Friday, 26 May 2017
Girls’ Division pupils in Year 9 spent a week off from their normal timetable in order to participate in varied activities beyond the curriculum. The year group split for the activities, with half completing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award practice expedition walks in the Rivington area and half participating in events at School. The groups then swapped over mid-week.
Throughout the week, the girls on their Duke of Edinburgh walks enjoyed glorious sunshine and hot weather, meaning that lots of water, sun cream and caps were required. They were full of enthusiasm throughout their two-day excursions into the hills, and even found the energy for games like tag in the evenings after making camp and tucking into a hearty evening meal together.
In School, the girls were treated to two days of activities to complement their Duke of Edinburgh experience.
The Parents’ Association Future Entrepreneurs event was arranged with assistance from the Girls’ Division PA. Pupils were asked to create a personal safety item suitable for and appealing to Year 6 pupils. This could be an app or game, a non-electrical produce, or a personal safety device. In small teams, the girls had to appoint leaders and groups for product design, marketing and finance. They had the opportunity to speak to Year 6 pupils from the Junior Girls’ School to conduct valuable market research and gain their input on their ideas. At the end of the day, each team presented their product in a strict three-minute time slot to the judges: Miss Jones the Girls’ Division Head of Economics and Business Studies, Dave Baggley from Urban Outreach and Nissa Smyth from the PA. The winning team from each half of the year group received certificates, gift vouchers, a trophy and priority entry into the Year 10 Young Enterprise competition!
A Mental Health Day was also arrange for the Year 9 pupils. The girls received helpful and informative talks on Emotional Health and Life Balance from external speakers from Third Space. These talks were designed to boost the girls’ confidence and encourage them to participate in things like ‘random acts of kindness’ to boost their own self-esteem and wellbeing. They also received a talk on mental health from Mrs Sanders, the Girls’ Division Head of Psychology, which covered stereotypes and what to do if they think that they or someone they know may have a mental health problem, among other issues. The day ended with a relaxing yoga session.
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