HILL CROFT PTA - Registered Charity XR96661
OUR LATEST FUNDRAISING VENTURE!!!!!!!
The Sensory Lounge and the Sensory Room have been designed to encourage the children to make the most of positive stimulation as part of thier learning alongside the development of self-confidence. Our pupils are aged between 3 ~ 19 years of age with a wide range of learning and physical disability. The two Sensory Areas have been specially designed with our children in mind by the many different professions who are in daily contact with the children. All pupils will benefit from having a Sensory Lounge and a Sensory Room. It will enable our wheelchair users to avail of the relaxing atmosphere, enhance sensory processing, tolenrance and resilience, and support children who display challenging behaviours helping them calm down in a calm, safe and purpose built environment.
The total cost of this project will be £27,240.98 the PTA have already raised £5,000 towards this project. Ideally we would hope that all work for the rooms would be carried our over the summer months when the children are off school as this keeps the upheaval to a minimum as some children would become quite distressed at having any changes to their routines.
Should anyone require any further information please contact: Adeline Esdale, PTA Secretary. Thank you.
Please find attached a copy of the written submission from the Post 19 Campaign to the Committee Inquiry into post Special Educational Need Provision in education, employment and training for those with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland.
I'd also like to give you a quick heads up of a forthcoming conference that the Post 19 Campaign has secured funding to host in May 2014. We are just awaiting date confirmation from the Island Hall, Lisburn Civic Centre.
The conference will focus on alternative post educational opportunities for young people with severe learning disabilities-given the recent Health Board consultation and the DEL Inquiry I would suggest our conference is very timely. Some great speakers have been lined up and more details will be confirmed in the coming days.
Keep an eye out for the "Save the Date" emails coming your way soon.
Post 19 Campaign
SMK Campaigners Award Social & Economic Justice 2013
The Post 19 Campaign take great delight in asking you to save a date for a forthcoming conference on Wednesday 14th May 2014 in the Island Hall, Lisburn Civic Centre. Registration 9.30am and concluding with lunch at 1pm.
The conference is entitled "Investigating the Alternatives" and will be focusing on alternative post educational provision for young people with severe learning disabilities.
Speakers confirmed to date include:
Girma Bernhau University of Gothenberg and Chair of the International Association for Special Education Sweden "Inclusive Education in Sweden:mapping out education and services for adults with learning disabilities."
Sue Osbourn Chief Executive of the Kingwood Trust "The early experiences of the Kingwood College."
Contributions to the conference will be made by
Edward Timpson MP Under Parliamentary Secretary of State for Education on "The Draft Children & Families Bill 2013"
I hope you will agree that this is a conference you can't afford to miss if you are a parent or carer or involved in the education of adults with learning disabilities. It would be great if you could join us. More details will be coming your way soon.
Post 19 Campaign
Hill Croft School PTA
SMK Campaigners Award Social & Economic Justice 2013
Below is the full lobby group's consultation response. Please click READ MORE to view the text.
Please see below the following invite from Jenny Ruddy Mencap- who facilitates the All Party Group on Learning Disability.
Speakers include: Joanne Hudson from the NOW/Stepping Stone NEETs project and Lorraine Boyd, the regional manger for the NEETs forum.
All Party Group on Learning Disability
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
10:30am to 12:00pm
Room 30, Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Theme: People with a learning disability not in education, employment or training (NEETS)
Many thanks to everyone who responded to our Fireside Quiz - the total amount raised was £248.00 which will help us replenish our depleted funds.
1st prize ~ Sonya Hall ~ £15.00 cash
2nd prize ~ Peter Haveron ~ Bottle of Wine
The Answers are as follows:-
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
1. NOT YOUR MOTHER - ARMAGH
2. PIG MOUND - AHOGHILL
3. IT DOESN'T RING SLOWLY - BELFAST
4. A HARBOUR NOT UP - PORTADOWN
5. INSECT EDGE - ANTRIM
6. CHEF'S HOME - COOKSTOWN
7. STOP THE RIVER CROSSING - BANBRIDGE
8. SACRED FOREST - HOLYWOOD
9. GROVELLING YOUNG SHEEP - LAMBEG
10. SNOW COLOURED MONASTERY - WHITEABBEY
11. WHERE A SAINT WOULD MOOR HIS BOAT - SEAPATRICK
12. ANGRY MOTHERS VALLEY. - CROSSMAGLEN
13. THE QUEEN ISN'T FIRE PROOF - LISBURN
14. BUMP - KNOCK
15. CURRENCY FISH - MONEYREA
16. MURDER LIQUID - KILLWATER
17. NOT BLACK FOOT - WHITEHEAD
18. TOUGH WINDOWPANE - ARDGLASS
19. TOY IN A DUCK. - BALLINMALLARD
20. FUEL ON A DESERTED PLACE. - COALISLAND
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT
Please find attached PDF:
Post 19 Lobby Group: The Impact of Transition on Family Life, Briefing to the Department of Employment and Learning Committee Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10.15am Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Attached to this post are 2 PDF's on The Impact of Transition on Family Life
Please download our PTA news letter for December below in PDF form:
Transition marks the end of children’s services and the move to adult services. For young people with severe learning disabilities this happens at 19 years.
P19 Lobby Group has carried out some research and found that:
The P19 Lobby Group will be launching their research report "The Impact of Transition on Family Life in Northern Ireland" on Tuesday 9th October 2012 in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfast from 10am. We hope that many parents/carers from across Northern Ireland will join us at the launch to support the Lobby Group in its fight for equality for our young people with severe learning disabilities.
View the embedded image gallery online at:
Welcome to the Hillcroft PTA section of our school website!
Schools like Hill Croft really do benefit from having a Parent Teachers Association (PTA) as they provide the "little extras" that would not be available to them from the Education Board. Over the years Hill Croft PTA have provided funding for Aromatherapy classes, Class outings, School Mini Bus, iPads, Music workshops, Woodhall Residential and many more too many to mention. Our largest venture was the Adventure Play Trail which was to allow the children to make the most of positive stimulation through physical play activities which support all areas of the school curriculum - the total cost of the Adventure Play Trail was £178,765.00 which was raised by many fundraising events and applications to various Funders for grants.
Although fundraising is essential to the PTA to enable us to assist the school in the many ways we do we also embark on issues which affect our childrens life's, at present we are lobbying the Government to provide better services for our children when they leave school (Post 19 Transition) as there are many loopholes which have a detrimental affect on our children when they leave school. We also highlight problems which have arisen such as securing places on the school Summer Scheme for children who require medical intervention otherwise they would not be allowed to attend, we also provided training to enable Hydrotherapy to continue and also give support to each other as it can be very daunting having a child with special needs.
As like any group we need new members, you don't need any qualifications to join you just need some spare time, lots of enthusiasm and be a parent or family member (over 18) of a child attending Hill Croft School.
Anyone interested in joining please contact the school or Adeline Esdale 07856425756.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!