Y9's are focusing on career choices right now.
Some Year 9 students recently attended the Berkshire Apprenticeships Adventure, which was held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium
They were a bit daunted when they arrived. Instead of staying with people they knew, they were all split into different groups and had to work in teams with students from other schools. This would be scary for anyone to get to know new people, but the event was designed to be like ‘work’. They rose to the challenge and did very well.
A selection of employers were on hand for them to try challenges for teamwork, communication, planning and creative thinking. CISCO systems had a green screen to demonstrate special effects with IT, Compass caterers had a food challenge, and BA had students building towers of balloons in an engineering challenge. The boys from other schools particularly loved bursting the balloons afterwards! Much amusement was caused by Virgin Media’s challenge – passing a band of elastic over and under each student standing in a circle holding hands without breaking a circle!
They tried out taster sessions of different college courses such as business studies, construction and hair and beauty. It was amazing the number of boys wandering around with nail vanish on by the end of the morning! There was also childcare, where they held virtual, crying babies and tried on a maternity apron to see what it is like to be 6 months’ pregnant! A particular favourite was catering – where they got to decorate and eat biscuits!