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Glebelands School’s Spring Focus Day was a roaring success on Tuesday 17th January. 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 second Focus Day involved in a variety of activities, with one half of the year group taking part in some Code Breaking hosted by the Maths department and then, in the afternoon, enjoying a range of team building activities to build on their collaboration and team work skills in the PE department. The other half of the year were involved in the creative arts, producing an art project, learning how to play a variety of drums and enjoying choreographing some of their own dance moves.

Following feedback from last year, we gave Year 8 students a choice of two trips. Half went to the Science Museum where they spent a day at one of the UK’s most illustrious museums. As well as viewing the display and interacting in the Launchpad Area part of the museum, students watched the Legend of the Apollo 4D experience. The other half of the year spent a day at the Tower of London learning about a key part of our nation’s history.

The day for Year 9 was also split into two. For half of the day, students learnt about the variety of skills they can use to retain information. It was a super-speed study skills session led by a company called PositivelyMAD, who demonstrated a variety of techniques including mind mapping, story boards and memory stacks. At the same time the other half of the year were engaged in a session run by Eagle Radio, where they were looking at the media and the types of stories that people listen to. The session finished with the students recording their own news which was broadcast on professional equipment. Year 10 enjoyed a day led by SATRO, who organised the Bradford Business Day workshop. This was a game designed to engage the pupils in all areas of business, from product design, negotiating business deals and managing money. It was a really good experience for all the students, with awards given out at the end for the company that made the most profit on the day.

Following the issuing of their mock grades the previous week and with important GCSE exams approaching, we wanted to give our Year 11’s some more holistic skills to help them cope with the increasing demands of their GCSE courses. One session looked at stress management and ways to relax during stressful times and another looked at anxiety and how to identify and manage it. Alongside these activities, Year 11 also had their Interview Day where they were grilled by local businessmen and women in a Mock Interview aimed at helping them improve their techniques before their upcoming College interviews.

Thank you to 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!

Mr R Hepburn
Senior Teacher