On Thursday 12th March Year 14 students joined those in LIVE 1 and 2 for “Employability Day”.
The day consisted of four sessions. Firstly students spent time creating their “Personal Statements” which allow employers to see their skills and qualities. Secondly they had a session on “Interview Techniques” which included staff confessing some of their interview mishaps as well as role play to practically demonstrate what they had learnt. Students then joined a selection of employers from HSBC, Birmingham City Mission and the League of Friends for a buffet lunch before the really hard work began – individual interviews!
The employers had been given copies of the students’ personal statements and used them a basis for a generic job interview. It was a chance for students to put their nerves to one side and to demonstrate all they had learnt.
The final session was invaluable feedback from the employers about how the students performed in interview…
Needless to say all students did themselves and the school proud! The employers commented on how well our students presented themselves, their insight and their confidence. They were amazed that they did not hear one of our students talk about what they couldn’t do but that they only focused on what they could do. They also passed on many helpful hints to our students based on their years of experience interviewing others.
The day was a great success and thanks to all the staff who worked so hard on the day. A very special mention must be given to our Work Placement Officer, Julie Pallister, who arranged for all the employers to come in. Thank you Julie!
We are pleased to announce that we have a new visiting teacher to help our staff support our students with a visual impairment. Ruth Elliott is part of the Sensory Support team, which is a branch of Birmingham’s Access to Education. More details of the service can be found here.
Wilson Stuart communication group were specially invited guests at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this week at an event designed to showcase the work of speech and language therapists across the city.
The day was inspired by Birmingham Rep’s production of ‘The King’s Speech’ and had stands covering stammering, language delay and alternative methods of communication.
Wilson Stuart were alongside stands such as The British Stammering Association and The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists but Jack, Dan, Reece, Deeva, Josh and Weronika all rose to the occasion, using their VOCAs to talk to people about themselves and demonstrating the importance of communication aids. People were really impressed by their willingness to talk and their confidence.
The Rep’s associate director of participation was so impressed he personally took us on a back stage tour. We saw the workshops, paint shops, the prompt corner and even went onto the stage, unfortunately there wasn’t an audience!
Wilson Stuart Children Win 3rd Place.
Congratulations to class 4.3 for successfully coming 3rd in the national De Denne textile competition which was run through the embroidery guild.
Their work has been chosen to go on display at the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia in London from 5-8th March as part of Mr X Stitch’s stand.
Well done everyone!
On Thursday 26th February 2015 parents were invited to a GCSE English revision workshop to support their children to prepare for the forthcoming examination in June.
The workshop consisted of an example examination paper and question, information about the marking system and percentage value of the examination. During the workshop there was also an opportunity to access websites supporting the revision of the examination paper focus ‘understanding and producing non fiction texts’ , these included GCSE POD and BBC Bitesize.
All who attended found it interesting and informative.
A copy of the PowerPoint used is available for parents who were unable to attend.