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Our honourable friend

Former Calder House pupil to stand as MP in 2015!

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Write on!

Natasha wins story writing competition!

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Learning about Islam

Hamida Shaffi visits Calder House to talk about Islamic culture and her muslim faith

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Once upon a time...

Pupils build a story with top children's author Christopher Hill at the Bath Literary Festival

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Summer Term Leavers

We made a difference to these ones! 

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Canoeing Adventure

Splashing out! Calder House goes kayaking.

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Joe's Journey

Joe walks to school - from Malmesbury!!

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English Speaking Board Exams

Something to SHOUT about ...our best ever results in ESB exams!

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Sports Day: Summer Term 2013

Mr Day on why he felt so proud at Sports Day

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The start of a journey not just a race

From "no" to "maybe" and from "maybe" to "I can" ...Mr Perks explains how at CHS our x-country race is the start of a much bigger journey

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Why Calder House?

Starfish

A man was walking along the beach one day. Ahead he noticed another, older man picking up a starfish that had become stranded on the sand and throwing it back into the sea.

Why do you bother?” the man asked him. “The beach goes on for miles and countless starfish get stranded every day. You can’t really make a difference.

The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then he threw it to safety among the waves. “I can make a difference to this one,” he replied.

Countless children feel stranded at school. For some Calder House can make a real difference.

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Our honourable friend

We were delighted to hear that former CHS pupil, Ollie Middleton, is to stand as an MP in 2015 at the next General Election. Ollie joined Calder House in 2003 and spent six terms with us, leaving in 2005. Now aged 18, Ollie is currently studying International Relations and Politics at Westminster University and has just been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Bath – which puts him on course to be the youngest candidate to contest a seat at the next election!

 

As he is today... Ollie returns to Calder House.
 
Ollie has been the centre of a media-frenzy since winning the selection battle and being named as Labour’s candidate. However, he very kindly found time in his schedule to visit Calder House and chat to pupils about his political ambitions and also his experience as a young person with dyslexia.
 
“Being dyslexic can feel like a curse – but it shouldn’t. I was really struggling in a mainstream school but then I came to Calder House and everything changed for me,” explains Ollie. “The teachers at Calder House recognised that I had strengths and talents not just weaknesses. They rebuilt my self-esteem and for the first time I started to believe that I could actually achieve something at school.
 
“At Calder House I learned skills and strategies that have helped me tackle the things I find difficult because of my dyslexia. Of course I am still dyslexic – I always will be – but I no longer see my dyslexia as such a big problem. I’ve learned how to read, write and study effectively. I’ve learned to love education – which is why I’m now at university! And that is in no small part thanks to Calder House.”
 
During his visit, Headteacher Mr Day presented Ollie with one of our Starfish Badges which all pupils now receive when they leave Calder House. “We’re really proud of everything Ollie has achieved,” says Mr Day. “Once again, it just goes to show that being dyslexic doesn’t have to limit your educational – or political! – potential.”

 


As he was then... Ollie (on the lhs) back in 2004!
 
 
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