Time to think ahead

Lower down the school A-levels and university choices can feel a long way off, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your strengths and weaknesses and what you might like to do when you leave school. 

With this in mind, in the run-up to half term, we have run a series of initiatives for pupils in the Second to Fourth Forms, encouraging them to spend some time thinking about the future.

Amazon Web Services Boot Camp

A group of Second Form girls attended the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Boot Camp earlier this week, giving them dedicated time to work on their projects.  Pupils were even joined by our AWS ambassador, Simone, who was beamed in from AWS HQ to run a Q&A session for the participants and offer advice and suggestions for the apps in progress.  The Camp is part of AWS’ GetIT initiative, designed to encourage girls aged 12 to 13 to consider a career in technology. 

The twenty pupils have been attending weekly sessions in long break, focusing on developing new apps.  Some of the app ideas in development include:

“Myeye” – a prep planning app to encourage better organisation and reduce student stress

“Untangled” – a mental and physical health monitoring and connecting app

“Epop” – an app that uses a fun competition to encourage student stewardship of the local environment

Final proposals will be submitted to AWS in April and a short-list of teams will be selected by senior Amazon staff, prior to a winner being announced at the AWS Summer Conference.  The winning App will then be built by AWS.

Visit from Tinker Taylor

We welcomed career advisors Tinker Taylor to School to run a session for the Fourth Form.   This was designed to help pupils make informed decisions about their future by really understanding who they are and increasing or improving their self-awareness.    

Research points to 85% of employers saying that attitude and personality are as important as academics when hiring someone.  The session therefore highlighted the fact that Emotional Quotient (EQ) is as important as Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and pupils worked through a number of tasks including:

-          Personality  - thinking about the type of person you are

-          Interests – establishing what you enjoy doing for pleasure

-          Values – the principles that guide the way you live and work, when you are being true to yourself

-          Life skills – assessing your ‘soft skills’ such as assertiveness, team spirit or creativity

At the end of the day, pupils had a clearer idea of their personality and attributes which will prove to be invaluable when considering subjects choices, further education and, ultimately, careers.

We hope each of these programmes has given our younger students some food for thought over half term!