Although CANTO Learning remained closed for longer than I believe any of us expected initially we are pleased to say that we have started our phased re-opening. It was been great to see some of our students and staff re-enter the building for the first time over the last week or so. We continue to work hard to make sure all can remain as safe as possible but it is good to see these first cautious steps taking place.
During the lockdown period CANTO Learning had to say farewell to a member of staff. Monique who was part of the senior leadership team has decided to step away from her role although she will continue as an active trustee. We thank Monique for the hard work she put into our new business venture alongside others in the SLT. We are sure that these new areas will bring great opportunities to our students.
Although CANTO Learning has had to close in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic, many staff are still continuing to work and plan for our return, although these tasks are not as easy out of centre. In addition tutors have been busily preparing resources for our students to work on whilst they cannot attend centre either through online teaching or work being sent out. However we all look forward to the time we can return to a more usual week of work at CANTO.
Monday the 20th January 2020 saw staff, trustees and students wish Barrie Willis well as he retired from his role as chair of trustees. Barrie founded CANTO Ltd in 1992 and for his work in serving his community through CANTO he earned an MBE several years ago. Although Barrie had retired from CANTO and the day to day running sometime ago he has more recently played an active part as chair of trustees. All were able to recognise the huge part Barrie has played in the creation of our organisation.
Tuesday the 17th December 2019 saw staff and students join together to celebrate the coming Christmas season by having Christmas dinner together. Many thanks to Debibie, Val and others in the staff team who assisted in the preparation and serving of the food. I am sure all enjoyed this festive meal.
Today 11th November 2019 saw some of our education students begining to work on their vocational qualifications, students work on these alongside any functional skills they undertake, these include maths English and ICT. The vocational qualifications this academic year are in photography and art and design, we look forward to seeing some of the work students create in these areas.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 saw our education programme commence for academic year 2019/20, with several new students starting with us. This first day saw students undertake an induction day with Monday 16th September signalling the start of their full timetable.