Your article: Personal Development Day at The Market Weighton School

Rocket is set off on the school field
Rocket is set off on the school field

The Market Weighton School held its third Personal Development Day of this academic year.

Personal Development Days are very different to the normal school curriculum and see all students studying a bespoke timetable looking at a range of PSHE and Citizenship issues.

Year 7 students spent the day looking at team work, combined with maths, the result, bottle rockets.

Led by Mr Hartington, teams of students designed, tested and raced bottle rockets. This involved students working in teams, negotiating ideas and developing a design which all members of the group were happy with.

During the afternoon students launch tested, adapted, developed and then raced their rockets to see who had the best design.

Director of progress at the school, Jason Poulston, said: “It was surprising how far some of the rockets were capable of travelling.

“Anyone who knows our school field will know it is a significant size; however two rockets shot right out of our school field into neighbouring fields.”

Year 8 studied a green energy environmental project and built wind turbines.

Led by Mrs Oldfield, students first had to build a scale model bridge capable of transporting all the resources they needed and then construct a wind turbine body of around one metre high.

They had to design the most energy efficient blades, over a period of testing and development, and then competed to see who could generate the most electricity and who had the strongest bridge.

Year 9 students travelled to Hull University for the day. Led by Mrs Brice, students attended ACE Day, a programme designed to address some of the misconceptions students have about university.

It is designed to increase awareness of further and higher education and to raise aspirations. In a day of fun-based activities on campus, facilitated by undergraduates, pupils explored what it means to be a university student and found out about the opportunities available to them.

Year 10 students spent the day working with five colleges. Throughout the day each college worked with our students to showcase what they can expect if they choose to study with them.

Representatives from York, Selby, Hull, East Riding, and South Hunsley worked with students to give them information and raise aspirations when it comes to post-16 study.

Friday was a day of mixed emotions for Year 11 students who had come to the end of their time at The Market Weighton School.

Students had their final ‘leavers’ assembly followed by refreshments and music in the canteen.

Mr Poulston said: “It was also an emotional day for me as this was the end of five years with my old form ‘7 JPO’.

“We started our time at The Market Weighton School on the same day and over the past five years I have been proud to see all students develop into the mature young adults they have become.

“I would like to publically thank all of our Year 11 students for five fantastic years and as they look forward to a successful summer with excellent GCSE results, I’m looking forward to welcoming the new year 7 students to do it all again.”