Staines Prep Inspiring the Next Generation

29 Nov 2012

Staines Prep pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 put down their pencils and exercise books to take part in the Upper School’s annual Challenge Day. The school was awash with activity and the excitement was tangible as pupils were treated to fascinating presentations and inspiring group and individual challenges.

The much-anticipated day is part of the school’s Challenge Award, which is specifically designed to encourage each child to try new things outside of their comfort zone, expanding their interests and creating new passions.

The day began with a burst of fresh air and an awe-inspiring birds of prey display, followed by a range of informative presentations given by the RNLI and the police service. The talks focused on the importance of safety and advised how children can assess risks for themselves in tricky situations.

The real fun got underway when children were presented with a variety of group and individual tasks which they had to work through using a range of skills. Year 3 made Challenge Day history during the ‘Cargo Challenge’ by designing a paper boat which held a staggering 59 marbles before sinking! Year 5 were introduced to Morse Code and built buzzer circuits which successfully transmitted messages.

Year 6 got all fired up as they took part in their own ‘Junior Apprentice’. The budding entrepreneurs had to design a teacher’s lunchbox, write and produce an advert for the product, then present their creation to Headmaster Mr Roberts and School Governor Mr Chadburn – possibly more intimidating than Sir Alan Sugar!

Mr Roberts said: “A huge congratulations to everyone in Year 6 for working with such maturity.”

He continued: “Despite the challenges and difficulties, all the children worked highly effectively, demonstrating compromise and democracy. They recognised new talents and skills within them selves and learnt important lessons during their evaluations at the end of the day.”

The Challenge Award scheme, which is loosely based on the principles of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, is open to all Staines Prep pupils and runs from September to July. Individual and team challenges are mainly teacher-lead unless specialised tuition is required.

The syllabus is carefully tailored to suit each year-group, ensuring progression as pupils advance through their scholastic years. Certificates listing their achievements are awarded at the end of the academic year.

Photo: Left – Right Mungai Macharia (age 8) and Alan Greenhalgh from First Class Falconry, Ashford, Middx at Staines Prep Challenge Day 2012