On Friday 11th September all the Sixth Form students visited York St. John University for a combined team building activity day as well as to generally find out and explore the world of University and the differences that entails when compared with life at Read. The day commenced with an introduction to the University and the Student Ambassador Leader told us all about the University. We were then expected to complete a business related activity. This was designed to make us consider the complexities of the business and it enabled all members of the Sixth Form to participate and contribute to the day. This after all was the chief purpose of the day. Many new entrants into the Sixth Form made notable contributions. We were divided into separate groups and we had to discuss international business and this was a really good activity because our new Sixth Formers (many from overseas) were able to relate to that topic and add to the discussion.
The second part of the day was doing a quiz on the campus tour, this enabled us to learn about life as student in more detail than the majority of us had done previously. Once again we were encouraged to work as a team to answer the questions on the quiz so the Upper Sixth members of the teams made sure everyone did their bit to complete the task. Therefore, after just three days of knowing each other, all of us knew the rest of the Sixth Form much better than we had done before. The day concluded with a tasting exercise designed to show us that branded products are not always the bee’s knees. This included sampling some revolting non-branded tomato ketchup and some equally disgusting stewed tea. All members of the Sixth Form participated and some of the new pupils were introduced to the oddities of the British diet! All in all it was an excellent day and well worth the visit. We all send our thanks to Miss Cross for organising the trip and all the staff at York St. John for arranging the day for us.