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Focus Fortnight Week 2

Most of our Year 10 students have been on work experience for two weeks. We are very lucky to have good relationships with many local businesses which helps enable us to offer the students this opportunity. Mr Mort works very hard to ensure every student can go to a good placement that has been checked for health and safety and public liability insurance. Students can find their own placements or choose from a list of contacts that Mr Mort provides. The experience is invaluable and helps them build on their work ethic, skills and personal attributes – teamwork, reliability, co-operation, initiative, organisational skills…. the list is endless!

It is a real pleasure to visit the students and see them in a different environment to the classroom and it has been encouraging to see how many of them have flourished in the work environment. The ‘employers’ are all asked to fill out a feedback form and the students will be reflecting on their experience, what went well and what they learnt from it, when they are back in school.

This year students have experienced workplaces from boxing gyms to equestrian centres and everything in between; the most diverse probably being Jay King who spent two weeks at Hawkforce at the Beltring Hop Farm. I think most are looking forward to being back in school on Monday because they are very tired!

Well done on some great placements Year 10 and thank you to parents for your support.

Year 9 have continued to enjoy a rich and varied curriculum including Religious Education workshops, healthy living and a 'Dragons' Den' Enterprise activity. A number of students also participated in visits to Canterbury University to learn about student life. They also participated in visits to a Buddhist Temple and Canterbury Cathedral to learn more about two contrasting religions.

Year 7 and 8 again joined forces to create a Tudor Museum in REAL. They visited Hampton Court and The Tower of London to gain some inspiration. Then on Wednesday and Thursday they worked together in groups to create exhibits for their Museum. On Friday morning the doors opened and many parents visited REAL to see the work achieved. All students worked really hard on creating an exhibition to be proud of.

On Friday, students from Year 11, who have applied to join the Hugh Christie Sixth Form in 2016, took part on taster lessons to experience life as a Sixth Former.

Focus Fortnight has become a tradition at Hugh Christie. We are very grateful to all the staff and parents who support the activities.

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