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BackYear 13 Induction Day

Head of Sixth Form at Laurelhill, Mrs Stewart, welcomed the new Sixth Form class of 2017-2019 to the college. September is an interesting month for Lower Sixth: they are undertaking new courses; being put into new Registration groups and mixing with students new to their peer group or new to the college. To break the ice, Mrs Stewart and the sixth form tutor team held their annual induction day. The day is jam-packed with activities to assist students with the transition from GCSE to A-Level study, but also to allow students the chance to get to know one another before their first week at school.

This year's induction was a new programme of activities with Year 13 first undertaking a morning of Urban Orienteering. Students, in small groups, participated in a series of orienteering activities within the local area learning vital skills such as self-motivation, time management and working purposefully as part of a team. After a busy morning the students had worked up quite an appetite and enjoyed lunch provided by Dominoes. Refuelled and now ready for the afternoon session, students had their choice of activity: sport, cookery or professional make up application.

Head of Sixth Form Mrs Stewart was delighted with the success of the day, "I hope the new year 13s value this day as much as I do. It is an excellent way to reward their hard work and ease them in gently to new peer groups and a new school in some cases. It was very much all about the taking part and we have a very positive impression of the new sixth form cohort.

The Urban Orienteering was a success, partly down to the weather and partly down to the calm, relaxed attitude by staff and students alike. Thanks to Anna McConnell who delivered a fantastic demonstration on makeup; to Mrs Gray for running a cookery workshop and Mr Hillis who organised various sporting activities.

A super day to ease themselves in gradually"