College Newspaper Out Now

The summer edition of the college newspaper has arrived, with photos of the prom and the new houses, interviews with staff and students joining the college in September, local news, results of the on-site car survey and more.

The paper is staffed by a team of six students, Mariyam, Amy, Catherine, Holly, Julia and Robert, and staff supporting them. Students work on the newspaper as part of their learning programmes and can often be found conducting surveys, arranging interviews or reporting on events happening at Seashell and in the local community.

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College Turns Out For Shellstock Festival

Royal College Manchester students celebrated the end of the academic year in style at Shellstock 2015, with a day dedicated to art, music and working together. Students and staff worked together to decorate the archway, trees and festival area with ribbon streamers which blew merrily in the wind, and student festival-goers experimented with streamers, flowers and decorative hats to keep that party atmosphere going! Several small tents were also put up, giving students a quiet place and adding to the festival look – even if we weren’t going to keep the party going all night!

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Shellshock rocks on at Party In The Park

Shellshock, Royal College Manchester's rock band, played Party In The Park for the second time on Wednesday, 17th June. Party In The Park brings together bands and performing arts groups from specialist colleges across the north of England and was held in King's Gardens, Southport.

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Scotland Theme Day

Royal School's Manchester most recent Theme Day was off with a swing - or a Highland fling, as school pupils celebrated all things Scottish!

Our guest blogger Annie writes: "Last month school celebrated all things Scottish with a ‘Highland Gathering’. We divided into four clans, identified by homemade felted tartans. We enjoyed singing Scottish songs, danced the Highland Fling, competed in games such as tossing the caber, throwing the wool sack and tug’o’war.

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Superstar Seren's Big Run

Today's post is brought to you by a very special guest blogger, Seren (pictured). This May, she completed the Morrisons Mini Great Manchester Run and raised a whopping £600 for Seashell Trust. Seren kindly offered to tell us all about it:

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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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