Middle school students are inspired by a look into the world of work

14 April 2016

Students throughout Greneway Middle School in Royston, North Hertfordshire recently enjoyed a thought-provoking careers event delivered by Youth Connexions.

Rocket Greneway Year 8 Team 1 Web (1)

Years 5 to 8 heard speakers from a variety of employers talk about opportunities the students may not have thought about. Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a taster session of ‘Rocket into the Future’, a programme that helps primary and middle school students to explore the world of work. This started them thinking about the skills and qualities employers might look for and what their own particular talents consist of.   

Years 7 and 8 worked in small teams on ‘Build or Burst’. This was a practical activity to try to build the tallest balloon tower, helping  students to understand the  importance of effective communication and developing both team working and problem solving skills . It produced some very creative results.

Rocket Greneway Year 8 Team 2 Web  Rocket 007

For the ‘Build or Burst’ activity students were given balloons , straws and paper and had just ten minutes to try to build the tallest tower

The four Youth Connexions personal advisers who worked with the Greneway School students complimented them on their enthusiasm. One year 5 pupil said they had learnt that “You can do anything you like if you work hard to get it”, whilst some year 7 students  added “I enjoyed making the tower, it was fun and a challenge to do ” and “we really got involved in the activities.”

Mr Allan Gee, Assistant Head Teacher and leader of PSHE and Citizenship commented that it was “an ideal experience for the children. Without exception, classes across all four year groups have reported very positive feedback, with both pupils and form teachers thoroughly enjoying the activities organised for them.”

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