Glowing end of term report from Swiss Cottage School
Swiss Cottage School Upper and Lower accommodate young people from 2-19 years with complex learning difficulties, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC). Greenhouse Sports has delivered multisports programmes at the school since 2007, using our STEP Framework of skills to help young people work towards greater independence.
The end of the academic year welcomes Swiss Cottage School Sports Assemblies – a celebration of sporting participation and successes over the year, with slideshows showing all their pupils have achieved. Greenhouse Head Coaches Carly (Lower School) and Gabriel (Upper School) organised the assemblies and showcased a year of fantastic sporting adventures had by their participants.
“We had representatives from Arsenal in the Community, Camden Sports Development, the Special Olympics and Disability Sports Coach UK, all talking about upcoming sports festivals, summer and after school clubs, and sporting opportunities that could take a lucky few all the way to Rio and the next Games,” said Coach Gabriel.
The multisports coaches also put together a sensory assembly so that our young people with more complex learning difficulties found it easier to understand what was being celebrated and remain engaged. “We wanted to create a fun, relaxed space where children would want to be, where they could play and watch, be as comfortable as possible and where we reinforced what was happening to an extent where hopefully everyone could follow proceedings,” said Gabriel.
The coaches made special certificates with pictures of the young people taking part in their celebrated sport or attached an object of reference from that sport to the award for those who are visually impaired. They brought in small TV screens which we dotted around the assembly hall to support the projector and make the presentation more visually accessible for all.
“There were also giant soft balls, a trampette and mats, so participants could come out of their chairs, play or engage with any of the screens as they saw fit,” said Gabriel.
The coaching team got great feedback from colleagues and parents on their
Sports Sensory Assembly:
“It was wonderful to see so many of our young people being recognised for their achievements. The atmosphere in both assemblies was one of anticipation and excitement. Their support for one another was fantastic and a reflection of the values you all advocate within your team.”
“Thank you for your dedication both in and out of school hours to support our young people to be the best they can be! You are an amazing team and fabulous role models for our community.”
“It was such a powerful assembly. Seeing the learners giving one another high fives as they celebrated their successes was truly special. Thank you for all that you have done!”