It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas...
Pupils, residents and staff are all very busy having an exciting, bright Christmas.
Our decorations are all up, we are practising for our carol concert and nativity play, you can't move for Christmas jumpers and everything is covered in tinsel.
The festivities kicked off on Wednesday with Hollybank School’s Christmas Fayre in the school hall. Both residents and pupils joined staff to man the dozen or so stalls which sold much of their crafts including wreaths, Christmas decorations, cards and greenery.
A few individual traders also came to sell knitware, cards and books.
The Speech and Language Therapy team held a café at the fayre selling mince pies and shortbread which the residents had made during a sensory baking session. The event, which was attended by staff, families of pupils and residents, and supporters raised £370.
Deputy head teacher Ailsa Moore said: “Thank you to everyone who helped at the School Christmas Fair. Lots of planning, preparation and hard work went into the lovely event. It was really good to see so many people taking part and supporting it.”
Meanwhile, downstairs in the Hollybank Job Shop room, the social enterprise Second Chance Clothing Company held a clothing sale raising £121.50 which will help to sustain the various social enterprise projects which make up the Job Shop.
The Second Chance Clothing Company was borne out of a clothing recycling company based at one of the adult homes – some of the clothes were too good to be sent to the recyclers and so are sorted out, washed, ironed and sold at various clothing sales.
Occupational therapist Deb Mortimer, who oversees the Job Shop project, said: “The clothing company is just one of the opportunities we give our residents to have a work experience and take part in some of the different tasks associated with it. This is very valuable to our residents who wouldn’t otherwise have an insight into the world of work.
“None of these work projects are funded so we try to generate our own income.”
The Assistive Technology suite, which displays how technology can be used for people with limited mobility and communication, has been decorated as a Santa’s Grotto for the Christmas period. Residents and pupils can use interactive switches to set off singing toys and lights.
Next week the pupils can enjoy a visiting magician and will also take part in a Makaton sing-song with pupils from Leeside Primary School in Heckmondwike.
They also have a Christmas arts workshop with a visiting artist, a singer coming to entertain them and a nativity and carol service.
All the adult and childrens’ homes will have their own Christmas parties as well as one within the school.
On Wednesday December 18, a team of football stars from Huddersfield Town will come to the school to meet the pupils and give out presents. They plan to meet some of the adult residents and staff too.
Hollybank Trust in Mirfield, West Yorkshire offers education, residential care, therapies and nursing for children and adults with special needs. Our accommodation, healthcare support and special school are open every day of the year, and we can cater for those with multi-sensory impairment and people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
Set in beautiful green and historic surroundings, we are within easy reach of Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Manchester via the M62.