Learners at LVS Oxford celebrated the end of term on Thursday with an Easter Assembly which also marked World Autism Awareness Week.
The assembly, on World Autism Awareness Day itself, was a mix of singing, instrumental interludes, poems, presentations and videos made within the school, with nearly everyone involved in the production.
Jade read out a beautiful poem she had composed herself, and you can read this in full on our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/LVSOxford (you don’t need to be a member or log in to view the page). An amazing musical performance followed, a piano rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ by Quinton who is so gifted he was able to play whilst looking out at the audience!
Videos were played of Eddie’s band playing several songs, and Eddie also stood up in front of the audience to make a speech about his research into autism and Autism Awareness Week, and his display board with details about him and his school friends and what they might go on to do after LVS Oxford. His mum Bev said afterwards: “I was here yesterday for rehearsals and Eddie was so nervous he couldn’t get through his speech. Today he stood on the stage and did so well. I’m really proud”.
Charlotte introduced the new LVS Oxford film which demonstrates the positive outcomes the school helps deliver for learners, and this was followed by some fabulous poems written and read by a number of the learners.
Tom’s class read out love poems they had composed themselves, and Clare’s class then addressed the audience to reveal what they are proud of. This included contributions such as Ryan’s pride that he was increasing his attendance rate at school, Megan who said she was happy at LVS Oxford because she has more friends who are like her and understand how she feels which makes her calmer and more able to learn.
An educational and very entertaining powerpoint presentation from Dr Vanessa Cheel’s science class on the nanotechnology they have been studying was followed by a funny film with Tom and Charlie titled “The secret life of LVS Oxford”, before Head of Centre Jane Straw gave a speech about the progress the school had made, revealing: “We have a plan, we have a collective personality and, as I’ve been told by many people, we have the potential to be outstanding”.
The event was very well received by the packed audience of families, with Reece’s dad saying his favourite part of the day was “Jane’s speech – it was very poignant, she is like a mother to them all” to which his mum added: “I couldn’t have asked for anywhere better than LVS Oxford”.
To view our album of images from the Easter Assembly click here: http://on.fb.me/1al7GpM
Current research shows that only 15% of young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis are in sustained, full-time employment and we are passionate about changing that statistic.