On a very wet and windy day, Glebelands School undertook their final Focus Day of the year on Friday 8th July. Luckily, the rain didn’t stop play as students and staff threw themselves into a day of activities based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), promoting healthy lifestyles and global and cultural awareness.
As a specialist science college, Year 7 were taken on a mammoth expedition to Marwell Zoo. The whole year group enjoyed a day learning about the animals and their habitats.
Half of Year 8 braved the stormy coastline on a Geography field trip to Cuckmere Haven, exploring the coastal features of the estuary and the South Downs National Park. The other half of the year group took a trip to London to the Science Museum. They also experienced the IMAX cinema and were amazed by the ultimate 3D movie experience.
Year 9 spent half the day learning about Aboriginal culture with a visiting expert. Students had the opportunity to find out about circular breathing and had a go at playing the didgeridoo. Later in the day, students had an afternoon of alternative sport. Undeterred by the weather, each form challenged the others to a very competitive table-tennis championship, giant volley ball and a game of ultimate frisbee.
In Year 10, half of the students experienced the Bradford Business Game, run by local charity, Surrey SATRO. In small groups, the students ran a company for the morning, managing their finances and proving that they could create a product and make a profit in a fictional business scenario. The remainder of the year group learnt about different cultures, firstly with some fantastic Chinese cooking lessons where students created their own spring-rolls; then a lesson in street dancing, followed by an opportunity to create an African mask. They also learnt the art of meditation and origami. A truly global experience!
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