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Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

This time last week we were celebrating our 35th anniversary at our 80s-themed picnic and disco. It was great to see our students come together to mark this occasion. We gave out 35th-anniversary mugs, enjoyed cupcakes from a local small business Mummy's Cupcakes and tucked into an 80s feast catered by our enterprise Breward's Coffee Shop. A big well done to Pathway 2 student Louis B who was our DJ for the event - it was fantastic to see him enjoying his time centre stage! We have no doubt we will be booking Louis again in future!

The first half-term has flown by quickly, and it's been great to see new and returning students settle in so well already. Next week is our last week before the half-term break (Monday 17th - Friday 21st October). A reminder that Homefield is closed on Monday 24th October for staff development day, so students return on Tuesday 25th October

As Winter draws near we are beginning to see a rise in illnesses (the common cold is making its return). Please make sure your student is receiving their flu jab to ensure maximum protection across the coming months. For those eligible for the COVID-19 booster, we also recommend taking this up as soon as possible.

October's bulletin contains: There is financial assistance available to aid students in their learning, so please do get in contact to find out more or if your circumstances change as you may be eligible for support via our bursaries.

If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please do get in touch with the College on 01509 815696 or email contactus@homefieldcollege.ac.uk. Don't forget, if you need to report a student absence, you must do this by ringing Reception on 01509 815696 and choosing Option 1 - Report a Student Absence.

Kind Regards,
Tracey Forman
Principal of Homefield College

Upcoming Focus Week: Safeguarding & Prevent

As part of Safeguarding & Prevent Focus Week next week, we will be running workshops for students, staff and parents / carers around e-safety. The parent workshop will run from 2.15pm - 3.15pm on Friday 14th October and our speaker Katherine Howard will give us important information about how we can support our young people to stay safe in the digital environment. 
Katherine Howard has been working in and with schools for over 20 years. She is Smoothwall's Head of Safeguarding & Educational Practice. During her time as a teacher, she taught in primary, secondary and the independent sector. She has consulted with many schools, Colleges, Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and Local Authorities (LAs) to develop their understanding of Online Safety and supported school leadership teams to implement and embed policies, procedures, training and committees. She is passionate about the importance of online safety in schools and the wider community and supports schools with advice and support on a day-to-day basis. 
In order to register for the event, please book your free ticket now: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/e-safety-advice-for-parents-carers-and-guardians-tickets-432465133857

Additionally, Katherine will be running an E-Safety Training Event for all students who are in college on Friday 14th October. There will also be a Prevent Lockdown exercise happening on the day. This will be a change of timetable and staff will communicate and prepare students for this day. The training will be recorded so that students who are not present are able to access the information at a later date.
 

Reflection on Work Experience

Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation

Over the last few weeks, we have had some Pathway 1 and Pathway 3 students attend work placements at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation in Markfield.

Our students have taken part in a variety of activities such as preparing the allotment for sowing next spring. Students have worked in the charity shop organising stock, serving customers, and using the tills as well as working in the sensory garden, clearing a path which overgrown the past few years.

While on placement students have learned many new skills and essential working skills' including team working, problem-solving, communication skills and building confidence and self-esteem.

For Pathway 1 students, this has been a great introduction to a working environment outside of Homefield; 'earning appropriate communication, work etiquette and rules as well as exploring PPE and its link to health and safety.

The Green Place

Pathway 2 woodwork students have returned to The Green Place in Sileby to have work experience fixing up their wooden garden tables, restoring the wooden fences and sanding back doors and wooden chairs,

This is a great placement to be able to transfer the skills learnt in the workshop to a working environment. 

Waitrose

We also have one student who has been working at Waitrose in Mountsorrel. Pathway 3 student Mason M is working a variety of job roles, gaining experience and work skills at a large company.

This is going really well to date, and he is receiving positive feedback from Waitrose team members. 

Now recruiting: students for the Duke of Edinburgh Award 

With the success and expedition of last year's students who undertook the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award, we are looking for more students to start their DofE Award this year. 

We currently offer Bronze and Silver awards - and the certificate of achievement (which is Bronze without the expedition). The work is embedded into the students' existing sessions, so no additional work is necessary. 

Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh award is obviously great for students' self-esteem and boosts employability.

Please promote this opportunity to your student, it is a great achievement. If they are interested in this opportunity, please email DofE@homefieldcollege.ac.uk to register their interest or send through any queries.
 



Winter is drawing near: wear warm clothing

As we are approaching the colder months of the year, please remember to dress appropriately and wear a coat.

Temperatures at college will be dropping and may turn icy or slippery, so make sure you have sturdy footwear as well as long-sleeved clothing.

We don't want students catching colds from being in summer clothes in winter! Hats and gloves are also advised, especially for those who have outdoor work placements or who walk to college. 
 

Themed Menus At Breward's Coffee Shop
To mark Black History Month, students at Breward's Coffee Shop will be devising and cooking a Caribbean menu next week, and in the week beginning 24th of October, they will be celebrating Diwali with an Indian menu. 
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about each others' cultures, backgrounds and food delicacies and cook a wide range of food that could become a regular meal at home. 
If you are in the area and after a freshly cooked meal, pop into Breward's and support our students' efforts whilst trying out their delicious new menus.

Taste of the Caribbean (Monday 10th - Friday 14th October)

As well as giving students an insight into the production, taste and flavours there will also be the opportunity for them to understand the origins and how the dishes came to be popular, everyday staples of the Caribbean community. 
We will be serving:

  • Jerk Chicken or Jerk Banana Blossom (Vegan/Vegetarian)
  • Rice & Beans
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Salad
  • Fried Dumplings
     


 

Dates for the Diary: Parents' Evening
In December we will be holding our annual Parents' Evening for parents, carers and guardians to book slots with our tutors and Curriculum Managers to discuss student progress. You will be given a choice of an in-person meeting or a virtual Teams meeting.

Please save the following dates - further information will be circulated nearer the time.

  • Pathway 1 students - Monday 5th December 
  • Pathway 2 students - Thursday 8th December 
  • Pathway 3 students -  Tuesday 6th December 
  • Supported Internship students - Tuesday 6th December 
  • Nuneaton students - Wednesday 7th December 
  • Bespoke & Outreach students - Tuesday 6th December

For T.E.C.K @ Homefield, Enstruct @ Homefield and Macintyre students, we will contact you separately regarding arrangements. 
 

Therapies Feature: Mindful Smiling
by Janette Saxby, College Counsellor
 

Smiling not only makes other people feel better about themselves but also raises your self-esteem, increases your level of positive attitude and attitude and releases endorphins in your brain to make you happy. Humans all have a core emotional need for self-esteem and personal value.
 

Smiling relieves stress

Stress can permeate our entire being, including showing up in your face and expression. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed, but it can help decrease stress. Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don't feel like smiling or even if you fake it with a smile that isn't genuine.

When you are stressed, try intentionally putting a smile on your face. It may help improve your mood and ability to manage the stress you are experiencing.
 

Smiling Is Contagious

How many times have you heard that a smile has the power to light up the room? While it is certainly a beautiful sentiment, it carries a hint of truth. Smiling not only can elevate your mood, but it can also change the moods of others for the better. Research suggests that smiles are contagious. Your brain automatically notices and interprets other people's facial expressions—and sometimes, you may even mimic them. That means you might spot someone else's smile and unconsciously smile yourself.
 

Research shows that smiling also increases productivity when performing tasks. Do you notice any other effects of smiling?

 

Homefield Reception: 01509 815 696
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