Our penultimate PD Day of the 2018/2019 academic year took place at the end of March. Resilience was the order of the day, with activities galore to encourage students to keep going when things get tough!
Year 7 started in the hall, where we were lucky to be joined by the Unloc Team from Portsmouth University. The challenge was set – design a new space for young people in the city to enjoy! Students saw how good entrepreneurs had to be resilient and keep trialling new ideas, until the product was just right! The winning teams were more than a little excited about their pizza voucher prizes!
Once the challenge was over, they had to show off their newly honed resilience skills by embarking on the tricky task of selling others a pen – using the most innovative and persuasive methods they could!
Year 8s spent a day in the great outdoors, learning all about the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Last year, this event was rained off so Mr Morris was relieved to see glorious sunshine this time round! With an assembly to start the day, telling students exactly what the DofE involved, including some testimonies from some of our older students, Year 8 were then split into groups and got to try a variety of activities – all with the guidance of a dedicated DofE co-ordinator!
Pitching a tent, map reading and leadership development skills were all on offer, all topped off with the chance to cook a delicious camp fire meal of beans and sausages or vegetarian shepherd’s pie. Students even had to work out how to use the gas campfire stoves themselves!
Year 9s were learning how to be resilient and accepting of change in an ever-changing, multi-cultural society. Ms Lanfear looked superb as a Polish Air Hostess and students were whisked around the world, trying food, language and songs from 6 different cultures. The homemade samosas in Mr Kholi’s room went down very well!
For Year 10, it was time to don the sportswear as they learned about Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds! The day started with some quiet reflection through a series of Mindfulness exercises, before learning about the importance of a good diet and mental health.
In the afternoon, students got to pick from a selection of sporting events. Most popular by far was the football tournament, which took place at ROKO!
Finally, for Year 11, who are getting ever closer to leaving us, it was time to be resilient and power through some final revision and coursework! There were Geography, History and Science sessions, where the boys showed excellent dedication to their work. And over in the Food Technology classroom, the delicious aroma of cakes and bakes made its way down the corridor, as pupils completed their practical coursework. Chocolate cakes, bread rolls and éclairs all smelled and tasted delicious! Well done boys – hope to see some of you on Masterchef one day!
And for Year 11, that marked the end of their PD Days at Trafalgar (the 5th and final PD Day of the year taking place in July). As we head into the summer term, we turn our preparation to our Inclusion PD Day – which is perfectly timed in the same week that we will be welcoming the RRSA team from UNICEF to Trafalgar!