Ashfield Girls' High School
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Visionpath SKILL! Event
Year 11 pupils from both Ashfield Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools recently had the exciting opportunity of taking part in a SKILL! Workshop at the offices of international law firm Allen & Overy. This took the form of a Dragon’s Den activity where groups of pupils worked with advisers from Allen & Overy, as well as Price Waterhouse Coopers, to invent a new product or service which they then had to present to the judges. Pupils had to consider design, pricing, marketing and how to pitch their idea.
“I loved going to Allen & Overy law firm. The activity of producing a sales pitch and presenting helped me develop new and old skills.” said Sophia Robinson, whose team won.
The winning group designed a new Health & Wellbeing Smart Phone App, called People Positive, which aimed to help people with mental health issues or those who are dealing with stress and anxiety. Mia Griffin, another member of the winning team, described the day as a “unique learning experience.” The pupils were able to gain valuable insight and experience with the added benefit of expert advice from the wide range of mentors and feedback from the judges.
Jordan Bright commented, “I learnt a lot of skills that I am sure I will carry on throughout the future.”
This was echoed by Paige Irvine who added, “This was an experience I would love to do again as I feel it positively benefited me.”
NVTV footage of the event.
Posted on the: 29th April 2016
STEM - Medicine, Health and Life Science Taster Day at Queens University, Belfast.
As part of Queen’s Junior Academy workshops Poppy Huntley and Chelsea McKibben, on Wednesday 13th April, visited the Medical Biological Centre (MBC) and the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology (CCRCB) located at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Junior Academy programme is funded by the Widening Participation Unit whose main aim is to raise awareness of higher education and provide the opportunity for pupils to experience a University setting, through a range of activities.
Both girls enjoyed and experienced a snapshot of the following courses which are delivered at Queen’s; Biological Science, Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery whilst taking part in various workshops and lectures.
The highlight of the day was examining and observing the Giant African Millipede (largest known species), the Northern Spotted Owl, a Tarantula, a 6 ft Python and a friendly Gecko.
Poppy and Chelsea also extracted DNA from a variety of strawberries and created their own DNA double stranded structure from jelly babies and licorice laces.
All in all the girls had a most memorable day.
Posted on the: 15th April 2016