ELT's Diamond Challenge

Last weekend saw the Trust's Executive Leadership team (and our wonderful award-nominated PA Hayley) take to the sea - or at least the canal - as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond challenge.

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All change!

With school and college getting ready to welcome everyone back, activity around the site has picked up again!

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Common Pulse Gamelan Project

The gamelan (an Indonesian percussion orchestra) has been used as part of Royal School Manchester’s music classes for a few years and in 2014, the National Foundation of Youth Music gave Seashell Trust £45,231 to complete the ‘Common Pulse’ Gamelan Project.

The aims of the project were to

·         Improve the quality and standards of music delivery for children and young people

·         Embed learning and effective practice in host and partner organisations and share practice beyond the project

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Pirates of Seashell Trust!

Earlier this month, HOME Cinema in Manchester was home to a very special event for Royal College Manchester students who saw their original work on the big screen!

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TriSeashell 2016

This year's TriSeashell took place on Sunday at our Stanley Road campus! The annual event consists of a supported triathlon (running, swimming and cycling) for people with complex needs and a community sports event - this year, a duathlon for 8-14 year olds. Special guest Kiera Byland, who represents Great Britain in cycling in the Special Olympics, presented medals to all athletes who took part on the day.

Results have now been published and you can find your times online here.

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MGS Volunteers

Six young men from Manchester Grammar School volunteered at Seashell Trust last week. Working alongside Seashell Trust staff and students both, they helped students with transitions, produced communication aids, prepared bikes for the July Triathlon, and learned about Disability Awareness and some basic sign language.

Find the pictures from their work below!

Making willow fish with school students

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Ear Defenders

Royal College Manchester's Occupational Therapist Rachel joins us a guest blogger to talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of using ear defenders.

As an Occupational Therapist, I often get questions from parents or carers about using ear defenders to help people who are sensitive to noise. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer but I thought it might help to summarise the reasons why they might or might not be helpful. 

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Inter College Sports Day

Almost 200 students from specialist colleges and sixth forms across the North West joined Royal College Manchester students last Thursday at our sixth annual Inter College Sports Day.

Competitors travelled to SportCity in Manchester, where they were divided into teams. Because 2016 is an Olympic and Paralympic year, we decided to use the theme of ‘Sport around the world’ and all teams were named after different countries and carried their own flags.

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Deaf Aware

This Deaf Awareness Week (2nd - 8th May), our Audiology team bring you this guest blog on listening skills for d/Deaf children and young adults. To mark the week, they have also offered a number of additional screenings in our onsite clinic adapted for students with complex needs, and our Family Services department are working with PIPS, Stockport's parent-carer forum, and Seashell's own BSL instructor to hold a workshop on Deaf Awareness this Friday.

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Citizenship Fashion Show

College students in the Citizenship group worked with members of staff to organise and deliver a fashion show last Friday!

As part of their Citizenship work, students chose to raise money to support the NSPCC by organising a fashion show. Local businesses Utopia and SOS Bramhall kindly donated their time and the use of their stock, and the audience were also treated to several sweet treats and a prize draw!

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In Top Form!

This week, we held this Easter holiday’s multisport CADS event – four fully-inclusive days of fun and games, suitable for children of all abilities and disabilities. If you have followed news of our work with On Side on ‘A Level Playing Field’ then you’ll know that we are working to bring CADS events to even more children and young people across the country.

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College Leaps Into Maths

Royal College Manchester students entered the Leap Into Maths competition alongside other specialist colleges as part of Maths Week 2016. The goal of the competition was to get students to think about different measurements - and to get college staff thinking about fun, creative and accessible ways of challenging our students to put their maths skills into practice!

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