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  • 13th June, 2019

Year 9 Subject Selection and Activity Day

On Tuesday 4 June, the Year 9 cohort had a day off-timetable. The first session was a subject briefing by Heads of Faculty. This was a way of introducing students to subjects they would be able to select from to study in Years 10-12. This is a starting point for a process that will continue through Term 3 to ensure that students make informed decisions. Future key dates in the process are:

  • Subject Trade show evening – Tuesday 13 August
  • Subject select meetings between students, parents and tutor – Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 August

Students are encouraged to discuss subject options with the Year 10 and 11 students in their homerooms as well as talking to their current teachers.

The middle sessions consisted of some indoor team building games, pitching House against House in competitions to build the tallest spaghetti tower, blow bubbles across the room and get creative in getting two people to hold as many pieces of paper as possible.

After an Outward Bound briefing session with Mr Andrew Sole, the games headed outside. Again teamwork, communication and leadership were put to the test in a series of challenges, including putting up a tent as a bit of a warm up for Outward Bound.

These games all encourage students to work together and think laterally in solving problems. It is also a great way for Heads of House to see which students are starting to emerge as leaders in the cohort, and for students to recognise that leadership is not necessarily about being the one who talks the loudest, but the one who can communicate effectively and work with the people around them.

Overall the cohort was very impressive in the way teams came together and worked with each other to solve the challenges.

Peter Brookes
Head of Dennis House

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