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World of Work

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Monday got off to a fantastic start with Year 10 meeting a range of business professionals in our Networking Event. Volunteers from a range of professions spoke to Year 10 about their experiences in their chosen field and answered some challenging questions about routes into their profession and about their day to day roles. The afternoon sessions included team building, self reflection and learning how to improve time management skills, which was organised and delivered by our Chaplaincy Team as part of the Year 10 Think Day.

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Tuesday involved students reaching a variety of destinations independently and participating in industry visits which included a visit to the Fire, Police and Ambulance Headquarters as part of the Public Services event, a mock trial at the Town Hall for the Law day; an experience on a mock ward for the Healthcare Trip and a first hand tour of some of the city’s leading hair and beauty salons as part of the Hair and Beauty day. Other events included Sports and Leisure which included an experience at Leicester Tigers and the popular Hospitality event which involved students visiting Showcase Cinema in Leicester and a behind the scenes tour of a restaurant. All of the staff at the events were incredibly complimentary about our Young People who were a credit to themselves and to St. Paul’s.

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Our business presentation day on Wednesday was a resounding success. Students were grouped together according to a range of factors and were briefed to design a festival for a specific target audience with a set budget. Students had to work collaboratively throughout the day and under time pressures to complete a presentation. We saw some really high quality presentations as a result of the day. It was great to see students ‘out of their comfort zone’ and under pressure to deliver in a different context. The groups were all tremendous but the group who designed the festival entitled ‘Loud’ pipped all of the other groups to the post with their innovative festival designed specifically for people with hearing difficulties. They designed a range of sensory experiences which really showcased a thoughtful approach to the task. Well done to all.

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Thursday was the second of our Industry visit days. Our popular courses Law and Healthcare ran for a second time during the week but Thursday included a range of different visits to ensure that all students had a breadth of choice. Creative Arts was a popular choice; this included an outdoor photography session with a range of media innovations for students to engage with throughout the day. For the first time we ran a Performing Arts session where students had a tour of The Curve and participated in a workshop. The Business visit was hosted at Natwest where students had to present a business idea and learned about the financial world of support for new businesses. The final visit was based at the Caterpillar plant and students learned about the world of engineering and construction. Again, staff at all of the venues were incredibly complimentary about our Young People who also were very positive about their experiences.

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Our Final day on Friday included a First Aid course in CPR which our volunteers kindly offered to facilitate so that students have some basic knowledge before entering the workplace. Year 10 also had the opportunity to take part in a budgeting activity to prepare them for University Life and the challenges of the world of personal finance. We also prompted Year 10 to begin mapping out their goals and preparing for life after Year 11 by considering their UCAS statements which will be used to apply for the next stage of their journey after Year 11 and into Year 12.

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Overall, a wonderful week with glorious weather. A fantastic experience for all due to the openness of our Year 10 and their willingness and confidence to undertake new challenges and engage in a range of new situations. Well done Year 10!

Performing Arts Trip Update

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The Performing Arts team and students arrived safely in Platja D’Aro on Saturday night.

The journey was a long one; longer due to traffic congestion just outside Lyon. In a coach journey lasting 26 hours, the behaviour of our young people was perfect.

After a much needed rest, the students began their first of two workshops today. Along with the session tomorrow, these workshops are a preparation for  beach side stage performance tomorrow evening.

Photos to follow ……….

 

 

Winners of the D&T Department’s ‘Design for Ghana’ Competition

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Congratulations to Ruqyya and Devika, our two winners of the Design and Technology Department’s ‘Design for Ghana’ competition. We were really pleased with the quantity and quality of all the entries, it made judging the competition really tough.  Thank you to everyone that took part. 

Both our winner’s created interesting, innovative and thoughtful product design ideas. Well done both of you.

Devika Y9    Ruqyya Y8

Junior Maths Challenge

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Over 260,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and supported by the institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

A Massive congratulations to the following year 8 students:

 

GOLD:

Rayyan

Arlo

Oluwaton (year 7)

 

SILVER:

James
William
Samuel
Diana
Solomon
Alicia

Ellie (year 7)

 

BRONZE:

Nathi (year 7)

Siemawi
Harry
Elliott
Joel
William
Thomas
Adrian
Aidan
Jack
Amira
Aaron
Harry
Evie
Ewan
Aliyah
Charlie
Domie
Chad
Aliza
Zachary
Jobe

STEM Project, Session 4

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Session 4 Reviews

In our previous STEM session, I learnt a lot about the different journeys to become an engineer and psychologist. It provided insight on many things such as grade requirements, work experience and what skills are gained during the time of being an engineer/psychologist. Overall it was a very enjoyable and informative lesson. By Harveet

It  was quite interesting to see how our two guests got to where they are today, a mechanical engineer and psychologist; their presentations allowed us to understand the different aspects of the two careers. I loved the demonstrations on the Wind Tunnel app which used different colours to indicate the pressure and speed that the vehicles(cars and planes) were exerting. The Wind Tunnel app also lets you play with the fluid and understand physics effects.  These effects are highly defined and helped us understand and know how to use the different apparatus used by mechanical engineers.

We learnt that psychology is the study of the human brain, behaviour and emotions. We also learnt that having a lot of work experience would help if you wanted to become a psychologist as it is a very useful skill (in most  jobs anyway). Natalie also taught us that we need to get high grades in English and Maths, to be able to start of with a decent job, but it all depends on which school/ university you attend. In my opinion, I would say that being a psychologist is a very interesting career choice. By Anashe

I really enjoyed the STEM session as I learnt new information that I found very useful and interesting.  By Zeenat and Ambica

 

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County Athletics

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The following students took part in the Athletics County Finals at the weekend. All did extremely well.

Orla

Jonty

Reuben

Kobe

Lola

Brandon

Darling

Lily Mae

Georgie

Zion

Thalia

Princesse

Tayo

Jack

Christ – Tina

Tanaka

Kofi

Darren

Alivia

 

We had 3 medal winners –  2nd Brandon in 100m, 2nd Tanaka in 100m and 1st U15 boys relay (Zion, Darren, Kofi and Tayo)

 

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