Festive treats at Treloar College
As we reach the Christmas holidays, in another topsy turvy year we’re in awe of how our students have adapted to each challenge put in their way. From lockdowns, to vaccinations, to virtual learning, they’ve embraced each stage and kept us smiling throughout. Despite the challenges we are so proud of everything our students have achieved this term at College with the support of our team. We’ve had students out on work experience, working on enterprise projects, attending the local Christmas market and collecting donations for community hampers.
Sing and sign Christmas party
At College, our entry, sensory and interactive classes have been working really hard making Christmas videos for the Makaton sing & sign party this week. College tutor Denise organized a hybrid party with some College students gathering in our newly renovated performance hall, and some students joining via Zoom to sing along to Christmas party tunes and classics. The event included Makaton Christmas bingo to help reinforce the learning that takes place alongside the tunes. You can join in and watch our sing and sign films on YouTube
College class collect donations for hampers for the elderly
As part of our students’ holistic learning at Treloar’s we encourage their involvement in local community initiatives that help others. This also links into our work experience programme where students can get involved by taking part in fundraising activities, volunteering or even campaigning for charities of interest.
Spotlight UK was set up in 2009 to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. Spotlight UK provides support through mentoring, emergency food/clothes bank, sports classes, dance classes, family treats and so much more.
Charlotte’s College tutor group collected donations of chocolates, biscuits, toiletries, socks, and scarves, and created Christmas gift bags for the elderly and Christmas food hampers for families. Ben, Caris and Amos are pictured with their class donations.
Alton Christmas Market
On a bright but chilly Saturday morning, Ben supported by his tutor Charlotte, worked at our stall at the local Christmas Market. He was busy selling gifts his tutor group had made and getting stuck into the Christmas spirit. Looking after a market stall is great practice for community skills, there’s lots of opportunity to practice communication and money handling skills. It was great to be back out in the community representing Treloar’s.
Christmas bake off!
Flossie’s domestic independence classes have been getting creative with their Christmas cake designs this year. Using their best communication and functional skills, working together as a team, these cakes were made and decorated over a couple of weeks in November. The students researched ideas for decorating their cakes on the internet. Each one is very individual. Here they are all ready to be taken home and shared with families.