Achievement Gallery

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What's your fabulous 22qer been up to this week?

They are wonderful and achieving great things....

Well Done Em

EmEm did a LOT of Christmas lego which is great for her motor skills.
(Jan 2020)

Well Done Aine

AineTaking part in the special Olympic games in 2 weeks going to the gym and doing lots of training.
(Jan 2020)

Well Done Sam

SamSam has been on it so far in 2020. Football player of the week, and 10/10 in last weeks spellings. He's being very positive at the moment. He's having a treat this weekend if he keeps this up.
(Jan 2020)

Well Donne Tanner

TannerTanner had an amazing start in Reception class week and had a sleep study last night which despite a few setbacks and anxiety he managed really well and kept the equipment on! (Sept 19)

Well Done Superstar Isla

IslaIsla managed her residential trip away with school from Wednesday till late Friday, such a superstar.

Great Bowling Aine

AineI'm back to bowling this year now trying to manage gym training a job bowling training and competitions 22q does not define who I am 36 and still going
(Sept 19)

How Fantastic Alfie...

AlfieMy Alfie age 6 was a mascot at villa vs west ham, he had a fab time

Well Done Mollie

Mollie passed her driving test on Monday
(Sept 19)

Well done KJ

KJ 19Kj got a merit medal for trying so hard at school with his topic and handwriting super proud mummy (Sept 19)

Cerys - Well Done !

Tracey H CerysCerys got 2nd place in her dressage at RDA regionals, and is through to Nationals in July
(June 19)

Well Done Isla

IslaIsla completed her stage 5 in Swimming!!
(June 19)

Well Done Mark

MarkMark won silver in 100m sprint.
(June 19)

Well done Zara

Zara has learnt her simple phonic sounds with me over the last few weeks and can just about write most of them. It's more than we ever hoped for. She's 5 in August. She loves learning through the jolly phonics programme.
(June 19)

Brum Brum... Well done Mollie

Mollie passed her theory test for driving.
(June 19)

Brum brum.. Well Done Dan.

Dan passed his driving test.
(June 19)

Well Done Ella Mai for passing your yellow belt...

Ella MaiElla Mai passed her yellow poom belt at American kempo martial art.
(June 19)

Fantastic Maddox

MaddoxMaddox competing in the TeamGym northern league coming 1st with his LS Gymnastics Academy team. Youngest in his team - 8 judges and a hall full of spectators - So proud of him. Keeley.
(June 19)

Well Done Arthur

Arthur successfully used his potty. Well done. x
(June 19)

Ellie May

Rebecca oxley ellie mayEllie-May has 22q and has recently started a new nursery. She struggles with change and has done so well adapting at her new nursery. We are so proud. Mum x
(Feb 19)

Well Done...

Stanley (9) has impressed his teacher and his head teacher with his improvements with his written work. His reading was also mentioned. So proud - Mum

Joshua had a heart scare just before Xmas his heart stopped for 7/8 seconds so back on red alert but today my boy went to the dentist and had his teeth cleaned and special stuff to stop his teeth corroding his anxiety was high his breathing was erratic but he did it

Sam is starting to do more things for himself. Even picking his own clothes at a weekend. Getting there at last x

Anna (4) finally let dentist do some work x

Olly won Blade of Glory!

Olly FraserOlly (8) won the 'blade of glory' at his last ice hockey game for playing so well!
(Jan 19)

Happy Birthday Tanner!

Tanner DowlingTanner turned 4 today! And is working really hard to use his words!
(Jan 19)

Alfie.. So Brave!

Alfie HendersonAlfie allowed his dentist to take 2 back teeth out! Without any meltdowns or anything. Was so proud! (Mum)
(Jan 19)

Well Done Macie!

Sarah Whittaker MacieMacie age 7 passed her stage 3 swimming now onto stage 4
(Nov 18)

Happy Bonfire Night Haimish!

Tara Powell HaimishHaimish loved sparklers and the quiet fireworks. He didnt want to go to nursery this morning but totally got stuck right in and even made new friends.

Fantastic Bike Riding Toby!

