TMS Does Science Week!

From the 18th to the 22nd June, The Mendip School celebrated science with a week of learning dedicated to the subject.

We started off with a trip to We The Curious, where pupils were able to interact with all of the museum pieces, including augmented reality, a weather station, bubble creating and farm to food stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the rest of the week, pupils took part in science practical activities such as:

  • field walks / bug spotting
  • chromatography
  • physical and chemical changes
  • slime making
  • using paper aeroplanes to study speed, distance and time.

There was also an opportunity to use virtual reality to look at how science can be taught in virtual environments, with pupils putting together skeletons in an anatomy lesson!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Aqua go to The Avon Valley.

Aqua class went to Avon Valley on a very hot, sunny day. We enjoyed feeding the animals, a tractor and a train ride but we really enjoyed the soft play area. Some of us even braved the death slides.

 

 

 

TMS win at the Bath and West!

Congratulations to Aqua class, who gained recognition for their floral display at the Bath and West show last weekend.  The display and winning entry will be at the front of school for the next few days if you wants to come and see!!

 

 

 

 

 

FOMS Spring Walk 2018

The Friends of the Mendip School PTA ran its second annual Spring Walk in Collett Park at 11am on Sunday 22 April. Last year the Friends raised nearly £700 towards the Mendip School’s swimming pool project. This year the Friends look set to raise even more – the total collected so far is over £1000 plus Gift Aid contributions with more expected.
 
The Mendip School is for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) from ages 4-19 . The School moved to its new purpose-built site at Bath and West Showground in Prestleigh in September 2016. Children attend the school from as far apart as Bristol and Wincanton, but most are from the mid-Somerset and Frome areas.
 
On Sunday morning, families gathered at Collett Park in Shepton Mallet and attempted to walk as many laps as they could around the park. For some of the children and families, this was a huge challenge. ASD can affect mobility in various ways, so everyone did what what they could within their abilities. The weather was still fair and families enjoyed the sunshine. Head of School Natalie Hanna attended with her young family and with school dog Chica.
 
The Mendip School is raising funds to build an on-site swimming pool. Many of the students at the school suffer from sensory issues and swimming can really help.
 
Friends Chair Verena Fuller said, “Our children badly need a swimming pool on-site. At the moment the School have to bus the children to swimming pools elsewhere. They don’t get to swim often enough and on one occasion, the children turned up to discover the pool was double-booked. That would be disappointing for any child, but for children with a condition like autism, it was very distressing.”
 
She continues, “Last year was our first as a new PTA at the new site of the school. This year we’re delighted to have more families take part and to raise more money.”
 
If anyone would like to support the Friends, please contact mendipschoolpta@gmail.com or see Friends of the Mendip School on JustGiving.com.

Residential to Goblin Combe.

Pupils from TMS took part in a residential at Goblin Combe this week.  Whilst on residential, pupils had the opportunity to learn bush craft skills, took part in go-karting and completed an assault course.  All pupils had a wonderful time and their behaviour was exemplary

 
 
 

 

 

 

Roller Disco at TMS!

On the last day of Term 4, TMS pupils got the opportunity to take part in a roller disco thanks to Shepton Get Your Skates On.  Have a look at some of our pictures below!

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TMS Endeavour 2 Achieve!

Pupils from year 11 have spent a day at Endeavour 2 Achieve today.  A home set up specifically for pupils with a diagnosis of ASD.

Endeavour is an uniquely hireable furnished 4 bedroom holiday let property, set up by a family who have 2 adult sons with autism and learning disabilities who wanted to offer local families more choice.

 It provides a natural homely setting in which individuals or a small group can:

  • Take a short break
  • Use the house for Day opportunity activities to informally review their independent living skills in a non educational setting
  • Practice ‘living together’ to check out compatibility before committing to a binding tenancy.

We are really grateful to the team behind Endeavour to Achieve, and look forward to working with them in the future.  You can find out more by visiting their website.

 

 

The Bullzini Family come to TMS!

The Fabulous Bullzini family spent two days with pupils from The Mendip School to help them complete a tightrope walking workshop.  Pupils from all classes in the school took part and everyone had a lot of fun.  It was great to see all pupils supporting each other and cheering each other on.  Below are some photos of the activities.

Thankyou to the Bullzini Family for supporting our children.  If you would like to find out more about them, click on their webpage link here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TMS Host Table Cricket Tournament!

Well done to The Mendip School team who finished second in the recent table cricket tournament.  Other schools represented were Threeways and Critchill.  Congratulations to all of those involved.