Bracken Hill held its' first ever MATP Ceremony on Friday afternoon. Students from 3 classes demonstrated the skills they have been working on in their PE lessons for other students and parents to see. Some of the functional skills they have worked on were still challenging them but the pride students demonstrated in their work, was brilliant to see.
Foxes class have been the first to experience Forest Schools. They travel to Portland College wood for an afternoon each week and have had the opportunity to search for gnomes, build a den, create a marble run, chill in a hammock and admire the tree canopy from a rope swing.
This year has seen the introduction of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh. There are 8 boys who are currently working on their volunteering section and skills section. The volunteering involves creating and maintaining a Forest Schools site at Portland College and the skills section is about learning to be a sports leader.
Bracken Hill students have just returned from what must be the wettest expedition in history!
They covered the 2 day walk in record time and have all now passed their award.
The students still camped and cooked their own meals.
We're really proud of the determination and effort shown by this group and wish them every success if they choose to pursue further DofE training.
Wednesday lesson 2 has become an intervention session for each of the classes on a rotation. Bracken Hill is hoping to encourage more physical activity with inter class competitions in games like basketball, dodgeball and benchball, as well as more intra class events like climbing and balancing activities.
The Daily Mile is being completed by most classes three times each week at the moment. Students are walking / jogging and running around the school field and astro for 15 minutes each time. This seems to have settled nicely into the school routine and pupils are already seeing improvements in how far they are moving during each session.