As always there has been lots happening at the academy this week. Year 10 students at All Saints Academy took part in an engaging Careers and Employability day as part of a PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) activity day. The event focused on developing students’ essential skills that employers are looking for and gave them the chance to be inspired by a wide range of professional people from a diverse range of employment sectors.
The morning consisted of a session from Rob Hayes from Presenting Change which gave students a valuable awareness of how body language can make or break a job interview. Rob Hayes has worked as a public speaking coach for TED talks as part of his career and used this experience to plan some fantastic activities which gave the students a chance to practice their communication and body language within an interview scenario. Students then rotated through five short employability skills sessions including learning how to use the online careers platform UniFrog. We were also lucky to have Todd and Sam visit from the National Citizens Service who ran an interactive session about making yourself appeal to an employer.
In the afternoon there were six subject masterclass sessions each led by an industry professional. These sessions aimed to inspire students in the areas of the curriculum that they have chosen to study. These sessions were:
Art – A masterclass with children’s book illustrator Lucy founder of FromLucy
Photography – A macro shooting masterclass with Tobie from Plymouth College of Art
Business Studies – A marketing masterclass with Jenny from HipHipHorray.com
Creative I-Media – An advertising masterclass with Dave from web design company Just Enough Brave
Catering – A confectionary manufacturing masterclass with Robin from City College Plymouth
Sports – A careers in sport masterclass with Todd and Sam from Plymouth Argyle and the National Citizens Service
Associate Assistant Headteacher Pete Keegan comments “We are working hard to raise the aspirations of our students by creating these meaningful interactions with a range of employers, showing them the opportunities that are out there and equipping them to succeed in the competitive world of employment. There is a real buzz growing around employability at the academy with the next big event being a careers and next steps fair later this month.”
Mr Gilchrist, our Head of House for Astor, received an award last weekend. Last year Mr Gilchrist heavily promoted the National Citizenship Service with the Year 11 cohort. The NCS is a 3 week activity and voluntary service opportunity for school leavers and is run by the Argyle Community Trust. It is an unbelievable £50 for three weeks!
Because we got so many students to sign up they have presented us with the Gold Award and named us an NCS Champion School. The trophy is in the reception area and we have a certificate signed by Boris Johnson.