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De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force Day

Calder­head High School held their an­nual De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force day on Tues­day Jan­uary 23.

The event has been held for the last three years and gives an op­por­tu­nity for all year groups to de­velop their knowl­edge about the world of work and gain in­sight into a va­ri­ety of path­ways avail­able when leav­ing school.

S1 pupils were in­volved in an in­ter­ac­tive ‘ teacher path­ways’ quiz where they worked in small groups to iden­tify a teacher based on clues about their jour­ney through school to start­ing their teach­ing ca­reer.

The pupils were in­ter­ested to find out that some (no names!) teach­ers did not achieve as well at high school as they might have ex­pected.

The pupils also re­alised that the jour­ney into ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t al­ways hap­pen im­me­di­ately af­ter school and uni­ver­sity and that many mem­bers of staff started their teach­ing ca­reers af­ter a num­ber of other jobs.

S3 pupils took part in the ‘ Friends of Calder­head’ event be­fore lunch. For­mer pupils Steven Lake and Tom Ste­wart ( Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue), Glenn Pa­ter­son (Gas Sure), Alex Ste­wart (Scot­tish Canals), Car­rie Flem­ing (NHS), Gil­lian Tan­nahill (Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land) and Fraser McPhee (Amey) were joined by Maths teacher Mrs John­ston’s brother, Ross Mitchell (Lloyds Bank­ing Group) and com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cer PC Su­san Rooney to pro­vide work­shops re­gard­ing the line of work they are in­volved in.

These ses­sions gave in­sight into the type of work that is in­volved in a va­ri­ety of sec­tors and the skills and qual­i­ties re­quired to be suc­cess­ful.

Many of the speak­ers also spoke of their own time at Calder­head High School and we heard about the im­pact that not only aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions but also about the part other which ex­pe­ri­ences and skills learned have had on their life.

In the af­ter­noon a tra­di­tional Ca­reers Fayre took place with 24 providers set­ting up stalls with a vast ar­ray of in­for­ma­tion, prospec­tuses and free­bies.

Pupils were able to spend time speak­ing to staff from a va­ri­ety of lo­cal and na­tional firms, train­ing providers and Fur­ther and Higher Ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments to gain knowl­edge about the en­try re­quire­ments and re­cruit­ment process.

Thanks go out to all the providers who at­tended and passed on valu­able in­for­ma­tion to the pupils, many of whom are now en­gag­ing with the ap­pli­ca­tion process and ac­tively seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for post school des­ti­na­tions.

Calder­head Ro­bot­ics

Calder­head High School’s Ro­bot­ics clubs have gone from strength to strength.

The se­nior team re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the VEX Ro­bot­ics In the Zone com­pe­ti­tion at New Col­lege, La­nark­shire.

Cein­wyn and Ja­son in S6 built an ex­cel­lent ro­bot which was re­quired to carry out tasks such as stack­ing cones, scor­ing goals, and park­ing. They were nar­rowly de­feated in the fi­nal and won sec­ond place. Well done!

The school’s ju­nior ro­bot cre­ators took part in the re­cent To­mor­row’s En­gi­neers EEP Ro­bot­ics Chal­lenge at Forth Val­ley Col­lege, which was one of 25 re­gional heats.

One hun­dred and forty young peo­ple aged be­tween 11 and 14, or­gan­ised into teams from lo­cal high schools, took part in the Chal­lenge.

Each team had learned how to build, pro­gram and con­trol au­ton­o­mous LEGO ro­bots to com­plete a se­ries of avi­a­tion themed mis­sions.

The pupils built their ro­bots dur­ing lunchtime Lego Ro­bot club ses­sions and worked out how to com­plete the mis­sions.

On the day of the com­pe­ti­tion, they also had to re­search, de­sign and present their own so­lu­tion to a con­tem­po­rary en­gi­neer­ing prob­lem faced by STEM pro­fes­sion­als in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try. Ev­ery­one had a great time and well done.

At work Pupils build­ing their ro­bots dur­ing lunchtime Lego Ro­bot club

Ro­bot ring Calder­head pupils at the VEX Ro­bot­ics com­pe­ti­tion

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