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Citizenship & Enterprise 2019
Highsted’s annual Citizenship and Enterprise Week began today. Students of all year groups were excited to start their activities and get involved. Year 10 immediately started decorating the area under the canopy, preparing their market stalls, producing advertising and selling a variety of goods, games and fun creations. This year some of the enterprise projects involved: henna tattoos, miniature cacti, tombola games and guess the number of sweets in a jar.
The rest of the school were involved in the courageous activities on offer this year, developing new skills and meeting new friends. The highlight of the day was definitely the Year 12 ‘X Factor’ performance of 'Spice up Your Life' from The Spice Girls, complete with an energetic and spicy dance routine!
Other activities included: courageous art journaling, where students explored weird and wacky painting techniques; brave students fighting with knitting needles to tirelessly create their woollen creations; and stories of Mulan’s fearless fight to save China inspired students to create their own heroine. On the flip side, some activities had students exploring their worst fears and looking at what triggers our most severe phobias in ‘Fear Factor’; and a yellow brick road appeared in the drama studio, watched over by the terrifying green eye of the Wizard of Oz.
Today the activities and marketing at Highsted’s annual Citizenship and Enterprise Week continued. Year 10 were offering a range of stalls selling: multi-coloured, sweet smelling bath bombs, stationary and guess the name of the giant bear. The rest of the school were involved in various valorous tasks such as: telling the thrilling tale of 'Namjoon’s Sacrifice' in Courageous Comic Book Heroes; creating beautiful and very professional copper jewellery such as anklets, earrings and necklaces; and finalising film posters for upcoming new Disney heroine films.
Highlights of the day were definitely the incredible children’s book illustrations and stories in the creative writing activity. Each had been made with amazing attention to detail and told of the bravery of 'Amazing Sheep', 'Teddy the Astronaut' and 'The Fearless Four'.
Friday's Bravery Showcase
On Friday 12 July, Highsted students gathered together in the main hall to celebrate all the activities from Citizenship and Enterprise Week. The showcase was a chance for all students participating to share with each other all that they had achieved during the week. First up was Copper Jewellery where students showed off their beautiful bronzy creations and impressive metal working skills. After this students from Creative Writing displayed their delightful children’s book covers and story book work before giving us a reading from one book called: Two Peas in a Pod by Eleia in Year 7, the story of Philip and Penny the peas fighting against the evil Sir Pumpkin.
This was followed by the educational Fear Factor with students explaining to us how phobias worked and then presenting their research projects on how fears manifest and why and looking at treatments. Next up were the Courageous Comic Book students who had chosen a heroic figure who meant something to them and then created a series of artistic and literary pieces to show them off. The Art Journalism team appeared next and showcased their beautiful and intricate artistic designs inspired by artist Dina Wakley. It was clear that a lot of time and skill hand gone into this work.
The penultimate presentation of the morning was from Courage with Colour who had worked as a team to create bonding squares, used in hospitals for premature births. Each knitted square is given to mother and baby so they can learn each other’s scent. The students made an amazing 13 sets of bonding squares to be given to Great Ormond Street Hospital. The final presentation of the morning was from Disney Women, a group who had been inspired to create their own courageous, strong heroine. The group explored the changing image of Disney protagonists through the last decades before sharing their own new Disney films such as Idaliumthe story of a princess whose homeland is destroyed and Divinitya heroine who is changed forever by the power of a solar eclipse.
The afternoon showcase kicked off with the X Factor team performing their top three winners from the week’s singing and dancing routines. They were shortly followed up by the Botany Bay team who shared their photos and memories of exploring the coast and creating art in the sand. Next the students from the French trip told us about their excursions abroad including a trip to the Boulogne harbour and old town, a local supermarket and a nearby chocolate factory. Following them was the German Teaching group, a small team who had worked hard in school on Wednesday to create games and activities designed for teaching basic German to Year 4 students at local Tunstall Primary School, before delivering these at the school on Thursday. They shared a short film clip of the students enjoying their first taste of German.
The next activity was Courage Yard, a trip to London’s famous site to explore its Dickensian heritage and draw the local architecture. The second to last showcase presentation came from the Lower Grange Farm team, who had travelled to Maidstone for adventurous outdoor activities such as archery, pioneering and rock climbing. They showed some amazing photos and even a video of some girls bravely climbing a towering rock face. Last but not least was the Wizard of Oz group. They showed a film of short scenes from the iconic Wizard of Oz play, emphasising the importance of courage and finding it inside your heart.
The week was a huge success and all staff and students should be proud of their courageous efforts!
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