Hello everyone and welcome to the 3rd edition of our school magazine. This has taken a little longer than normal to produce as it is absolutely jam-packed, featuring articles on some of the exciting things that have happened in Educational Diversity during the last few months.
This magazine demonstrates how we try and enrich the experiences of all our young people by introducing them to lots of new and wonderful things. A visit from the Wolf Centre in Cornwall was one of my personal highlights, watching how our students interacted with these beautiful animals. We can learn a lot from how a wolf behaves in a new environment and I got a glimpse of how it must feel when a young person joins our school and the mixture of emotions that they go through. The wolves were accompanied by domestic dogs including a Labrador and a Spaniel. When they feel scared to meet new people, their owners send the domestic dogs in first and when they settle, this shows the wolves that it is safe to come in. We have fabulous young people we work with every single day and just as these animals did, other young people welcome new students into their classes and make sure they do not feel afraid. Even Archie got the chance to make some new friends!
Please take time to read all of the articles written by our students as we are proud of every single one of them. I have taught many young people over the years. One young lady I worked with at Collegiate High School is now a colleague and you can find out all about her in the article about Military Police. I will look forward in many years to come to learn about the adults our young people have become, who I am sure will move on to become just as successful as Gina.
Take care everyone and have a fantastic summer.
I’d like to thank the following people for their help and hard work putting this magazine together:
Gordon Marsden MP
Brenda Wildish and Cheryl Johnston from Guide Dogs For The Blind
Shirley Morgan and everyone at Brian House Hospice
Blackpool and Flyde College Fashion department
Guy Pople at St. Anne’s Music, Lytham
The Grand Theatre
The Wolf Centre
Plus all the staff and students especially my form KS3A at Athena, Viv Counsell-Thomas, Bobby Moss (nicest man in Blackpool), Gina Barton, Sam Slingsby, Kelly Hancock, Rochelle Lister, Ashleigh Beesley, Zak Richardson, Tyler Larkin, Lesley Slack and Karen Wood (the proof readers), Matt Daniels, Katalin Clews, Sara Rzylak, Raimonds Gublis and anyone else I’ve missed!
This magazine gets bigger and better every edition and I want more students and staff involved so please email me with any ideas, articles or photographs you have. The next magazine will be a Christmas one so you’ve got until November to get moving.