When my class was introduced to the Step into the NHS competition in Personal Development as part of a careers unit, I started to form an idea of how to create a tool to help advertise the NHS. My form was shown some videos of the entries of the previous competition winners. We were given a briefing and my PD teacher Mrs. Jackson said we could do anything, from a video to a board game to a poster.

There are some things that you think that you can do well and go far in and as soon as I was told about this competition, I knew it was one of those things.

I researched the different jobs in the NHS and thought about how I could project my ideas into a product. My cousin is training to be a doctor and I already knew a little bit about the role of an Accident and Emergency doctor, so I knew I wanted to do that job. I also chose an A&E doctor because it is always action-packed and full of every emotion you can think of. At first, I thought that maybe making a film would be a good idea, but I soon realised that it was not practical, as I didn’t have the IT knowledge and skills to create one. Then, suddenly I realised that maybe it would be a good idea to make a board game. I love to play board games, so therefore I was certain that I would love the experience of creating one and as it turned out, I was correct.

After the research period, which included help from my cousin, I started to design. As I am not an artistic person, I tried to keep the amount of free-hand designing to a limit, so I created the cards and actual board game on the computer. My board game was based on Snakes and Ladders and it took you



assembly. I came as quickly as I could, and I saw Mrs. Avery standing there ready to make an announcement. She spoke to my whole year and said that somewhere in the room was the national winner. At that point, I did have a feeling that it could be me, as I knew how much hard work and effort I had to put into it. I then felt really excited and was so happy and proud when she announced that I was the national winner. I then had to stand up in front of the whole year group, which I was not so keen on, to receive a round of applause. I was told that a real A&E consultant was coming in to talk about his job and I was going to be awarded with a prize for it. A date for the eventful assembly was to be set.

through the real stages to becoming an A&E consultant. Over days and weeks, it started to form and become a real game.

Eventually, I trialled it with my family and after a few tweaks to the format I handed my entry into school. While handing it over to my head of PD, Mrs. Avery, she told me that I had a very strong entry. I thought that the game was quite good and when I handed it in, I knew that my hard work, commitment and determination was in that box with the game. I was encouraged and helped by my parents and cousin along the way too.

It was now time to wait. I was quite confident that my entry could go far but I had to wait and see.

I was working with a 6th former called Rob at the time of the announcement. My form teacher came in and told me that I had to come urgently to the

When the day of the assembly arrived, I had to sit on the front row on my own until the other highly-commended students Leila, Jack and Katie came in and sat next to me. Before they came in, I felt really nervous and then as they and all the other important people to do with the assembly came in, I felt a bit more relaxed. The assembly began and eventually the A&E consultant started to talk about his job, which sounded really interesting and inspiring. Then, I was presented with my iPad, which was very nerve-racking because I had to have a photograph taken in front of my whole year. Then, after the assembly finished, there were lots more photographs.

I will keep trying my hardest in and out of school at everything I do, see where the future will take me, and I will seize every opportunity that comes my way.

Joe Kinsella ISSUE 426 | 23 JUNE 2018 | 32

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