Year 8 cover Cornwall, Court Systems and Careers
Our Year 8 pupils have certainly had a busy and varied couple of weeks after their Common Entrance exams.
Having spent an active but relaxing week in Cornwall surfing, sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, coasteering, cycling, exploring Falmouth, Newquay and Padstow, and generally having a fun on the beach, it was back to school to a full programme of interesting talks about the wider society and the world of work.
Clayesmoe Prep Head of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Mrs Heather Bignold writes:
“Tuesday last week was our British Justice Day which aims to build on work already done in PSHE and give our pupils a deeper insight into all stages of our justice system. The first session of the day was taken by two members of our local police, and having given the pupils a brief history of our police force, they went on to describe the different ways in which they work, how they try to deal with various situations, and what might happen if you are arrested.
“After break we welcomed a representative of the probation service who explained how they work with the arrested person and the courts to ensure that the eventual outcome is the best it can be. The different possible solutions were also explored such as courses or medical help, all designed to try and reduce future offending. In groups, our pupils were given a case to read about and to decide what sort of punishment, if any, they would give. They had to take into account factors such as age, previous convictions, intent and medical conditions. They did very well, and in most cases our visiting magistrate agreed with their conclusions. The final session of the day was taken by the magistrate who explained why he took on this voluntary role, what the role involved and how a court session might work.
“Last Thursday consisted of self-care talks for the pupils who all attended three sessions: one on self-esteem, another thinking about anger and how to manage such emotions, and a third on drug and alcohol awareness. Again, this was building on work already done in PSHE allowing the pupils the time to explore these issues in more depth.”
Our Career Mornings for Year 8 have taken place on the past two Wednesdays. The pupils got the opportunity to speak with parents who kindly gave up their morning to give them insights into their work. Half of the year group had their careers “fair” last Wednesday while the other half climbed Hambledon Hill, and the roles were swapped around this week.
The mornings began with a general discussion about the world of work – why we work, are salaries fair, and why people might choose to work full or part time. Pupils then completed an online quiz, which gave them suggestions for areas of work that might appeal, before they met our amazing parent volunteers. They spent about 10 minutes with each volunteer finding out more about that career and discussing issues such as job satisfaction, training, salary, work-life balance, flexible working and gender balance.
Professions represented by the parent volunteers were wonderfully varied, and the children heard from, for example, a graphic designer, assistant director (film/TV), university professor, architect, IT director, physiotherapist, chartered surveyor, teacher, chief executive officer, professional equestrian, police officer, engineer, Army commanding officer, midwife, charity team leader, and a managing director. Many thanks again to all the parents who were so willing to share their knowledge, experience and advice with our pupils.
British Justice Day