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Exhall Grange is a 2-19 community maintained specialist school which meets the needs of children and young people with visual impairment, physical disabilities, complex medical needs and social and communication interaction difficulties.
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W9BA 2018 COMPETITION 2 WINNER – Connor Langhorn
We are delighted to announce that Connor Langhorn has won Warwickshire Schools Library Service Competition 2. Connor’s winning Diary Entry was based on the novel Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw.
Congratulations Connor – we are very proud of you!
(Please read Connor’s winning entry in the next column)
Diary Entry- Outwalkers – Exhall Grange School: Connor Langhorn
Thursday 19th June 2034
I have just seen Jet leave with Poacher yet I still wonder where he is, where he’s going or where he’s already been. Swift was hanging around Cass, which seems odd, because usually Cass is quite independent, but today, she’s been looking rather off. For one thing, she collapsed earlier due to exhaustion mostly, but other than that she seemed to stick fairly close to the convoy for comfort. I reckon she needs the support as well. Earlier I was having the most wonderful dream, it was all about way back when I had both Mum and Dad by my side. My slumber was callously interrupted. I was awoken by the night duty and all my hopes of seeing them again were shattered. Exactly like my hopes of ever seeing that blissful dream again and being reunited with my wonderful parents; if only for a few minutes or seconds. But it was a very rude awakening in which I was poked with a stick and then, cautiously, I opened my eyes.It was Poacher growling into my ear,
“It’s your turn now!” To which I groggily, replied. “Not now, not yet” I didn’t want to lose that dream.
The cold morning air bit my skin as I wandered out to stretch my legs. The dew moistened my trainers so that I would have to have walked today with freezing cold feet that would probably go numb at some point. The long grass licked at my hips as I scrambled to find a flat bit of ground that wasn’t pocked with mole hills or rabbit holes where I would twist my ankles. The faint voices of Poacher behind me and Swift ahead was good enough reassurance that today was going to be a good day for making progress for the convoy of a dozen or more children all on their long voyage to Scotland. Jet had recently arrived back with yet another rabbit in his jaws and his tail was wagging madly with excitement to see me again. This was going to be an interesting day; I feel full of hope and less of apprehension. I shall see you again tomorrow, same time same place. Between these pages hold my secrets and life story.
GCSE Literature pupils in Year 10 and 11 Visit Birmingham to attend GCSE Lectures on Shakespeare’s Macbeth
On Thursday November 29th, 2018 GCSE Literature pupils in Year 10 and 11 travelled to Birmingham to attend lectures on their set GCSE Literature text, Macbeth. Pupils listened attentively to four lectures which covered the themes of fate, suffering and death in the play as well as the presentation of the supernatural and ambition. Pupils were encouraged to look closely at the language and dramatic structure of the play and were given tips on how to write analytically in the GCSE examination.
Good luck to Year 11 this week who are sitting their mock examinations!
By Sam Nicholas – English – 26th September 2018
Today was the day. The day to go to one of my favourite trips of them all, the Roman Lunt Fort. I was beaming with excitement. I didn’t know what we going to do there, since we didn’t go in Year 6 and my old school. As soon as the booming bell went, it was time. Time to adventure into Roman ages, and learn of course.
Mrs Law told us to sit down, while Mr Cheney read the register out. Luckily, everyone was here. After Mr. Cheney read the register out, Mrs Law said that we were about to make our way to the mini-buses. That’s when all the chaos started to happen! It happened so quickly, that it was possibly faster than a young cheetah catching its prey. We slowly boarded the mini-buses and sat down quickly. I was on the dark blue one, my favourite. I sat behind the driver, who was really kind. I had my friend sat next to me. We sat down and chatted for the majority of the time the bus stood still. Suddenly, when the wheelchairs were all packed in, the mini-bus engine’s roared. Then we were off!
In no time, we arrived. We again boarded off slowly. I saw just in the distance Mr. Cheney wander off into the gate. He came back saying, ‘’we need a password to get in. And the password is Toe macular.’’ I had never heard of that word. After all of that, we marched into the metal gates and there was a woman standing right below the fort. She seemed to be wearing ragged blue and pink robes, a tear at the bottom of her foot and brown sandals it seemed to appear. We continued to march to her. When we were really close to her, she introduced herself as ‘Nata.’ Some of the students at the back and the front shouted ‘Toe macular!’ She simply replied with, ‘Toe macular is the Latin word for sausage!’ That I did not know.
She spoke about marching for a bit. Then, suddenly, we broke into a full on march into the fort gates. We were going to look outside, first. We marched straight until we came to this thatched building in front of us. Inside was the tiny gift shop, and the museum. We put our coats and bags onto some blue pegs, and handful went to the toilet. After everyone was done, we gathered around Nata and she told us that the Latin word for left and right is ‘Cin and Dex’. That was an interesting fact in my opinion. We marched outside the fort and then once again gathered around Nata again. She was telling us about this ditch, that Celts would go into to get into the Roman fort. Since it was a popular place to get into the fort, Romans placed spiky triangles, I forgot what they were called. Then she told us that Celts sometimes wore nothing. Nothing at all. They also had blue paint around their body to show that they were fierce and the leaders had swords, but not warriors. They were also known as Barbarians and Peasants.
After that, we went back inside the fort. Up above us was the fort. That looked like my favourite bit of the journey. We were going up there next. We climbed the steep steps, and finally, we got to the top. Nata told us a really gruesome fact (in my opinion), that Celts climbed the fort walls, through the nettles and thorns, and if they reached the top, they were easily stabbed by Roman soldiers. After she told us that fact, we came down. Next to the fort, was a big training place. We entered it and then we played a game. There were 2 teams, one with Romans shields and foam javelins. We had to throw the javelins into the shields. Of course, I missed every shot. And then we switched teams. It was nearly time to go.
Next, we went to the museum, where we put our bags. We basically stayed there for the majority of the trip, while others brought money for the gift shop. I dressed up as an angry Roman. After that, we had a quick snappy break, and then we made our way to the mini-buses. And that was it. An amazing trip that was!
I learned a lot of things on this half-day trip. I also enjoyed it as more as I learned. I would definitely go again. Thank you for your time in reading this.
Year 14 Cadent Internship Graduation 2018
We offer a mainstream curriculum and endeavour to break down barriers to learning. Through high quality teaching and personalised support, we aim to unlock the potential of every pupil so that they leave our school as well rounded citizens, ready to embrace the next step of their learning journey.
• That we strive to be an outstanding school that meets the complex needs of all our pupils and the communities they represent.
• That we constantly improve the quality of the learning outcomes for individuals by refining and refreshing our high quality teaching, reviewing our curriculum and by using assessment and targeting consistently and effectively.
• That all staff of the school, are committed to personal and shared development of skills that strengthen and support our strategic purpose and vision.
• That we remain open-minded as we seek to follow opportunities that strengthen our focus.
• That we maintain and develop self-evaluation and self reflection in ways that consistently focus on the best outcomes for individuals.
• That we undertake strategic planning that enables us to use our skills, expertise and ambitions to support all the pupils we work with.