Thursday saw the first of our Applied Learning Days for this academic year. These days give students a chance to learn from experts in their field about subjects that might fall outside the normal curriculum, or to apply things that they have learnt in a different way to real-life situations. They work in tutor groups with their tutor all day, further strengthening the relationships they have with key people. We are always grateful to visitors who give their time and expertise on these days, and since the introduction of the new Applied Learning Day programme last year, they have come up with new and interesting opportunities for our young people.
Year 7 spent their day with the Barbican Theatre in “A Day of Difference”, considering attitudes to others different from themselves and celebrating the diversity that we enjoy in our community and beyond.
Year 8s continued their work on Packtypes from last year – considering the attributes of celebrities , and identifying their own strengths and weaknesses. Babcock STEM Ambassadors run some very interactive sessions looking at diversity in the workplace, and Actionworks engaged them with some antibullying workshops. Their fourth activity was “soft archery”.
Year 9 Focussed very much on health, wellbeing and healthy relationships with sessions run by the Zone, First Aid training with Mr Brown, Mr Woodland and Mrs Sutherland and a Learning Skills Workshop by the company Live’n’Learn.
Year 10 took on some challenging topics, with Stand Against Violence providing a workshop on de-escalation, The Harbour Centre teaching them about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and how to avoid getting tempted/persuaded into using substances, Fire Safety from Devon Fire and Safety officers, and the Team Tetrahedron Challenge with Wilmott Dixon.
Year 11 also had a focus on wellbeing and Preparation for life after school, with Mrs Dulsonn running sessions on resilience, a fitness session run in our own facilities, Barclays Bank offering money management advice, The Apprenticeship Service explaining opportunities Post 16 and Medical School ambassadors running training on asthma management and opportunities in medicine.
A full day of events for all students, and one which they will remember for a long time. Thanks to all our visitors who spent the day with us, to students for engaging with different ways of learning and some very challenging topics, and staff for supporting them in this.
L Sutherland and L Taylor