Students at a South Tyneside school have been recognised for their commitment to carrying out work experience.
Keelman’s Way School in Hebburn rewarded those who took part in activities aimed at giving them an insight into the world of work during a special assembly.
The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.
A total of 26 pupils who have a range of learning and physical disabilities, were presented with certificates after completing work experience placements, organised by teachers Katharine Harbison and Joe McConnell, within the community including at South Tyneside College, Primrose Community Centre, West Boldon Lodge and South Tyneside Homes.
Pupils who also took part in work experience organised by Project Choice also received certificates.
Mrs Harbison said: “Last year we had pupils taking part in work experience through Project Choice, this year we decided to organise it so as many of our post-16 students could take part. The pupils were sent out on work experience, which they have all really enjoyed.
“We have received huge support from companies and it has given our pupils a great opportunity to experience working and dealing with people outside the school environment.”
The awards followed a two-day healthy food event where pupils researched how and where food comes from, the benefits of healthy eating as well as vegetable art and sensory exploration.
They also took part in food related activities including vegetable art.
Teacher Rebecca Ramsden, said: “The pupils really enjoyed taking part in the healthy eating food event. We had older pupils going into classes and working with our younger children on food topics and talking about where our food comes from. It was really nice to see all the pupils integrating with each other.”
Pupils were also given the chance to grow their own food in the school garden. They were also given the chance to try fruit and vegetables in different forms e.g. smoothies, kebabs, juices, sorbet, sticks and dips.