Graduation Time for our *Bournemouth University Mentoring Group* by Mrs West (AHOY 9/English Teacher)
On Wednesday 28th March, Ms Booth and I had the privilege of accompanying 13 of our Year 9 and 10 students to Bournemouth University. It was graduation day for the students who took part in the Bournemouth University Mentoring Programme. All our students had graduated and were invited to receive a certificate to mark this fabulous achievement.
We gathered in one of BU’s lecture theatres, along with four other schools. To begin with, we were lucky enough to be treated to an outstanding lecture of the benefits of thinking big, and working hard. It was a message about aspiration, inspiration and perspiration that was pitched perfectly for the age group of the students; filled with brain teasers and great YouTube clips, alongside a message that packed a powerful punch for our often underconfident teenagers about having courage and self-belief, alongside vision and a positive attitude to hard work.
After an hour, Lukasz Naglik, the Fair Outreach Liaison Officer at BU took the reins. With the mentors, he handed out certificates and prizes to each of the students. The following students are now the proud possessors of a certificate from Bournemouth University demonstrating their ability to complete challenging tasks, and see a demanding project through to the end.
In addition, both Ayden and Elijah received special awards – Ayden for being ‘The Life Saver’ and Elijah for being ‘The Visionary’. They won a huge box of Milk Tray each, and another certificate. We were very proud indeed.
After lunch, we were then encouraged to visit the UCAS convention happening on the campus. At first reluctant, the students became extremely excited as they realised the opportunities that lay ahead if they could only achieve some good grades at GCSE and A Level. When we met to leave for Weymouth, a change had occurred in our students – they had purpose. Absolutely the result the scheme was created to produce.
Elijah Allen's Report For The Day
What are you going to do next?
This was a questiom posed upon our visit to Bournemouth University: a new set of experiences, a new way to learn, and a new empowering mindset. Invaluable qualities, to be shared with many lives.
‘New Ways to Learn’, was a major theme of the morning lecture at Bournemouth University. Even by taking a few small steps at a time, and developing one’s personal resilience, a goal which seems unaccomplishable may be accomplished – this was just one of the takeaways from the day however (not including the numerous pens or prospectuses from the intriguing UCAS Universities Convention)!
Despite the challenges one may face, we may continue to enquire into ourselves, and grow in presence; whether this is contributing in front of an audience at a resonating lecture hall, or simply asking a university student about the subject they study, may evoke a response in the world around us. Even the most humble of experiences, may shape our lives for the better…
In conclusion, the day was a success, broadening horizons wide, like the smiles at the photobooth, revealing a wide array of futures and people.
What are you going to do next?
Make a difference…
We would like to thank Mrs Windybank for organising the trip, and Mrs West and Ms Booth also, for ensuring it was enjoyable as it was.