Summer term has seen some exciting student leadership opportunities for students in Year 7 and beyond. In May and early June, a number of Year 7 students took part in the YMCA’s City Youth Ambassador project. This required students to devise a social action project to tackle an issue important to them. The students had to plan the initial stages of project delivery, and chose a “community lunch” idea on the theme of “celebrating diversity”, with a link to anti-bullying. 6 students then represented the school to present their ideas to a “Dragon’s Den” panel on Thursday 6th June at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley. The students (Melissa, Corey, Amy-Leigh, Chloe and Elizabeth) spoke confidently and were excellent ambassadors for Year 7 and Birches Head Academy. Unfortunately, we did not make it through to the next round, but we were proud of our efforts!
Throughout this academic year, students in Year 7 have been taking part in a variety of inter-form challenge competitions. These have included football, a quiz, and the Science-based “Cookie Challenge”. The range and numbers of students taking part throughout the year has been excellent, and students have enjoyed competing against each other for prizes. Congratulation to 7RG on winning the Cookie Challenge, and it is now on to the final competition – dodgeball!
On Friday 28th June, a number of our student leaders including senior prefects, school council members and Year 7 form captains took part in “Talk the Talk”. This all day workshop aimed to develop oracy through confidence in public speaking. Students worked towards the goal of giving a speech in front of their peers, something many found nerve-wracking at first! However, through effort, mental toughness and a positive attitude, all students were successful and can be very proud of themselves.
Mr Hawke-Head of year 7