We have been fortunate to receive some funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation, in recognition of a PV staff member - Ms Johnstonova, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping our SEND pupils to be the best they can possibly be. Ms Johnstonova will kindly be using her award money to arrange a trip to the Intimate Theatre for a number of our students to watch Mother Goose a traditional Christmas pantomime.
Once again the SEND department were in attendance at the Park View Open Evening and our section was visited by a good number of parents, who were interested to see the facilities and provisions we have to offer.
They were very impressed by the show of various vegetables and plants that had been grown by our ‘Cope’ (Land based studies) group. A number of staff and students were on hand to talk about how the SEND department works and how the staff and school as a whole, support those children who have special needs.
The school has taken delivery of eight chickens, who were rescued from a battery farm in Essex. They are now happily living in our chicken coop and are being very well looked after by our students Maggie, Jack, Daniel, Leon, Emi and Annelise. They care for the chickens on a day to day basis, ensuring they have food, water and collect any eggs that may have been laid - these are then sold to staff. The money raised is used to replenish their food and buy seeds/plants for the garden. Thank you to Mr Chambers who coordinates the overall care of the chickens and management of the allotment area.
During the summer holidays a group of pupils from across the school were taken to Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk, for a week of outdoor activities and fun. The trip was ‘gifted’ to Park View by the Broadwater Farm Project and was completely free of charge to the pupils.
The students took part in various team building exercises such as Aero ball, Archery, Giant swing, Jacob’s ladder raft building and much more. The pupils were impeccably behaved and a real credit to Park View.
They engaged fully in all the activities and challenges, they conquered their fears and were proud of what they achieved. Both students and staff said they had the best time! Thank you to all the staff that gave up a week of their summer holiday to accompany the pupils.
University of Westminister Trip
This term, Year 10s visited the University of Westminster, where they were given a tour of the campus, shown the halls of residence and took part in various activities. The University representative of the Outreach Programme explained what life would be like for those students who choose to enrol with them and what courses they could offer.
It gave our students the opportunity to experience what a day at university would be like. The pupils thought the facilities were excellent and were very impressed by the ambassadors, who were very informative and helpful in answering our students questions.