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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!