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Ninety Year 5 students enjoyed four days of adventure in the remote, idyllic surroundings of Kielder Forest. Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre, which is set alongside the reservoir, was our base for the duration.
It was our sixth year at Hawkhirst, which is being improved all the time. The children took part in a range of adventurous activities to improve their confidence, team work and communication skills. These included many of our old favourites (abseiling, crate stacking, bell boating, Jacob’s ladder and archery) as well as some we hadn’t tried before (kayaking and stand up paddle boarding).
In the evening the children took part in a lakeside walk and enjoyed singing beside the campfire. They also had a chance to visit the gift shop.
Jessica from 5N said: “I liked Jacob’s ladder because it was challenging and fun. I got to the sixth rung of the ladder.”
Emily from 5N said: “All the staff were lovely and all the activities were very safe.”
We are very grateful to the parents that came along to support the visit.
Students from 5I & 5B got the opportunity to take part in Campus Explorers. In this activity students got the chance to take part in a virtual tour of the campus of Newcastle University through an interactive map. Throughout their journey through the campus they got the chance to play fun, educational games and activities.This activity contributes towards our Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme and introduces the concept of Higher Education. Another session will take place after the holidays for 5R & 5N.
Year 6 enjoyed another highly successful trip to Dukeshouse Wood, Hexham in May. Being away from home for a full week was going to be a challenge for some pupils and parents but due to the days being non-stop, there was not a chance to miss home comforts.
The pupils were an absolute credit to the school for the entire week showing excellent team work, resilience and courage as they tackled any challenge put in their way. Activities included Jacob Ladders, Abseiling, Equilibrium, Drama, Nightline, Disco and not to mention the 3G Swing.
At this event students got the chance to talk to a variety of people from a wide range of workplaces and find out more about their careers. In their work booklets, students recorded information about:
- Career paths from school
- Qualifications & skills
- Clothing for the job
- Usual working hours
- Typical customers and expectations
- The best part of their job and the part that they enjoy the least
Y8 Students are attending a ‘World of Work’ conference at Kirkley Hall next week as part of our whole school CEIAG programme.
The minutes from the last PTA meeting can be found here.
The date of the next meeting and AGM is Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 7pm