Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.
Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, 5Plus Architects, NHS, Unilever and Key 103. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.
On Weds, 4th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.
The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae and AGGS maths teacher, Sarah Chancellor. Mrs Chancellor had an exciting and rewarding career in sports event management, including working as part of the London Olympics 2012 team. Her speech, reflecting on her journey to date, was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a team building session with the RAF and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.
Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from IBM, Tesco, BBC, Together Money, Chubb and Aldi. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our students. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the students an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complementing our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.
At the end of June all of Year 10 took part in an enterprise day run by Young Enterprise. The programme inspires students and provides information on career options to help make informed choices. Students set goals and plan their next steps to prepare them for life beyond education.
Through hands-on fun, practical activities, Learn to Earn explores themes such as career choices, personal skills and talents, recruitment and job interviews, salaries, earnings, tax and the costs of living, financial planning and budgeting.
The 2018 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at The International Centre, Telford on Wednesday 4th July. The event saw the winning teams from over 150 schools come together to compete against each other. High street retailer and stationery giant, Ryman set students the task of creating a new stationary product for the Back to School campaign. The students had to convince the panel that their product would increase revenue and brand awareness. Ready to Rule from 9-5 consisted of Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie who represented the school and did themselves and the school proud. The pitch was word perfect and Ella and Mimi performed a fabulous rap as part of their advertising campaign.
The students had a good day as the event was hosted by Diversity dance group – Jordan and Perry. Theo Paphitis headed up the judging panel and hosted a Q&A with the students – “Be inspired by everything around you, use everything as inspiration”.
Well done to Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie – we have definitely got some budding entrepreneurs within the school.
Following on from her success at the 2017 World Championships, in Dijon, Gabriella S (Year 11) took part in the 8th World Inline Skating Championships in Cork, Ireland. This year, she competed in the Elite Solo Ice Dance Junior Division (i.e Division 1) having progressed from the 4th Division Junior Ladies and had to skate two programmes – the first contained two compulsory pattern dances – the Starlight Waltz and the Paso Doble (both dances were based on traditional ballroom dances but were, of course, skated on wheels!). Her second programme was a free dance and she chose to skate to ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Westlife.
Having moved up so many divisions, Gabriella fought off some strong competition not only securing a huge increase to her personal best (nearly doubling the score she got when she won Gold in Madrid a couple of months ago) but also finishing in 4th place overall.
Tilly competed at the Artistic Inline World Championships in Cork, Ireland with her team, Whizz Kids. They are returning as the Junior World Champions. This was a new adventure for them as they skated on wheels and not blades, with only 10 weeks of training. They also got a bronze in the Chorus section.
This is a fantastic achievement for Tilly and her team, well done!
The Year 11 textiles students have been going global with their community spirit, with their support for the Dress a Girl Around the World project. Their garment construction skills were tested in the production of the dresses and their skills extended with the addition of Rouleau loops and patch pockets.
The project was started with the aim of providing a dress for every girl around the world who, for whatever reason, is living in abject poverty. Since 2006, the project has delivered over 1 million dresses to 81 countries.
Many thanks to Mr Hunt from Ivyleague (UK) Ltd, for donating the fabric for both the Year 8 and the Year 11 projects.
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