Student Leadership Blog 26th January 2018
Last week, our sports prefects along with a group of future sports prefects from year 10 assisted in the Primary School Indoor Athletics competition. The prefects divided themselves up amongst the schools and helped cheer on and encourage everyone to get involved. The feedback from the primary schools has been fantastic, with everyone saying the atmosphere was great and it was lovely to see the friendly competitive nature of all students. All events such as jumping, throwing and running were catered for to allow everyone’s talents to be broadcasted, which made the event especially enjoyable.
Thanks to Higher Horizons a selection of students have been able to spend a day at a university, to explore the variety of course options after college. Recently students from year 10 and 11 visited Keele University Art Campus. They had three workshops; the first of which was drawing art, using easels and a range of art utensils to draw models of objects in the centre of the room. Then it was photography where students used DSLR cameras with the help of professional teachers, to use lighting and camera equipment to take photos of our peers modelling in a photography studio. Finally they took part in cartoon designing, with help from an industry professional illustrator, on how to design and create a cartoon through art and story writing. These trips have been enjoyed by all the students, and will hopefully continue to introduce new options for the future.
In addition to this, on Wednesday 17th January, the school held a careers fair where students were able to speak to a vast amount of employers, advisors and educational bodies, with Tim’s Gents Hairshop even giving live haircuts! This day was not exclusive to high school pupils either, as year 6 students from Underwood West Academy visited the school during the event. Every person valued the experience greatly as it gave useful insight into opportunities after high school.
This week our school once again had the pleasure of being visited by Mr King as he brought his excellent collection of WW1 artefacts and memorabilia. A personal thanks from him goes out to all of those students who helped him set up and pack away. It is always a great experience for the students to learn about history, and Mr King always interests his audience with his unique way of telling anecdotes and stories. I hope that he will return next year.