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Heathermount School Celebrates World Autism Awareness Week

During World Autism Awareness Week, held from 31st March to 2nd April 2015, our school celebrated with an array of activities. These included:

1. During PSHE lessons leading up to this week, students worked on 'What is Autism for Me?' Not only did they have several discussions, they also produced a poster outlining their own experiences of Autism. This was then used in our assembly and powerpoint display for Barclay's Bank and Maloney's Budgen on Ascot High Street.

2. On Thursday 2nd April, three former Heathermount students Daniel, Joseph and James, visited the school. They were joined by Luke who is a current student but also studies at BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) three days a week. These past and present students visited our KS1 & 2 classes. We also had a special assembly for our KS3 and KS4 students in which our 'guest speakers' answered questions and discussed openly topics such as; what it was like moving on from Heathermount, what skills Heathermount taught them and what courses they have taken. This was a big success and all of our students thoroughly not only enjoyed open and frank discussions but developed an understanding about life after Heathermount.

3. Ben Robinson (Deputy Headteacher) worked with Alan Carr, a local and well known entrepreneur in developing a powerpoint that was displayed at Barclay's Bank and Maloney's Budgen superstore on Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 2nd April. The display focused on three main themes: what is autism?, Details of what Heathermount provides and What is Autism for me ? - a students' point of view.

4. During the week, an Easter Egg decoration competition was undertaken throughout the school, with two winners being announced in an assembly. The two winners were Glyes and Nathan.