Year 7 had a very enjoyable and interesting day at Catalyst Discovery Centre on Friday. They watched an exciting Flash Bang Demonstration using liquid nitrogen to freeze flowers and flammable liquids in a whoosh bottle. Students were able to explore the galleries and observatories to investigate how Science relates to everyday life and find out about a range of related STEM careers. There was also a fantastic opportunity to take part in some practical work in the laboratory where students learned about SMART materials and made their own key ring from a thermosoftening plastic. They even know how to change their design at home!
The Catalyst trip was a great way to end National Careers Week during which we have been thinking about future career plans and the importance of key qualities. Students completed National Careers Week activities during form time. Their future career aspirations were displayed on form room doors and ranged from animators and jazz pianists to accountants and lawyers! Staff also gave their perspective on the key qualities and the impact they have on school life. Unfortunately due to the snow, the Careers Week assembly from North West Ambulance Service has had to be postponed but will be taking place in the near future.
National Careers Week was also a great opportunity to remind parents and students about the forthcoming biennial Westholme Careers Convention on Thursday 26th April 6-8pm for students in Years 8-13 and their parents. Our Careers Convention forms an important and integral part of our ongoing careers education and guidance programme at Westholme. It offers an invaluable opportunity to find out about the day-to-day work involved in particular career areas and the skills and subjects which are either desirable or essential. Students can also find out about apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities available at a variety of companies and can seek advice about course choices at University. More information about the event can be found here on our website.