Glebelands School's first Focus Day of the year took place on Wednesday 1st October and it was a fantastic day for all involved.
Year 7 spent half of the day learning about how to programme and write code for simple computer programmes – an essential skill in today's evolving World. This activity was followed by team building sessions on the field and in the Sports Hall with games like Gutter Ball designed to help our new cohort build new friendships. Meanwhile, Year 8 students had a more cultural experience. For half of the day they learnt a new language with MFL and partook in some language-related problem solving exercises whilst the other half of the day was spent Code Breaking with the Maths department.
In Year 9, students had a fantastic day at Chessington World of Adventures. Students learnt about media and publicity and took part in a workshop about how the advertising campaign was created for one of Chessington's biggest rides. They then experienced the range of thrills on offer at the theme park and considered how a new campaign could be created.
Our Year 10's had a real treat, visiting Warner Bros Studios to learn about how the Harry Potter movies were made. This 'magical' experience is a testament to the very best of British design and ingenuity and the hope is that it will inspire some of our students into the realm of set design and motion capture as future careers.
With many of our students at the age where they will be driving soon, all Year 11's took part in the Road Safety Awareness. These events are organised and presented by the Safer Waverley partnerships CRAG (Casualty Reduction Action Group). This group is made up from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police and SCC with support from St John Ambulance. Group Chairman: Crew Commander Trevor Coldman from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: "The day's aim is to raise awareness of the potential dangers on the road and encourage attendees to consider the tragic consequences of speeding; driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the illegal and improper use of mobile phones while driving. Statistics are looking more promising as the killed and seriously injured on Surrey's roads are falling each year; 18 fatalities last year, 28 in 2011, compared to 67 in 2007. These improving figures are due to a number of factors, though education here is key, especially of the pre and younger age driver groups".
Mr C Smitheram, Assistant Headteacher