Wed 23rd Oct was designated Our Futures day at Greenfield Community College. The timetable was suspended as students participated in a wide range of activities to help them think about their future careers and to unleash aspirations. Year 7 were treated to a powerful performance from Theatre Hullabaloo followed by a QR code careers hunt to help them design and create a life-size poster. For year 8 there were financial skills workshops with the staff from Santander, and an opportunity to use JED to discover what career might be right for them. Year 9s went to Belmont to Get the Buzz – and came back buzzing, having had fun visiting a range of interactive careers stalls! CragRats delivered excellent workshops to year 10, covering everything from body language to CV writing and with a Dragon’s Den session – won by BlankCanvas with their creative and innovative idea for a design app and Team Ten with a showstopping pitch for their smart trainers.
While all of this happened in school year 11 were visiting universities at York, Newcastle and Sunderland where they got a taste of student life. At Sunderland student ambassadors took groups on a guided tour of St Peter's Campus, answered questions on degree courses, entry requirements, financing a degree and student life before they created and pitched ideas for a new university club or society!
All students in years 7-9 also had the chance to watch videos filmed by Greenfield Alumni about their careers journey after leaving school. With videos representing alumni who attended school from 1979 right up to 2005 current students heard that from Greenfield it is possible to go anywhere and be anything, from a chemist in Dubai, to an army captain in Germany and from a professional sportsman to a professional drummer, ex-Greenfield students have gone to do great things. They have built their own businesses and one is a local pastor, but teaching /education appears to be a particularly popular choice – sometimes locally, sometimes as far away as Vietnam. Greenfield wants to say a huge thanks to everyone who sent in a video. The initiative has been so successful that it is hoped we can start a library of these and build an alumni organisation. If you are an ex-Greenfield student and would like to submit a video, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . We’d love to hear from you.