News - October 2018

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Magic breakfast

  •   Wed 10, 2018
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin

Magic 'Spook-takular' Breakfast

Our Magic Breakfast sponsored club took a 'spook-takular' Halloween twist this morning... 

Porridge, cereal, bagels and fruit juice were served to our students by a visiting witch who had worn her best cloak and pointed hat.  She also brought along some creepy cobwebs, spinetingling spiders and a scary skeleton.  

Magic Breakfast is a registered charity aiming to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools through the provision of healthy breakfasts to vulnerable children.  

Personal Opportunities Development

  •   Mon 10, 2018
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin


During year 10 the students at Brook Green will take part in our POD days or Personal Opportunities and Development days. During these students work toward either and AOPE or COPE award, Award or Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

POD challenges feed into the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and go towards the students final qualification.  Undertaking each POD task requires the students to demonstrate key employability skills such as Working Together, Problem Solving, and Communication.  These are skills the ASDAN qualification assesses. When the course has successfully been completed at Year 11 the student could gain a GCSE through producing a portfolio of evidence that is externally moderated.  POD's practical hands on approach lends itself perfectly to the demands of the CoPE qualification

This is new to Brook Green and is designed to build confidence, resilience and independence in our students, with a view to preparing them for the rigours of further education and or work. Students engage in a wide range of activities from DIY projects, visiting work placements to canoeing or country walking to complete a number of modules and challenges designed to develop, challenge and record the use of these skills.

 The program allows us to provide breadth and depth to our curriculum offer, whilst giving our students the opportunity to engage in activities that they might not have the opportunity to engage in out of the school setting.

One of those modules is Sport and Leisure in which students have to evidence that they have engaged in various activities aimed at increasing self-confidence and preparing them for life after Brookgreen. Students take part in five challenges over 10 hours. These include such things as engaging in swimming activities, taking part in at least two outdoor activities, climbing and Hillwalking for example. Identifying and taking part in a leisure activity of your choice such as Orienteering and pursuing an extended health and fitness programme.


In another module students work together to help develop the school site with DIY styles tasks. For example, helping with the building of sensory garden. As well as working together on a small enterprise project where the groups make items to sell at fairs.


Part of the POD program is to help prepare of students for the world of work, thus all students will complete a period of work experience or gain extra skills & qualifications that would help in a work placement such as first aid and food & hygiene.

Pip Critten from Project Search

  •   Mon 10, 2018
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin

Pip Critten from Project Search 

Pip Critten from Project Search came in to speak to the Year 10 POD group. 

Project Search are linked to Plymouth Hospitals Trust and work at Derriford.  They work with 18-24 year olds with Learning Needs and their aim is to place them in paid employment withing the NHS. The young people undertake a year long internship working in vital support staff roles such as Porters, Cleaners, Admin Assistants, and Health Care Assistants. 

Pip was able to talk to the current Year 10s about previous students from Hillside and Brook Green who have already taken part in the scheme and are now in full-time paid employment. It was great to hear about their success and it helped Year 10 to start to think about building for their own future success

Routeways October Half Term Short breaks

  •   Fri 10, 2018
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin


October Half Term Dates 

Short Breaks

Hello everyone,

October half term Short Breaks is next week, There are still spaces available on all the following activities.

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd - Plymouth Argyle Football & Multi Sports Programme

Tuesday 23rd - Visit to Dartmoor Zoo

Friday 26th - Horizons Sailing

Visit to Dartmoor Zoo on Tuesday 23rd October. 10am - 4pm
Book your place and download the consent form at

Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Lots of spaces still available.
Book at

Friday 26th October, A day sailing from mayflower marina.
Book at

Short Breaks activities run during all school holidays, make sure you keep up to date on forthcoming activities by following our facebook page 

Spaces need to be pre-booked through

Please email me or text/ring on 07920558543 if you have any queries.

Look forward to seeing you soon,

All the best,


Trinity sailing trip October 2018

  •   Mon 10, 2018
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin

 Trinity sailing trip

This was a free trip provided by Trinity sailing Trust, sharing a vessel with Devon Young Carers. 

We took 5 students, all from year 11. Three of these students have sailed with Trinity on two previous occasions. This made them experienced hands and capable of helping the two remaining students who would need lots of help.

We boarded Provident on Monday afternoon, collected our oilskins and boots from the storeroom and set sail that afternoon for Dartmouth, where we came alongside two tall ships belonging to a disability sailing trust.

Tuesday morning was an early start as the tall ships had to leave, so we tied up at a buoy on the river for breakfast before sailing in lively seas to Salcombe. 

Wednesday morning we went ashore, had showers in the yacht club and bought sweets and fudge before setting sail towards Plymouth.

We anchored at Cawsand Bay, had anchor watches through the night, then set sail on Thursday morning. Thursday night was alongside the jetty at Dartmouth, where we were able to shower again at the public showers, before motoring in very light winds back to Brixham for our return home Friday afternoon.

Another memorable and fantastic journey for everyone onboard this historic sailing trawler.

Thank you Trinity and thanks to Mr Chandler and the students for making it such a good trip.

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