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Melland New Teacher Climbing New Heights for Charity

Demelza one of our new teachers has joined Melland with energy and passion for the Pre-Formal curriculum. She has already made a great impact in her role as Pre-Formal curriculum coordinator, supporting students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) learn and achieve. Students in Demelza’s class learn through sensory integration and access a range of specialist and bespoke sensory learning opportunities.

Even before joining Melland, Demelza wanted to make an impact and spent her summer tackling the Tour Du Mont Blanc Challenge: spending 10 days walking 174km through 3 countries carrying a tent, clothes, food, sleep and cook systems. To add to the challenge Demelza averaged a daily climb of 1100m almost equal to Ben Nevis (1300m) and the cumulative total gain 10,000m!Demelza raised an incredible £440 to put towards sensory stories resources for her class. An exceptional achievement and a fantastic contribution to the specialist learning of her class and team at Melland High School.

Springboard Programme “Checking out me history”

Students from KS4 and Sixth Form had an amazing session with Gabriel and Janique from the Springboard Programme at The Black Curriculum. They came into school and made the group come alive with a session on Protest poetry, igniting the learners’ passion and giving them the confidence to speak up proudly and confidently. The session was really well adapted, and the content inspiring and relevant to students who are keen to develop the skills to critically view society and change the world positively. They have been so proud to share their words and artwork with the whole school.

“It was a privilege to be a part of the activity. The poet was inspirational, and the students were incredibly engaged. The whole school would benefit from the experience”. (Teacher)

“Everyone should be involved – it would be a great opportunity for all the students. They all got involved and had a great lesson, speaking up and working with each other to find their voice”. (Teaching Assistant)

Bridgewater Hall SEND Friendly Concert

As the sun illuminated the town with its warm embrace, we embarked on a leisurely stroll through the centre of Manchester, looking forward to a morning of music and community spirit. Upon reaching our destination, the Bridgewater Hall, we were greeted at the door by friendly faces who welcomed us to the venue. We made our way into the auditorium, each of us finding our seats independently, creating a sense of anticipation for the concert ahead.

As the curtain rose and the musicians took their positions, the audience settled in their seats, ready for the musical journey that lay ahead. It didn’t take long for the event to take an interactive turn. Our eager pupils stepped up to the front of the stage, infusing the performance with their enthusiasm as they added playful actions to the songs. Soon, the entire audience was drawn into the magic of the moment, with everyone joining in, singing along, and mimicking the lively actions. Laughter and joy filled the air as the music created a memorable experience that left us all with a great sense of connection and a shared love for music.

Melland Street Project

To welcome the new expansion and bring it fully into the Melland community we wanted something new. Following consultation with students and staff, we found that the numbered learning zones didn’t match with the new layout, so we had the opportunity to be creative…

All corridors and former learning zones now have street names.

All rooms where someone “lives” now have a street number and a recognisable home.

Why streets? Streets reflect real world navigation and offer our students a unique added learning opportunity, where appropriate. The use of numbers and streets further supports a total communication approach whilst encouraging maths skills, navigation, literacy and reading.

The street names are chosen to provide powerful knowledge and inspire students with curiosity about influential historical figures. This also makes getting around MHS easier, celebrates race, diversity and inclusion (RDI) and inspires learning.

MHS streets are named after inspirational figures who overcame factors relating to their age, gender, disability, sexuality and race.

Ellen Wilkinson, the Manchester based politician and advocate of women’s rights.

Louis Braille, who age just 15 invented Braille, a tactile alphabet for the blind.

Bayard Rustin, a human rights and LGBTQ+ activist and pacifist, known for his work during the Civil Rights Movement who was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest advisors.

Iqbal Mashi, who was a Pakistani child labourer and activist who campaigned against abusive child labour in Pakistan.

Alan Turing OBE FRS, who was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.

Mary Seacole, who was a Jamaican born nurse and businesswoman who saved many lives during the Crimean war.

Rosalind Franklin, was a British biophysicist, who contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA. She also worked on coal, studies of RNA, and viruses.

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50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT
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