St Peter's 13-18
Following on from the internal exam season, the Lower Sixth Form returned to ‘Exploration Week 2019’, a week of different learning experiences incorporating some university-style lectures, practical activities, careers guidance opportunities, public speaking exercises and teambuilding activities.
The purpose of the week is to move away from prep and formal lessons and for pupils to engage with and enjoy a range of intellectual and practical exploration.
The week began with our annual team-building activity day focussing on aspects of leadership and teamwork with pupils attempting to complete a huge range of different physical and mental activities. Staff-led seminars and practical sessions followed and included cryptic crosswords, code-breaking and behavioural economics to name just a few. Staff expertise also saw pupils drawn into lectures and practical sessions on stargazing, philosophy, self-defence, wine tasting and restorative justice amongst many others.
The latter half of the week drew the focus towards the ‘next steps’ of life after St Peter’s with a presentation on employability before a full morning on UCAS preparation focusing on the application system, tips on personal statements and other insights into the process. External guests also provided key areas of expertise, from flower arranging workshops to a full day of public speaking and debating seminars led by York University students. The Lower Sixth Form bought into the week’s experience with typical Peterite gusto and were commended for their approach to this excellent week.
Many thanks to Ben White for this report.