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Glebelands School’s first Focus Day of the year took place on Wednesday 28th September. Students enjoyed a fantastic day of activities which enriched their curriculum and prepared them for the future and the world of work. Year 7 spent their first Focus Day participating in an activity entitled the Make it Real Game which placed them in a fictional world dealing with day-to-day decisions and challenging scenarios.

Meanwhile, Year 8 students 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.

The Year 9 day was split into two. For half of the day, students learnt about the value of working with each other to solve puzzles and problems provided by a specialist company. During the other half of the day, students participated in a Mathematical activity named Changing Rooms applying lessons learnt during the term to create a scale-perfect house along with all the necessary accoutrements.

Year 10 were also engaged in a multitude of different activities across the day. For half of the day the year group were taught some cognitive memory skills by an agency specialising in student presentations to help them in preparation for their exams next year. They also looked at the issue of time management and capped off the morning with some Yoga. During the afternoon, the year group donned PE kit and partook in team-building, problem-solving games and activities on the field to prepare them for the busy year ahead. Whilst on the surface these activities seem poles apart, they both deliver key skills needed by our students to thrive at school.

With many of our students at the age where they will be driving soon, Year 11’s took part in the Road Safety Awareness Day. 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 days 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”. Trevor is keen to mention that “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 i/c Focus Days