Please find below details of the Portsmouth City Council special educational needs/disability consultations:
Are you the parent/carer of a child with special educational needs and/or disability? You are invited to take part in consultations being undertaken by Portsmouth City Council on Home to School Transport and Short Breaks. These can be found on the Portsmouth Local Offer website at www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org
Please find below a summary of each of the consultations and the links to the surveys.
Short Breaks consultation - we want to hear from you.
Some families with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities are eligible for assistance with Short Breaks which are provided at two levels dependent on need and eligibility. However like all councils, we’re facing further cuts to the money we get from the government and in the next three financial years we need to make £24m of savings from our £117m net controllable spend. This is in addition to £86m of savings already made in the last six years. As part of the budget savings that the council need to make we're reviewing how we provide our Level 1 Targeted Short Break Service - which is accessed directly by parents and carers for all children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability. In order to help us review this service we have launched a consultation and we'd like to hear your views on how we can save 10% from this budget. Please access the consultation survey on line via the following link and tell us what you think: https://www.research.net/r/PCCShortBreak Our Level 2 Service which is accessed by parent/carer self-referral or a referral by a lead professional from education, health and social care will remain unchanged.
Home to School/College Transport consultation - we want to hear from you.
One of our statutory duties as a council is to provide transport to children and young persons of school age who are eligible for assisted school transport. However like all councils, we’re facing further cuts to the money we get from the government and in the next three financial years we need to make £24m of savings from our £117m net controllable spend. This is in addition to £86m of savings already made in the last six years. Against this backdrop our home to school transport service has been overspent for a number of years - so in order to keep within our budget we need to review the way we deliver home to school/college transport. We want to hear from residents, parents and carers their views on the potential changes we could make to the service to help us to run it more efficiently. Please access the consultation survey on line via the following link and tell us what you think: https://www.research.net/r/PCCTRANSPORT
Dr Julia Katherine
Head of Inclusion
There is an article in today's Portsmouth News regarding plans being explored by Portsmouth City Council which might affect Springfield and its facilities: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/city-school-could-see-swimming-pool-axed-as-part-of-expansion-1-7758601
The Governing Body are aware of the options under exploration by the Council and has had the opportunity to be involved in some initial discussions. However, no decisions or options have been agreed at this stage.
I would take this opportunity to draw your attention to the most recent update posted by the school regarding the pool: http://springfield.uk.net/index.php/school-life/2013-12-19-15-10-17
Sara Spivey, Headteacher
As you may remember we donated a substantial amount of the Christmas non uniform money raised to The Lord Mayor's Charity. We also however donated money to the African Adventures Foundation. We wanted the pupils from the four schools we will work in this August to have a Christmas meal (Kenyan style) and the African Adventures Foundation has done that for us.
As it turned out all of the schools in Kenya actually closed for Christmas at the end of October last year so some of the Project Co-ordinators decided to make up some food hampers for the students to take home. At The Walk Centre, Mama Kerry project and Hadassah project, more than 200 families received food parcels which consisted of 2kg of wheat flour, 1kg of sugar and cooking fat, 1kg of green grams (mung beans) and 2kg of maize flour. These ingredients are enough for a family of four to make chapatis and ugali served with green gram stew for up to three days. These based ingredients can also be mixed with potatoes and any other ingredients family might have to hand to create different variations. African Adventures thought that this was such a great idea this year that they will actively encourage the projects to do something similar next year. It costs just 500KES (£4) to make up a family food hamper!
Below are some pictures of the hampers being given out.
Springfield pupils donated £1 each to participate in the annual festive non-uniform day today. Year 11 Senior Prefects were delighted to present a cheque for £700 to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth this afternoon which will be donated to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's Charity Appeal which supports the following charities - The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, NHS Trust Oncology and Haematology and Help 4 Special Children.
