Bright Futures returned to school on Monday 20 February to run half-day Employability Skills workshops for Year 7 and Year 8 students. The girls spent their sessions engaging with highly interactive and motivational activities. The Year 7 session, ‘Skills to Succeed’, introduced the girls to enterprising skills, teamwork, communication skills, leadership, using initiative, determination, and not being scared of failure. Being in random groups they could recognise that the perfect team at work is made up of people with complementary skills. The session concluded with a social enterprise challenge that involved making a product – a Makarapa Hat - and showcasing it to the year group. There were prizes for Best Hat, Best Poster, Best Presentation and Best Idea.
The Year 8 session was about motivation and was again delivered through highly interactive activities which taught the girls about working in teams, problem-solving and using communication skills. It ended with a construction and trading challenge, styled on Dragon’s Den. The students had to make display boxes for loyalty cards, using paper, pens, sellotape and scissors they bought from the ‘shop’ and then sell them back for a profit. The students soon learned the value of dividing the tasks up between their team mates in order to produce their boxes more efficiently.