For our new Year 12 students, the first few weeks of term have been jam-packed with learning about new subjects, adjusting to the fast pace and challenging content of A-level courses, and getting to know new classmates. To top it off, they have also been treated to two team building activity days. Abu, a student at Ffynone since Year 7, commented that, “The team-building days have really helped us to get to know the new students who have joined from other schools”
The first activity day, led by the RAF careers team, began with team building and personal development activities that relied upon trust and communication. One of the most challenging activities was blind-folded team skipping! The afternoon was classroom based with students participating in an RAF interview skills workshop. Finally, they were treated to an RAF careers talk and gained valuable insight into the array of jobs available within the RAF. Everyone agreed the whole day was extremely valuable and students gained vital skills and advice on preparing for interviews.
Outdoor adventures company Rip N Rock were at the helm for the second team building day. Students spent the morning on the beach trying to solve physical problems such as moving items using limited materials, and forming human circles with only hands touching the floor. The second half of the day was spent in the waters of Swansea Bay attempting to remain upon a giant stand-up paddle board (SUP) Eight students on one ‘mega’ board together had to work as team to manoeuvre it successfully. With lots of falling into the water and steering in the wrong direction, communication proved to be a crucial tool.
Our thanks to both the RAF and Rip N Rock teams for their excellent and enjoyable training days. Ffynone House Year 12 students impressed both organisations with their enthusiasm and critical-thinking skills. New Sixth Form student Tyler clearly enjoyed the sessions, “It was the most fun I’ve had in ages; can we do it every week?” What a great way to start Year 12!