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Field Day presents an opportunity for the school to spend a whole day engaged in service, charitable or educational pursuits.
Our community service teams spend time taking those young people less fortunate around our campus, involving themselves in the library, the Sports Hall, the Art department and the ICT labs. They are also invited to stay for lunch. Our environment teams visited the Peak District National Park and helped the Rangers with sustainable forestry management, whilst the lifesavers went through a days’ worth of tuition and testing. Our leadership teams prepared and delivered programmes for the younger members of the school.
We had two charity activities taking place on the day, the Macmillan Cancer Appeal café and the Kenya Project carwash, both events raising considerable sums of money for these two charities.
Years 7, 8 and 9 took advantage of the day to pursue teambuilding, Shakespeare, Stratford on Avon and Geography Field Studies in the Peak District, all adding another dimension to the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom.
Trent Environmental Team
16 students from the environmental team joined The Peak Park Conservation team at Tissington, Derbyshire. They undertook tree felling and scrub clearance on the Tissington Trail to enable native Flora to repopulate over grown areas.
Students cleared the cutting and burned the waste which generated on two open fires. They also got the opportunity to cook bread and baked potatoes.
“It was great to see a team work so well and we all enjoyed clearing trees and the highlight was the felling three large trees with only a hand saw and rope” explained one of the Trent students involved.
Creativity: Words and Music
Sixth Form students taking the Creative Writing AS/A2 course spent Field Day with local artist, musician and songwriter Jon Wakefield, learning about how music can add timbre and texture to their words. The students worked in groups and successfully wrote and recorded their resultant songs using a range of voice, keyboard, guitar, and synthesised sounds.
Jon Wakefield comments, “Your students were great! It was a really daunting and challenging day and they all gave everything to make it a success… they really entered into the spirit of the task and made it such a pleasure”
Kenya Service Group
Full of inspiration and dedication the team pulled together to raise money for poor underprivileged children in Kenya. First of all, individuals were allocated into groups to hunt around the school for the generous staff, pupils, and members of the Trent community for cars to wash at a price of £5, all of which would be donated to a worthy cause.
Overall the team washed 24 cars, raising not only the awareness of this great charity, but £120. This money will be going to our two partner schools Gowan Mount View and Nyacaba Primary school in Nairobi.
Community Service Activities
The upbeat and cheerful team greeted their four special needs schools’ as they arrived. The Trent students then, in groups took their guests around the facilities some of the facilities here at Trent, including; Wortley Business Centre, the Sports Hall, Biology – where they met some of the animals that live in this department, the Library, Music and then took part in an Art activity.
After a busy morning, the Community Service team then took a trip to Elavaston Castle where they assisted the park ranger in some conservation work.
A Trip to Blackwell Adventure
Year 7 set off for Blackwell Adventure on Field Day, to challenge themselves in many different activities. Our students took part in, amongst others, archery, zip wire, climbing and abseiling. However, the most important activity was the teambuilding challenge, where the students learned to communicate with each other effectively to complete lots of fun, but difficult tasks.
Mr Kelly, teacher at Trent comments, “It was encouraging to see how our students respectfully helped each other and rose to the challenge. The certainly learned a lot about each other and, more importantly, themselves.”
Burbage: Peak District
On Friday we took the whole of Year 8 to explore the Burbage Valley in the Peak District, our aim was to carry out a river’s investigation and to do some conservation by collecting litter along Stanage Edge. Great work was achieved, with many pupils learning new geographical techniques such as how to calculate speed and how to measure depth of a river. We all understood how rivers change downstream, increasing in width, speed and depth. In the afternoon, the sun shone brightly over the beautiful landscape, and we all enjoyed walking amongst the bracken and heather to collect litter tourists had left behind. We thank the Park Rangers for a great day and for the experience of the Peak District!