On Friday 1st December the normal timetable of lessons was collapsed for all year groups and they were involved in a wide range of activities as part of a Personal, Social, Health (Careers) Education Day. We were also delighted to welcome a large number of visitors who kindly gave their time to support and run some of our workshops.
- Year 7 pupils experienced a multicultural day focusing on India. Their workshops included making sand mandalas, creating batik patterns, looking at the differences in living conditions between rural and urban living and they also had a workshop with a Bollywood dancer.
- Pupils in Year 8 took part in their Dream Day event. More details are given separately.
- Year 9 pupils undertook their ‘Change for a Tenner’ challenge. This is an enterprise based day where pupils work in small teams or companies to come up with a money making idea. Each team is given £10 and on the day they have to change their £10 into as much profit as possible. During the course of the morning pupils took on different roles within the company and had to write a business plan, a finance plan and work out how to best market their product. During lunchtime pupils then sell their wares to the rest of the school. As well as a lot of neatly packaged cakes and sweets on sale, there were also glitter tattoos, keyrings and nail painting. This year pupils raised an amazing £2011.42 which will be going to the Alex Lewis Trust.
- Pupils in Year 10 were fortunate to have a whole range of visitors for the day. Their workshops focused on homelessness, budgeting and anti-social behaviour. The homelessness presentation not only provided information on causes, effects and legal aspects but also linked discussions to physical, mental and social well-being. The sessions will contribute to preparing pupils for the adult world and help them become more aware of the community around them.
- Year 11 pupils undertook an enterprise based day entitled Millinery Magic. Pupils worked in teams as the managers of a business. The purpose of the day was for pupils to gain an understanding and appreciation of how businesses have to work within a competitive and collaborative market. As the title suggest the chosen business revolved around the fashion industry and involved transforming existing hats into more creative, attractive and fashionable headgear. The day cumulated with a fashion parade to promote their companies’ products.