The activities, designed to introduce students to the High School were highly successful during our aptly named summer programme – Colne Valley High Flyers.
- Business Enterprise
- Bush Craft
- Crafts and Textiles
- Baking and Chocolate Making
- A trip to Huddersfield University’s Media and Journalism Department
Huddersfield University’s Media and Journalism Course
Students were separated into groups of three and each in turn, took part in one of the day’s three workshops.
Radio Broadcasting –
Students learned how to project their voices, and how to speak clearly and suitably for a radio broadcast.
Students learned how television news is broadcasted to the general public and each group member took on a different production role from producer, presenter to camera operative! Action!
Campus Tour –
The Summer School attendees were shown around the excellent facilities that the University has to offer it’s students and even had a talk from the President of the Student’s Union on University life. Some of the students were even lucky enough to meet Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield. The tour ended in one of the University’s large lecture theatres, where each Summer School student gave a ‘lecture’ on what they had learned from their trip.
“The university trip was inspirational. He was pleased that there were such facilities in the local town.”
“My daughter now wants to be a music journalist when she grows up and wants to do media journalism at university.”
Art, Chocolate Dream, Bushcraft, Cooking, Sewing, Enterprise
Students had a range of courses which challenged and developed their initiative, their creativity, their social skills and their brains!
Some of these activities included:
Learning how to survive outdoors (making a fire, and a cup of tea of course!), learning about the history of chocolate before creating their own products, how to make bunting using speciality stitching and many more exciting workshops.
“My son has been coming home talking about the new things he has learnt and particularly enjoyed the art. She has loved every second.”
“Good introduction to the school and routine after summer break, my son undertook activities that he refuses to do at home (sewing).”
“All transition experience is welcome at this stage. This exercise has given my child
ample opportunities to establish her own transition benefits. It appears to have been
well planned, funded and executed.”
What the Children Had to Say
We asked Colne Valley’s new starters what they had to say about our transition programme – but in true Learning CIC style, we asked them in a creative way.
“If the Summer School was an animal, what animal would it be and why?”
“A blue whale…a once in a lifetime experience”
“An intelligent elephant – it was educating”
“A deer with a door on its side…because animals can learn“
“A gold Zebra – Gold represents coolness, the Zebra is the school”
“Dog , because we never stopped having fun“
A huge thank you to all at Colne Valley, Huddersfield University and to all of our specialist staff who helped put together a fantastic programme for pupils for attending this year’s Summer School. We welcome any feedback and would love to hear your thoughts on the programme.
Please leave your comments below.
In the meantime, here is the video that documented the experience…