Well done to students and staff, with final donations being counted we are pleased to say we have raised a total of £54.55. The money was raised by students across The Leigh UTC and Inspiration academy, who organised a wonderful cake sale to raise money in support of children in need. #ChildrenInNeed2018 BBC Children in Need.
On Thursday 22 November 17 Y13 Students took part in an engineering STEM event hosted by the Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent.
The event was part of the Year of Engineering 2018 which is a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 17-24. The Army is keen to Inspire, Attract and Inform young people about the technical and engineering skills utilised on a day-to-day basis across the Army.
300 young people between the ages of 14 – 18 had the opportunity to come and see why STEM skills are so important to a modern Army. Specialist technical teams were on hand to explain, demonstrate and allow students to try various military technical equipment. Lots of hands-on time and the chance to see some of the latest military equipment in action.
The activities included: model bridge building challenge, have a go at Army building trades, climbing into a full size tank and the chance to use specialist military equipment.
UTC students were constantly praised for how well they interacted with the activity providers and asking and answering high level technical questions. On several occasions they were told that they had been the best group at the event so far. (We were on the last day!)
In the Bridge building activities students were told that they had never seen a group with such good team working skills in all the years that they had run the event.
It was a great day for students who really enjoyed the activities. Some of whom said that they seriously are considering a career in the Army.
It was wonderful last week to celebrate our first IB learner profile awards of the year, for years 7 and 8. Students received awards for demonstrating any of the five IB learner profile values of inquiry, knowledgeable, communicators, risk-taking and caring. Next module we will be awarding students that have demonstrated any of the other five values of thinking, balanced, principled, reflective and open-minded. Well done to the students for their hard work and efforts.
On Monday 12th November 2018 Past Achievements, Future Goals was delivered at Leigh UTC as a one-day activity designed to help Year 7 students with their transition to secondary school by encouraging them to identify the positive skills and experiences they can use as they move forward into secondary school life. Students have the opportunity to contribute to discussions and activities, helping them to approach school life with confidence.
The day itself consists of four different sessions:
‘Myself’ – students design a puzzle that reflects the pieces of themselves. They identify what is important to them, what makes them unique and what the share in common with their peers.
- To create a visual representation of themselves and celebrate their individuality.
- To discuss differences and similarities with their peers as they may have not realised that they share the same interests.
- To consider what is important to them (i.e. people/places/hobbies etc.) and understand that this may change in the future.
‘Others’ – in small groups the students work together to build a model car from recycled materials that meet a set brief. Students then present their car and reflect on what went well and what they would do again to improve upon their teamwork skills. They also consider the role they take on when working with others and how they can contribute to group tasks.
- To understand their own strengths and weaknesses when working in a team.
- To consider how the strengths they identify can be used in future situations (i.e. group work in class).
- To reflect on how they work together to present ideas back to an audience.
‘Skills and Scenarios’ – again, in small groups (the students work in different groups each session) the students will be given a scenario (e.g. forgot to bring their homework to school) that they create a solution for and identify the skills they would need in order to implement their solution. They present their ideas to the rest of the class.
- Pupils will identify the skills necessary to resolve challenging situations that may arise at school
- Pupils will be better informed about their own skills and times when they have had to use them to resolve a situation
- Pupils will feel equipped to deal with a situation if/when it arises in the future
‘Past Achievements, Future Goals’ – working individually and in groups, the students reflect on their skills set, what they have achieved so far and what goals they want to achieve during the course of the academic year.
- Pupils will reflect on the previous sessions and understand how the activities will help them to progress through secondary school.
- Pupils will be able to recognise their own achievements and consider their peer’s achievements.
- Pupils will begin to plan their own goals for the future and think about the steps they would need to take to get there.
At 10.30am on the 7th November 2018 all of our UTC and Inspiration Academy students were involved in the biggest national assembly in the UK. We watched a live panel of engineers and were part of an audience of thousands of students and teachers. Students were inspired by stories and films of engineers on a mission to use their skills to make the world a better place with the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly.
Throughout this week students in the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy have been paying their respects to Service men and Women who served their countries throughout part and present world wars by creating poppies with messages of thanks and remembrance along with poems and letters of thanks.
Today the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy held its service of Remembrance to make the end of the first World War. All students and staff across the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy took part in the service and 2 minute silence along with special guests Clive Barker, Vice Chair of Governors and World War two veterans Bill Gladden Airborne Recognisance Reg. Ted Pieri Royal Army Service Corps AB and Frank Pendergast Parachute Regiment. Students Callum Leahey Y13, Charlie Parker Y13, Robbie White, Hannah Stonehouse Y11, Joseph Simmonds Y8, Jessica Uwadiae Y8 and Patricia Antunes Y8 were all wonderful ambassadors by taking part in readings of poetry, laying of the wreaths and reading the Exhortation in the service on behalf of the student body.
At the end of the service students were able to ask our guests questions about what it was like to be a Paratrooper regiment and to serve for our country. We would like to thank them for taking part in our very special ceremony.
Kent County Council is consulting on proposed changes to admissions arrangements for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for intake in September 2018. The proposal is to provide priority to children adopted from outside of England, in line with Nick Gibb’s request in November 2017. (attached)
Schools are asked to respond to this consultation to let us know what you think of the proposed changes. We would be grateful if you could also draw this consultation to the attention of all parent with children in your schools. Where possible, please include a notice in your school newsletter/notice board or include a note in each child’s book bag. This will help ensure that the consultation reaches as wide an audience as possible. The LA will be consulting on our website and will make a public notice available in local papers.
The consultation of the proposed changes will run until 10 December 2018. The consultation documents can be found and responses can be submitted via the questionnaire here. If paper copies are required, respondents should contact 03000 41 21 21 and ask to speak to the school admissions department. Parents will also be able to find consultations from any other own admission authority school at www.kent.gov.uk/admissionscriteria
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