Hello everyone! We had some sad news over Easter that our MUCH LOVED and very special Aunty Bumble ( Bee) is going to be leaving the good ship Lifehouse in the summer. She has been an AWESOME member of staff since we opened back in 2007 and has seen a host of children through their time here. Her contribution to success has been immense and I know that many of you might want to send in personal messages for her. Please feel free to post a card to her here, or write an email (via me). Bee is leaving to develop her Holiday Retreat and AirBnB, alongside husband Roger. We wish them both every success. This does, however, create a MASSIVE gap in the staff team and so please find below the advert for the vacancy should you know anyone who thinks this might be just up their street. Its a big ask, but mighty rewarding!!
Chef/catering tutor & Kitchen Manager
An opportunity has arisen to become a very important member of the Lifehouse team as a catering manager at Bettws Lifehouse, an Independent Special School for children with EBD, ASD and MLD. The post is a FULL TIME contract, for a two year period initially, starting September 2017, and salaried per annum according to experience and abilities (£21 to £25K per annum).
The successful applicant will be an exceptionally skilled team player, ideally with experience of not only working in a busy kitchen under pressure, but also with some knowledge of the challenges presented by Special Educational Needs. We are particularly looking for someone who is capable of organising and managing all elements of the kitchen independently, to deliver
• Tasty, healthy lunches for approx. 25 pupils per day during term time
• Healthy snacks throughout the day
• Outstanding hygiene records and EHO compliance
• Knowledge of dietary requirements and allergy control
• Financial budget responsibility, Shopping and stock control
IDEALLY, the ultimate candidate would be prepared to have pupils working alongside them, to learn cooking and catering skills, and a fundamental, basic understanding of cooking for life in a healthy and sustainable way.
The ability to work independently, think on your feet and immerse yourself in the needs of the children will be paramount. … the kitchen is the heart of our school! We promote a child-centred approach in a nurture setting and a strong motivation to be an important contribution to a place that can make a difference for children will be central to your desire to work here. Opportunity for professional development will be actively encouraged.
The Lifehouse is very proud of its strong, skilled staff team and this position will be a key role within that team.
Applications are invited in writing (email or post) accompanied by a full CV to include references by Monday 5h June. Interviews will take place between Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st June.
Interested candidates are welcome to visit The Lifehouse by appointment.
Bettws Lifehouse, Bettws Cedewain, Newtown, Powys SY16 3DS
January 9th 2017
Dear parents / carers and drivers,
With snow forecast for some of us over the next 10 days, please see below our expectations and procedures for severe weather conditions.
1. Whenever there is severe weather or a severe weather warning we DO NOT ASK OR EXPECT TAXI DRIVERS TO TAKE ANY RISKS driving in any conditions in which they feel it is unsafe to complete the journey.
2. Reasonable efforts will be made to keep school open on days when some pupils can travel safely to and from school.
3. School will be closed if it is unsafe for a significant number of staff members to complete the journey to school safely.
4. Whenever a decision to close the school for reasons of severe weather is taken prior to the start of the school day, the Senior Leadership Team will endeavour to contact all parents / carers of school students by 7.30 am to advise of this. If such a decision is made after the school day has begun, parents / carers will be informed, as will the relevant Transport authorities, in order to ensure that all children will arrive home safely and with somebody to meet them.
As always we hope that our pupils’ education will not be disrupted, but there are occasions when this is unavoidable in order to maintain safety.
If in any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email
THANK YOU everyone for the interest shown. We are now shortlisting and so the application process is now closed. 14th January 2017
Career opportunity for someone who is highly motivated and focused on making a real difference. The opportunity has arisen to work in a highly experienced team, committed to improving life experience and chances for the young people who attend our school. We are looking for key workers to build strong relationships with children who have not been successful in their previous schools. We are proud of our pupils and their achievements. Please visit our website at www.bettwslifehouse.org.uk The Lifehouse; an Independent Specialist School for children with ASD, MLD and EBD. We are situated on the welsh border, and hours of work are within normal school term times. Salary dependent on experience. Please contact Kay on firstname.lastname@example.org
School starts again on WEDNESDAY 4th January 2017! Cant wait to see everyone
Well!! A MASSIVE shout out to TWO Lifehouse people today. FIRSTLY …Jamie Noel for making the most wonderful nomination for a Best teacher award….. and to Kieran King for BEING that teacher!! So PROUD of both of these guys!!! A team that includes staff AND pupils! Have a great weekend you SUPERHEROES!
Pupils at Bettws Life House School, Bettws Cedewain are jumping for joy after a year of excellent results. Opening their GCSE and Key Skills results this morning, pupils were met with 100% pass rate. A further 84% of pupils achieved GCSE grades A*-C. The Special Needs School opened in 2007 to provide a holistic and nurturing teaching alternative to mainstream education. Congratulating the students and staff on a successful year, Managing Director Kay Jones says “Pupils at the Lifehouse have frequently had to face significant challenges and it is a testament to their determination to prove their worth and succeed.”
For those of you out there for whom it didn’t go quite to plan, The Lifehouse will be running some ‘we CAN do it’ re-take classes in key subjects, open to anyone in the evenings during the Autumn. Do get in touch if you might be interested.
Learning Support Worker
An opportunity has arisen to gain a place in the team as a Learning Support Worker at Bettws Lifehouse, an Independent Special School for children with EBD, ASD and MLD. The post is a FULL TIME contract initially, starting September 2016, and salaried per annum according to experience (£16 to £19.5K per annum)
The successful applicant will be an exceptionally skilled team player, with significant experience of working with Special Needs pupils. We are particularly looking for someone with experience in organising & delivering catch-up literacy, including phonological support programmes. The ability to work independently, think on your feet and immerse yourself in the needs of the children will be paramount. We promote a child-centred approach in a nurture setting and a sound knowledge of attachment theory and nurture group philosophy would be advantageous. Opportunity for professional development will be actively encouraged.
This is a position for someone who is looking to become a valued member of a strong, skilled staff team, and who wants to play a key role within that.
Applications are invited in writing accompanied by a full CV to include references by 9am Friday 17th June. Interviews will take place between Wednesday 22nd and Tuesday 28th June.
Interested candidates are welcome to visit The Lifehouse if available on Monday 13th or Wednesday 15th June from 4pm to 5pm.
Bettws Lifehouse, Bettws Cedewain, Newtown, Powys SY16 3DS
Due to some recent events, and advice received from governing bodies, we have made a school decision to not permit personal technology to be used by pupils during the school day. This includes any device which can make a digital recording or image.
We understand that many of them like to use phones and mp3 players etc, in their taxis for the journey. We will request that these are all handed in when children arrive in school, into a personal storage container. These will then all be held in the office until the end of the day. We advise that the devices are turned off.
As you know, we have no mobile reception in school anyway and so you can, as always, contact us through the office if there is an emergency message you need to pass on, or you are eager to know anything about your child during the day.
We would appreciate your full support. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
A thought is a physical pathway in the brain. The more you have that thought the more you groove and strengthen that path and the easier it is to have it again and again.
That’s why having the thought “Why am I so hopeless?” is never a great idea because you start to create a self fulfilling prophecy as it becomes harder and harder to shake the belief that you’re hopeless.
Your brain hates holding two contradictory opinions at once because it creates cognitive dissonance, so when you tell yourself you’re hopeless your brain seeks out information to back up what you are saying.
And trust me it will find it and ignore contrary evidence. This is something called ‘Conformation Bias’.
And by the way, you are not hopeless, you’re lovely the way you are, so start telling yourself that instead.