 pupils that visited us at our Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire has to offer event last week. It was great to see you!
What an amazing, inspirational day we all had, exhibitors and visitors alike (the young and the not so young).
We hope you all enjoyed meeting our robots, Dash and Ohbot and exploring Space through our new Augmented Reality resource. We had our new Forensic Kit there on show and we also took the opportunity to give you a peak at the droids from one of our brand-new, soon to be launched, WOW! resource collections, STAR WARS – Droid Quests.
Did you see Georgie with her Rainforest animals? What about Brunel, Leonardo da Vinci or the pirate, Jack Sparrow? And how about the Sirius Astronomy stand, did your pupils try on the spacesuit or ignite some rocket fuel? Did you know, these are all available to come into your school through membership with the Learning Resources Hub?
If you would like further information about membership with us, or indeed about any of the resources displayed on our stand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Invite for KS2 teaching staff to event at Bradford Tithe Barn
Not specifically an EMTAS thing, but we've been alerted by our friends at Barnstorm and the excellent collaborativelearning.org to a launch event for their new educational resources based around the history of the barn, taking place after school on Thursday 7th. I'm attaching a letter of invitation.
While I recognise this will be of most interest to schools in the west looking for ways to bring local history and heritage to life, the Collaborative Learning Project is one of the sources of support I most often recommend to colleagues looking for ideas about provision for learners of EAL so the fact that project leader Stuart Scott will be presenting is, in my view, an additional draw!