Bathed in glorious sunshine, Glebelands School undertook their final Focus Day of the year on Tuesday 9th July with students throwing themselves into a day of cross-curricular activities.
Some students in Year 7 undertook a Carnival Day, learning the art of Samba drumming, choreographing their own Samba dance and designing their own Aztec masks. Other Year 7’s created short films entitled “Our Community” introducing the different aspects of the school. Students planned the storyboards, filmed and then edited their own movies.
Year 8 students took part in one of two visits. Some donned their wellies and sun cream on a Geography field trip to the River Tillingbourne collecting data and measurements to investigating how rivers change from source to mouth; whilst others went to the Natural History Museum in London to learn more about the origins of The Earth and its animals.
Year 9 spent half a day partaking in an engrossing 'Shipwrecked' themed challenge with the focus on sustainability and fair-trade. ‘Marooned on a tiny group of islands with minimal resources’, the students were challenged to rebuild their society and sustain their communities. 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, 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 cooking lessons, a street-dance workshop, an opportunity to create African masks and even some meditation. Their action-packed day was a truly global experience.
Mr C Smitheram
Focus Day Co-ordinator
Source - Glebelands School