College Leavers' Prom 2015

Royal College Manchester students held their Leavers’ Prom this Monday, 15th June, as twenty-seven third-year students prepare to graduate college and enter the next phases of their adult lives.

After meeting at college for some last-minute photographs, the leavers were waved off by students from the residential houses, staff and families as they travelled to the Hilton, Manchester Airport for their prom.

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Holidays kick off with CADS

Inclusive sport and leisure activities have always been key to our vision of a society which recognises all children and young people as valued and valuable members of their communities. Our Children’s Able & Disabled Sport (CADS) programme was founded in response to the belief that our students deserved to join high-quality sports activities which met their needs and enabled them to have fun with their peers, and has grown to include regular climbing, football, basketball, dance and gymnastics clubs as well as multi-sport holiday programmes.

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Inter-College Sports Day

On Thursday 21st May, Royal College Manchester hosted the 6th Inter-College Sports Day.

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Pathways To Music

We are joined today by our guest blogger Paul, a musician in residence who has been working with the Music Club. The club meets every Thursday after school, and the children who attend are supported by staff including trained musicians in order to focus on creating music. Children discover ways to make different sounds, developing the skills and confidence they need to have control over their environment, and learn to produce sounds either individually or by working with others.

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Whitworth Visit Wows School Pupils

Royal School Manchester pupils were delighted by a recent visit from the Whitworth, as pieces from the museum were brought into the classroom. Pupils were able to get up-close and personal with each exhibit - the dinosaur foot pictured above proved to be hugely popular!

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A special welcome to our newest member of staff

We are proud to announce the arrival of our latest member of staff - with a difference! Josh is dedicated, hard-working, a great communicator... and a dog!

Josh is currently working as a buddy dog to support RCM students develop their communication and interaction skills, confidence and self-esteem. He is already a very popular and valuable member of our Seashell community and an absolute delight to work with for both staff and students.

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Bendrigg Residential

If things have seemed a little quiet lately, it's because lots of our students have been out of college on a week-long outdoor activity programme at the Bendrigg Trust. Each year, a number of college students participate in a range of accessible outdoor activities including canoeing, team building exercises and caving (pictured above), including visits to wheelchair accessible caverns to ensure that all our young people can enjoy unique opportunities to explore the natural world.

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WAAW: What's the impact of ongoing support in the workplace?

[Pictured: Johnny, a current college student, on his work experience at a local farm.]

In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of work experience and supported internships for our young people looking to enter work. Today, we take a look at two students with autism who left the college and wanted to find work.

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WAAW: What's the impact of work experience?

Many of the young people at Seashell aim to progress into work at the end of their course and work to develop the skills they need to make valuable contributions into a range of employment opportunities. School students begin Careers lessons in Key Stage 3 and undertake their first work experience placements onsite in Key Stage 4. When appropriate, our college students complete work experience placements in the community.

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WAAW: What's the impact of inclusive sport?

At Seashell, we believe that all people should be supported to access fun and meaningful sports and leisure activities. As well as the obvious health benefits of exercise, inclusive sport allows young people with autism opportunities to train with and compete against their peers, share social experiences with others, develop new strategies to meet sensory needs, work on personal care skills in practical real-world contexts and extend their communication strategies.

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WAAW: Carly Ryan performs at the Pink & Purple disco

Today marks the first day of World Autism Awareness Week and the young people at Seashell were determined to make sure the week gets off to a great start with a guest performance from Carly Ryan.

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Speaking more, not speaking for

Students take the lead on safeguarding their college environment

Pictured: Emma, a student council representative, presents findings from the safeguarding questionnaire to RCM governors.

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