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Timetable suspended as pupils enjoy Focus Day

Aboriginal storyteller Francis Firebrace was a visitor to Glebelands School in Cranleigh, helping students to learn about native Australian life.

The event was part of the latest of the school's regular Focus Days, in which the normal timetable is suspended and the staff work in teams to deliver different aspects of the curriculum.

Half of the Year 9 students visited the British Museum, including the Darwin Centre where they explored the interative hands-on activities, which encouraged them to take better care of the planet.

The remaining Year 9 students had an Australian culture day during which Francis Firebrace gave them the full aboriginal experience – kangaroo hunting, the emu dance and a didgeridoo, amongst other things.

Year 10 students were also split for the day, half taking part in the Bradford Business game - a business simulation where students work in teams to be the most successful company and make the most money - with the other half of the year group taking a close look at Chinese culture.  This included Chinese style cooking, martial arts and dragon making.  The dragon has now taken pride of place in Glebelands reception area.

Year 7 students were able to enhance their co-ordination skills with the opportunity to learn some circus skills for half the day, before becoming reporters, editors and photographers to put together a newspaper covering all the activities of the day.

As part of the global dimensions curriculum, Year 8 students were putting the spotlight on the rainforests of the Amazon as they were introduced to some of the forest’s creepy crawly inhabitants.  From there they went on to become designers and engineers of a children’s toy with the challenge of making it from sustainable materials.

Year 11 students spent some time doing their bit for the school community competing for the best campaign to encourage Glebelands students to use the recycling bins provided for them.

"The standard of imagination, focus and team work was outstanding.  It was a delight to see them contributing to the school community and really trying to make a difference."
 
      

Source - Surrey Advertiser