The School: Queen’s Park High School

Hot on the heels of a super successful Day in Business earlier in the week, and the Sixth Form’s Commit to Confidence, Years 7, 8 and 9 at Queen’s Park High were right back on it, proving that they were ready and able to use their enterprise skills and keep Aiming High in a brand new challenge. Their points from the last Challenge Day had been rolled forward meaning that today there was all to play for. To add a new dimension to the day and to get the rivalry building, today the pupils were not representing their year group but their houses. Students from all three year groups were brought together to prove that they could use their skills across the key stage. QPHS are working with us this year with the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Being Creative was an essential skill as the day kicked off and the pupils learnt about Utopia, the new planet they would be in charge of colonising. Things got off to a sticky start as they needed to use their Problem Solving in order to pick the right crew to ensure their new society was a success. However, this gave the newly structured teams a chance to get to know each other better as they began Listening and Understanding each other’s points of view. It wasn’t long before they were Working in a Team effectively and using everybody’s skills to build a community to be proud of.

The Results:

By the time it came to Presenting their ideas for Utopia, it was hard to tell that the students were from different year groups. They had demonstrated their Staying Positive skills in order to adapt to working with pupils they didn’t know and it was fantastic to see how the Year 9’s took on the role of Leading the younger students and empowering them to take on a leadership role as was appropriate.

What they said:

  • “It was great to have the opportunity to observe the students and to see how they cope with working with each other. But most of all, it was fun for the students and fun for teachers.” – Teacher, Year 8
  • “I’ve enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone and I’ve learned that sometimes it is better to work with other people rather than doing it yourself because you generate better ideas.” – Student, Year 7

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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