On Friday 17th May saw another successful and inspiring Business Breakfast. Key business partners, trainers, recruiters and KATO/ASK Apprentices managers all attended.
Year 12 and 13 students attended to network with industry professionals as they would do in real life Business environment.
Clive Barker our Vice Chair Governor presided, introducing Dominic O’Donnell who presented an informative update about The Lower Thames Crossing Project.
Mr Leahey outlined the latest T Level news, and how our apprenticeship programme is evolving. Cameron who is currently working with SEM and undertaking his apprenticeship qualifications with us talked through his journey at the UTC and how our incredible opportunities have aided his career and personal development.
Cameron has been approached by Ask Apprentices to speak to other schools and be trained as a National Ambassador for Apprentices. Well Done Cameron! and Well Done UTC!
Last module A group year 7 student visited the University of Kent Canterbury campus. To work on part, the Reflect, Research and Respond as part of the transitions project. Next week student will present their ideas to SLT to aid in supporting transition for future students of the Inspiration Academy and UTC.
Year 7 students made their presentation to Mr Leahey on about their thoughts and recommendations for transition and school improvements watch this space.
Transitions project – Reflect, Research and Respond.
The transitions project is designed to stretch and challenge students in Year 7. It develops public speaking skills, research skills and confidence. Made up of three sessions (two hours each) in school and a visit to one of the University campuses on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
This project encourages students to reflect on their experience of moving from primary to secondary school and culminates in a presentation to senior school staff about their thoughts and recommendations.
We would like to thank you to Mr Zaidi who delivered an excellent assembly on Ramadan last week, teaching all of our students about acceptance, reflection and love.
The Leigh UTC & Inspiration Academy may have a STEM-focused curriculum with emphasis on computing and engineering, but we want to ensure all our pupils have the opportunity to develop
their reading skills. We would like to establish a well-stocked library of fiction and non-fiction books for all age groups to access.
Please will you help us do this? 100% of your donations will benefit pupils. You can learn more about FundStar by reading the letter by clicking here
On Monday 29th April 2019 Military Veterans for Schools (Vets4Schools) was launched at The Leigh UTC.
Their vision is to build a national, non profit, network of locally managed & operated Military Veterans for Schools groups. They provide this through a proactive strategy of interaction, a wide range of mutually positive benefits for military veterans of all ages, schools, students & society more generally.
The presentation was given to year 7,8 and a group of Duke of Edinburgh students by an international and seasoned adventurer, Nabs Al Busaidi.
Nabs is an Arab born & raised in SE London. His parents came to UK in the early 1960’s following a change of government in their traditional homeland of Zanzibar, off the coast of now Tanzania. The Al Busaidi family was the ruling family of Zanzibar & trace their ancestors back to the now Sultanate of Oman, where Nabs lives today. In UK Nabs achieved a degree in Mathematics & a Masters in Management before being commissioned into the British Army as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. Afterwards Nabs went on to various management appointments with Gulf Air, Etihad & KPMG before giving in to the call of adventure, becoming the first Arab to walk to the North Pole, to climb Mount Vinson the highest peak in Antarctica & row across the Atlantic ocean. In an attempt to climb Mount Everest, Nabs narrowly escaped death when he fell into an ice crevasse & broke both legs effectively ending his bid; for the time being!
Nabs’ experience in adventuring & the military provided him with some valuable, experienced based, life skills which he was happy to impart to a very engaged & active audience of Leigh UTC students this week. During his row across the Atlantic, Nabs & his colleagues rowed a monotonous 2 hours on, two hours off routine, non stop for 43 days but the students were more interested in the fact that they was no toilet on the tiny open boat! Leigh UTC students were also amazed to know that Nabs walked in constantly sub-zero conditions, pulling the weight of a typical 14 year old student (50kg) in food & equipment behind him, consuming over 6500 calories a day – three times the normal adult intake – but still lost half his body weight in the process!
Nabs was a clear hit with the students of Leigh UTC & it is clear that many left the hall inspired by their short time with him. Students & staff alike were heard to have taken on board Nabs’ mantra – “Excuse or Reason?” & “Never Give Up”, after the presentation.
This event was a first for Nabs and The Leigh UTC. This was the first time he had presented to British school students in a school in UK, his experience to date being with children of expatriates in the Arabian Gulf. Ever the seasoned adventurer, Nabs took the experience in his stride & hopes to be invited back on a future opportunity with the wider Leigh Trust.
Military Veterans for School’s mission and objectives:
- Build a strong symbiotic relationship between military veterans & youth in society around educational & personal developmental projects
- Relieve loneliness in older veterans
- Build worth & esteem in younger veterans
- Impart a wide range of life skills learnt in challenging & varied environments, to young people to enhance their academic education
- Enhance respect & understanding for service in young people & wider society
- Provide an online portal for schools to connect with & to source, service veterans effectively & efficiently
- To provide opportunities for Military Veterans to:
- Feel wanted, valued & respected
- Play a more active role in the community
- Overcome loneliness issues
- Impart important & varied life-skills
- To provide schools with valuable & free adjuncts to the curriculum
- To provide students with valuable & free “University of Life” education
Military Veterans for Schools is a not for profit, apolitical, non-religious, organisation which does not promote military recruitment, nor glorify war or conflict.
Military Veterans for Schools welcomes all former service personnel irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender or arm of or length of service.