Over 600 prospective students and their parents braved driving rain to attend Richard Lander School's Open Evening last Thursday. They were taken on a tour of the school by student leaders and invited to take part in a huge range of exciting activities along the way.
Many began their tour visiting the PE department, where they could try health related fitness equipment, or watch dance, gymnastics and trampolining displays or enjoy a game of netball, basketball, badminton, uni-hockey or table tennis.
The English department provided a wide range of activities with group tasks and random objects providing inspiration for creative writing, a ‘Mallet’s Mallet’ word association game, a therapeutic blackout poetry task, the opportunity to dress in Shakespearean costume and deliver your own authentic insult, and a Sherlock Holmes inspired mystery to solve.
Downstairs in RE and PD, students contributed positive messages to the ‘hopes for the world’ tree and tried to walk in a straight line whilst wearing ‘beer goggles.’
Richard Lander Racing are preparing for the Greenpower International Finals on the 17th October at Silverstone and demonstrated their preparations and last minute modifications, whilst practicing for the all-important pit-stop driver changes.
Business and Young Enterprise students invited primary students to take the ‘logo and slogan’ challenge, whilst Computing subject leaders demonstrated the BBC Microbit, Python, Scratch, Makey Makey and Construct 2 through an arcade of student created games. Next door, the Human Resource Machine, which mimics the assembly language used by computers, started with easy challenges which rapidly progressed to the fiendishly difficult!
Our excellent Design Technology equipment was in full use with the laser cutter cutting dolphin fridge magnets and student demonstrating the 3D printer, centre lathes and turret mills. Y6 students wanting to make something themselves made wooden photo stands or used circuits to make light up cards displaying RLS values. DT Textiles offered the opportunity to use the image transfer press to create a leaf inspired bookmark, embroider your initial using CAD or try one of our sewing machines.
Modern Foreign Languages fed our guests in a French & Spanish inspired café where all menu items were free as long as you could order them in the appropriate language! Further down the corridor, students were invited to take part in a cheese tasting challenge whilst watching films of the Barcelona trip or the Paris trip.
Whatever your musical taste there was something for you, with practise rooms full of students rehearsing in rock bands or playing their solo instruments and school ensembles performing in the classrooms. There were also opportunities to join a drumming circle or try out sound recording.
KS3 drama students had a fun-filled evening of improvisation games, chair duets and developing ‘Internet Safety Tour’ pieces, whilst KS4 worked on their set text of Blood Brothers. RLS Dance students worked on technique and choreography which culminated in a performance at 7:40pm. Upstairs, the Art workshops were full of students creating a collaborative drawing or drawing weird and wonderful characters, whilst DT Food offered the opportunity to investigate a culinary crime scene, guess exotic fruits or sit and enjoy a Lander cream tea.
The Mathemagic department challenged with a huge array of treasure hunts, gameshows, origami, Numlit puzzles and brain teasers.
Science classrooms proved popular as ever with the prospect of igniting hand held methane bubbles, meeting Henry the snake, wiring a fruit clock or experimenting with helium balloons while students who visited the History department were greeted by the 6 wives of King Henry 8th, a WW2 Woman’s Land Army representative and a medieval monk!
In the Geography department a map of the world provided a ’Twister’ inspired game and RLS subject leaders talked about the important work of Shelterbox.
As the evening drew to a close, our visitors enjoyed speeches from Headteacher, Mr Mulcahy, Head Girl, Ruby Drake and Year 8 student, Otis Murden who all shared their experiences of life at Richard Lander School.
None of this would have been possible without the 400 students who gave up their evening to be such excellent ambassadors for our school. The staff team are very grateful for all your hard work and enthusiasm!