06 | Christmas Magazine 2017

Welcome to our Christmas magazine which is packed full of wonderful things we would like to share with you.

In October, Sally Weale, a writer for The Guardian visited us as she had heard about the exciting work we were doing. The article was featured on the 17th October and we really feel it captured everything we are trying to achieve here. Well worth a read.

Paul Stewart, a former Blackpool and England footballer joined us to deliver a talk to our students around sexual exploitation. He talked openly about the abuse he suffered and the impact it had on him both personally and professionally. Our young people were completely captivated by his honesty and his passion to make sure they knew of the risks and that they have the courage to does out!!

The most exciting news we have to share is that we have been awarded Young Carer's Gold! We are the first Pupil Referral Unit in the country to achieve this and so we are absolutely delighted!! All of our students are supported and encouraged to be the best they can be!!

We have also been busy supporting the shoe box appeal to help children in Greece who are less fortunate than ourselves. Our students gave very generously and so hopefully we will help put a smile on some of their faces, particularly at Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your families and make the most of every single moment.

Many thanks,

This our sixth magazine we have produced and once again it follows the same formula of recording, both in words and pictures what the school is doing as seen through the eyes of our students. As with all the magazines we’ve produced so far this one owes a huge debt of gratitude to many people. In particular I would like to thank Sarah Rhodes at Rhodes Media for granting us backstage access to interview The Tailormade and also for providing free tickets to review Haceinda Classical and Olly Murs. It is an extremely worthwhile experience to see students who previously felt anxious at the thought of crowds standing amongst a field of people writing reviews and taking photographs. In addition I’d like to Cuffe and Taylor, the Lytham festival organisers for their continued support.

The kindness and bravery of Paul Stewart is something none of us that witnessed his talks will ever forget. He spoke so honestly about subjects that were difficult, but his openess will hopefully mean that others may not suffer in silence.

I was also amazed to see the generousity of students, staff and parents when together they collected for Debbie Callohan’s charity work in Greece. Giving refugee children a Christmas present became a real mission for so many of our students and the children in Athens, who have so little, will be delighted to receive them.

Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to Daisy Harakis. Daisy has worked so hard on the magazine, interviewing, writing up articles, she may well find her name in print again one day for a far bigger publication that ours.

This magazine is slightly smaller than originally planned due to shortened printing deadlines. The Athena Christmas show, panto and Oracle Christmas market will all feature in the next issue though.
I’d like to wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year.

Barry Gore