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St Michael's Middle School

Careers News and Visits

We are delighted to announce that we now officially have our own Careers Enterprise Advisor.  Following a highly engaging careers talk back in the Autumn term, Samantha Riley (director of Manta Makes) has agreed to take on this role at St Michael's.  Samantha will work closely with our careers lead to challenge and support us in reviewing our ever growing careers programme, and we hope to develop future projects that will enable some of our older pupils to learn more about her business and experience it in action.  We are hugely grateful to Samantha for taking on this voluntary role. It would be wonderful if you can join us in showing our appreciation by following Manta Makes on social media and sharing her fabulous company with friends and family.   Manta makes sells a wide range of wedding gifts, baby gifts, greetings cards and creative items for other special occasions.  

www.mantamakes.com

Our year 7 pupils took part in our first Careers Day in January which links with their ‘Skills and Aspirations’ unit of work in PSHE this term.
Pupils had the chance to learn more about their post 16 options including apprenticeships. They had a variety of sessions, including ICT research on jobs and careers speed talks from a variety of professionals.
Thank you to our guest speakers:
Mrs Louisa Hastings - Navy Officer
Mr Nick Thompson Brown - Firefighter
Mr Tim Sach - Chef
Mrs Lindsay Carrington - Ecologist ecological-services.co.uk
Miss Grace Keeping - Field Studies Tutor from Leeson House, Swanage leesonhouse.com
Mr James Hughes - IT Consultant

Our guests were extremely complimentary about our pupils engagement, their enthusiasm and the quality of the questions that they asked.

Photos from this visit can be seen here.

AUB - Creative Careers Talk 

Anna Garrett, the school outreach officer from The Arts  University Bournemouth, led an assembly with our Key Stage 3  pupils in November. 
She explored all the different courses they offer and the huge range of creative careers these can lead in to. Pupils were inspired to see examples of people that went to AUB who are now having success in different careers worldwide.

A group of year 7 Arts award pupils visited AUB in February and were given the opportunity to tour the facilities and pose questions to some of the students, the feedback from them was extremely positive as they are now aware of the opportunities that are on offer having been able to see it in reality.

Photos from this visit can be seen here.

HIGH FLYING COFFEE BUSINESS SHARES THE SECRET OF THEIR SUCCESS

Back in November some of our Year 8 pupils were visited by Kaye from the Jon Egging Trust, a charity set up in memory of the Red Arrows Pilot which offers inspirational outreach sessions to schools.

Kaye spoke to the pupils about how the Trust was founded and their mission to inspire and motivate young people to have high aspirations.  A small group of year 8 pupils are now commencing a series of sessions with Jon Egging Trust supporting their communication skills, teamwork, goal setting and will also engage in an aspirational visit to Bournemouth University.

Photos from this visit can be seen here.

We were delighted that Jim, from Jimmy’s Iced Coffee also came to talk about his business, based in Christchurch. He engaged pupils with his background story, how he came up with the idea for his company and how it has become the success it is now.  He had wonderful words of advice and inspiration for our pupils.