Yolanda named as Star Teacher finalist

One of our amazing teachers has been named as a finalist in the Roger Coupe Star Teacher Awards – and she now needs your vote. Yolanda De La Fuente was nominated by her colleagues after a poll, for her unfailing dedication, helpfulness, flexibility and encouragement.

Pupils join interview panel

Jigsaw pupils have for the first time taken part in an Interview Panel for prospective new teachers. Two School Council members were chosen for the Teacher Assessment Day after the Council had a number of sessions exploring interview techniques and appropriate questions. They prepared interview questions and took part in the debriefing later.

Bands lined up for Jigsaw Jam

Indie rock and psychedelic pop are being lined up for Jigsaw’s first ever music event marking World Autism Awareness Month. Jigsaw Jam, featuring two London-based bands, is at Guildford’s Boileroom music and creative arts community hub on Thursday April 20th.

Marathon runners inspired by Jigsaw

Two runners are aiming to raise £2,000 each for Jigsaw by running the London Marathon – and they’re looking for sponsors. Ronnie Osment has chosen to support Jigsaw in his first ever marathon because it is “truly inspirational”, and Andy Griffiths has a child at Jigsaw School and says it has “transformed the whole family”.

Pupils inspired by musical prodigy

We were delighted to welcome the world-renowned pianist Derek Paravicini for a fantastic and inspiring musical day to remember! He played for groups of pupils throughout the day, encouraging them to listen, join in, dance and explore having fun with music. The visit was arranged by the Music for Autism charity.

Jigsaw plans It’s A Knockout Fun Day

A Summer Fun Day is being planned by Jigsaw – and we’re looking for teams for an ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition on the day. The event would be on Sunday July 23rd at Dunsfold Business Park and airfield – but it can only go ahead if we get enough teams of eight to 10 people.

Boxing dinner to benefit Jigsaw

Jigsaw has been chosen as the charity to benefit from Guildford District Rotary Club’s 2017 Annual Charity Boxing Dinner. This highly successful black-tie event will feature Southern Counties ABA against Scotland ABA – as well as dinner, a charity auction and a huge raffle. It is on Friday February 24th in Woking.

Donation to Café on the Park social enterprise

Two companies working on Dunsfold Business Park have donated £1,000 to our Café on the Park social enterprise. This generous donation by Brymor Construction and the Comley Group will be used to install equipment to extend the café’s scope – and the work experience available to our pupils and adult clients.

Cranleigh Lions bursary for teaching resources

Jigsaw has been honoured to receive a £773 bursary for specific maths and reading resources by our great friends at Cranleigh and District Lions Club. This generous donation will help fund resources including Sentence Building Blocks, RhymeNoceros, Spelligator, historical artefacts, teaching clocks, sand timers and money sets.

A close shave for Jigsaw…

beard shave

A friend of one of our Jigsaw families has raised a magnificent £3,300 in an unusual way – by shaving off his beard after three years of letting it grow. Nick ‘Grumpy’ Bollam works for British Gas and was generously sponsored by work colleagues across the country as well as family and friends.