On Monday 9th July, able and talented students from years 7, 8 and 9 were invited to go on an academic trip to the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, to get a taste of post 16 life.
Miss Jones and Miss Bickerstaffe hosted the students from years 7 and 8 in the morning, which was really lively and interesting. Students were treated to a tour of the centre and the facilities, and then taken to one of the sixth form teaching spaces to engage in some key problem solving activities, including trying to build the tallest tower using spaghetti strands and marshmallows (which was not entirely successful) and protecting an egg from smashing when dropped, by using restricted materials. Some of the teams came up with some really great ideas, and engaged in very impressive team working processed to get their best results.
The students then worked with Mrs Morris, who runs the Debating Society at the sixth form, on key debating and presentational techniques, and then they had a go at competing in their own debates in front of an audience. Topics ranged from discussion on school uniform and homework, to restrictions on TV watching for under 16s and whether dog owners should be trained. The students were very impressive with their opinion-based techniques, backing them up with reasons, and many of them showed real skill in eye contact and good physicality.