On Wednesday last week, the Support for Learning Team held an event to mark the launch of the Core. This facility, previously referred to as “The Unit”, now has a new identity, reflecting the inclusive nature of what the team working there aims to do. They are in the business of providing support for all learners, and decided that the time was right for a new name and image.
What better way to do this, than ask the wonderfully creative pupils of the IRA to come up with a name that represented the new image? The brief was the SFL space is for everyone, everyone is different and different is good, it is a space that cares for, is available to all for learning and enjoyment – staff and pupils working together to support growth, confidence, learning and joy.
We received exciting and innovative ideas from many pupils from 1st to 3rd Year, but the name “the CORE”, created by Sarah Campbell and Beth Vickers, was chosen because of the idea of the CORE being a central department that supports all other departments throughout the school. Also, in the new building our department will be situated on the ground floor along with Guidance, at the core of pupil support. The “CORE” stands for Co-operative, Open, Respectful Environment, which we all liked! And so………..the CORE was conceived!
The design for our new name was carefully co-ordinated by our Art Department, who got onto the task of bringing to life with 2nd Year the logo design that represents our new image and ticks all the boxes – it is attractive, vibrant and symbolic of our beliefs and our ethos; the genius responsible for the winning design is Samantha Jeffries.
Staff and pupils got together in the Core at lunchtime on Wednesday. There were sandwiches and cakes for all, prizes for the winners and a speech from the top man, Mr Mackinlay! And, last, but absolutely not least we were thoroughly entertained and blown away by the music and talent of The School Band, headed up by Miss Delmonte.
Great job! Well done everyone who helped, contributed and participated! We love our name and our design and the future is bright for the CORE!