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Media Suite Makeover - your votes are needed! - posted 30th Oct

Meadowfield School is located in Sittingbourne, Kent and serves pupils with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN) including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Severe Communication Difficulties and Physical Disabilities. 

We are the only Special School in the Swale area and currently have 305 pupils ranging in age from 3 to 19. This number is increasing each year with a high demand for school places. As a result of this we are currently expanding our school, for example, we have recently added on new classrooms and there are plans to build a new Sixth Form and Sports Hall.

At Meadowfield School we continually seek to improve and recent new initiatives have included: Forest School, sensory circuits, therapeutic singing, gong therapy, increased work experience opportunities, yoga for special needs, a range of pupil well-being programmes and greatly improved feedback opportunities for pupils.

Our current ICT Suite is tired, with outdated equipment and not fully accessible to all our students. Our dream this year is to raise £10 000 to install a state of the art Media Suite so that our pupils have space for projects such as green screen, stop motion animation and podcasts. 

The Media Suite will allow pupils to explore their creativity whilst also deepening understanding as they work with others. The flexible, open plan space will allow all of our students to access the room and will mean that there is a dedicated teaching area for those pupils who use eye gaze technology. 

The Media Suite is crucial for all our students so that they can build on skills such as communication, problem solving, decision making, ICT skills and resilience. Developing these skills will give our vulnerable pupils the greatest life chances, especially with future employment opportunities. This is especially important as currently only 6.4% of adults with learning disabilities are in paid employment in Kent. (Source: Kent and Medway Health Observatory). 

The Media Suite will also allow pupils the opportunity to gain extra qualifications; improving both skills and qualifications will support our students in entering the labour market which is crucial to achieving social inclusion.

Here is what some of our pupils have to say about our Meadowfield Media Suite Makeover:

“I would be so excited I would put 10,000 smiling emoji’s on the window” 

“I would be so proud if it looked WOW” 

“Re-building the computer room would be like putting 1,000,000 bows in my hair” 

“It would mean we could use technology in cool and interesting ways and would help me when I leave school."

At Meadowfield School we want to celebrate all the wonderful things our students can succeed in; to focus on the ability not disability. We want to raise the profile of our school within the local community and celebrate all of our achievements. The Aviva Fund to makeover our Media Suite will help us to realise our dream. 

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We have been awarded the Music Mark - posted 4th Oct

Meadowfield school are proud to announce that they have been nominated, and are now, a Music Mark School Member, part of a National organisation and Subject Association for Music. This is awarded in recognition of the school’s commitment to providing high-quality music education for all children and young people.

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Meadowbury is coming - posted 13th Jul

We will be holding our annual Meadowbury Music Festival on Thursday 19th July 2018. The theme for the day is the 1950’s It will include music from live bands and a local school as well as a wide range of activities, of which one is a falconry display. Pupils are welcome to come to school in 1950’s costume or other festive fancy dress.

There will be ice lollies for sale and you may wish to give your child some money to purchase one. Please place money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and the amount clearly shown on the front and hand to the class teacher.

On the day of Meadowbury, all school dinners will consist of festival burgers and dessert. If you wish your child to have a school lunch on this day please pay in the normal way, however, you can, of course, provide your own packed lunch.

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World Book Day - 1st March 2018 - posted 20th Feb

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 1 March 2018, and we would like to invite you to join us in helping your child to make the most of this special occasion. World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children.

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