S4 travelled by train on Tuesday 3rd December, to explore the Belfast Christmas Markets. We had a fantastic time at the Huge Christmas tree and had a very tasty lunch at Tribal Burger. Everyone on the very busy train complimented how well behaved we were, we even got a special mention on the train tannoy!

S4 have been busy! We have enjoyed various visits to cafes and parks in the local area, as well as working on our topic; the continents of the world. We also had special visitors from Replay Theatre were they treated us to their show called Tribe.

In J11 we have really been enjoying our first term. We have been on autumn walks and have been busy doing lots of topic based art, attention autism and cookery activities. We are really enjoying our new topic of People Who Help Us and even got a chance to use the Firefighter’s hose when they brought the fire engine to school.

T2 have been enjoying the Shared Education programme with Rosstulla. Last term we went bowling to Glengormley Sportsbowl. This term we are going to Monkstown Boxing club. We are enjoying making new friends and learning new skills.

S5 are engaging well in a ‘forces’ topic in Science this term and really enjoying the sensory science experiments.

The pupils are going to cookery with Gail for a 6 week block to make snacks and meals which are easy to prepare – the sticky granola bars were devoured this week!

We are going to ‘coding club’ this term which puts children in control of the computer and lets them learn through experimentation, mastering concepts such as logic and consequences. It can also be a lot more fun than traditional ICT lessons, which typically revolve around using Word and PowerPoint. The pupils have been loving controlling robots, making devices change colour through iPad apps and engaging in problem solving devices.

J1 have settled well into school. In Sept we were learning about the topic ‘Ourselves’ and settling in to a new class routine.

J12 have been enjoying a range of sensory activities this term.

T3 have been going to Belfast Metropolitan College every Friday and are really enjoying it. So far we have had an induction day where we toured the campus, got our student cards, have been using the college canteen facilities and had a library induction. We have also used the computer room and done some class based activities with our teacher Faith. This term we are going to be starting our OCN module ‘Transition to college’. The class have settled into the ‘college student’ way of life really well and are loving the experience.

T1 have been learning to make a packed lunch as part of their ASDAN Independent Living Skills. They chose their sandwich, panini or wrap and filling and wrote a shopping list for the ingredients. We then shopped for the ingredients and finally made and packed our own lunch.