Personal Development Days
Students at SMWCA take part in six enrichment days throughout the school academic year. These days are currently called ‘Personal Development Days’ as they have a focus on the subject areas of Citizenship, personal well-being, economic well-being and careers education, but the name is under review and is to be changed, via consultation, to reflect how Catholicism and awareness of God's preresence underpins each of the days and how they have tolerance,respect, integration and inclusion at their core.
The Citizenship element assists students in their understanding of how our society functions in the United Kingdom it explores concepts such as diversity, community cohesion, democracy and the legal process.
The personal well-being topics explore issues surrounding students making informed healthy life choices. Students examine relationships, staying safe, including e-safety, self-esteem and exercise regimes.
The economic well-being days help students to know how to manage budgets and make the first steps in their career paths.
For more information on the CIAG Days please see the ‘careers’ link.
The enrichment days have fostered close links with outside agencies and members of the local community helping to make the days become all the more ‘real’ for pupils. On our most recent day, 11/12/14, we had over 25 guest presenters and visitors including: the police force, Staffordshire University, a Rwandan charity; a hate crime unit, the local council and the Soli outreach team. This is just a small handful of examples of groups who have been involved in the days.
Students have been involved in many aspects of ‘active citizenship’ on the days, raising thousands of pounds for not only local charities but also in assisting people in other parts of the world.
An overview of the enrichment day events are in the table below: