SEND Year 11 college taster day
On Tuesday 26th April, 8 Year 11 students, accompanied by Ms Wareham and Mr Thornton, attended South and City College Birmingham’s Hall Green campus for a taster day. The event was a fantastic opportunity for our students to get a first-hand look at college life, not only to support their transition to Post-16 but also because this was the first chance they had had to experience this since the ending of Covid restrictions.
Our day started in one of the most important areas of Post-16 life, the Common Room. After a quick reconnaissance, we decided to take advantage of the facilities, including table tennis, and pool, which for some was a new experience. From here we were taken to our first taster session, which was ceramic crafts. After a short introduction of our task, painting casts of faces, we dived straight into the session, firstly being shown how to make plaster of Paris, then creating our designs, and then painting them. The session revealed some very interesting designs, including superheroes such as the Flash from Uzain, to horror characters with Wassi creating his own take on Scream, but also simple highly effective ones with Zara’s purely pink face.
Following a tour of the college we went straight to our second taster session, which was ICT and Media. Now this task was a little bit different because we were not going to be based in the classroom, but would instead be on a ‘scavenger hunt’ around the college! We were divided into groups, and set the challenge of taking thirty photographs of specific things around and about the college, including someone with blue eyes, running water, the reprographics and the Science block. When the time was over, we returned to the ICT and Media department, and we attempted to judge who had won. There were some really great and imaginative photographs taken, especially the ones of shadows and clouds, and it was decided that it just had to be a draw!
After completing our evaluation forms and a short debrief, our day was over, and what a day it had been, with several students thinking about applying to the college, while others had found a direction they would like to pursue at Post-16, based on their taster experience. A massive thank you to Ms Price and Cherise for organising the day. A huge grateful thank you to Craig and John, for truly fantastic sessions, which I know the students really engaged with. Thank you to the students, who were outstanding and exceptional ambassadors for the school, and Ms Wareham, who as always, was brilliant.