On Thursday 15th March a group of Year 11 pupils were selected to take part in a motivational workshop designed and delivered by Mrs Osborne, Mr Whatley and Mr Langdown. The purpose of the workshop was to help pupils review future plans and how their GCSEs fitted into these.
We started with a range of competitive challenges as a way of easing in to the opportunity and developing a ‘can do’ approach right from the start. Mrs Osborne led an interactive lifeline activity where a rope is suspended across the classroom and pupils were given different life events to hang on the rope to create a visual lifeline. This really helps young people see just how little time they spend in education.
Mr Whatley ran a discussion workshop reflecting on what determines how much you earn, what qualifications you need and earning across a range of sectors. This led onto a session exploring labour market information. This was a competitive opportunity to find the highest paid sector and the highest growth sector, enabling pupils to have a clear understanding that choosing the wrong sector will make gaining employment more difficult. Pupils then took a tour of the subject areas on Moodle, looking at what career paths can be followed from studying particular degrees before using a programme to find out specific information about a ‘dream job’ and an ‘aspirational job’. They then continued the journey by looking at the difference between earnings and take home pay. Average UK spending habits were then explored and the ability to be able to save for a future.
We finished with a workshop where groups moved from one table to another while we told pupils a little of our own journeys and hurdles into employment. Feedback from the workshops was fantastic and the key commitment of all was the need to get on and study now to get the GCSE grades they need at school. It was also agreed that it would be even better to run the workshop much earlier in Year 11 or even Year 10 in the future.
The Year 7 competition was organised by the Year 8 Young Sports Leaders and the final results were very close. 7G were the winners, scoring full points on all four matches they played. Well done!
This yearly event is an introduction to the Sports Leaders course and there will be two taster sessions on Weds 21st and 28th March at 1:30pm in the gym. All Year 7 pupils are invited to have a go and see if the course is for them.
If you have visited Test Valley School lately you will know our ROSLA building has disappeared. Well, not so much disappeared as hiding under scaffolding and wrapped in plastic making the building itself seem invisible.
On Wednesday 14th March, Mike Castle (Construction Site Manager) gave pupils from the BTEC Construction group a view from the inside. Mike explained the complex process of managing a building site and showed us just what is going on. We went into a classroom with all the work being undertaken to refurbish the building exposed. The building is ‘growing outwards’ and will have significantly improved insulation. The advantages will be lower maintenance and very little, if any, heating requirements in the winter whilst cooler in the summer. When completed it will look like a new building on the outside. Pupils took a keen interest and asked questions about the build which Mike Castle was keen to explain. Our thanks to him for allowing us in, for sharing his vast knowledge of the construction world and the wide range of opportunities open to young people thinking of stepping into this world of work.
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Pi Day is observed on March 14th and to celebrate the Maths department hosted various activities throughout the day for both staff and pupils to participate in. This included quizzes, a lunch time computer competition and a staff Pi cake competition. The cake competition was judged by Headteacher Miss Hiscock, who has a tough job as the standard of the cakes was particularly high this year and the winner was Mr Mackriell (who actually had a friend make it, so should have been disqualified!).