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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.
Over the last few weeks we have been rewarding GOOD MANNERS in school. Here are a couple of our recent winners! Well done boys! You are a pleasure to spend time with. As my Grandad used to say….’manners maketh man!’
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.
It has come to our attention that several of the young people at The Lifehouse are playing on console games that have a rating of 18. Many young people believe that the censorship is only there as guidance for purchase and that if parents say its ok to play them then there is no problem.
As a school, guidance for us is very clear that young people under the age of 18 should NOT be playing games or watching material with an 18 certificate and that if we are aware of this happening then we should look at it as a Safeguarding issue.
It is also wise to draw your attention to ‘on line’ chats available whilst gaming and the type of dialogue and exchanges that go on in these ’chat rooms’. The majority of this would be very inappropriate for young people to take part in and particularly for those with anxiety and social difficulties.
Please check that your young people are monitored during their on line activities whether through a console or a pc, and that their games and dvd’s have appropriate rating
In order to celebrate World Book day on Thursday 3rd March this year, we are encouraging pupils and staff to come to school dressed as a character from a book that they like.
This will be a ‘just for fun’ event, rather than a fund raiser.
Pupils will also be selecting extracts from a book they have enjoyed to share with fellow pupils, and ALL pupils will receive a World Book Day Book token.
We had a sprinkling of snow this morning and MASSES of ice! Its now very sunny, and the village looks glorious!
As with previous cold spells, it is never possible to predict what the conditions here will be like in comparison with conditions at either end of Shropshire or Powys!
With this in mind, we plan to remain open at The Lifehouse unless conditions are severe around school.
HOWEVER, we always respect and understand a driver’s / parent’s / carer’s decision for a pupil NOT to come into school for health and safety reasons or if the uncertainty of the road conditions through the day is a cause for concern.
If we have to close school for any reason, we will post on here and text parents where possible BY 7.45am and update the school website (although this is not always possible to do as immediately). Please bear in mind that this is always a very hard decision due to the unpredicatability of the weather and the difference in weather across the travel routes, and a decision made early in the morning can sometimes seem the wrong decision by the end of the day!
We will strive to get it right, keep lines of communication open, and cause as little inconvenience as possible!
WRAP UP WARM!
We hope you all have a happy holiday, and look forward to seeing the young people back in school on TUESDAY 5th January 2016
Our next ‘OPEN’ afternoon for parents and carers will be on Thursday January 14th 2016, from 2 pm onwards. However, earlier in the day, our Transfer Representative ( Liz Hutchinson) from Shropshire County Council will be with us, which will give you chance to discuss options for when your young person is ready to move on from The Lifehouse. We will give out appointments to those of you who have children approaching transition and needing to think about the future in detail.