Despite the threat of inclement weather, Glebelands School undertook their final Focus Day of the year on Tuesday 10th July. Luckily, the rain didn’t stop play as students and staff threw themselves into a day of cross-curricular activities promoting healthy lifestyles, teamwork and global and cultural awareness.
Half of Year 7 spent the day in small groups designing, filming and editing their own movie, entitled “Our Community”. Students worked in 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 films and added soundtracks and a voice-over. Other Year 7s experienced “Carnival” for the day, a lively and colourful session involving choreographing their own samba dance, learning the rhythms of samba drumming and creating Venetian masks.
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 Museumand visited the 4D cinema.
Year 9 spent half the day with the Army carrying out a series of personal development activities. Working in teams, students had to build bridges and towers, carry barrels through a maze and race against the clock to get their team through an obstacle course. Undeterred by the damp conditions, the Year 9s thoroughly enjoyed the activities that developed their leadership and communication skills. For the second half of the day, Year 9 participated in a series of workshops based around Healthy Lifestyles. This included a performance from Peer Productions to raise awareness about eating disorders and a visit from a charity, Straight Talking, informing them about the costs and consequences of teenage pregnancy.
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 and learn the arts of meditation and origami.
Mrs McGill, Assistant Headteacher and Focus Day co-ordinator said, “The students thoroughly enjoy our Focus Days, as it’s a chance to do something different. The activities today really developed their teamwork and leadership skills.”
Source - Glebelands School