Top Ten Tips for AFL

Book Launch and Introductory Training Event

Led by Diane Croston and Clare Hodgson

Suitable for mainstream, special schools and other professionals.
Book launch and introductory training will be held at

The Garden, Wordsworth Road, London N16 8BZ
Wednesday 17th May
4.00 – 6.00PM

The cost per delegate is £30 which will include a copy of the publication.

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Additional books will be available to purchase on the day if required.
The purpose of the publication is to provide a structure for schools to use when they are developing and sharing assessment for learning strategies.
It provides an alternative and perhaps a more practical approach to writing another policy document.
The structure has been illustrated by a group of special school practitioners who have shared their ‘Top Ten Tips’.
Whilst the examples of ‘what it looks like’ are from special schools the principles and ideas apply to any educational context.

There are nine sections in the book. Each tip has:

  • practical exemplification
  • ideas for INSET/staff training
  • references to other useful sources of information

Tel: 020 7254 8096 – Contact: Emma Willis

admin@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk

Please make cheques payable to Lakeside School, Lemsford Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6YN.
If you wish to pay by BACS please email Joyce Dixon at Lakeside school for details – dixon_joyce@lakeside.herts.sch.uk
Joyce is also happy to invoice your school or organisation. (each delegate will receive a copy of the publication)

Having a Voice – The Garden School Animation

‘Having a Voice’ The Garden School Beatbox Animation from The Garden School on Vimeo.

Our voice is much more than just an instrument – it is a means to shape and articulate our identity.
Hear the amazing voices of our pupils and Bellatrix in this animation, created as part of the Barbican Box Music Showcase.

The Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box that contains different sounds and objects to encourage an imaginative approach to making music. Curated this year by previous UK beatboxing champion Bellatrix, an artist who uses her voice in interesting and unusual ways to create a world of sounds, our learners used the box to create some amazing pieces.
This animation has been created by students from London College of Communications BA and MA animation courses.

Autism Awareness Raffle

During Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 31st March)  we will be hosting our Autism Awareness raffle. Many of our agencies and local businesses have donated some amazing prizes and the prizes keep on coming!

prizes

For just £1 you have five chances of winning these amazing prizes

Afternoon tea and champagne at Fortnum and Mason
1 Fortnum and Mason hamper
1 Kindle Fire
Personal training sessions and gym passes
Selection of food and drink hampers
Cinema Tickets to the Rio Cinema
Beyond Retro vouchers
Go Karting vouchers
Family meal at Stokey Bears burger restaurant
Meal for 2 at Stone Cave restaurant
Yoga session at Yoga Home
Beer gift sets from the East London Brewery
Selections of biscuits, sweets, chocolates and new CDs

All money raised from our fundraising activities will go towards setting up a highly specialised and free after-school club for our pupils. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

Please do get in contact if you would like to buy tickets (gcourtney@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk) and of courses, a BIG thank you to all of our raffle prize donators.

Celebrating Autism Awareness At The Garden

We are getting very excited about Autism Awareness Week at The Garden, which we will be celebrating 27th March – 31st March 2017.

Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend. 

We have a number of fundraising events planned to help us raise money to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

We are running 13.1 miles to raise £2600.00 

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11 of our very own employees and 2 governors from the Garden School will be running the Hackney Half marathon ‘RunHackney’ in a bid to raise £200.00 per runner to support fundraising campaign. The half marathon takes place on the 30th April 2017. The Garden ‘run club’ has been meeting twice a week to make sure we are in tip top shape for the big day.

Our runners are:

Martin Kiel
Laura Lopez
Ester Mundo 
Amy Yamaguchi
Haia Ironside
Estrella Fernandez 
Laura Cologni
Clarissa Michael
Triston Scotland 
Jibreal Ahmed 
Tim Diggins (School Governor)
David Lowry (School Governor)
Gemma Courtney 

No donation is to too small to support our cause and you can donate using the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheGarden

Calling local businesses – we need your help!

Did you know over 700,000 people in the UK have autism?

Did you know that autism now affects 1 in 100 people?

HELP

HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL BY DONATING A PRIZE FOR OUR AUTISM AWARENESS RAFFLE

Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend.

In the run up to Autism Awareness Month (April) we are raising money to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

One of our planned activities is a fundraising raffle. In the past our raffles have been very successful, and we would like to make this one our best ever!

We are asking organisations and local businesses to donate what they can so that we can attract as many raffle ticket sales as possible.

 

aaIf you are able to help or need any more information please contact  Gemma Courtney, the School Office Manager (gcourtney@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk) or call 0207 254 8096

 

 

ComFor Training at The Garden School – January 2017

Jarymke Maljaars, of the University of Leuven and Psychiatric Centre of Leuven, Belgium, was welcomed to The Garden School on 13th January 2017.  Jarymke delivered a one-day training course on the ComFor assessment.

The Garden is proud to have hosted only the second UK training in this assessment, which gives valuable insight and understanding about how our pupils make sense of the world around them.

Jarymke’s training day has enabled us to deepen our understanding and plan truly individualised augmentative communication systems for each of our pupils.

Feedback received so includes comments such as ‘Very useful training. Gave me a lot of ideas and enhanced my understanding. Definitely recommending to other colleagues’.

100% of those who attended and completed evaluations rated the overall day as ‘outstanding’.

Steph, Jarymke, Pat, Beth 2   Networking - Jarymke, Anna Campbell Walnut Sch,

The day was received with great appreciation and enthusiasm by our Garden School teachers and speech and language therapists, along with other professionals who attended on the day.