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Monday, 06 July 2015

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A career back in school

Bronya Holliday, Chris Denwood and Natalie Armstrong talk about their school experiences

Bronya Holliday: Considering going back to school when she leaves school!

By Bronya Holliday, St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Whitehaven

I RANG the bell. Anxiously tapping my foot, I waited nervously. A million butterflies were doing gymnastics in my stomach competing to see who was going to make me feel the most uneasy.

Then the door opened. A familiar scent of ancient, dusty books and fresh poster paints had unknowingly crept their way up my nose.

Suddenly a box inside my head, containing treasured memories from my primary school had popped like a balloon releasing happiness, fun and comfort. A woman greeted me with a smile. I smiled back, knowing I had won.

Having the opportunity to work at St James Infant School, Whitehaven for work experience was fantastic. Even though it was the week before summer, I learnt many things about teaching I hadn’t known before.

For example patience is essential. Not only with the children but with some of the tasks I was asked to do.

Inevitably the last week of school there’s sports day. Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to relax and enjoy watching the races. I was on work experience.

This meant I was running up and down the playground with egg and spoons for over 60 races. Luckily most of the other jobs like taking displays down and writing names on milk cartons was less painful the next day.

I was also shown how rewarding teaching can be – I don’t just mean all the presents and cards at the end of term.

Teachers must feel a great sense of pride knowing they influence many peoples lives. Many of them were crying at the Year Two’s leavers assembly. I myself was laughing.

Until then I didn’t know many teachers who had fallen over each other whilst walking down the stairs. Or many pupils who had failed to cut their noses off with scissors. My week at St James’ taught me so much and reminded me of how happy, fun and comforting my own primary school was.

I’m still undecided about what career path I want to go down in the future but teaching is a good back-up.

By Chris DenwoodFormer Stainburn School student, Workington

FOR THREE years now, our school has run a talent competition for pupils of all ages, Stainburn’s Got Talent.

In the past this has included magicians, bands, solo singers, dance groups, drumming and much more.

The show has always been organised by our school council and involves a lot of work, but it has always been a great success.

This year we had a lot to prepare, and it ran very smoothly. Our first job was to hold auditions. We asked anyone interested to fill in a form with details of their act before inviting everyone to attend auditions after school one day.

Loads of fantastic acts came along and it was really difficult to choose the final eight to go through to the live grand final.

Next we needed to organise the big show. We designed and created the tickets, posters, programmes and certificates of participation. We also made a giant cheque for the winner and made ballot boxes so the audience could vote.

Pupils from Workington Sixth Form Centre came along to set up the sound system and the lights.

On the day, we had dress rehearsals during school time so all the performers could practice on stage and we could make sure everything was just right. Everyone was very nervous but felt better once they had rehearsed a few times.

When the time came to open the doors, the school hall filled up really quickly – we sold over 250 tickers. The school council members stayed backstage to help the finalists prepare for their performances.

Mr McGrath, Mrs Creighton and Mr Harlow acted as judges and gave each performance comments just like on Britain’s Got Talent.

Once all the acts had performed, the audience was invited to the school dining room for refreshments. While they were there, they used their tickets as voting slips and placed their vote in the ballot box of their favourite act.

The votes were counted, we had a winner. Ashley Mijatovic, aka ‘Drummer Boy’ in Year Eight had played his own drum composition and it had gone down a storm. He won vouchers for the store of his choice. The proceeds from ticket sales have gone towards projects in the school.

Overall, I think we did very well to organise and run the event, it took hard work and determination, but we managed.

I hope Stainburn’s Got Talent will continue for many years to come.

By Natalie ArmstrongStainburn School, Workington

I THINK I can speak for any pupil at Stainburn School who has participated in Rock Challenge over the years when I say that the competition is one of the most memorable experiences thr oughout secondary school.

There are many aspects of participating that combine to make the event so unforgettable.

Preparations, routines, drama inputs, costumes, set designs, soundtrack and lighting... all need to be considered in making the perfect performance.

Having participated for four years now, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of Rock Challenge, not only to the individuals who take part but the school in general. Every year that Stainburn competes, the level of dedication and effort undoubtedly increases.

This year in particular the confidence of the school was at its highest – especially from the two people that we owe the greatest thanks to, Mrs O’Hagan and Mrs Kearton, who both received an award for being involved in Rock Challenge for 10 years this year.

Without them, our triumphant win at Carlisle would not have been possible. Our success meant we had an opportunity to compete in the Northern finals at Grimsby.

I’m sure everyone would agree it was a very exhausting experience but certainly worth while as we got to repeat our performance.

The competition was at a very high standard and our school was placed second amongst 12. This was a huge achievement to all of us taking part and most of all our school.

This wouldn’t be a column about Rock Challenge without mentioning the performers.

Every single pupil from Stainburn School puts one hundred per cent into the performance and rehearsals.

Personally since I started Rock Challenge I have made several new friends, which is probably the main reason I would encourage any student to take part in the activity.

You bond with older and younger students from your school or sixth form. This contributes to the friendly environment within Stainburn’s Rock Challenge team.

The competition allows you to be creative, energetic (that could be debatable with our early Sunday morning rehearsals), but most importantly it allows you to be yourself.

During my time at Workington Sixth Form Centre, I will continue to participate in Rock Challenge as it has been a big part of my time at Stainburn – and I don’t want it to end just yet.


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