Catholic school summer camp gives Sunderland children a taste of secondary education

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A WEARSIDE summer school gave youngsters a taste of what life will be like for them when they move into secondary education.

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy in Sunderland held the week-long series of activities for the upcoming Year 7 boys who will be joining in September.

Gemma Hogg, head of Key Stage 3 at the Willow Bank Road school, said about 80 young people took part in the free events.

Each morning started with interactive activities to develop skills which will help them be more prepared for the changes they will face when they start at the academy, including social skills, teamwork, organisation, presentation and problem solving.

Mrs Hogg said the students worked in teams on an Apprentice-style task, creating a new dish for the school menu.

Each member was allocated a role and throughout the week worked to cost the product, develop a marketing campaign, design a team logo, strapline and advertising campaign and produce their dish, which could now be served when the new academic year begins.

Mrs Hogg said: “Parents and students voted for their favourite dish during a presentation on the last day of the week.

“The winning team will work with our school chef in an attempt to get the dish as a regular feature on the school menu.”

The students also enjoyed a day of sports run by North East Sport.

Mrs Hogg added: “The week not only enabled our new students to develop and improve their skills, but also to feel comfortable in our school community.

“It was a pleasure to watch students establish new friendships – many which I believe will be life long.”