I awoke to a text from my old English teacher the other day, asking if I would like to go back to school to assist with Focus Day. I thought about my answer for all of about five seconds, before promising to get in touch with her, as soon as I had asked for the morning off work.
As mentioned in my previous post, I have a new job. So I felt a little bit cheeky asking for time off but they were fine about it, on the condition that I made the time up.
I arrived to a reserved visitors parking space but I didn't take a photo to treasure the memory (boo). It's always nice to pop in (very) occasionally and say hi to the teachers that you actually liked and blank out the awful bits of school. Media and English were where I hung out, so I was happy to be hanging out there.
I thought Focus Day was fun, as a teenager but it's even better when you're a grown-up and those dreams of working and doing what you love have come true (well, some of them). I gave the group of lovely Year 10's a little back story about myself, as I was sitting exactly where they were six years ago.
Their task for the day was to do the coverage of Focus Day all around the school. So, we got our journalistic hats on and got to it. We covered the various bits and bobs going on around school, which included Road Safety, a theatre group and an Art activity about the effects of alcohol on the body.
The group were super enthusiastic, probably helped by having reporters' notebooks and Media passes. It was an excellent few hours that I got to spend with them, sniffing out stories of the day's activities and making them sound interesting. Hopefully, the magazine will be printed and distributed at the end of term. Great start for their portfolios.
|Ready to access all areas|
|All they needed now were the stories|
I saw some brilliant work today and hope that these young people are encouraged and inspired consistently enough to see them achieve their full potential. Soppy, I know but they were a fab bunch. Can't wait to get my copy of 'Eye On Focus Day'.
P.S. A post of my outfit on the day is on the way. Be sure to check back in.