On Tuesday 12th March, 23 students from Year 10 visited Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln to participate in the First Steps to Study programme. On a rather windy & rainy day, we were glad to find shelter in a warm lecture theatre upon our arrival at BGU. The focus for the day was to learn more about university life and to explore the university campus, spirits remained high despite the rain and the debate on whether social media was friend or foe certainly got everyone involved. "I loved the trip, being able to experience university life first-hand really allowed me to learn and understand everything university has to offer", Samuel Reece.
Dr Tim Shephard and ex-QEGS student Sarah Leffler came to QEGS to lead a music workshop with the GCSE and A level students. In addition to providing information about university life and the breadth of music-related degrees available, students developed their knowledge of musicology through various activities. Students had the opportunity to study medieval music notation (quite different to what we see now) and as a whole group, performed an improvisatory counterpoint in the style of J.S. Bach. The session supported both the GCSE and A level syllabuses nicely but also provided students with opportunity to learn beyond this, developing their analysis and reasoning skills. A great couple of hours!
As part of our activities in recognition of National Careers Week, on Tuesday 5th March we were delighted to welcome 30 local organisations into school for our annual careers fair. Year 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from a wide range of companies, they were encouraged to find out about the possible career opportunities in the sectors represented and to ask questions about the career pathways required to be successful in each particular role. The students also benefited from a presentation about Apprenticeships and enjoyed the highly competitive “careers fair bingo”! One student in Year 11 said, “the QEGS Careers fair offered a great insight into many great businesses and further education options to help with future decisions”