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Glebelands School's Spring Focus Day was a roaring success on Tuesday 15th March. With the sun in the sky and the daffodils appearing around the grounds, students enjoyed a fantastic day of activities, learning about a vast array of different cultures, healthy lifestyles and preparing for their future in the world of work.

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 film and added soundtracks and a voice-over. Other Year 7s experienced “Carnival” for the day, a lively and colourful session involving samba dancing, South-American art, learning to juggle and creating a fantastic musical experience.

Year 8 spent half the day with some horrid creepy-crawlies and weird and wonderful creatures with the ZooLab experience. The company visited the school and brought in some unusual and amazing animals for students to learn about and in many cases, hold. Not for the faint-hearted! The Year 8s then spent the remainder of the day exploring the influence of the media. They looked at how body-image is portrayed through the media; worked as journalists in a fast-paced newsroom and developed a marketing re-branding campaign for a healthy chocolate bar.

Year 9 were visited by Peer Productions who gave a fantastic musical theatre performance about teenage pregnancy. Through song, dance and good humour, students learnt about contraceptives and were given the opportunity to ask questions to experts about issues surrounding sexual education. The afternoon continued for Year 9 with an activity entitled “Changing Rooms” where students had the chance to be Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen for the afternoon, designing their own house and building a model based on a specific budget.

In Year 10, half of our students experienced the Bradford Business Game, run by local charity Surrey SATRO. In small groups, the students ran a company for the morning, had to manage their finances and prove 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 with some fantastic Chinese cooking lessons where students created their own spring-rolls; followed by a lesson in martial arts, and lastly an opportunity to create an African masks and origami. A truly global experience.

With important GCSE exams approaching, Year 11 were introduced to some vital revision techniques that will be incredibly useful over the next few months. Mind-mapping, note-taking and the process of learning were some of the skills covered. Parents will also be informed about these skills in an information evening to follow shortly. Year 11 also experienced sessions on human rights and managing their money in preparation for the wider world.

“We would like to thank all the staff at Glebelands who have put time into planning this successful day, and also to all the visitors who came in to share their expertise with our students. A fantastic day was had by all!” said Hannah Morison, Assistant Headteacher.

Source - Glebelands