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Monday, 25 November 2013
Over 60 Girls' Division Year 13 students and staff took part in the Children's Commissioner’s Children and Young People’s Takeover Day 2013.
Students took on staff roles in all areas of the school from the Headmistress and teachers, through to pastoral roles, technical support and administrative roles.
Miriam Harrison made a very good Headmistress for the day and she and Deputy Head, Hannah Boote, presided over an excellent Achievement Assembly. They distributed ICT Ambassador badges as well as badges for the School Council representatives.
Members of staff explained to their shadow student what their job role entailed, fabricated problems that they may deal with on a day to day basis and provided a hypothetical problem for the student taking over the job role for the day to solve. Teaching staff supported the students in planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum. Girls even took over the staffroom and had tea, coffee and biscuits at break time as staff would. Taking part in the day allowed the students to develop many transferable skills such as time management, flexibility, organisation, initiative, problem solving, interpersonal skills and many more.
Miss Reynolds, who helped organise the event said: "Takeover Day has given the Year 13 girls a chance to experience what it is really like to work in the school. They have been looking at ways to promote independent learning and I hope that the day has encouraged more students to see teaching and working in the school environment as a worthwhile profession and for them to possibly aspire to be teachers."
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