Ed Cousens, Head of Drama and Years 7 & 8, has been overseeing a rewarding leadership experience for Year 8s that gives Year 4s a deeply fun and friendship-building event.
This term has seen the return of the Great Play Date programme. We charge our pupil leaders - prefects and leaders - with managing a group of Year 8s to conduct enriching workshops with Year 4 pupils.
The children came up with and implemented some terrific courses which were a great success, from Mountain Bike Treasure Hunts, Woodland Survival Skills, Crazy Science Workshop, Safari Face Painting, Playground Games Ideas, and Aqua-Quidditch!
Tilly Brass, Year 4, confirmed that the Year 8s and leaders had succeeded in their task, saying “I really liked the mountain bike activity that Year 8 did for my group. They were really fun to work with and it was a great idea.”
We believe it is never too early to start teaching leaderships skills. As children progress up through the school, the number of leadership positions increase, allowing as many children as possible to gain valuable experience as they step up to the responsibility. In addition to the Great Play Dates programme, Year 8 pupils are given the responsibility of reading with Year 3 children through the Leading by Reading venture.
It felt really rewarding and satisfying when something you helped organise made younger children smiley and excited