On Monday 8 June, Mrs Smith took a group of five Year 9 students to the University of Manchester as part of a Future Scholar Awards initiative.
This was an exciting opportunity for our students to experience a Russell Group University and to participate in a series of workshops, which were led by current PhD students from the University of Manchester. Year 9 Hillview student, Stephanie Silk, said “The staff and students were knowledgeable, approachable and helpful”.
The first workshop, ‘A Flow through the Cardiovascular System’ gave the girls a thorough insight into the heart and blood vessels. Students made a model of the system using a plastic cup for the heart and then added the various elements of the system: red and white blood cells, platelets and blood vessels. They learned lots of specialist vocabulary – for example ‘cardiomyocytes’, which are the specialist muscle cells that make up the heart.
In the second workshop, ‘History and the Olympics’, students looked at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympics and considered how this represented English history and English-ness. What was particularly interesting was using such a recent text as a historical source. “The History workshop was interesting as I hadn’t thought of looking at the opening ceremony of the Olympics as a historical source”, said Sujayani Aluthge, Year 9 Hillview student.
Hillview girls enjoyed meeting other students from different parts of the country – although we had travelled the furthest! Mrs Smith commented that it was a very useful day and that our students “asked sensible and thoughtful questions, and reflected positively on the experience”.