Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month is now over and we wanted to say a massive thank you to everybody who donated a prize to our raffle, bought a raffle ticket, sponsored our parent walk or sponsored the employees who took part in the Run Hackney half marathon.

We have so far raised £6520.00.

Sponsored Parent Walk

Our Parent 5k walk has so far helped us raise over £1800.00. Our amazing parents set off on the 26th April to raise awareness of autism and the work that our school does. Thank you to all parents who took part in the walk. Parents were due to have a picnic in the park to celebrate their achievement, but we didn’t let the bad weather put us off and instead had an indoor picnic to celebrate. Tesco kindly donated our picnic products.

parent walk 1  Parents returning  picnic

Raising Awareness at Hackney Learning Trust

During Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 2nd April 2017) our pupils and staff raised awareness by selling craft and providing information on Autism (ASD) at The Learning Trust. Our pupils provided employees and passers by with leaflets and managed fundraise at the same time!

HLT fundraising    ribbons at HLT

Run Hackney Half Marathon

On Sunday 30th April, 13 employees from The Garden School took to the streets of Hackney to complete 13.1 miles – even our Chair of Governors joined in. We’ve managed so far to raise £2950.00 and donations are beginners. All managed to finish the race in a very good time although there were some sore legs the next morning!

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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.

The money that is raised through our fundraising campaign will be used 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.

Its World Autism Awareness Week!

We are very excited this week to be celebrating World Autism Awareness Week! (27th—31st March 2017)

What is Autism?

Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people. Over 700,000 people in UK are autistic, which means that 2.8m people have a relative on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

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Why our school is a perfect environment for learners with autism

The Garden provides outstanding education and highly specialised provision for 2-16 year-olds learners with autism.
Our school offers pupils:

  • Low arousal environments
  • aaAccess to full time specialist communication support
  • Personalised learning programmes
  • Constant supervision to complete tasks and participate in activities
  • Adult support to emotionally regulate
  • One to one assistance during many activities—i.e. meal times and toileting.

The school also offers additional support and services to pupils including:

  • Additional speech and language therapy
  • Additional occupational therapy
  • Other therapies including Drama & Gardening
  • Accredited Arts program including Dance, Drama and Art
  • Parent training and support
  • Pathways to adulthood. Developing independence, community engagement and work related learning. Also developing healthy lifestyle (i.e. anti obesity program)

Early intervention and evidence based approaches that are provided by The Garden School are improving outcomes for our pupils and their families.

Fundraising and Awareness

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.

The money that is raised through our fundraising campaign will be used 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.

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We are hosting an Autism Awareness Raffle— top prize is a meal for two at Smith & Wollenski (worth £250.00!) and a Fortnum and Mason hamper!

Tickets are just £1 for 5 chances to win – contact gcourtney@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk

11 employees and 2 school governors are running 13.1 miles as part of the Run Hackney Half Marathon

Sponsor here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheGarden

A group of our parents are taking part in a sponsored walk

Sponsor here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/parentsof-thegardenschool

No donation is too big or small!

Awareness Activities

This week we will be raising awareness of autism and fundraising at Hackney Learning Trust – pop by to learn more about autism!

We will also be hosting a range of activities at school including assemblies, bake sales and of course – getting everyone wearing blue for autism, watch this space for pictures.

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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!

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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