St. John’s College learners have had a busy first term of 2022/23. Eleven new learners have joined the college community and settled in well, making positive relationships with their new staff and peers. The total number of learners on roll currently stands at 53, some of whom have varying modes of part-time attendance. We are aware that a few starting on part-time placements will be gradually moving towards full-time placements over the next few months.
Elections have taken place for the learner governor role and learners have undertaken activities within their timetabled sessions to engage with work, marking national Anti-Bullying Week. Visits to various community spaces are a timetabled session and these include making the most of our wonderful and stimulating environment, such as parks, beach walks or conservation areas or the more structured learning, such as two visits to the interactive workshop at the Rampion Wind Farm visitor centre, or a popular cycle along the seafront with Pedal People. Work experience placements have been undertaken very enthusiastically and several learners have made significant impression on local employers such as Fareshare Sussex, the Woodstore Brighton and the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project.
Learners have yet again benefited from this year’s Flute Theatre residency and have participated in these interactive productions over two separate weeks, one before and one after half term. These performances have taken place at various venues including at the Brunswick Arms, a local dance studio and the Old Market Theatre. An evening performance in the second week at the Old Market theatre comprised of current and ex-learners joining together to perform and, in addition, three young people with special needs who came along from the local community and who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
A selection of creative artwork made by learners was on display at the Jubilee library for two weeks contributing to Brighton Artists Open Houses exhibitions and learners have been busy producing Christmas items through our amazing printshop, Inklusion Print.
We have held two autism friendly-film nights featuring Finding Dory and Night Before Christmas, and learners also contributed to the decorations and attended a very successful spooky alumni Halloween disco!
Third and final year learners have attended and provided excellent PowerPoint presentations at their annual reviews, each excelling at demonstrating the progress they have made, the learning they have achieved and the fun they have had, across their timetable and, where applicable, in their residential houses.
As we run up towards the Christmas break, we are looking forward to the annual Christmas lunch and our Christmas Music Concert to be held at St. George’s Church Thursday 15th December 2022.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Karen Grist, Principal