On the first weekend of term over 100 Year 12 pupils took part in a team building day which was held to help new students and those moving up from Year 11 to get to know each other and settle into the new academic year. The day consisted of three sessions:
In the first session everyone had to design and construct air powered rockets to meet with certain criterion. Not only did this test communication skills but also their creative thinking and problem solving skills.
The second session focused mainly on leadership skills. Pupils had to construct a catapult and also navigate an obstacle course while blindfolded. This tests how people trust in their leader!
The final session was focused around team work. Using giant ‘Meccano’ sets within certain time and design constraints, this challenge taught pupils planning skills and the benefits of learning from others and explaining their own ideas to the group.
The day was a great success and, most importantly, lots of fun as everyone got to know each other and settled back into school life.