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Triads Keep Boys on Their Toes

Monday, 09 February 2015

As the school approaches the half term holiday, boys in Years 7 to 13 have finished the first ever cycle of Triads.

Triads are the latest addition to the Boys’ Division SPACE Programme. SPACE sessions take place once a fortnight, when pupils are taken off-timetable on alternate Monday afternoons for a variety of activities designed to promote their development and skills beyond the classroom. Triads are a new development, named after the ‘Triad’ representation of space referenced in the philosopher Lefebvre’s work. The boys were able to choose their preferred activity for the first three SPACE sessions after the Christmas holidays from a wide-range, with something to suit most tastes.

Some boys decided to learn more about politics or pick up the basics of a new language not currently covered in lessons, such as Chinese. Boys could also try cookery in small groups using the Girls’ Division Food Technology facilities, and over the course of the Triad created a wide variety of dishes from curries to cakes! A book discussion Triad and a short course on making films were further opportunities.

There were Triad options for boys with an interest in science and technology. Some chose to try dissection and were able to look closely at the biology of birds, animals and fish, with expert advice. They were even able to view tiny rat embryos under the microscope in the final Triad session! In the Heath Robinson Triad, boys worked in teams to create a machine in each session to fulfil a specific purpose, and were judged according to the success of their endeavours. The team with the most points at the end of the Triad were awarded Heath Robinson books. Further opportunities included Go-Kart maintainance and imrpovemet, and a short astronomy course.

For those who wanted to take on a more physical challenge there were many choices available, including hillwalking and cycling in the local countryside, or clay pigeon shooting at Brookside. Yoga and fencing classes also took place in School, as did a series of introductory lessons in scuba diving in the pool! The more adventurous could try a variety of activities at Outdoor Elements in Simonstone, or take a short course in ice skating at Blackburn Ice Arena.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their chosen Triad, and took full advantage of the opportunity to try something new and different during SPACE.

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Ice Skating was a popular choice

Ice Skating was a popular choice

Triads offered a very wide range of activities to the boys

Triads offered a very wide range of activities to the boys

The winning team

The winning team's final 'Heath Robinson' contraption