Geraldine GowansToby can finally ride his bike without any help

Well Done Alfie

Louise HendersonAlfie went to the bonfire and fireworks display and managed the whole time without his ear defenders

Henry on his bike... Go Henry !!!!

HenryHenry (5) has learn to ride a bike (without a stabilizers!) In one afternoon.
(Sept 18)

Fab horse riding Toby..

TobyToby had his first proper riding lesson with RDA this Saturday just gone, before now he's just been hacking out. He had some sensory issues while he was going round but he such with it for the full 30 minutes and can't wait for his next one in a couple of weeks.
(Sept 18)

Isla Wow !!!!

IslaIsla tried a new challenge - Sky Trail she absolutely smashed it
(Sept 18)

Well Done Daisy!

DaisyDaisy took part in the special Olympics anniversary games in Stirling this summer in the cycling, gaining 6th & 4th places & a bronze medal.
(Sept 18)

Brilliant Achievements Jack!

Jack OffersHere he is pictured receiving an achievement award at college for completing his course in IT Retail and Business. Unfortunately he still hasn't quite got his GCSE English C grade which he is desperate to get. But, he's not put off. He has now enrolled in a different college, is re sitting English and Maths GCSEs and now doing level 1 professional cookery. This means travelling independently and two buses for the journey to college, a placement in a bistro once a week and service in the restaurant serving the community. All this and holding down a part time job in the kitchen at a 4 star hotel. He is definitely my star. Never ceases to amaze me how He is climbing mountains every day. I am so proud of him and can't wait to see what comes next as he follows his dreams
(Sept 18)

Well Done Rhys!

Rhys had 78% on history end of year test and 75% in science , very proud considering he never done tests before as we always excluded.

(May 18)

Well Done Josh!

Josh had a job interview !!!! One of his support workers at college attended the interview with him as support .... waiting to hear back now .... even managed to get him in a shirt and suit trousers - so proud of him x
(May 18)

Isla on a Fairground Ride!

Isla 18Isla has been super brave and gave a ride a go on a trip to the seaside!! We've has some very testing times with dogs and children crying with her not coping, but these few minutes made it totally worth it!

(May 18)

Well Done Cerys!

Cerys 18Cerys got 3rd place in her first RDA. Dressage competition.


Well Done Kieran!

Kieran will be 17 next week. Just passed his btech level 1 at college and has been accepted for level 2. Started his first part time job and has been there nearly 3 months and has been with his girlfriend for 3 months and is so happy. So proud of our boy who couldn't speak up until he was 6 years old


Fab News Thomas!

Thomas Robert SeatonThomas, aged 7, being awarded 'Star of the week' at school for 'much improved' in terms of academic progress.


Fantastic Riding Achievement James!

JamesJames came 3rd in the regional RDA riding competition in his group on the countryside challenge.


Happy 21st Birthday Leah

Leah Sarah RyanLeah was 21 on the 7th April.

Happy Birthday Leah, from all at Max Appeal x

(April 18)

Well Done Isaiah

Isaiah Hannah ChapmanIsaiah (11 months) is walking with his push along.

(April 18)

Well Done Tanner

Tanner mel dowlingTanner has been star signer for the last 3 days at nursery and had an amazing nursery report this week! (mum)

(April 18)

Well Done Courtney!

Courtney Caz carruthersMy daughter Courtney age 9 started Taekwondo 5 weeks ago and really enjoys it she got her uniform tonight one proud mummy x

(April 18)

Well Done!

Kelly gottsZ has written her first letters at Nursery. Don't think anything else could top my joy this yr.(mum)

(April 18)

Staney Got Star of the Week!

StanleyWell done Stanley

(April 18)

Well Done Toby

TobyToby independently wrote the sentence "is the pen in the pot ? "
One very proud little boy and super proud Mummy.

(Mar 18)

Looks Yummy Charlie!

CharlieCharlie enjoyed going for ice creams for his step brother's birthday xx he chose what he wanted, sat beautifully and ate some (not all!) of the ice cream by himself.

(Feb 18)

Mum couldn't be prouder

Michelle TaylorFrom this to these.
Just absolutely brilliant.

