On Tuesday 18th December, the students of the VTU held their annual Young Enterprise Christmas Craft Fair. The Students sold a range of products they have been making and working on in their YE Business Classy Crafts. They made Mobile Phone Holders made from pallets, Log Snowmen, Christmas Decorations, Marmalade, Gift Packs and many more wonderful items. They sold almost all of their stock and made a super profit of £499.70!!!!!!! They will re-invest their money in preparation for the Rushmere Trade Fair in February. Sincere thanks to all of the parents, friends and staff who supported Classy Crafts.
ENERGY OF LIGHT DISCO
FRIDAY 30th November
8.30PM – 10.30PM
(CARER’S GO FREE)
Come along to the monthly Energy of Light Disco’s, a monthly disco for adults aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and or learning ability. DJ Oliver will have you have you dancing to a range of music including pop, country and the very best of dance hits. So come along and enjoy the music, dance and have fun! Carers and Parents Go Free
In October the Staff of Lisanally Special School completed the Navan walk/run in Armagh. Staff raised £1500 in sponsorship from friends and family, this money was then divided between 3 worthy charities, each receiving £500.
Our chosen charities this year were The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Ellen's Journey & Southern Area Hospice. Thanks to the 3 representatives who came in today for the cheque presentation in recognition of the unbelievable work each of the charities carry out.
For us all it is important to remind ourselves from time to time just how fortunate we are, keep up the great work you do!!
Please click the link below to view the December 2018 SHSCT Newsletter in PDF format.
This year Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council are running a unique Christmas experience in Armagh City Centre – Santa’s Magical Workshop. Experience the magic of Christmas as we make our way through the workshop to help the elves visit Mrs Claus in her kitchen and finally meet the man himself, Santa!
This year there will be a series of ‘Quiet Hours’ in the workshop to accommodate young people with autism, sensory and communication or a learning disability. These sessions can be pre-booked, please see details below.
The designated quiet hours are:
Sunday 9th December: 4pm – 5pm
Saturday 15th December: 4pm-5pm
Wednesday 19th December: 4pm-5pm
Santa’s Magical Workshop is located in McCrum’s Court, Armagh.
Congratulations to all our prefects who were appointed at the start of the year. They have a wide range of responsibilities and are working well at helping to improve our school in all areas. Congratulations to Shauna & Ryan who are our Head Girl and Head Boy for 2018-19.
Last week we had a special whole school assembly where we invited Ruby from the Blythswood Care charity to come and speak to students and staff about where the shoeboxes we donate go each year. It was a timely reminder of just how fortunate we are and another opportunity for us to see the fantastic work the charity do each year.
One of our VTU groups visited the Clanrye Group at Slieve Gullion to see the excellent opportunities they have to offer our students for life after Lisanally. We met Sandra & Rachel who gave us lots of useful information about the 3 year course on offer and we also got the chance to tour the facilities and meet some of the young people currently completing the course. It was a super visit and one from which our students and staff members learned a lot. We look forward to linking with Clanrye again in the future and wish them every success in the fantastic work they do.
On Friday 26th March representatives from the school Young Enterprise Company Classy Crafts went to the Titanic Building in Belfast for the Regional Awards. The group had a great day and were delighted to receive the Award for the Overall Area Winner for the Southern Region in the TEAM Programme. They are now invited to attend the NI Awards Ceremony in Belfast City Hall in June. A fantastic achievement which recognises all the hard work this year of our 3 Vocational Training Unit classes. Well Done everyone!!!
On 31st January this year we hosted a coffee morning for parents and family members to showcase our Scholastic Book Fair. Thanks to two new parents for helping at the fair, Mrs. Bingham and Mrs. Black.
The attendance was good and family members had the opportunity to share experiences and ideas as well as choosing new books to read to their children. Brothers and sisters also attended and loved browsing through the colourful collections.
The book fair raised 438 pounds and the school has 200 pounds to spend as commission.
We also held a raffle for charity which raised 52 pounds and prizes were awarded to Katie Bingham and Aveen O'Reilly.
Last week 3 of our VTU students were invited to C2K in Antrim to be interviewed live online as part of Safer Internet Day 2018. The boys had made an e-safety video using Green Screen to highlight how young people can keep safe while online. They were delighted to be invited to be interviewed and even moreso when they found out they had won a laptop for the school!!!
Great work boys!!
In January 3 students participated in the SRC Skillsbuild Competition in Portadown, with Dearbhail coming 1st in the Catering competition and Finnian coming 2nd in the Horticulture - Well done to all who participated and represented the school. A fantastic Achievement!!