Sharing Day is a highly anticipated event for all students at Grafton. They take great pride in their achievements, and it’s heartwarming to witness the mutual support and congratulations among the students. Students enjoy reuniting with family and friends and showcasing their accomplishments to their loved ones. It truly is a fantastic afternoon. Tracy, our Director of Education, hosts the occasion, and each Personal Tutor supports their tutor group to deliver their presentation to the audience.

Purple group was first to present! Science week was a busy week for them, where they did several things, including experiments with bubbles and fizzy rainbows. They enjoyed several science-filled trips that week, including Science Show Live, Enginuity, and the Science Discovery Centre Xplore where students enjoyed lots of interactivity, including being encased in a complete bubble! The Purple Group have also been very busy with enterprise initiatives in readiness for Sharing Day, making lovely flower-pressed decorations, jars, bookmarks, books, and cakes! The details on the packaging labelling and pricing of products were all considered, and they looked amazing! In their sports and games sessions Purple group looked at the human body and how exercise helps their hearts and lungs. They finished their presentation by congratulating the students who are undertaking work placements at Shrewsbury Town Council, Museum, and Dobbies.

Next to take the spotlight was Green group, they have been focusing on improving their ILS (Independent Living Skills), including cleaning skills and cooking. Their project this term delved into the history of the Ancient Gods, so they have loved exploring this topic and enjoyed trying on interesting costumes. Other class topics have been learning how the body works with many students having a go at taking a pulse using the blood pressure monitor. Green group have also enjoyed many physical activities including Yoga exercising with the strengthening bands and visiting the Wingate Centre for Rebound Therapy.

Orange group were the last ones to take the limelight, and they have also enjoyed science week, World Book Day as Hungry Caterpillars, and visiting the Lantern library to enjoy their array of books there. They too have been focusing on daily living skills, with cooking and making bird feeders for the garden. In Technology classes students have been practicing their literacy and numeracy, and the students always look forward to music session with Gerson. Orange group’s special project this term has been Behind Bars and they shared some great photos of that in their presentation!

The event finished with Becky McGuinness, Grafton’s Curriculum Manager, announcing the Student of the Term Award. This prestigious award was presented to a student who has excelled this term and gained the most points for their endeavours! Some examples of the winners achievements were the  positive comments he had been making about his peers, putting in lots of effort with the  sports and games activities to support his health, including basketball and circuits, answering sensibly in RSE, and choosing different places for the group to visit. He has decided to choose bowling and some pizza for his prize – what a great combination!

The afternoon finished with an opportunity to buy some of the items the students have been making in enterprise sessions and catching-up with family and friends. It was a fantastic end to a lovely day.