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Newman School

More publicity in the Rotherham Advertiser, this time about our support for Newman School. Well done Paul G.

Donations from funds raised by Rotherham Sitwell Rotary last Christmas have contributed to the recent purchase of special equipment to support pupils of Newman School, Rotherham. The equipment offers lights and sounds to create a multi-sensory environment and support the learning of children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs.

Despite all the issues presented by the restrictions caused by Covid-19, new sensory equipment has been installed at Newman School. The equipment should stimulate multi-sensory communication and contribute to an improved quality of life for children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs.

The sea was nowhere near Newman School on Friday June 21st, but there were plenty of waves: waves of sheer delight as the pupils played in the sand and enjoyed the wide range of seaside activities thoughtfully organized by the school staff. There were waves of good feeling and happiness as pupils, parents, teachers and carers mingled and interacted.

Last month saw the traditional "Kids Out" visit to Cleethorpes by pupils from Newman School. Rotarians John Walton and Phil Crutchley accompanied 14 pupils, staff and carers from Newman School on the annual visit to the seaside. The visit was led, as always, by Rotarian Catherine Bridge.

Tom Knight was invited to the Fortem Trainee of the Year Awards which was held at London Zoo on 17 November. Team North had presented the Newman School path as their entry in to the Team Challenge competition and they WON the award. Tom was very proud and honoured to be asked to join them on stage on behalf of the Club to collect the award.

Lots of very nice people are using the new woodland path at Newman School, and later this week we are being joined by Ray Mathews and members of the school, Eurovia and Fortem to celebrate the project.

After four weeks of hard physical labour by 15 Rotary volunteers, 42 Fortem volunteers and several experts from Eurovia, the adventure path at Newman School was completed on 1 September. The path was officially opened on 12 September by the Mayor, Councillor Eve Rose Keenan and her consort.

A brilliant partnership between Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, Fortem and Eurovia means pupils at Newman school can appreciate the world outside.

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