Active education on the menu for pupils

By Toby Leigh in Education

A Plympton secondary school ended the summer term with aspiration week, an action-packed programme of activities at home and abroad.

Hele’s School pupils could opt in to activities allowing them to try new things, push themselves out of their comfort zone and discover new interests.

Youngsters in Years 7, 8 and 9 booked their places in December, and were delighted when the moment finally arrived to spread their wings and mark the end of a successful year.

Around 30 activities took place, incorporating creative and performing arts, sport, humanities, science, modern foreign languages and computing.

Children and staff challenged and supported each other as they took part in tree surfing, multi-sports, theatre visits, springboard diving, photography, surfing, mountain biking, climbing, horseriding and Minecraft, to name just a few.

Residential visits also took place in the UK and across Europe, with the Combined Cadet Force camp at Lossie­mouth in Scotland and a German cultural trip to Cologne and the surrounding area.

Year 12 also had an opportunity to engage in aspiration week through a work experience placement, as helpers on activities for younger students or as participants themselves.

The Second World War battlefields tour of Belgium and northern France and the visit to he European Organi­zation for Nuclear Research,to probe the fundamental structure of the universe were particularly popular among older students.

Year 10, meanwhile, either enjoyed a week of work experience or an in-school readiness for work programme, with input from the Army and apprenticeship providers.

Principal Justine Mason said: “This has been a fabulous week for all involved, in spite of some turbulent weather experienced. I have been tracking all the activities and it has been wonderful to see the fun and excitement on show.

“Aspiration Week is a highlight of the school calendar and is a wonderful way for staff and students to learn together and challenge ourselves.”

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