Victoria School

Poole, UK

March 2015

Simon Brown, Head teacher at Victoria said "As a school we were very fortunate to have a wonderful new pool which opened in September 2013. The pool itself is amazing but the changing rooms were clinical in appearance with everything painted white. Some of our students have enjoyed visits to the SEA LIFE Centre in Weymouth and so when Merlin’s Magic Wand suggested a SEA LIFE theme for the changing rooms we were very keen! This project has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an incredible multi-sensory changing area, and their smiles really show us all that Merlin’s Magic Wand really have brought the magic to the children."

This is particularly important for students with severe learning difficulties who may react nervously to a sudden shift in their environment. for students with severe autism, for example, This is an important transitional area which allows then to gradually adjust to their new environment and to prepare themselves psychologically. - ‘This new technology helps the students to anticipate the activity ahead. We use ‘objects of reference’ around school to prepare our students for activities and the interactive sounds, lights and visuals, which Merlin’s Magic Wand have put in place, to prepare the students for their sensory swimming experience.’ Gemma Milne, Lead Occupational Therapist for Education at Victoria Education Centre.

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The Charity makes FUN accessible to children with three Magic Spells: "Magical Days Out" providing tickets and contributing towards a travel grant for families to enjoy their day at a Merlin Entertainments’ attraction; "Merlin’s Magic On Tour" working with our local communities at hospitals and hospices to bring the magic to the children wherever they are; and "Merlin’s Magic Spaces" designing and creating amazing projects in hospitals, orphanages, learning centres and more all around the world.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a charitable trust registered with the UK Charities Commission, registration number 1124081. Merlin’s Magic Wand Trustees Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 06511344.

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