Our Year 8s left in style after a jam-packed Leavers’ Programme filled with a variety of activities, all with the aim of preparing our Year 8s for a successful path in life after Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall. A four week programme of trips and visits, some that were informative, others that were cultural and some that were purely for entertainment, proved popular with the Year 8s.
This pinnacle experience in their final year has a clear focus on adventure, teamwork, charity work, community links, leadership skills and fun. Pupils are challenged to try out an abundance of new activities.
A Welsh Mission Impossible
The Year 8s travelled to Brecon Beacons in Wales for 4 nights tackling the thrilling challenges, testing their ability to work both individually and as part of a team. There were 3 water activities and 4 activities on the land:
Night line and Mission Impossible
Fencing and orienteering
Trapeze and crate stack
Archery and catapulting
They enjoyed an evening activity every night, which included an Acorn Olympics and a campfire.
“Everyone enjoyed the trip and I hope next year’s trip is as fun as this year’s trip was.” William M, Year 8
Leaving is an Emotional Roller Coaster – A Day at Pleasurewood Hills
Aviation Skill Masterclass at Norwich Airport
Forest School Morning
Potato Farm Visit
Science Teaching Project with Taverham Junior School
Sizewell B Powerplant and Southwold Visit
Y8 Leavers’ Project and Production
In the last week of term, our Year 8 pupils had the chance to present their Leavers’ Projects to parents and staff and they also treated them to a Leavers’ Show. This was their opportunity to share anecdotes and memories of their time at the School and they did so through acting out a ‘typical day’ at school. Many of the children were dressed up as members of staff and they managed to impersonate them with great humour. They ended with a song ‘Forever Gold’ whilst photos were projected behind them of many happy memories. There was not a dry eye in the room!
Harford Manor Handover 2018 ….and Some Sad Farewells….
Another year comes to a close for the annual partnership with the pupils of Blue Class at Harford Manor School, for our leaving Year 8 pupils. This year’s theme has been along the lines of ‘small but perfectly formed’ where they designed and made chocolate boxes for each of the pupils at Harford Manor, each containing real chocolate!
They used the Design Process to research the likes and interests of the Harford pupils, but then created a confectionery box that would represent this theme. Football shaped chocolates, hockey shaped chocolates and even a small chocolate car were made using the wood working skills, 3D printer and Vacuum Forming machine in the workshop. The carefully shaped polystyrene mould was then inserted into the pre-prepared card net that was designed and printed in the department.
Presenting the projects this year was especially poignant as it may well be Mr Newton’s final handover day of projects in the 9 or so years the partnership has run. On behalf of this year’s Year 8 pupils, as well as those from previous years we thank him for his involvement and running of the project.
The partnership will indeed continue to be an integral part of the Year 8 experience and seeing both sets of pupils embrace each other and wish each other good luck for their respective futures, makes the whole experience so worthwhile.
A Tuneful End at the Leavers’ Party