Last week our Physically and Neurologically Impaired students spent four days at the Stoke Mandeville Games. Following the Paralympics in the summer and the Channel 4 documentary you may be aware that the Paralympics originates from Stoke Mandeville. Bushey Meads has held close links with Stoke Mandeville for many years. I had the privilege of spending a late afternoon and evening with the students and staff there this year.
The students spent time playing wheel chair basketball, boccia, weight lifting, badminton, bowls and more. I am extremely proud to say one of our Year11 students, Charlie Baker, was indentified as an Olympic hopeful for two sports – badminton and weight lifting.
I have to say the games are inspirational – for the students and the spectators. I would like to thank the students for excellence in attitude, determination and behaviour and equally I would like to thank the staff for their commitment. It is a very demanding task for the staff to spend four days at this event; the needs of the students and the event itself place an enormous pressure on all. I would like to sincerely thank the students and the staff for all their hard work and dedication.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
If you think you could be eligible to claim for Free School Meals for your child/ren and have not yet done so then you may wish to visit www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/canhelp or phone 0300 123 4048 for more information. The application process itself takes about 10 minutes. Within Bushey Meads the system is very discrete due to our cashless catering key system which enables the allowance to be credited to your child’s key.
As a guide, you are eligible to apply if any of the following applies to you:
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit, with a taxable income no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week