• Easter Nests

    On Thursday 24th March we were joined by our Chaplin to discuss the significance of Easter in Christianity. The relevance of Easter eggs were also considered, exploring new life in spring and family gatherings that often coincide with the long weekend. As part of the session, the young people on both Longview and Larkwood made Easter nests – shredded wheat crumbled and mixed with chocolate, spooned in to cupcake cases and decorated with chocolate eggs. 

  • Nurture Farm Fundraiser

    4th March: Students from both wards made some cake and craft items and sold them to staff and visitors in the Longview classroom. The local nurture farm suffered significant damage to their donkey shed after the storm and students were keen to raise some money to put towards repairs. They raised over £100 in the end! Well done to all who took part.

  • Snails and Indoor gardens
    Busy planting indoor gardens and adding plants to the snail vivarium. As well as Herbert we also have 24 garden snails that we are looking after (and a woodlouse).
  • The Sky’s The Limit

    (Well, the classroom ceiling actually)

  • And then there was one…
    One of our snails has gone to live in a unit in the north of the country but we still have Herbert. This photo makes him look like a giant – he’s not quite that big – his shell is currently about 12cm long.

  • Suicide Prevention Week

    The Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (the trust which runs the St Aubyn Centre) has been part of the events organised this month to promote suicide prevention.

    On Friday five members of the multi disciplinary team presented an hour long MSTeams meeting where we described some of the work we do in the unit.

    The five speakers were:

    Dr Rana Moharam – Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Dr Jennifer Scott – Clinical Psycholgist
    Brian O’Donnell – Longview Ward Manager
    Ciara Mitchell – Occupational Therapist
    Steph Yates – Head of Education

    You can watch a recording of the event by clicking the link here.

  • Coronavirus working
    Continuing to teach with a few added precautions
  • The department snails
    Can’t believe the amount these have grown