Enrichment Activities

Enrichment is a valuable and central part to the life of any Rainford Sixth Former. This range of internal enrichment activities aims to provide opportunities, no matter what your personal or career interests may be. By developing important employability skills, you will find yourself in a much better position to apply for those courses, apprenticeships or jobs in the future.

If nothing here appeals to you, why not think of an idea yourself and we will aim to support it. Alternatively, why not use the time to pursue external activities such as career related work experience or volunteering.

Enrichment is timetabled for periods 5 and 6 every Wednesday. Students are responsible for taking part in and documenting at least one hour of enrichment per week.

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Exciting opportunities available for 2017/18

Agent Academy

Work with this exciting Liverpool-based marketing company to develop marketing strategies for school and Sixth Form based projects.

Anti-bullying Ambassadors

Anti-bullying Ambassadors are a friendly and non-judgemental initial point of contact for lower school students who may feel that they are being bullied. Ambassadors run weekly drop in sessions and are fully trained in relevant support strategies, with the full support of the Pastoral staff. This is particularly worthwhile for students considering careers in social work, teaching or public services.

Creative Leaders (MD Productions)

Work with the nationally acclaimed MD Productions to bring creativity to the rest of the school through dance and music theatre workshops and events.

Digital Ambassadors

Are you interested in marketing or working with social media?  Are you a role model for the Sixth Form? Can you rise to the challenge of leading on this innovative project?

First Aid Skills

Run by the Army, this three hour certificated First Aid course is ideal for any students going into healthcare or the public or armed services.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving students the opportunity to be the very best they can be. The Gold Award develops your skills through the practical task of canoeing, taking you on residential trips to the Wye Valley and Sweden.

Lower School Subject Mentoring

Interested in teaching? Focussed on a career that requires you to work with people? Or perhaps you need some experience related to you chosen degree subject to add to your UCAS form? Why not support a lower school class in your preferred subject area?

Mandarin

In conjunction with Carmel college, we are offering students the opportunity to take part in the HSK Mandarin program.

HSK is China’s test of Mandarin Chinese ability for non-native speakers. The test is used by all Chinese universities to assess the enrolment of foreign students and also by Chinese companies looking for foreign workers.

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. This is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. You will embark on a volunteering challenge that spans several week and will take place outside of term time.

Rainford TV

Created in 2016, Rainford TV is our in-house TV station at Rainford Sixth Form. The programme allows students who have an interest in all aspects of media production, such as editing, camera work and lighting, to develop their valuable skills by producing professional online content that is uploaded to the Rainford TV YouTube Channel. Students who have an interest in arts and drama are also welcome to showcase their talents in front of the camera and equally meet people who have the same passion as they do.
 
Students have the opportunity to use equipment that is often used in professional TV studios, such as high definition camcorders, greenscreens, studio lights and a suite of Apple Macs equipped with audio, photo and video editing software.
Rainford TV is truly run for students, by students and the content produced for Rainford TV consists of anything from sports, game shows, sketches and much more. We are always open to new creative ideas!

Sixth Form Council

Could you represent the voice of your classmates? As a representative on the Sixth Form Council, you will be in a position to influence change that directly impacts the life of the Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Magazine

Whether you want to be a journalist, photographer, editor, illustrator or even be involved in marketing, the Sixth Form magazine could be for you. Working alongside one of Marvel’s most successful writers and illustrators, Tim Quinn, you will get the opportunity to interview a celebrity and produce a professional magazine.

Sixth Form Radio

Develop your communication and broadcasting skills in the ultimate ‘student voice’ activity. Choose the music and the discussion topics and broadcast your show every Friday around the school.

Sport

Take part in any sports related activity that interests you. Football, rugby and netball are currently offered, but whatever sport you’re interested in, we will do our best to run it.

Subject Ambassadors

As a Subject Ambassador, you would represent your chosen subject at whole school events, relevant lower school subject presentations and through social media. You will gather evidence of notable work or interesting lesson activities and share them via the Sixth Form’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as providing information for the website.

Talking Politics

This is a student led group who have an active interest in current affairs and political issues.

Through this group you will develop research and communication skills and you will also develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from controversial perspectives. These are skills highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

There will be opportunities to listen to visiting speakers, and the intention is to organise a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

Tomorrow’s Teachers

This exciting and invaluable programme, run by Edge Hill University, is a full day course and would take place during one of the Y12 Employability Days. It would give those of you interested in teaching a real experience of what a PGCE would be like, including workshops on lesson planning and behaviour management.

Travel Abroad

Though many subject areas run their own trips abroad, the Sixth Form runs its own opportunities for the whole student body. The Ghana Expedition runs annually, allowing students to experience life with an African host family and volunteer at a local school and orphanage.  We also visited China in February 2016, where excursions included visiting the Great Wall of China.

We are linked with Danish school Sportsefterskolen Sine and take part in a Danish exchange program where students spend time with a Danish family and experience life in a Danish boarding school.

Students will have the opportunity to visit India in February 2018 where excursions will include visiting the Taj Mahal.

Young enterprise

Running throughout one academic year, students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. Students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise.

Young Enterprise helps teachers embed practical business skills and the government’s statutory guidance on careers advice in the curriculum. A number of exam boards map Company against a range of their qualifications.

The Company Programme culminates in the UK Final which this year featured 14 teams battling it out to be crowned UK Company of the Year and to go on to the JA-YE European Final.

Why choose this programme?

  • Develop key employability skills: 95% of young people felt they have improved at least one key employability competency
  • 95% of centre leads would recommend the Young Enterprise Company Programme  to others (CP Impact Report)
  • Can be run flexibly in curriculum or as an after school activity
  • Supports a range of qualifications and University entrance
  • Greater self awareness to recognise personality types, strengths and weaknesses and what this means for personal development and for working as part of a team
  • First-hand experience of work and insight into a range of roles required to run a business
  • Insight into the career of local volunteer employees and the skills which are valued in the workplace
  • In-depth understanding of how companies are organised and structured, the different roles and career opportunities that exist and the skills needed to fulfill specific roles
  • Knowledge to explain how they have personally demonstrated specific employability skills using real experiences for inclusion in CVs and personal statements or when preparing for interviews

 


 

Key features

  • A dedicated website called YE Onlineto help students, centre leads and advisers manage their company and share advice and guidance
  • Comprehensive support materials and training
  • Public liability insurance and legal structure provided by Young Enterprise
  • Participate in trade fairs and sell to the public
  • Take part in local competitions with the opportunity to compete at regional and national level
  • Students take part in self assessment at the beginning and end of their Company experience
  • On completing the programme students can join the Young Enterprise UK wide Alumni network

 

Supports the school curriculum in the following areas:

  • Careers
  • Contributes to a students’ study programme
  • Provides a real life context to support business studies and applied business awards
  • Contributes to a stable careers programme. It provides inspiration and raises aspirations through encounters with employers and employees
  • Utilises Young Enterprise’s large established network of volunteers from a range of industries. YE volunteers are trained to work with young people and support the delivery of our programmes
  • Provides a real business opportunity in the form of a business start up to explore a range of career opportunities and / or by expanding the student and school / college’s network
  • Helps develop vital employability skills including: communication, confidence, financial capability, organisation, initiative, problem solving, resilience and teamwork

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