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Having navigated a second challenging academic year, our Year 12 students were provided with an opportunity to let their hair down during an action-packed activity day. Funded by the Development Fund and organised by the UK Military School, our students took part in a series of team-building and leadership activities, designed to build resilience and boost mental health.

Reflecting on the event, Key Stage 5 Leader Mrs Rawlins said; “Due to covid restrictions, our Year 12 students have had limited opportunities to build new peer relationships, so this event provided the perfect platform for them to interact with each other and learn about one another, outside of the classroom.

“The day was a huge success! Students worked together on a range of STEM projects, including building a go-kart and they worked together to complete a series of mind-boggling problem-solving activities. In addition to this, they tackled a number of physical challenges such as sprints, press-ups, planks, burpees and an inflatable assault course, which took them out of their comfort zones. 

“The event also provided a chance for everyone to focus on and develop important life skills, including communication and leadership skills, as well as interview techniques. Skills that are incredibly important as the cohort prepare for university admission interviews and job interviews. 

“At the end of the day, a number of students opened up about how they had stepped out of their comfort zones and realised that they could push themselves and when they did, they actually enjoyed it! Even in such a short space of time, the event has had a notable impact on communication, confidence and social skills as well as developing their leadership skills.”

For Year 12 student Rosie; “The activity day with the UK Military School was more exercise than I’ve ever done during a school activity day before, but I had a great time! I felt like I got to speak to a lot of people in my year that I’m not in the same classes as, and it was nice to see people stepping into leadership roles in the group activities. A highlight for me was definitely the inflatable obstacle course!”

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