Saltmine Theatre - ESCape
Award nominated and widely acclaimed, ESCape is an internet safety play that has been seen by thousands of children across nine UK boroughs. Actors from the Saltmine Theatre came to Windsor Park Middle School on Monday to advise years 5 and 6 students about internet safety. The internet is a huge source of information and means of communication. However, not all of the information or people online are trustworthy. Students at Windsor Park are taught to be SMART – S = Safe, M = Meet, A = Accept, R = Reliable and T = Tell. They are advised to be careful what they share online. Anything they post online or send in an e-mail, such as a photo or message, can be copied or shared by anyone who can see it.
The play is about a character Sarah Thompson who lives on the edge of an enchanted forest, which on her eleventh birthday she is allowed to enter for the first time on her own. She starts her adventure with the three rules that will keep her safe echoing in her ears, but there are wolves in the forest and when Sarah meets a stranger all is not as it seems. Will she remember the rules? Or will she leave the path and go her own way?
Miriam Ruth Sarin Buckeridge, Team Leader / Director for the Saltmine Trust commented, "The students of Windsor Park were very competent in regards to their knowledge of the internet and different websites. They followed reasoning on how to stay safe, well and with good clarity."
Using a combination of theatre, allegory and an interactive workshop this production teaches the rules of the internet in a fun and accessible way. Covering topics ranging from cyber bullying to the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet, this play is an innovative way to teach internet safety to Key Stage Two.
Also, at the event were representatives from the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board. Sally Hearney said, "Students asked lots of relevant questions and learnt from the play."
Visit to Perkins in Stafford
Ten year 8 students from Windsor Park Middle School won the "Perkins Engineering" team challenge prize.
Mr Mark Stones, Training and Apprentice Coordinator and STEM Ambassador for Perkins organised a day for students to see 'life as an Engineer'.
Students had a tour of the factory seeing manufacturing production, test sessions, data analysis and problem solving along with a STEM Engineer challenge.
Elliot Jones said, "I really enjoyed the day at the Perkins factory. An opportunity like this was once in a lifetime and a great experience."
Ben Careless, Tom Bennett, Emmaley Taylor, Abigail Walters, Katie Thacker, Harrison Bott, Elliott Jones, Nick Lamb, Heidi Woodward and Erin Bedford were treated to lunch and received gifts as a token of their day's experience.
Heidi Woodward commented, "Engineering is not just for males, it's for females as well. I really enjoyed looking around and realising how much thought and effort has to be put in to make the factory work and for the products to be made."
Perkins manufacture diesel and gas engines and is part of the Caterpillar group, which has a turnover of £52 billion. Their recent ventures have seen a plant built in India.
Mr Stones praised the students in saying, "All of the pupils were a credit to the school, polite, smart and also asking some very good questions relating to engineering and our Perkins products."
Link to Staffordshire STEM Centre.
Teen Tech UK (Staffs)
Ten year 8 students from Windsor Park Middle School were chosen for their gift and talent in computer science, DT and or science to take part in TeenTech Staffordshire – Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators, which was held at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
The day was divided into innovation, inspiration and challenge zones. A whole host of companies, education providers, designers, science specialists came together for TeenTech.
Students learned about new technology, used new apps and software, programmed robots, competed in team engineer challenges, electronics problem solving, sampled the use of SMART products and entered into competitions for designing new technology.
The day was outstanding, fun and our students were very impressed at what was on offer.
Companies such as Maplin, JCB, Perkins along with Universities, suppliers, engineers not forgetting game designers / apps designers and host of "Tomorrow's World" Maggie Philbin came along as project patron.
Tom Bennett won a £25.00 iTunes voucher for his new innovative design. Tom said "I am absolutely delighted to win. This event is a truly unique opportunity."
All ten students won the team challenge, for which they were given goodie bags and a trip to Perkins engineering in Stafford, with a luxury VIP lunch included.