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).

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.


In honour of Veganuary, Larkwood students had a go at making vegan brownies today. Here’s a sample of the cupcake version one student produced. We can confirm they were absolutely delicious!

Mark Making to Music

Yesterday afternoon, students from Larkwood ward used various materials to mark-make to music. They listened to a range of styles and chose colours and mediums to reflect their emotions. Below is a sample of some of their work.