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Top of the class! Sefton schools scoop awards at the Educate Awards 2017

 

Schools in Sefton were honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony last week (Friday 17 November).

Two Sefton schools were among the winners on the night with Netherton Moss Primary and Formby High winning their categories and St Micheal’s C of E High School coming runner up for Eco Project of the Year.

Netherton Moss Primary School fought off stiff competition and won the Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills award for its focus on teaching children how to cook.

The project explored many areas of cooking, including the financial and economical skills related to food, the growing of vegetables in their own school allotment and hosting food events for the local community.  Central to Netherton’s work is its cooking space, christened ‘Moss Munch’ by the children.

Judges commented:

“What a fantastic project teaching a wide range of life skills. Using cooking as the main ingredient to teach pupils all about financial and economical skills. The school even has its own allotment which is a big hit in the school community!”

Formby High School took home the Most Inspirational Secondary School award, thanks to its impressive academic performance; extra-curricular lessons; fundraising initiatives and experiences students can take part in.

In the words of the school:

“Whether it is the students, the staff, the parents or our community partners, Formby High School is home to a diverse family of people, who possess a shared vision to create a unique, world class learning environment to nurture and showcase everyone!”

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says:

“The Educate Awards is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teaching profession and say thank you to the remarkable individuals who improve the life chances of our children.

“We are proud to host this event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted schools.”

Nearly 600 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West.

On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Cheshire.

The opening act was a 300-strong Super Choir led by musical director Steve Cook from Formby High School. Participating schools included Formby High School; Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and Valewood Primary School.

Guests were also treated to music from St John Rigby College students; a special performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr by Archbishop Blanch School; a fashion show by Holly Lodge Girls’ College and a spoken word performance by five students from The Hollins Technology College.

 

The winners were chosen by an esteemed judging panel which includes Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Councillor Gary Millar, assistant mayor & mayoral lead for business & international trade; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Wirral’s Claremont Farm; Sue Cronin, head of teacher education at Liverpool Hope University and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.

Held in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors, other category sponsors include Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); The Foundry Agency; Wray Brothers; Paul Crowley & Co; The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes; MILK Education; The Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP); Shaping Futures; All About STEM; Hi-Impact Consultancy; LSSP; Air Products; School Improvement Liverpool; CER Education, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, and Progress Schools.

Carnegie Library

Sefton Council is advertising for rental offers for a leasehold interest in Carnegie Library, Crosby.

 Sefton recognises the importance of the Grade II listed building and is advertising it again to try and identify the right opportunity that benefits the community and local residents.

 Regenerus had previously expressed an interest in operating the College Road building, but earlier this year they informed Sefton Council and withdrew their offer after being unsuccessful in a Heritage Lottery bid.

 The building is now being advertised by way of informal tender with a closing date for receipt of tenders of January 19, 2018. Any offers for the building will be evaluated and then reported to Cabinet Member to approve any preferred bidder.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This is a valued asset for both the Council and the local community and its heritage status is widely recognised.

 “As a result, we are endeavouring to identify the most appropriate long term use for the building and hope community groups and enterprises really consider this.

 “We believe a renewed tender process will offer the Council exposure to a greater range of options to consider for the benefit of the wider community.”

 Tender details are available from Sefton Council’s Property and Facilities Management Team, Third Floor, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, by calling 0151 934 3254 or by emailing mark.litherland@sefton.gov.uk.

Has your child had the free flu vaccine?

Leading health figures at Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are encouraging parents to make sure their children receive their free flu vaccination.

 The free flu vaccine is available to those who are at risk of the more serious effects of flu, this includes young children aged 2 to 8.

 Parents with children in school years 1-3 will be asked for permission for them to receive the nasal spray vaccine at school.

 For children below school age, parents can get them vaccinated at their local GP practice free of charge.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Young children are vulnerable to the serious effects of flu.

 “The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu and drastically reduces serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

 “For this reason it is important that parents take steps to ensure that their children receive the flu vaccination.”

 Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said:

“I strongly recommend that all those who are eligible for a free vaccination make sure they get it in order to protect themselves from the adverse effects of flu.

 “I will be having the vaccine again this year, and I am urging other people to do the same, to protect yourself, your families, and your community.”

 Free flu vaccinations are available to all pregnant women, all children aged 2 to 4, children in years 1-3 at school and residents of all ages with a long term health condition and everyone aged 65 and over.

