Personal Development

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:
Personal Development
 
  • Pride in achievement
  • Awareness of God’s presence
  • Healthy mind and body
  • Staying safe
  • Employability skills
  • Modern Britain
  • Personal development
 
2015/16 overview:
Year
Session1
 
Term 1a (6/10/15)
Session 2
Term 1b (15/12/14)
Session 3
Term 2b (17/3/16)
Session 4
Term 3b (12 and 14/7/16)
7
 
Awareness of God’s presence
Activities and Mass
Pride in achievement
Producing a charity record
Staying safe
Employability skills
Drama presentation
Staying safe
Employability skills
Self-regulation
Cycling activities/Crosby beach visit/Mini Sports Day
8
Healthy mind and body
Community Cohesion in Modern Britain
Self-regulation
Health awareness day
CEIAG
Visits from providers and advisors
Awareness of God’s presence
Spirituality day
Community Cohesion in Modern Britain
Employability skills
Team challenge
9
CEIAG
Visits from providers and advisors
Employability skills
Pride in achievement
Dragons’ Apprenticeship Den
CEIAG
IAG Day
Life in Modern Britain
Staying safe
Holocaust Museum and Wales visits/Wales visit/The ‘Real Game’
10
CEIAG
Work Experience preparation
Awareness of God’s presence
A service, liturgy and workshops presented by Soli.
CEIAG
Work experience
Life in Modern Britain
‘The Real Business’ challenge
CEIAG
CEIAG Day             
11
Pride in achievement
Alton Towers rewards visit
Pride in achievement
Trafford Centre rewards visit
Pride in achievement
Exam preparation and revision techniques
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12
Employability skills
Team building activities
Normal lessons
Life in Modern Britain
Employability skills
 
Key Skills
Pride in achievement
Exam preparation and revision techniques
13
Employability skills
CEIAG
UCAS information and applications
Team building activities
Normal lessons
Life in Modern Britain
Employability skills
Key Skills
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