The last day of this half term saw students taking part in the second of two Personal Development Days at ALNS. PD Day 6 once again provided access to a wide range of activities in school and in the community. Over 50 Year 8 students are in Ypres on a history trip focussed on World War One, while another group spent the day travelling to the Gambia – full stories on both international trips will follow soon.
Year 7 – Safety & Wellbeing
Safety and Wellbeing day was made up of a carousel of hour-long sessions for students presented by external speakers, all based around personal safety and wellbeing, plus a session about life at university, delivered by Chichester University.
“These sessions focus on healthy relationships, and will help prepare our Year 7 students for the next chapter in their lives”
Katie Holness, Head of Key Stage Three.
Year 8 – The World at War
The two halves of the year group have swapped activities for PD Day 6, with those students that remained in school on PD Day 5 visiting the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (pictured) – plus the newly opened ‘Explosion!’, while the other half have remained in school and worked on literacy projects connected to war (pictured). Those students also got their opportunity to experience Rupert Mason’s performance of Mr Owen’s Pocket Book, which recounts the life and final hours of war poet Wilfred Owen.
Year 9 – Parenthood
The day was divided into five sessions covering aspects of healthy family relationships, which all combined to make an action–packed day for Year 9 students.
Year 10 – Creativity and Enterprise Challenge
The Unloc Enterprise Academy returned to school for PD Day 6 to give even more students the opportunity to take part in their chocolate enterprise challenge. The Unloc Enterprise Academy develops young peoples’ knowledge, skills and attitudes whilst developing entrepreneurial sensibilities. As with PD Day 5 students were designing their own chocolate brand. The winning team will get their chocolates produced over half term by local chocolatier Chocablock Limited.
Students have also been focussing on their creative skills, with a range of sessions based on their creativity option subjects (pictured).
“It’s been really inspirational to see Year 10 students getting so involved with their creativity option subjects, and the enthusiasm shown in the chocolate enterprise challenge was outstanding.”
Heather Freathy, Head of Year 10.
Year 11 – English, Mathematics and ECDL
Year 11 students have spent PD Day 6 focussing on English, Maths and ECDL subjects.