Students gain some Deep Learning across the Academy...

Students at the Gateway Academy recently had a full day of ‘Deep Learning’, involving outside agencies who visited to share their knowledge of careers, health, wealth and fitness.

Students from Year 7-10 were treated to a careers fair which was attended by local colleges, companies and university providers, and heard inspirational speakers from Industry. Many professionals visited the students throughout the day to deliver sessions on Internet Safety, CV Writing, Employability guidance, Nutritional advice, Oral Health and safety guidance from British Transport Police. Year 11 students focused entirely on their studies, catching up and revising ahead of tests and exams that they will face in the not too distant future.

Year 7 students took part in tooth brushing sessions; learning about the benefits of fluoride toothpaste, effective brushing, visiting the dentist regularly and limiting sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes. The practical session was supported by Career Ready www.careerready.org.uk and delivered by Community Dental Services CIC www.communitydentalservices.co.uk, and was a great opportunity to introduce a whole school approach to improving oral health with achievable lifestyle changes.

Lorraine Mattis, Operational Director for CDS in Essex explains that “tooth decay is reducing in many areas of England; it is important that young people understand how they can reduce the risks of this preventable condition.” Procter and Gamble (P&G) provided toothbrush packs for participating students to ensure they had the right tools for the job! P&G’s Community Matters co-ordinator, Mr Paul Wilson, said “P&G are committed to improving the lives of children in need and our Community Matters programme at West Thurrock aims to help local schools in such an important area -  dental care.”

Nutritional advice was delivered with the help of a varying array of healthy fruit and cereals, very kindly donated by Tesco Stores.

The visitors were incredibly impressed by the Gateway Academy students and their willingness to get on board and listen to the useful information that they were given. Of particular interest was the information session with the Transport Police Officer, who was very willing to answer all questions that the students asked, and even let them try out the forensic suit, gas mask, handcuffs and leg restraints!

Mrs Sarah Shaw, Assistant Principal and DLD coordinator, said “The students really engaged with the whole day and asked many questions. The feedback from both the students, staff and our visitors was very encouraging and it seems that they all gained something useful from the activities. I would like to thank everyone who very kindly contributed their time, knowledge and healthy produce!”


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