This week students took part in our annual research and personal development week, originally called Focus week.
During ERA week regular lessons pause and students embark on a week’s long discovery with visiting STEM, career, welfare and military experts who attend the School for presentations and interactive activities.
The students are challenged to experience the mature approach to the world outside of school, with many of them meeting current professionals in potential future career paths. They can gain the first-hand experience of unique careers or areas where they wouldn’t necessarily have thought to pursue.
From teambuilding to STEM robotic demonstrations, each academic year gets to meet, practise and engage with visiting representatives, giving them access to leading industry representatives.
As part of our ‘Heroes day’ in the middle of the week, Year 9’s were delighted to welcome representatives from The Army Air Corps, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, The Army Medical Corps and Royal Artillery plus Major John Lam from the 11th Infantry Brigade.
As one of Bohunt School’s ethos ‘Respect’, we were lucky to have two visitors from The Chelsea Hospital this year, Peter Turner and John Riley, both Chelsea Pensioners and both of whom had seen 25 years each of active service in the Royal Engineers and Mechanical Regiment (REME) and The Royal Engineers. Students from Year 9 were able to learn all about the history of the Chelsea pensioners, from their inception during the reign of Charles II to their role today.
Head of School Neil Pittaway said, “This week business strategy leaders, Health & Safety personnel, the military, technology specialists and INVICTUS Athlete Kirk Hughes are just some of the special visitors who have helped us during ERA week. These professionals demonstrate to our students that our school ethos of Enjoy, Respect and Achieve is something to strive for. We have been delighted with the affect this week has had on many of our students, with all who take part being able to encounter new experiences, those that equip them for the world after school. It is often the experiences we see and partake in outside of the classroom that will have the greatest impact on the young adults of the future”.
June has been a busy month at the School. Our Year 7’s have been away on their MFL trip to France and the majority of our Year 8’s have been away on camp in the New Forest. The outdoor activities have also concluded with both the Year 9 Bushcraft trips and a large number of Year 10’s who have been taking part in their D of E expeditions.