 The flu virus is very unpredictable and, some years, flu causes more sickness than others because new strains emerge and spread. This is why it is really important for people eligible for a free flu vaccination to get it every year.

 Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added:

“Anyone of any age with an existing health condition, like asthma or diabetes should get vaccinated, even if they generally feel healthy and well. This is because a dose of flu can greatly worsen their condition and make complications like pneumonia more likely.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Carers are also eligible for a free flu jab as well as those they look after.

 “If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, or if you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply contact your GP practice or pharmacy and ask for advice.”

 You can find a wide range of information about the annual flu immunisation campaign at www.nhs.uk and if you have any queries about whether you or someone you care for should have the vaccine simply ask at your GP practice or pharmacy.

Tips for dining out with a person living with dementia

     Caring for somebody who is living with dementia can mean some planning and adjustments to things we often take for granted. One of those things is eating out, sometimes it can be difficult so Alzheimer’s Society in Southport, have some hints and tips from service users and carers from across Sefton to help you on your next outing.

  • I find people are very kind and helpful when I am out with mum. Mum struggles to pick up a cup without spilling her favourite cappuccino or hot chocolate – I have started getting her a straw which helps enormously, she enjoys it!
  • Child or smaller portions are about the right size and usually easier to eat.
  • I often take mum to the garden centre for lunch – soup and a roll, cappuccino and a cake!  We go early to avoid the queues.  I sit mum at a table then go and get the food.
  • We try to book a restaurant when its open, then we can choose a secluded place to sit to avoid too much noise and distractions. We can order quickly so there is not too much time to wait. We often decide what we are going to eat beforehand so there is even less delay. We tend to have a main meal and dessert, and then home for coffee.
  • I take Mum for a coffee and cake rather than a big meal as she gets agitated after a few minutes and it’s easier to drink up and go if we need to. 
  • With family meals, we tend to get takeaway fish and chips at home so that if dad doesn’t feel up to participating, it’s no big deal.
  • Visit places at quieter times of the day and avoid weekends.
  • Choose places with good lighting, not too loud background noise and, if possible an establishment where staff are Dementia Friends. 
  • Using the same establishment to provide familiarity and also the staff/management can identify your needs. (Lots of napkins, quiet table, close to toilets). Dependant on ability pre-order a selection of finger foods to be placed on the table, avoids any issues with cutlery, everybody can eat the same food. As a past restaurant manager, I would be happy to provide a regular order for my guests. 
  • Having the appropriate drinking vessel for the person with dementia, (if they require a beaker bring one). As a dementia champion i have not encountered many restaurants that have dementia friends training for all staff so please ask for what you need.
  • When my step mum went into a Care Home and found going out difficult, we used to take a picnic into the Home, and eat it in the garden. Her favourite smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and cakes. We would talk about places we had been out for picnics in the past and it brought back happy memories. We had some lovely afternoons without the stress all round if she had difficulties when we were out in a restaurant or cafe.
  • My wife has an eating disorder and can’t manage a regular meal.   As a result I order a main and an extra plate. Initially it was worried it might be a bit embarrassing but nobody batted an eyelid.

     These helpful tips are from people caring for others living with dementia and how they have been able to find workarounds whilst out and about. Most cafes and restaurants are more than happy to help, so always ask if there is something you need or if you have any specific requirements. Living with dementia means just that – living.

     Cllr Cummins Cabinet member for Adult social care said ‘We hope to encourage more businesses in Sefton to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ for carers and people living with dementia alike. These tips for eating out are brilliant because they come directly from those dealing with dementia. We hope to make everyday outings as enjoyable as we can for everybody in Sefton’

     Linda Lawson, Information Worker for the Society said ‘Eating out when you have dementia can be a challenging experience for both the person with this condition and those who care for them. The best suggestions to make this experience more relaxing and pleasurable come directly from those living with dementia as we know they really do work. We want to encourage more cafes and restaurants to become ‘dementia friendly’, small changes such as clear signage, good lighting and staff receiving free Dementia Friends training can make a huge difference to a person living with dementia.’

     If you would like any further information about Alzheimer’s Society and dementia support in Sefton please contact 01704 539 967 or E-mail southport@alzheimers.org.uk or you can visit their website for more information Website www.alzheimers.org.uk or visit the Sefton Dementia Action alliance website to see what’s going on around Sefton http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3794_sefton_daa

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

 Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

   

  For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

     The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

     A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!

• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.

• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.

• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.

• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full. 

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