The run-up to the end of the calendar year is always one filled with excitement and activities. This year is no different. Over the coming weeks, students will be engaging in a variety of activities and events such as Remembrance Day Services, Sponsored Walk, Performing Arts' Showcase, Road Safety week, Christmas College Lunch and much more. Details of some of these are below.
As Winter draws in, we are seeing an increase in student absences. May I remind you of the correct absence procedure should a student be unwell:
If the student is studying on Pathway 1, Pathway 2, Pathway 3, Supported Internship, at our Nuneaton campus, or bespoke, please report their absence by ringing Reception (01509 815696) by 8.30am and selecting Option 1 – Report a Student Absence. You then leave a voicemail detailing the student’s name and their absence reason.
For all other students, please follow the correct procedure for your programme:
Macintyre 'No Limits' - report their absence by phoning the on-call number –07825620437. Note, this phone is active between 7am-9am & 4pm-6pm Monday-Friday, and 4pm-7pm on Sundays. Please do not text the on-call phone as it is an inactive mobile that is kept in a locked drawer.
Enstruct @ Homefield - report their absence by ringing Enstruct on 0116 289 5454 by 8.30am
T.E.C.K @ Homefield - report their absence by ringing T.E.C.K on 01530 587 254 by 8.30am
If an absence is due to COVID-19 symptoms, please inform us immediately so that we can put any processes in place for those the student has been in contact with as needed.
If a student becomes unwell whilst at College, we will isolate them and ask you to collect them. If there is a medical emergency, we will support the student and meet you at the hospital.
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.
Across last week and Monday, students and residents have been taking part in a selection of Halloween-related activities, including pumpkin carving, pin the spider on the cobweb, scary word searches and terrifying maths puzzles.
Performing Arts students absolutely loved visiting the Haunted Halloween Open Garden in Mountsorrel to practice their scary faces!
At the weekend, Pathway 2 student Louis hosted a Halloween Disco for East Goscote Dancers with minimal assistance from tutor Lisa. He had the full DJ set & gear down to a Halloween backdrop and smoke machine. Everybody had lots of fun as Louis hosted party games and played spooky music. He was absolutely fantastic - well done DJ Louis!
We are holding two small services on Friday 11th November 2021 to remember those who died in conflict. The services will last for approximately 20 minutes and will consist of a couple of readings and a poem read by students and staff, as well as the laying of the wreath.
10am - Peace Garden, Mountsorrel
Located on the corner of Sileby Road and Loughborough Road, opposite the Butter Market
2pm - War Memorial, Sileby
Located in Sileby Park
We encourage all guests to arrive 10 minutes before the service starts.
There will also be a 2 minute silence held across the College at 11am.
On Wednesday 30th November we will be holding our annual Performing Arts' Christmas Showcase. This is taking place at Mountsorrel Memorial Centre at 1.30pm.
The show is called Homefield College presents: Wandering in to Oz. It is a pantomime that has been created by past students, which involves popular pantomime characters that find themselves on the way to Oz. It showcases dancing, Makaton and script work that students have been working on within lessons.
All parents / carers are welcome to attend. If you would like to watch the show, contact your student's Progress Mentor or Personal Tutor to confirm your attendance. Please arrive between 1pm and 1.20pm for a prompt 1.30pm start.
We will also be holding a raffle with many excellent items to win. Raffle tickets will be on sale before the performance, with the draw happening at the end.
On Tuesday 6th December, students will be embarking on the annual Sponsored Walk raising money for charity. This will be at Bradgate Park and takes part during college hours, so students will be back in time for their regular transport home.
Our Student Union have voted on the following four charities the money raised will be equally split:
We will soon be sending students home with sponsorship forms so please support them in raising money for these key charities.
The dress code for the walk is 'Festive Fun', so we anticipate lots of Christmas Jumpers and festive outfits. Students will need to wear suitable shoes - we will be staying on the main path at Bradgate park but be prepared for cold and / or wet weather as the Winter months draw near.
This week Principal Tracey Forman alongside the Senior Management Team had the pleasure of judging the annual Corporate Christmas Card competition. We had 30 entries across Pathway 1, Pathway 2, Pathway 3, Supported Internships, Bespoke and Nuneaton. I am delighted to announce the winning student is....Aidan P!
Aidan's Christmas Tree design will be representing Homefield this year, and Aidan will receive 3 packs of cards.
Whilst Aidan's design blew us all away, we also wanted to give honourable mentions to Eleanor T, Haroon H, Carly T and William G whose work made it through to the shortlist. Congratulations to all, and well done to all who entered.
For Health & Safety Week this year, a wide variety of activities were organised in lots of different pathways, including a trip to Warning Zone (Pathway 2), First Aid Qualifications (Pathway 3 & Nuneaton), talks by RNLI and Canal & River Trust, and finally, an inspection of hazards around the community and college itself!
Read our latest blog post to find out more about what students got up to...
Road Safety Week takes place Monday 14th November - Friday 18th November and the theme this year is 'Safe Roads for All', as every life on the road matters. We will raise awareness of key road safety, including safe crossings, safe vehicles and speeds, and safe roads, so that students can stay safe in the community.
As part of our Focus Week we will cover bike and vehicle safety with third parties including the Fire and Rescue service attending during the week. The Fire Service to deliver a Road Safety presentation to students as part of this.
Safe roads for all means:
safe places to walk and cycle
safe places to cross roads
safe road users
Road Safety is important for everyone, and it's vital that you model safe road practices when with your student. This includes driving within the speed limits, ensuring everyone fastens their seatbelts, looking carefully both ways before crossing a street, and pointing out dangerous behaviour to learn from mistakes.
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.
There are many benefits of having access to animals. They:
can give someone a purpose (a reason to go for a walk, or a reason to go to the shops etc)
offer complete attention without the addition of demands
show acceptance for who you are
provide a well-needed distraction from everyday routines.
It is known that their presence is good for increasing those feel-good enzymes within the body.
Here at Homefield, we have begun to explore our therapy animal options. We have introduced two tortoises - Ozzy who is 50 years old and much younger Sheldon at the age of 3. They will be joining us throughout the spring and summer months when they are not in hibernation.
We then have Dottie, who is our new pup, and who will be going through her therapy dog assessments as soon as she is old enough. At the moment she is visiting students across all sites to get used to different people, noises, and expectations.
If your student would like a specific visit from Dottie then please do let us know and we will arrange a visit, otherwise, she can often be seen in and around the different sites.
'Beyond The Spectrum' is a creative writing project for autistic writers of all ages and abilities. It began with a pilot project, a series of online creative-writing workshops in early 2021. Led by a team of lead writers, each with lived experience of autism, participants were encouraged to develop new skills, express themselves creatively, and establish new networks with other autistic writers.
Starting in autumn 2022, Writing East Midlands are delighted to announce that there will be free, online groups running across the East Midlands for both adults and young people. The groups will be a mixture of people who have written with us before, and new people too, but they will all be friendly and welcoming. And critically, they are all built to work for autistic people!
Some of the available dates are as follows:
November 2022 – 7th & 28th, December 2022- 12th
January 2023 – 9th & 23rd, February 2023 – 13th & 27th March 2023 – 13th & 27th
November 2022 – 17th, December 2022- 1st & 15th
January 2023 – 12th & 26th, February 2023 – 16th, March 2023 – 2nd, 16th & 30th
If your student is interested in exploring this opportunity, please encourage them to talk to their tutor or Progress Mentor for further advice.