On Wednesday 25th November Marriotts students enjoyed a Theme Day, and were involved in a number of activities

The Year 7s took part in a church trail, the purpose being to actively explore faith and belief in Britain today, by visiting a place of religious importance. The students had the opportunity to listen and talk with people who belong to the faith community. They also took part in an activity in school which involved them designing their own stained glass window, whilst looking at symbolism.

The Year 8s took part in a one day social enterprise programme that required them to work in teams as ‘social entrepreneurs’ to assess the needs or challenges of their local communities, and develop ideas to solve them. During the day local business volunteers worked alongside the students, providing support and advice. These included Home- Start Stevenage, NHS Forget Me Not (Dementia Aware), Happy Days, Family Lives, Riding for the Disabled, Teens: Unite Fighting. We look forward to the Year 8s group continuing with this work throughout the year.

Year 9 and Year 11 took part in a one-day programme which included workshops on interview skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education. There was also the chance for students to visit the Marriotts Careers Fair which included representatives from a wide variety of professions, including: Care Cadets, East and North Herts NHS Trust, GSK, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, Sporting Futures Training, Stevenage Borough Council, The British Army, UKTD (UK Training and Development Ltd), Vauxhall and Willmott Dixon.

Year 10 took part in a ‘Get Work Ready’ programme delivered by E.L.S.A. ‘Education, Learning, Skills and Achievement’. It allowed the students to take part in interview and job application challenges that local employers use within their current recruitment processes. The students began to discover and gain an appreciation of the qualities and skills required by today’s employers. The students undertook individual and team assessments, thinking ‘out of the box’ tasks, customer service activities, practical and written exercises and interviews. Local and national employers delivered the sessions, assessing the students and providing real and honest feedback. Students also had the opportunity to peer assess, explore and develop their own skills. The organisations that attended, or provided activities and input, included Willmott Dixon, EE, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Moss Bros, C&J Heating and Plumbing, Kings Fund, FFEI, Lloyds Bank and local entrepreneurs.

Mrs Lesley Tether, Assistant Headteacher

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