Swindon schools take part in Honda life skills event
YOUNGSTERS from all over the town learned valuable life skills in a workshop at Isambard Community School this week.
The Honda School of Dreams, which has been running for six years, is a two-day workshop where 36 pupils and up to 12 educators are muddled up in a personal and professional development programme.
Developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts, the programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams, and teaches skills and strategies to help turn their ambitions into reality.
Emma Hetherington, the facilitator of the programme at Isambard School, said: “The idea is that the skills and techniques they learn during this workshop is then cascaded down to the rest of the school through peer-to-peer work and through presentations in assemblies.
“It’s a great team-building exercise as well. I’ve always said that if everybody was wearing the same uniform you couldn’t tell which school they had come from.”
Year 7 and Year 9 pupils from Isambard were joined by Year 6 pupils from Bridlewood Primary School and Oakhurst Community Primary School, and were muddled up into different groups to learn about team work, independent enquiry, and develop a presentation on a project about how to change something they hate.
Subjects which teams hated included bullying, discrimination, illegal drugs, smoking and Thamesdown Avenue.
Vitoria Schoeps, 13, and Katie Loach, 10, were part of a team working on a presentation about discrimination.
Vitoria, who attends Isambard School, said: “We worked on a presentation about discrimination. For example, if you show up to school and you haven’t got expensive shoes everybody makes fun of you and then you have to persuade your parents to buy you Vans. It shouldn’t be like that, that’s really wrong.”
Katie, who attends Oakhurst Primary, said: “We don’t think discrimination is right, that something like that should happen, so we want to stop it.”
So far, more than 37,000 people have been touched by the programme, either by taking part in a workshop or experiencing the ideas from people who have.
Kirsty Winnan, assistant head teacher at Isambard School, said: “We have got a huge amount out of it. The children integrated so well across the schools and the age group.
“The programme provides us with such fantastic resources that they leave with us when they go and that we can use.
“And I think it’s all the more important since Honda is local to us and some of the children’s parents work at Honda, so they have been able to learn a bit more about the company too.”
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