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AGFS: DROP DOWN DAYS


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TEAM BUILDING YEAR7


ear 7 experienced their first Drop Down Days in October. They had a break from their regular lessons to focus on team building activities, learning


many different skills and abilities and showing growth, fellowship and ambition throughout.


In one activity, plates were placed upside down and numbered 1 – 24. The plates needed to be turned over one at a time in numerical order and if the sequence were broken, they needed to start again. This challenge required the students to ensure they were communicating with each other throughout. Once students had worked out the correct order, they needed to work effectively together in the quickest time.


The final activity of that day saw the whole Year group come back together in the hall. Still working in their groups, they were competing to construct the tallest free- standing structure. Students were only allowed to use newspapers and cellotape. To be successful in this task, the students had to use the skills which they had learnt that day. They had to come up with a plan and decide who was best-suited for the roles required.


Unfortunately, there were a couple of towers that failed to remain standing and although there was one clear winner, they all managed to achieve the objective of the tasks. This activity showed that working as a team achieves successful results.


YEAR 10 CAREERS DROP DOWN DAY


D


uring the Careers Drop Down Day on Friday 18th


October, Year 10 students were given the opportunity to explore the different options


and pathways available to them for their Post-16 progression after completing Year 11 at AGFS. With this a little under two years away for our students, it is never too early to start thinking and planning for your future career pathway.


There was a wide range of activities available. These ranged from completing a careers personality test to find out which career pathways suit their individual personality and writing their own personal statements for those all-important Post-16 applications, to researching labour market information. Students were also able to research job skills, A Level courses, apprenticeships, Russell Group University Courses and UCAS, as well as the entry requirements required to help them embark on their career journey.


Students were also fortunate to receive bespoke coaching from two representatives from Shooters Hill Sixth Form College who conducted sessions on interview preparation, mock interviews and the different types of questions they could be asked as well as having the opportunity to have a hands-on approach to completing a mock interview with their fellow students.


Our new Work Experience (WEX) provider, Changing Education, also launched the new Connect Placement App that Year 10 students will use this year to source their self-find WEX placements for September 2020. With the vast information that using Changing Education can offer our Year 10 across a variety of sectors and industries, I am confident that our students will secure WEX placements with the most prestigious of companies.


There was a real buzz around the school with both students and staff engaging in career conversations throughout the day and as such our Year 10 students are now in a much stronger position and have a better understanding of their career aspirations and where this could lead them in the future.


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