Monday, 6th June marked the start of Ambition Week at Hollymount School. Children drew ‘Life Paths’ showing what they had already achieved in their lives and what they aim to do in the future.
Year 5 and 6 children had a visit from para-athlete Robert Oliver who talked to them about becoming a British, European and World champion in flat water canoeing.
Aged 20, he broke his leg in a football accident and, despite 17 operations, it had to be amputated. Having learned to walk again in two and a half months, he looked around for a different sport to compete in. He chose rowing.
Over the last 6 years he has followed his own motto: You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for, and risen to the top of his chosen sport, qualifying for Rio just 2 days ago. He will now be representing England in the 200 meter sprint on a lake in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.
Sport is now Robert Oliver’s full time job and he has raced in Russia, Germany, Prague and Portugal. After Rio he aims to train for Toyko and also hopes to become a canoeing coach.
The children had the opportunity to question the athlete about his injury, prosthetic limb and his sport and soon discovered his ambition and will to succeed, despite setbacks in his life.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all had the chance to participate in an enterprise experience. Children completed challenges in groups with points being given for presentation, team work, original thinking and profit making! Winning teams were rewarded with chocolate. Here are the Year 3 and 4 children working to build the longest roller coaster!
Our older children met actress Sophie Handy who challenged their thinking about the acting profession. She talked about drama school and her love for musical theater as walking about the different roles she has played. Sophie explained the differences between theater and film acting as well as techniques for learning lines. Her favourite actress is Kate Winslet (star of Titanic) and she is moving to California in a few weeks for better acting opportunities.
The children asked her many questions, such as: How do you make yourself cry and what is the most annoying costume you have ever worn?
Local archaeologist Justin Hughes talked to the children about his job and discussed digs he had been to in Egypt. Children looked at photos of bones and pottery that has been found during these excavations. He told the children about a local World War Two site which was discovered by children on work experience and told the children about the Young Archaeology Club run in Worcester for ages 9 to 16.
The Worcester fire brigade brought a fire engine for the Year 1 and 2 children to see and told them about some of the things they do. The children also saw some of the fire fighting equipment and were very impressed by how big and heavy it all was!
24 children from Years 4 and 5 were invited to visit local manufacturing company Mazak and have a tour of the factory. The children were amazed at what the machines could do as well as the size of the factory and were presented with magnets which they saw being made!
Thanks to Dave, Neil and Connor at Mazak for a facinating tour (and the free magnet, lanyards and pens) and to Declan for taking the photographs!
Three nurses from Worcester Hospital’s A&E department came in to talk to several classes about their jobs. As well as talking about what they do, the children had the opportunity to use some of the medical supplies.
On Monday 6th June, Bright futures spent the day with year 3 and 4 talking about careers and the skills needed in all jobs. The children had a fantastic time doing different activities and learning lots. In the morning, they worked in teams to solve different problems and there were lots of prizes to be won. The children especially enjoyed making their own marble runs, using only paper and card.
In the afternoon, Sir Darren Sugar, Bright Futures answer to Sir Alan Sugar, set the teams a challenge. They had to make card holds which they could then sell to the Bright Futures shop. However to make the card holders, they had to buy supplies. It was a tough task, with mixed results, but some of the groups did fantastically and everyone had a great time.
By the end of the day, the children had learnt lots, had a great time and had lots of sweets to show for all their hard work. Well done to all of the children and thank you to Bright Futures for a great day.