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Aviva Studios and Factory International Visit and Tour

A group from our Factory Schools project had a VIP experience at Aviva studios on Friday 3rd November. The group consists of a mix of A1 and A2 students from our semi-formal pathway along with three of our formal learners. They were welcomed by our hosts with a few interactive introduction  games in the Social Area. They were then brought up to the warehouse where they experienced a giant walkway, shrouded in silk, with funnelled ends, and a huge screen overhead to project Luke Halls’s many-imaged videos that were not used in the Free Your Mind experience. This was a fully immersive experience for our students where they had the comfort of huge beanbags to relax and take in the experience.

We were then offered the opportunity to take a look back stage to see where all the magic happens. They were taken along the route of the ‘Mega Wall’ that would open up to make the warehouse twice as big. This corridor lead into the 1,600 seat theatre where the Free Your Mind performance took place.

All pupils had a brilliant experience and would like to thank Factory Schools for the continued experiences they are providing for our school.

Diwali the Festival of Lights

Diwali is the Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The story of Diwali  has one common theme no matter where people celebrate and that is  the victory of good over evil. Doorstep designs are made for good luck with coloured powders called Rangolis.

The students in the A2 class designed and created Diya Lamps. They made small pots from clay which could be described as ‘thumb pots’ as they are made by pressing the thumb into a ball of clay and shaping it. Once the clay was dry the students decorated the Diya Lamps using bright coloured paints and glitter. Students then put a tealight into the Diya Lamp.

What’s My Job? Day – Students Explore the Workplace

Students in key stage 3 and 4 had a busy morning taking part in the What’s My Job? Activity run by the North Manchester Business Network.

Employers from City Events and Productions, Abuka, D4 Care, CRUK Construction, Manchester City Council, Crystal Hive, YES Manchester CIC, Equans, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and SharpFutures gave up their morning to come into school and be quizzed by the students. The students asked the volunteers a series of questions about their jobs to try and determine what their career is and the sector they worked in.

Students gained insight into a variety of different work sectors and gained valuable knowledge about different careers and the pathways into employment. Students demonstrated excellent Skills for Life and utilised their communication skills by asking lots of questions related to employability. They also showed excellent problem-solving skills by guessing what the jobs were from the props they were shown and the answers to their questions. Students successfully guessed what most of the jobs were even though some were quite difficult!

A massive thanks goes to Teun form the North Manchester Business Network for organising the activity and coordinating the business volunteers, and of course thanks to the volunteers themselves for giving up their time to be here. Thanks to all the staff who supported the morning in running smoothly, in particular Debbie Mellows for looking after the volunteers on the day and Paul Morgan and the Media Crew for taking photos, filming the encounters and interviewing the employers.

Proud to part of the Bright Futures Education Trust
Melland High School
Gorton Education Village
50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT
Ofsted CEOP