Abbotsholme News

Tales from Barrow Hill
Ann Parker

This week the year 1 pupils joined the Reception class at the care home. Scarlett and and Harry were chatting about their dogs. Barbara, one of the residents, told them all about her adventures as a dog groomer.

We have joined the 'Pimp My Zimmer' campaign and the children have been busy making pom poms and glittery stars to decorate the residents walking frames. The campaign began in an Essex care home after creative care home manager Angela Donlevy wanted to add a splash of colour and fun to the traditionally grey walking aids used by residents.

Helping to reduce falls by up to 60 per cent, the initiative has now spread as far as Scotland.

Grey Zimmer frames are often not recognisable to people living with dementia, as they disappear into their surroundings and are difficult to see. Personalising the frames helps people to connect with their frames, reducing the risk of falls.

We will continue adding to the decorations each week until all Zimmer frames are looking fabulous. We look forward to sharing photos of the 'pimped up' frames soon.

Lower Sixth Form Business students visit JCB
Jon Shaw

Business students in the Lower Sixth were given a guided tour of the JCB World Headquarters based in Rocester. On arrival students were given safety goggles and high visibility jackets and were shown a short presentation in the JCB Theatre showcasing their corporate brand video on JCB's global manufacturing facilities and products. We were then invited to attend a personal tour of the ''Story of JCB'' exhibition with time to visit the JCB shop. This documented the humble beginnings of JCB and how it has grown over the years into the household name it is today. This will help students greatly in their understanding of growth strategies and give them real life examples to draw upon in their essays, boosting academic performance in examinations.

The tour continued onto the assembly line of the world famous Backhoe Loader machine; here we saw the process of how the machine is built from the delivery of the sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally the finished product. There are number of links to our specification here including adding value but more importantly the complex operations management section of our course. This trip will be used regularly in the coming weeks to help students to understand efficiency, capacity utilisation, managing the supply chain, stock control and quality assurance. Seeing these activities first hand will improve not only understanding but retention of knowledge going into the summer AS Level exams.

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