STUDENTS returned to Bishop Heber High School in Malpas after the summer holiday to take part in a day of personal development activities.
Year 7 pupils were keen to meet new students in their tutor groups and attended a welcome assembly by headteacher David Curry and their head of year Louise Robinson.
The day involved several induction tasks to introduce them to the school and increase their awareness of the school buildings, grounds and facilities. Team-building activities were organised with their form tutors and Year 11 mentors.
Sixteen Army and RAF personnel led Year 10 students into an action- packed day of problem-solving activities.
Students rotated between nine activities and were encouraged to solve problems using leadership, decision-making and communication skills. A speed, agility and quickness exercise was included to demonstrate to students the importance of these skills in the Forces.
Year 8 and Year 9 students completed a combination of sporting activities and study skills to prepare them for their new school year.
Year 11 focused on study skills and a presentation by Debt Cred covering the importance of personal finance and understanding different types of financial services available to students.
Students entering Heber Sixth Form in Year 12 attended a two-day study skills course at Bangor University to prepare them for their AS and A2 courses.
The programme included preparation for higher education and an opportunity to see a university working environment, along with a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, cliff traverse, climbing and mountaineering.
Heads of year were encouraged by the students’ positive response to activities organised and look forward to students settling into their new year groups and achieving targets set.
Overall, the programme of events proved successful and allowed students to work together in groups after the summer break and begin to consider the year ahead.
Emma Robinson, a student at Bishop Heber High School, was selected to represent Wales at hockey in a national tournament during the summer.
Although Wales lost all their matches, the games were closely fought.
Emma said: ‘It has been a wonderful opportunity and I have made many new friends.’