What September in Whitley has been all about!

A Time to Resettle and Refocus

Coming together

It was a friendly atmosphere that engaged people from different age groups in various activities

The new academic year began on 4th September 2019 and with that we resumed our Schools Work at John Madejski Academy. Leaving an eventful summer behind, it was time to get back into routine.

With the closure of the Alternative Provisions (AP) Unit, we were asked to be part of the wider Student Services. This meant continuing the Reset Hub but to keep it open for any student needing assistance and not only for those we helped in the AP Unit. We do still provide teaching and pastoral support to this group of young people who are now in mainstream classes.

Overall, the Reset room is one part of the space allocated for counseling and medical services. It took us, the staff and students some time to acquaint ourselves with the new roles and expectations for this year. Re-entering mainstream classes has been rather challenging for some of our young people with low self-esteem and motivation being key reasons which in a way held them back from sometimes even attempting some things.

For us, it has been an interesting experience to witness how their personalities function in a group setting and otherwise; and in ways possible to help them develop as individuals.

We also helped run the St. Barnabas Fun Day on Saturday 14th September which gathered a good number of people from the community. It was a friendly atmosphere that engaged people from different age groups in various activities.

We also used this opportunity to interview members of the community for our ‘People of Whitley’ Facebook page. It gave us all the more reasons to celebrate people living here, especially those who moved to Whitley for different reasons and have now call this place their home.

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Leaving an eventful summer behind, it was time to get back into routine

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