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National Careers Week 2024

5th March 2024

We have begun celebrating our National Careers week with a visit from the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium which give our Year 8 Students an insight into the world of space.

We saw some really cool shapes and spaces within the dome which was placed inside the gym. This was an immersive experience and one that will shape the way our students look at the world around them.

We then had our Year 10 options event which allowed our current Year 10 to pick their GCSE subjects - this was tied in with our Year 10 Parent Teacher meeting so it was a good chance for Parents to get involved!

We had our Year 11 SA Science Students attend a tour of Encirc 360 and they where shown around the glass plant and the machinery used - our Students enjoyed this educational experience as part of Careers week!

Our Year 13 and 14 were treated to a talk from Mark Edwards owner of the Taste of Enniskillen Experience - they found out how he started the business and built it up to what it is today and how he has included all the local businesses in the town boosting the economic value of this island!

Our Year 11's were asked to join with Sentinus for a Cyber Security Workshop which taught them some elements of coding and they had to figure out mistakes in the coding in order to send their message through the program - they all took part and enjoyed the experience.

We were delighted to have Neven Maguire join us for an talk regarding his experience and how he got to where he is today - Year 9 enjoyed hearing how his family business in Blacklion was his starting point and how he progressed as a chef and now employs up to sixty staff - Neven also had a huge fan in the audience Cayden who speaks about him regularly while in home economics so naturally he was over the moon when Neven gifted him a signed cookbook!

Our Year 12 prepped for their interview skills day with an information session by Balcas who came in to talk them through the process of a good interview and what to say and do to secure a job - the Year 12 dressed to impress as they get ready for their mock interviews in the afternoon with potential employers.

We joined Saint Ronan's Primary to show the P7 a lesson in Science - Helen and the team of Year 13's demonstrated and showed them how to take part in experiments to learn the Science behind the lesson!

The student’s learned about adding Iodine to food to find the starch value and also added fizzy water to raisins to see the reaction! Well done to all who took part we hope you enjoyed it.

Our Employers interview day took place with over 25 employers in attendance to offer our students mock interviews - this was a fantastic opportunity for students to enforce what they have learned when preparing for an interview - we want to thank the employers who attended and thank them for taking the time out to do this for our students!

We had a visit from Pat in Sentinus for Year 10 where they programmed robots with coding to make them move on a race track - the students worked in pairs to win and the team with the most accurate position was the winners!

This was a fun afternoon for our students targeting those interested in working in the industry!

Mrs Cush arranged a past pupil networking event allowing our students to speak to those who have gone before them in career paths and getting much needed advice - we thank all the past pupils who came in and shared their experiences during a very enjoyable afternoon.

We had Bernadette "Bernie" Collins join us this morning, Bernie is a Formula One strategy analyst for Sky Sports and F1TV and former F1 strategy engineer for the Aston Martin F1 team from Northern Ireland. She began her career as a trainee with McLaren after graduating from Queen's University Belfast in 2009.

Three years later, Collins became a performance engineer and became its leader in that role full-time in 2014, working with 2009 World Champion Jenson Button. She joined Force India in 2015 and helped the team finish 4th in the following year's Constructors' Championship.

She spoke to our students about her experience, thanks for a fantastic talk and providing our students with brilliant opportunities!

We had a fantastic week during National Careers week 2024 - Special thanks to everyone who attended over the past week and offered their advice we also must thank Mrs Cush who organized the entire event for our Students, Margaret and Angela for carrying the tea and coffee to all our guests and Olivia for greeting them all!


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