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Day to broaden kids’ horizons

Jennifer Vong, 12, with an owl.

Jennifer Vong, 12, with an owl.

Lessons in making Indian food and handling birds of prey were on the timetable for students at Mill Hill School as part of a super learning day.

The regular timetable was suspended for all students at the Ripley school as they took part in a range of activities designed to give them a variety of different experiences.

Students made chapatis, played exercise-dance Boccia, blind football and sit-down volleyball, created hanging African decorations, had a go at Origami and were given a Slovenian, Polish or German language lesson. Some students also began applying for work experience and in science, a debate about the legalisation of cannabis was held. Teacher Kerry Brown said: “It’s an enrichment day designed to give them different experiences with a social and cultural spin.

“Playing sit-down volleyball and blind football raises their disability awareness while other activities had a focus on the wider world, which is something that we wanted to concentrate on. It’s all about broadening their horizons and giving them a different perspective. They really enjoyed the day and responded well to it.”

Student Luke Bartlam, 12, said handling a bird of prey was a great experience. He said: “I really enjoyed that, I wanted to stay in that lesson all day. It was very interesting and I learnt a lot from it.”

Teacher Chris Endacott said: “The objective is to let the students sample activities and subjects that are not part of the curriculum but are important in their development.”

 

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