This week we held our first “Careers Week” at Heathcote, to coincide with National Careers Week 2023 (6-11 March)
We had several visitors during the week – 17 in total. These included a female spacecraft engineer at NASA, an engineer on Formula 1 cars, an army major, a university lecturer, an air ambulance consultant, a lawyer, and many more. We felt so fortunate to have so many volunteers take time out of their busy working schedules and talk to a roomful of little ones.
For example, Sian Cleaver (pictured) is a spacecraft engineer at Airbus who worked on the recent NASA Artemis space mission that recently travelled to the moon. She is working on her next project that will take humans to the moon – which will include the first woman to land on the moon! Sian showed Heathcote pupils a presentation about her walk and answered our numerous questions about all things space related – from astronauts to aliens and everything in between!
We started the week with an introductory assembly for Years 1 to 6, and for EYFS and KS1 pupils we had a visiting company that set up a whole ‘little city’ with various career bases from paleontology to medical to hairdressing to space stations. The children absolutely loved it! An ideal introduction to the world of work for the younger pupils. The older children engaged superbly with the assembly, which discussed their various career paths and opportunities.
We wanted to ensure that many diverse roles were represented across the week and felt it was also important to have a balance of male and female visitors. The goal was to enable our pupils to view this as an exciting insight into their potential future options rather than us enforcing any idea of what they must become. Through our network of parent volunteers, we were able to showcase many powerful women and men across the workforce, and a broad spectrum of different types of work, which was wonderful. We are so grateful to them all for volunteering their time.
For our final day of the week, we held a whole school enrichment day for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subject specific investigations and experiments.
We also invited parents to visit the school for our science fair to see the projects that our pupils had been working on during the term. What a fantastic week! Well done Heathcote!