Friday Update (23 Feb 2018)
Good afternoon from a sunny Butterstone.
It has been a while since we have been able to organise an update and we are hoping to have regular updates in future by way of a blog on the website. You will all no doubt have seen the new website and of course the new logo designed by Maddy Amos. Already there has been considerable support of the new website and it has generated interest in the school. Chic Murray and Bill Colley have been doing great things on social media promoting The New School and supporting our friends across different communities. I hope you feel able to support us on social media and get us known even more than we are. Life has been so busy at school – we have an unprecedented level of interest in The New School and consequently we have had a very high number of visits to the school. Without the excellent tours which have been undertaken by a number of young people we would not have the excellent reputation we have – as I say to visitors - there is no script, what they get is an honest view from a young person’s perspective and to us that is very important. There has been much activity in school from the trial timetable about to be evaluated and the consequent future planning to an increase in outdoor activities now we have had some kinder weather….though I hear this is not likely to last so young people will continue to need warm clothing. This week was the anniversary of our friend Sam Marx’s death. Everyone remembered him in their own way but some of us went to his grave, met with his family and friends and placed flowers there. Balloons were let off by Perth Autism Support and at school in his remembrance. Thanks to the kind donations at his funeral last year 2018 will see the start of the annual “Sam Marx Prize for Creativity”. Sam said “When they find a way to shout out their words…be it painting…writing…or anything really…it is a true sign of bravery and awesomeness…” Duncan ‘s hoody – “Sam gone but not forgotten” As Easter approaches my retirement from The New School gets ever closer – it has been an honour to have been part of a special community through excellent times, good times and those times no one would have wished. Young people and adults have supported each other throughout and the entire school community has emerged stronger. I will be here until Easter working closely with my successor, Bill Colley, who will return as Head in April. The fact that a former Head is returning says something positive about the school and the future. Bill will introduce himself at some point shortly but I am so pleased that someone with his experience and knowledge is taking over – he has my absolute support. As I write this note to you all the young people are up at Loch Ordie in the sunshine undertaking a nature project identifying signs of Spring…which has taken too long to arrive! I am hoping for some pictures and reative ideas for a display. This week I was interviewed by Jack M and Ethan for a project they are undertaking…they were very thorough and I think could have a future in broadcasting. For me, when I saw my beard needed attention I was reminded of the comment “ he has a face for radio”! They were kind to me. Have a peaceful weekend. Chris Holmes