(Feb 18)

Well Done Haydn

Haydn feb18Haydn got himself dressed all by himself at the weekend. Took forever but it's the first time he's ever done it . Age 6

(Feb 18)
AaronAaron with six time world champion Steve Davis at the academy today. Steve was running a world snooker coaching course there.
Aaron was at the academy that day playing too.

(feb 18)

Well Done Lilly...

LillyLilly may won merit of the week for always giving her best behaviour even when she's struggling.

(Feb 18)

Well Done Phoebe!

PhoebePhoebe winning the politeness cup at school for always being helpful and kind to other pupils and adults.

(Feb 18)

Certificate for Emily-Grace.

EmilyGrace5year old Emily-Grace received her first certificate in school for being very brave and not making a fuss whilst having her portacath accessed for the first time at school after being in Hospital for 4 days !!!

(Feb 18)

Happy Valentines from Patrick

PatrickJana - My son Patrick 15 months made this in daycare for Valentine's day. I'm so proud on him

(feb 18)

Well done Sam

SamSam won this ball at school for having a good attitude towards learning.

(Feb 18)

Deano.. Well done mate!

DeanoDeano arranged cinema date and food after with his friend.... massive achievement for him
Super proud mum

(Fe 18)

Unconditional offer to study a degree in music - 22q CAN DO!

Kate's Daugher has battled all her life with education. Piano is her love. She is studying music in college. She wanted to brave an interview to study music at university. Her love and dedication for music obviously shined through........
She got an UNCONDITIONAL offer to study a degree in music!!

Happy Valentines from Isobel

IsobelIsobel made her mum a lovely Valentines card with her Grandmum, she typed the names on the computer and printed it out then stuck the jewels on. She then wrote inside.


Haydn fabulous talking and story telling.

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Well Done Adam

adamAdam has been flourishing at school recently and working with them we have been able to reduce his anxiety levels down, this has resulted in him shining so much he was awarded the 'Pupil of the term' which covers both upper and lower schools. In addition his artwork was also chosen to be Ivel Valleys official Xmas card.

Well done Adam mummy and daddy are extremely proud of you


Tyler got a Bronze medal at Didcot open judo competition

TylerWell Done Tyler
(Oct 2017)

Fab Dressing Up Girls !

Tina HillAmelia and her sister enjoyed dressing up today for their school book day. Last year Amelia found the complete change of routine for book week really unsettling but this year she has coped so well!
(Oct 17)


Image: kelly_mennie_zak_medium.jpgHere's Zach with his swmimming badge and award. Go Go Zach.. Well done buddy!

Well done Bradley - 16 yrs old

Well done Bradley PlevinThe comments made by the two members of staff were overwhelming, tremendous support and love for Bradley. His last 3 months have been hard mentally but despite that everyone felt it was right he should receive these awards. When he moved to this school mainstream had written him off, now he is going on to study all media applications and high level computing. Difficult to express the pride we feel for him. Have cried and smiled with equal measure listening to so many people share that pride and belief. 22q can do.

Jade D of E Award

jadeI never would have even imagined Jade taking part in something like this, but it was suggested to us by a D of E leader at Jades special needs social club. She goes once a week to information sessions where they learn about First Aid, Map Reading, insects, spotting potential dangers in the countryside, planning to cook dinner on a camping stove, how to put up a tent, planning to pack a backpack, but most of all how to be away from Mum and a Dad with no carer for a short time, including overnight, this is a huge confidence builder. The target distance is determined by ability and the challenge is obviously different for kids with special needs... But the sense of achievement is huge. They also have other challenges such as a sport and community work. She was selected as part of a group to meet Prince Edward... complaining why does she have to dress up and Prince Edward got to turn up in a hoodie. I would recommend this to any parent who wants a peaceful weekend... I mean who feels their child would benefit from a confidence boost.

