Pupils at a South Tyneside school are so good at working together that they can even do it blindfolded.
Students and staff at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields recently went ‘off diary’ as they took part in a Building Learning Power day.
The programme, which was created by Professor Guy Claxton, is designed to develop pupils’ resilience, resourcefulness, relativeness and their ability to work effectively with others.
Eve Hedley, assistant headteacher, who organised the event at the Temple Park Road school, said: “As a school we feel strongly about equipping our pupils with skills and abilities that will prepare them not just for their final exams, but for the workplace and their lives in the future. We want our pupils to be lifelong learners who can cope with the pressures of modern-day society and who can deal with the challenges of their academic, professional, family and personal lives.”
Some of the unusual activities pupils were involved with included an Army assault course, ‘Master Chef’, a scavenger hunt, golf and fashion design.
They also worked together while blindfolded to create various shapes out of rope to encourage teamwork.
The day was fantastic and enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike.Eve Hedley, assistant headteacher
One session named ‘I’m A Celebrity’ involved pupils putting their hands in boxes without knowing what was in there, to identify what they could feel.
Inside the boxes were a variety of creepy crawlies, reptiles and rodents.
There was also an inflatable assault course, guarded by pupils in padded sumo suits.
The children also did clay modelling, music making with water and bottles and some entered ‘The Cube’ – which was specially built by the site manager – where they faced some tricky challenges.
Ms Hedley said: “The day was fantastic and enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike. It was very exciting and lots of fun but had a serious message too.
“Pupils knew the day was going to be a bit different but had no idea what was in store until they arrived in school that morning. It was difficult keeping it a secret, but the surprise just added to the excitement of the day.”