Pupils in Year 10 have kindly donated food items this week to The LifeHouse in Southsea. Mr Williams, Head of Achievement for Year 10 took the bags of food down to the depot today. The LifeHouse is a resource, support centre and soup kitchen in Albert Road, Southsea targeting the issues surrounding homelessness and addiction for those in need in Portsmouth. Year 9 pupils have also made generous donations of food to Portsmouth Food Bank this week.
Well done to all the pupils and staff for your charity work not only today but throughout the year!
We have been treated to three wonderful performances of the stage musical of ‘Annie ‘this week thanks to Springfield’s drama and music students. ‘Annie’ has been a new and exciting challenge for the cast and musical performers and I would like to thank them all for their hard work. The high levels of energy, patience and enthusiasm, coupled with individual and collective talents, have given rise to amazing shows. Well done to everyone involved.
Mrs Brown, Head of Drama
We were delighted to hold our annual Elderly Neighbours' party yesterday afternoon. Guests enthusiastically watched and joined in with a cabaret of music, some extracts from the drama production of 'Annie', bingo, a raffle and even pupil table magicians! Prefects mingled with the guests to ensure everyone had a merry time.
At the start of the academic year, Year 8 pupils were placed into three houses; Alliance (tutor groups N,E and F), Victory (tutor groups G,L and S) and Warrior (tutor groups P,R, and D). These names were chosen by the pupils themselves to commemorate the rich history of Portsmouth. Throughout the year, in various and diverse competitions, each of the houses will compete against each other to win the prestigious 'House of the Year 2017' trophy. However, some other important values of this competition will also focus on how to work cooperatively as a team, provide support for team mates and show respect to all. Many pupils applied for some of the captain roles in each house. They were House Captain, Vice House Captain, Sports Captain and Student Council Captain. It was a tough decision to make. Below is a photo of the successful candidates who we deemed fighting fit for the job. The first competition has already concluded and Victory were 'victorious' this term, but next term is a new one, and anyone can knock them off their pedestal! Well done Year 8, lets hope next term is an even more successful one.
Mrs Goldsmith, Head of Achievement for Year 8
Year 8 have had some very informative Personal Development Learning (PDL) lessons today thanks to PCSOs, Fire Safety Officers from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Cosham and Ollie Wilcox, Road Safety Office at Portsmouth City Council. Pupils were split into groups and discussions ensued relating to road safety, personal safety including staying safe online and fire safety. The pupils responded realy well to the sessions. Thank you to the visitors who took the time to speak to the pupils today.
We held our annual stakeholders' lunch today. This is our chance to say thank you to all the people who kindly give up their time to assist with focus days, school trips/events/clubs, mentoring, assemblies and lessons. Approximately 45 guests attended and were treated to a delicious lunch provided by GCSE catering/food and nutrition pupils. Year 10 pupil Aleisha Kingswell played a beautiful selection of music on the piano as the guests arrived and Springfield Prefects also assisted. Mr Lomas thanked the stakeholders for the excellent support they give the school in helping to develop pupils' personal development.
Portsmouth Parent Voice is a service run by parents for parents of children and young people with additional needs or disability. Each month they publish a news letter "Impacting On You" containing information on a variety of subjects. Please find below December's copy.
Mrs Rooks, SENDCO
Springfield Science department have been very lucky to receive one of the SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) plates of which there are very few. An SDSS plate is an aluminium plate into which tiny holes are drilled. Each hole has an optical fibre plugged into it (by hand). Each hole corresponds to the sky location where there is an object (a star or a galaxy) which SDSS wants to measure a spectrum for. During SDSS spectroscopic observations, between six and nine of these are used every night. Each plate is custom drilled for a special part of the sky (about the size of your palm stretched out at arms length), and once all the data is collected for the astronomical objects in that plate, it becomes surplus to requirements. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the universe ever made, with deep multi-color images of one third of the sky, and spectra for more than three million astronomical objects! The Science department are thinking of the perfect place to display the plate. For more details and some examples of how the plates have been used elsewhere please follow the link below.