Leah Continuing to Learn about different forms of transport as part of her Lifeskills Course at College

Image: leah_medium.jpgMy tutor came with me on the bus today as I was wanting to try and learn the bus route from college to Luton Airport Parkway so I could get my usual train home today.
We went on the bus to Luton Airport Parkway together and I got the right train home.
I am so gratefully to have a tutor like Lin she has changed me so much in the almost past three years cause last year I was able to do taxi journeys on my own to college then this year is going to be a big step as I already have mastered the trains on my own but now hopefully soon I will be able to get the bus on my own to college and back to the station aswell.

Megan - Surfboard Design

Image: picture176049440_medium.pngLast year, her school submitted her surfboard design to a national competition and it was chosen along with 40 other school children's art to go on the Generation Art touring exhibition, which toured several towns/ cities. It is now back on the Isle of Wight locally exhibited.

Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour is an exhibition of children and young people's artwork aged 5 18, with an associated learning programme supported by the Arts Council England's Strategic Touring programme the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Helen Jean Cope Charity. It will tour to Quay Arts and be displayed in The West Gallery from 19th Mar to 7th May 2016.

Generation ART opened at Turner Contemporary, Margate in summer 2015, and is showing in New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts, Leicester from 16th Jan to 6th March 2016 before heading to Quay Arts.

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Fantastic Achievements from Rachel:

From her mom, Sue:
So pleased with Rachel's progress since she started university. One thing she has got used to is getting about independently by foot, by bus and train and by taxi. This was a huge challenge for her but she is getting more and more confident. It helps that York is quite a compact city. She is learning to plan journeys and always makes sure she has her phone and enough money for a taxi home when she goes out with her friends. Rachel was worried that people might not understand that she doesn't like nightclubs and doesn't like alcohol but thankfully she has found some good friends with similar interests who she feels comfortable with. She has even managed to arrange a house rental close to uni with a couple of friends for September. Things are stable healthwise at the moment and she is doing well with her coursework. She couldn't be happier right now.

Well Done Alfie

ahWell Done Alfie for incredible participation with our soluble or insoluble equipment, from Banff Primary School.

Rhys getting his Water Skills grade 2 Award. Well done young man.

rhysThis is Rhys getting his water skills grade 2 award certificate .

A real Achievement as last year he would have needed an adult to go up with him to get it .

Well Done Rhys.

George gets 'Star of the Week'

GeorgeGeorge age 5 got star of the week at school last week. Mom is so proud of him, massive well done for George.

Our First Fabulous Story of the New Year - 2016

Leah - Now travelling independently via train to college

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Zak, Speaking in front of the whole school

Zak, he's got 22q distal deletion he didn't say his first word until 3 years old and went through 4 years of intensive speech therapy. Today he stood in front of his whole school and parents and did a reading with a microphone Mum was so pleased and proud of him.

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emma saxbyHi this is Zoe who has hypermobility, low muscle tone and she also has congenital heart defects and had open heart surgery at 3 weeks old. She has just passed her internal assessment at ballet this is her getting her award.
Fab stuff Zoe. Well done.


cerysWonderful proud announcement from Tracey, Cerys's Mum.:
I'm Very proud of Cerys. I entered her drawing in the NT&AS ( home tutor competition ) and she won a voucher and got her picture on the calendar.

Adam - King for the Day

adamMessage from a very proud Dad, Mark Tripp. Our little bundle of trouble that we love so very dearly had a Xmas party at his school run Horse riding lesson today, Adam was chosen by his class mates to be the King ......... A great honour and shows how well he has settled in.

Connor & Rayden

connorConnor who is 22q and has autism sang and signed in town in front of hundreds of people his class started of the Celebrations for turning on of the Christmas lights in our town. I'm also proud of Rayden, my other 22qer because he's been tube fed all his life and had his first full yoghurt this week!!




joshuaJoshua has gone out with his worker for direct payments it was his first time without me being there he loved it

Harry - had some mates over...

harryHarri having his actual proper first sleepover with his 2 mates from school, tonight!!! They're all good so far!!!

Elliot 20th November 2015

elliotPulled himself up to stand today for the first time...he was born with fixed clubfeet (Talipes). Go Elliott! X

Brogan - 2 Awards in one week

broganWell done Brogan (7)