Olsen House School Raising money for the Isabella Trust
As part of the 1st half term of the 2018/19 Enrichment program at Olsen House the young people of Key Stage 3 have been raising money for the Isabella Trust, a foundation that helps individuals living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing disorder live a good quality of life.
The Charity was chosen by our young people after a vote in which all the young people involved made a suggestion of a charity that they would like to represent during the half term and presented it to the class. Other charities suggested was the RSPCA, Freshfield animal rescue, The Gavi Fund, Claire House Children’s Hospice.
The Young people spent the first week planning how they were going to raise money for the charity and came up with 3 ideas which were making home picked and homemade jam and relish, a cake sale and a sponsored walk.
The Young people went to a ‘pick your own’ farm in Warrington called Kenyon Farm where they picked fresh raspberries and sweetcorn and they demonstrated great team work and social interaction skills throughout the day and learnt where there fruit and vegetables come from. When they got back to school the young people made the relish from the sweetcorn and jam from the raspberries showing great food technology skills that they had learnt previously in their lessons.
The young people held a cake sale which was a great success and not only did they develop many skills towards their Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills qualification that they had been working towards but they also developed many social skills including teamwork and communication.
The young people made Angel Cakes, Brownies, Victoria Sponges, Macaroons and Cookies. The Young people finished the day by working to sell the baked goods to the staff at Olsen House and also took the opportunity to sell the jam and relishes from the week before.
Next week the young people are doing a sponsored walk to the summit of Moel Famau and back. Which they also planned. Good luck with the walk and look forward to hearing how it all goes…..
At the end of the Summer Term, Olsen had a surprise from a former pupil who wanted to share his good news with the school.
OC attended Olsen from Y8 to Y11 and left with a number of qualifications. When he came to the school he was supposed to have 3-1 support in class and had an immense dislike of school. By the end of the first half term he had settled so well he was full time in a class without any additional support.
In between school and FE college he attended the young citizenship residential scheme and passed with flying colours and Head Teacher Alison Ford and Deputy Paul O’Brien went to see his graduation.
He went on to FE college in the area in which he lived and completed a foundation year. Since then he has just finished a 26 week Royal Marine training course and passed. He came in the top 3 in his class. 30 participants started the course and only 7 finished.
OC spent time in school as a visitor and talked with the children about working hard and always giving your best.
On Friday the 5th October 2018 Olsen House School attended ‘The Giant spectacular’ in Liverpool. The young people enjoyed seeing the ‘Giants’ walk around Liverpool and really felt involved in the atmosphere of the day.
Some young people were interviewed for local radio, describing their experience of the day. As this is the last time Royal de Luxe will perform in the UK it was a very special day for all the students.
It was a busy and fun end to the year at Olsen House School, Liverpool for the staff and students......
The school hosted a parent’s and carer’s coffee morning. There was a good turnout of parents, all in all there were around 50 parents/carers who attended on the morning and they captured some good feedback about the school. There was a lovely atmosphere with parents, staff and children sharing a buffet lunch at the end of the morning.
Students went on a reward trip to the Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool. All the children and the staff attended. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. Our Key Stage 3 group were particularly brilliant ambassadors for the school.
Staff member of the month for August is Carly Ashton. She has worked her magic throughout the year in the Bluebird class with those students with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition offering expert support and guidance. Well done Carly.
The Key Stage 3 children enjoyed a trip Bodelwyddan Castle for their last enrichment trip. Everyone had a good day and enjoyed finding out more about the Grade II listed Victorian building in North Wales.
The year 10 children have all successfully completed their work experience placements. All have been brilliant and the school has had really positive feedback on the boys’ attitude, work ethic and enthusiasm.
The Bluebird class received their gardening award from Royal Horticultural Society. They have been working hard on the allotment to get it ready for the next growing season. What a great achievement!
The school will have to sadly say ‘good-bye’ to Mr Nelson, Mr Donaghy and Mr Doyle as they move on to new ventures. Mr Nelson is moving to teach in Dubai and Mr Donaghy and Mr Doyle are completing their teaching qualifications back at University.
There will be will have lots of new staff joining in September…..so watch this space.
Have a great summer everyone, enjoy the well-deserved break!
Pupils at our specialist school in Liverpool have been celebrating their recent exam results.
Olsen House School, a day school in Crosby, Liverpool, provides education for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It also offers a specialist unit supporting young people with an autism spectrum condition.
Young people at the school showed that hard work and determination pay off through their achievements in their recent exams and other formal qualifications. Year 11 pupils undertook a range of GCSE and other nationally-recognised examinations in a range of subjects including Maths and English, Science and ICT as well as home cooking skills, preparing for working life, unlocking potential and construction and indoor climbing.
On average, they achieved more than 10 qualifications per pupil. Every student left with at least a formal achievement in all core subjects.
Head Teacher Alison Ford said: “Our students worked so hard to achieve all of these qualifications both inside and outside of the classroom. The softer skills they have gained through many of these courses will be invaluable for them in their lives outside of school and as they move on to college, training or employment, as all of our students are.
“This is a fantastic achievement especially when you consider that all of the young people at Olsen House School have previously found mainstream settings are not meeting their own individual needs and had found it difficult to gain qualifications.
“This mix of vocational and academic achievements create an excellent combination of skills and knowledge which I know they will use as they move forward in their futures. All of our pupils who took exams either achieved or exceeded expected outcomes in all subjects which is testimony to their hard work.”
Olsen House School is part of the Kedleston Group. Kedleston has a range of residential and day schools across the UK and across the company’s seven secondary schools, pupils achieved a range of qualifications with hundreds of achievements recorded for students across more than 90 different qualifications on offer.
The team at Olsen House School has appeared in a short film about boxer Callum Smith.
Callum recently opened the school's Bluebird specialist autism spectrum condition (ASC) service and returned several weeks later with some very special guests.
An integral part of the Liverpool-based school, Bluebird was officially opened last year by Callum and Steven Smith, two members of the well-known boxing family who are from the city. Four brothers in the Smith family box professionally and they use their bouts to raise awareness of ASC as their sister Holly has the condition. They wear the word “Autism” on their shorts while in the ring.
Callum returned to the school to film part of a documentary with World Boxing Super Series and TV3, a Danish broadcaster. He chatted to teachers and staff at the school about Bluebird and autism. Callum won the semi-final of the WBSS recently and has earned a place in the final against George Groves.
Head teacher Alison Ford said: “It was an honour to have Callum and Steven open Bluebird earlier this year and it was a pleasure to welcome Callum back to the school for this project. The finished film is great. We were pleased to welcome the film crew in to visit Bluebird and Olsen House and it's great to see the finished product."
Decorated throughout with calm, low arousal colours, the provision offers the latest sensory-friendly changeable lighting to create an autism-friendly learning environment. Areas within the unit have been developed to support the different learning styles and sensory needs of the individual pupils.
Bluebird also offers smaller class sizes with high staff ratios, in which students can thrive following their own individualised learning pathway, supported by the specialist staff. The learning spaces have been designed to enable pupils to work in an environment that is comfortable for them and takes into consideration their sensory needs.
All pupils can work with the school’s speech and language therapist with a focus on social communication, including listening and understanding and expressive communication.