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Activ8 Update

2022 is well underway and Activ8 have started how they mean to go on! Prior to the Winter break, Activ8 students undertook an assessment on the human anatomy and physiology. The results are in! The staff team are absolutely thrilled with the process our students have made, particularly Macauley. He scored an incredible 44 from 51.

Swimming is now on the agenda! The team have attended ‘ Oldham Leisure Centre’ to take full advantage of their fantastic facilities. Corey looks at home in the water; he has displayed several swimming techniques, and swam with beaming  confidence. Wonderful stuff, Corey!

Sports leaders is the focus on a Wednesday afternoon, and our leaders are getting stronger week by week. Students are developing the skills, behaviours and qualities that are necessary for sports leadership. Louis, in particular, has shown he able to lead a session effectively. In the past few weeks, he has developed a fantastic introduction and spiel, followed by an engaging session, delivered with a participant centred approach.

Thursday morning means one thing: DOFE!! As a community based pathway, Activ8 love to be out and about. DofE is perhaps where this is most evident, when students are tasked with tackling different elements. The week, Sam has reached his goal! Sam made it clear that he aspired to reach the top of pots and pans. Staff are unbelievably proud of his achievement. Class, Sam! We’ve had a fantastic start to the year, well done team!

Lumenus Update

We have an exciting and busy half-term planned in Lumenus. We are working with Dark  Horse Theatre Company, the Coliseum theatre and Key Stage 4 Lumenus. On Wednesday morning we worked on our Arts Award Portfolios.

Year 12’s are researching Physical Theatre companies and finishing off their play reviews. Year 13’s and 14’s are working on Unit 2 of their Silver Arts Award. In the afternoon we went over to Oldham Theatre Workshop to work with KS4 Lumenus students. We are devising a piece around well-being this term.

In mixed KS4/ KS5 groups they explored 5 ways to well-being through movement, Keeping Active, Giving, Taking Notice, Connection and Keep learning.

From this they developed a beautiful movement piece. Through various techniques we will continue to create our piece over the next four weeks.

On Thursday we took part in our first session with Dark Horse Theatre Company. Over the next four weeks we will design, develop and shape a series of workshops that will then be used as part of the outreach for Dark Horse’s next production #Unit21. 

As associate artists, the Lumenus students will develop activities that engage with the themes of #Unit21. These themes include the pressures and expectations set upon us by society when we become adults. 

The students will also develop their drama and acting skills, exploring voice, movement and devising.

Before half-term we will get to watch the show in its development phase to give our opinions to assist with the completion of the piece.

This week the students took part in games and exercises to introduce them to the Dark Horse methods. In the afternoon the students took part in a dance workshop delivered by Touchdown Dance Company. This is a part of a series of workshops of therapeutic dance that the group started in the Autumn term. The last session will be next week. This has really enabled the students positive wellbeing.

Some of you may remember that in the last summer term  we started a docudrama about employing people with disabilities, with Oldham Theatre Workshop. Today, we have watched some of the films that have been created for the piece and they are extremely powerful and emotional. There was not a dry eye in the room.

Over this term the students will be looking at how to create a presentation event for prospective employers. Watch this space.

What a fabulous week, please do enjoy whatever you have got planned for the weekend.


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