Day to broaden kids’ horizons

Jennifer Vong, 12, with an owl.
Jennifer Vong, 12, with an owl.
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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.”