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New Sensory Area

We are delighted to reveal our wonderful new school Sensory Area. We are very pleased with the area, especially as the students had input into the design.

The Sensory Area aims to provide a rich sensory experience and is perfect for students to improve on social skills, whilst connecting with nature.  The seating areas provide either a space to sit quietly, calmly and reflect, or seating for socialising and engaging with friends. There is also an area designed for reading alongside the new Library Bus, which is due to arrive very soon.

Our beautiful planters contribute to the Sensory Area by giving the students a soothing, calming and therapeutic encounter.  The plants and flowers have been specifically chosen to heighten the senses such as touch, smell and sight. 

This area will continue to develop and hopefully enhance the students experience during break times.

New Art Installation

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr Seuss

Last term our students and staff were invited to create a tile for the ‘This Is Me’ Art Installation in recognition of World Autism Day. The installation aims to celebrate the student’s and staff’s individualism, special qualities and interests.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” From the popular children’s author, Dr. Seuss, captivated the Art Installations integrity and theme.

A big thank you very much to all the creative and talented students and staff that made this master piece possible. We are proudly displaying the Installation at the front of the house and we are looking forward to enjoying it for many years to come.

AFRICA DAY AT RIPPLEVALE SCHOOL

Wonderful smells, sights and sounds were all around Ripplevale School on 25th May when the students and staff celebrated World Africa Day with a variety of activities to enhance learning about Africa and also launch a fundraising event.

The students all participated in drumming sessions led by local drummer, Richie Rhythms. These workshops created an amazing sound which echoed all around the school sounding like you were deep in the Serengeti.  The students really enjoyed this experience and immersed themselves in the different sounds and rhythms they learnt.

Face-painting and African themed costumes were seen all around the school and even the school dog, Ralph, disguised himself as a lion cub for the day. The cultural day was embedded into lessons with students making face masks and art pieces with an African theme, cooking African dishes in Food Tech and learning about African culture and at lunch the fantastic kitchen team provided the students with African foods to try such as peri-peri chicken, plantain chips and joloff rice.

At the end of the day, the school came together to join a parade with all the flags of Africa and to launch our ‘Passport to Africa’ fundraising event. There was a colourful collection of costumes and flags and our Speech and Language Therapist, Boaz Nyika led the parade after telling our boys what a difference their sponsorship could make to the school he works with in Zimbabwe. Boaz works closely with Southview School in Gweru, Zimbabwe, helping to improve the building and provide resources for the students. It is hoped that monies raised can refurbish an existing room enabling more children to attend the school.

The sponsored event involves staff and students walking 54 laps around the school field to reflect the 54 countries of Africa. These 54 laps equate to 27 miles, which will be completed between 25th May and the end of Summer Term. For each lap completed an African flag in each person’s passport will be stamped. 

Boaz, Speech and Language Therapist said ‘What a fantastic day of celebration – African styles of clothing, African national flags being waved and rhythm from njenga drums being played. Africa is thousands of miles away from us (Ripplevale), but it was amazing to witness the very high level of enthusiasm by all the young people and staff at Ripplevale. What an excellent way to introduce the fundraiser in support of Southview Early Learning Centre.’

A Just Giving Page has been set up and any donations would be very much appreciated:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ripplevale-school

School Dog

Mr Ralph Ripples

Ralph has settled in well to school life. He is providing much entertainment and support to the students. He is growing quickly and really enjoys cuddles…..

There are a number of benefits to having dogs in school, especially for students with ASD, and we aim for the school dog to primarily become a well being nurture dog amongst other things.  We have undertaken a significant amount of research and are aware of many benefits to having school dogs:

  • Helping children build confidence in reading
  • Having a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • Improving children’s behaviour and concentration, reducing stress and improving self-esteem
  • Encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility
  • Increasing enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals which will motivate the children to think and learn
  • Helping children who are upset in any way and in need of calm, comfort and space before being able to tell an adult what has upset them.

Remote Learning Video

Whilst we have not been able to capture all of the amazing work being done at school and at home, here is a short video giving a snap shot of the efforts from staff, students and parents.

Thank you to everyone for your hard work, creativity and enthusiasm towards ensuring learning continues whether at school or at home.

https://youtu.be/0QYwnOWXVeo

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