Mackenzie Thorpe Centre

The Mackenzie Thorpe Centre is an independent specialist school based in South Bank, Redcar and Cleveland for pupils aged 5-19

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential in life.

Our first-ever Sports Day

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Mackenzie Thorpe Centre's first-ever, socially-distanced sports day on Friday. They participated in events such as rounders, boxing, badminton and a water fight! This was a lovely way to celebrate a full year of achievements.

Food Hampers

This week at the Mackenzie Thorpe Centre we were fortunate to receive a generous donation of food hampers from Shonette Bason-Wood, organised by one of our teaching assistants Michelle.

Through this donation pupils made up 18 food parcels to help families over the summer holidays.

Vice Principal Emily Croft said: "We understand that the summer holidays can be a financially challenging time for many families. We are so happy to be able to provide this support and strive to help our families in anyway we can."

Horse Riding

This week pupils from Mackenzie Thorpe Centre had the opportunity to fulfil a personal ambition of going horse riding.

Wow! We had a lot of fun horse riding it was ‘horse-some’. We took the children to Stainsby Stud Riding School with the intention of bringing a new and exciting challenge that further develops their social, physical and emotional well-being.  Luckily, due to Sophia’s endearing wonder, admiration and knowledge of horses we implemented the horse-riding sessions. The children enjoyed grooming the horses, riding and taking control of the magnificent beasts! And what a positive impact it had on the children’s confidence and emotional wellbeing. We were super proud of how they overcame initial fears, but our children showed great courage and came out beaming with joy! Sophia commented “I loved Rosie, she was like a dream!” 

Mother's Day Hamper

In class 6 we have been busy making Mother’s Day hampers in enterprise. We have used our creativity skills in this project. We have decided to raffle  these hampers selling them at £1 a strip to hopefully brighten up the winners day. As a group we worked together to decide how much we were going to spend on items as well as how much profit we would make. We have made a poster in the ICT suite which has all information and prizes on.   Any money we make will be used to fund other enterprise activities.

Lillie and Mia (class 6)

Monthly Geography Theme - Africa

This week in class 1 we have been learning all about Africa as a part of our monthly geography theme. The children have enjoyed learning about African animals, making a safari bus, African jewellery and participating in African animal themed sensory play. These activities have increased the learners’ awareness of different countries and cultures as well as helping them to understand where and how they live in comparison to the rest of the world.

Christmas Craft Afternoon

The children had fun making different Christmas crafts.  They did some gluing, sticking and painting using sponges. Using their imagination and creative skills to see what they could achieve. The results were fantastic!

Class 1 & 4 used their reading and creative skills to make Christmas hot chocolate cones to take home. I hope they enjoyed drinking them as much as they did making them!

Christmas Lunch

We all enjoyed our ‘socially distanced’ Christmas  lunch, listening to some festive music and enjoying each other’s company.  Class 6 made some table decorations and set up the festive tables for us to enjoy our Christmas lunch

Christmas Party

Class 1 had their Christmas party and played games such as pass the parcel and pin the nose on Rudolph.  Learners had a really good time playing games together, interacting with one another and cheering for one another as they played the party games.  Well done Class 1!

Food Hampers

Thank you to ‘Spread the Happiness’ for your much appreciated donations of Christmas hampers for anyone who is struggling this Christmas.  We have seen some tough times and it is nice to be able to support the people who need it.

Stars in Our Schools

To say thank you to all of our support staff in school, our young people helped to create cards and a banner.  The celebration was a surprise and the young people helped to give out well deserved certificates to members of staff, including the school’s administrator, caretaker and teaching assistants. We all celebrated celebrated with cake and everyone enjoyed the celebration.

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