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Glebelands School in Cranleigh undertook the third of its four annual Focus Days on Wednesday 11th May, to the delight of the participating students and staff. Although the sun wasn’t shining, it was a perfect day for Geography field trips to the coast, and the creation of virtual tours around the grounds and the school was once again a thriving hive of creativity with the buzz of enthusiastic staff and students.Half of Year 7 spent the day designing, filming and editing their own movie, entitled “Our Community”. Students worked in small teams to plan a story-board and then record their own footage using mini camcorders that were purchased especially for the occasion. They then edited their filming and added soundtracks and voice-over. Other Year 7s experienced “Carnival” for the day, a lively and colourful session involving samba dancing, creating South-American art, learning to juggle and create a fantastic musical experience, heard across the playgrounds!

Year 8 students were on educational visits for the day. In connection with Glebelands’ specialist science status, half of the year group visited the Science Museum inLondon, which included a fantastic experience in the IMAX cinema. The other half of the year group spent the day at Cuckmere Haven on a geography field trip. They were looking at river processes along the River Cuckmere, exploring the impact of flood management systems, and researching coastal formations in the South DownsNational Park. Students will be undertaking the alternative trip in July.

Students in Year 9 spent half the day learning about World War 2 from a visiting expert who brought memorabilia and authentic clothing into school to share with the eager learners. Students were patrolling ARP wardens and members of the Home Guard for the afternoon, as well as learning about what life was like on the home front for normal families during the war. Year 9s also experienced a session on Engineering, where teams of five had to build a wind-powered crane that would lift a small packet of sweets. Students’ designs were all unique with some very successful, hoisting their goods to a height of approximately a metre in 15seconds!

Year 10 students were on their work experience placements for the week. This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people to access different environments and get a taste for the world of work. Students were placed in local primary schools, shops and businesses across the area and visited by members of staff. Some students were lucky enough to find placements in London theatres and even in Kew Gardens.

With GCSE examinations only a week or so away, Year 11 underwent a series of intensive revision sessions with the English, Maths and Science departments. Students have been hard at work over the recent months, having already participated in workshops offering them effective revision techniques. The Focus Day’s sessions were specifically geared to their upcoming exams, with sessions personalised for different abilities. Glebelands wishes all its students every success as they approach this crucial final stage in their education.

Source - Glebelands