As part of Saint Martin’s Science Week, all Year 7 students attended the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair on Wednesday, 15th March. The event is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. The aim of the event is to show young people the exciting and rewarding opportunities available to them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life. It has grown from 6,500 visitors in its first year (2009) to over 70,000 and is made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts of over 200 organisations including Rolls-Royce and Siemens.
Wednesday, 15th March, two medical students from Leicester University, Jess, a fourth year and Harriet a first year visited for a Year 9 assembly. They provided an insight about life as a medical student, the application process and the myths and FAQ including not needing 10 A*s at GCSE although they did encourage students to check UCAS search for individual university requirements. In total 10% of Year 9 students are considering medicine as a future career.
On Friday, 17th March, 27 Year 9 students visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. They toured around the six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower. Highlight of the day was a ‘Tour of the Night Sky’ in the Patrick Moore Planetarium where the students learned about constellations and the stories behind them. It was a terrific trip to complete Science Week for Saint Martin’s.
Year 9 Health and Social students attended the ‘Careers in Health and Caring Professions’ event staged by Health Education England.This showcased the huge range of careers in the NHS and social care section, other than simply “nurses and doctors”. Students were able to find out about the sector and how they can achieve their goal. This was possible by talking to Education providers such as universities and college. Plus information was available of the Widening Participation aspects of Health and Caring careers and the fact that not everyone needs to go to university to achieve their goal – a number of apprenticeship opportunities are available. A range of organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland were present and they included: Ambulance service team, Dental team, Doctors, Health informatics, Healthcare science, Management, Midwifery, Nursing, Operating department practice, Pharmacy, Physician associates/assistants, Psychological therapies, Public health, Wider healthcare team.
A party of 54 students and staff have recently returned from another very successful trip to Passo Tonale, Italy. Our students were a credit to themselves, their families and our school. They had the opportunity, not only, to learn or develop their skiing skills, but also to take part in swimming, karaoke, disco, quiz night and visits to a glacier, church, local villages and an Italian brasserie. Our hosts, the Bulferetti family at the Hotel Dolomiti, were wonderful and generous, as always, and our skiing instructors – Fiorella, Gianni, Mauro, Fabrizio and Stefano were brilliant teachers. A great week was enjoyed by all!
Please enjoy the photos.
The Ski Team