End of Year News: Year 8 Highlights

A group of year 8s went to Butlins for a football tournament. Their behaviour and attitude were exemplary. All of the year 8s that took part set a fantastic example for the year 7s who were also on the trip. The year 8 team won 2 games, this is double their score from the previous year. Overall the year 8 team finished middle of their group. Well done.

A group of year 8s and 9s went on the Outward bound trip to Wales in December. During this Outward bound trip students had to overcome many challenges and took part in activities they have never done before. Students found themselves being involved in climbing a mountain, staying out in the wilderness in a log cabin, gorge walking and building a raft that could transport students across the sea. During this trip, students worked in teams, helped each other, learnt new skills and developed a better understanding and awareness of sustainability, resilience and communication.

Year 8 took part in the First Gen Scholar visit to the university of Sussex on March 15th. This was a fantastic trip for students as they were given a huge insight into University life – from lectures, to libraries, to halls of residence and the extensive facilities and support. This trip inspired our year 8s, many of whom had never thought about going to university.

All of year 8 took part in a very successful Careers day. During careers day our students met professionals and discussed career opportunities with them.

Students with 100% attendance attended a Rock concert on 11th July at Wembley Arena.

A select number of year 8s have been involved in the GoldFutures In-School Y8 Mentoring Programme with Goldsmiths University of London. Through this programme, the students’ self-esteem and confidence have improved.

Year 8 pathways interview evening was held on Wednesday 8th May from 4pm until 7pm.This event was well attended and proved to be very informative.

Year 8 took part in the Princes Trust Enterprise challenge. The Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition. Year 8s worked in teams to find solutions to ethical business issues by building their own business using an online interactive business game. This was delivered in 2 sessions (over 6 hours) by mentors in school. Teams learnt about core business concepts, including pitching business ideas. Students developed their communication and team working skills, problem solving and creative thinking as well as resilience and decision making.

Ms Forrest – Head of Year 8