Welcome to our fourth edition of our school magazine, which I am sure you will all enjoy, as it showcases some of the wonderful things that are happening across Educational Diversity. We have had a very busy few months and our young people have been involved in a number of projects such as the University of Lancaster Photography project, which provided the opportunity for students to learn the art of looking at Blackpool and what is around them, through the lens of a camera. The photographs created are absolutely stunning and we are planning an exhibition early on in January, where some of the images can be purchased. The proceeds of these will be used to purchase more equipment and involve our young people with further projects in this area.
We have also been doing some fundraising for various charities such as the Race for Life, Brian House, Young Carers, Spend a Penny Charity project and McMillan coffee morning. A number of our female staff donned their tracksuits and training shoes and embarked on the 5km race along the promenade. Details of this are included in the article in the magazine.
Finally, a big thank you to Sue Dean, who has provided dedicated help and support within Educational Diversity for the past 13 years. Good luck in your retirement. As this year draws to a close, I would like to wish everyone on behalf of the staff and students of Educational Diversity, a fabulous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. If anyone would like to contribute to future editions of the magazine, please contact myself or Barry Gore, as we would love to hear from you.
This magazine has been a battle to get finished but somehow, once again it is here. I think I’ve missed a few bits out but it wasn’t intentional. More to do with old age I suspect. As always I would like to thank the following people;
Steve Ashton, photographer extraordinaire and all round lovely fella
Margaret Moore and Katherine Elliott at the University of Central Lancashire for their support with the photography project
Cathy Newman, Channel 4 news presenter who found the time in what must be an incredibly busy schedule to reply in great detail to our questions.
Sarah Rhodes and Duncan Hodgson at Rhodes Media for their help in getting access to Lytham Festival
Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, founders of Cuffe and Taylor concert promoters for giving us free tickets to Lytham Festival
Brian Rose for his kindness and time, showing us around his new gym which we wish him well with
Phil Sutcliffe, for helping us with the Father Christmas interview
Amy Warner at the Grand Theatre for providing free tickets and a warm welcome to our students
Karen Wood and Lesley Slack for proof reading the draft magazine
His Provision food bank for letting us visit, feeding us and generally helping the community as a whole
MiC Lowry for giving us an exclusive interview
Ashleigh Beesley, for giving up her own time to support students on trips and visites and for helping me by supporting my class and allowing me to get the magaine finished.
Natalie Garrett at Blackpool Zoo for the continued support for all our projects.