Cricket Green Special School - an update
Celia Dawson, the head teacher at Cricket Green Special (CGS) School, gives YMT an overview of a very successful few months.
Primary pupils from Cricket Green visited Morden Hall Park and were asked to think about the future of the park and it’s potential for discovery. The pupils used natural materials to create sensory-based pieces of artwork which are specific to them and their experiences of play. The pupils particularly enjoyed the natural playground and the new wetlands walkway and expressed a desire to discover more wildlife, particularly more fish in the river! Pupils would like the future of the playground to offer a sensory experience which is accessible to all. Cricket Green were very excited to give the public an opportunity to view the pupils’ artwork today. Feedback from the public was very positive about the quality of the work.
Joint music project with Ricards Lodge
We are over half way through a new and exciting joint music project with students from Ricards Lodge 6th form. Fourteen CGS students from across Key Stage 3 have been selected to be a part of this group and team up fortnightly with 14 students at Ricards Lodge for this joint project. We started by getting to know each other and listening to songs written and composed by the talented 6th Form students and have progressed to learning performance skills as well as vocal and instrument practice. Our goal is to perform these songs together with the Ricards Lodge students in a CGS school assembly before half term. We are very excited!
Shed13 Art Exhibition in Wimbledon Village
Pupils from CGS have been working extremely hard with our resident artist, Dani, in Shed13 and have produced lots of beautiful art pieces. We had a wonderful opportunity to showcases these creations at the Norman Plastow Gallery in Wimbledon Village in an exhibition which ran over 5 days. Several pieces of art work were sold but more importantly the exceptional creative skills and talents of our pupils were showcased for all to see. Well done everyone.
Royal Albert Hall
Last week CGS pupils were fortunate enough to take part in the amazing Merton Music Foundations performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Some pupils were in the massed schools choir, adding their own brand of enthusiasm. We also had performers working with the OAE to create and perform a song. This saw pupils playing instruments and singing, headed up by our amazing soloist Najah. It was a wonderful evening show casing much talent. Well done to everyone involved !!
Cricket Green school has developed its pupils council this year and added new roles and responsibilities. Working with Mr Jhugroo the meetings link into Governors committee meetings and pupils have attended meetings to give feedback So far the pupils have fed back on work experience, residential trips and the Royal Albert Hall event. They have also carried out joint Learning walks with Governors and fed back on observations. Our Project Search trainees have linked with one Governor to share their hopes and ambitions and carryout mock interviews.
We are always impressed with our pupils commitment to trying new things, even though they might feel nervous. So far this new venture has been well received by Governors who have been overwhelmed by the pupils and students enthusiasm and skills. Much more to come with this venture!!
For more information about Cricket Green Special School see the webpages: www.cricketgreen.merton.sch.uk.