The Travel and Tourism Year 12 students recently visited the Capital FM Arena and national Ice Centre as part of essential preparation for one piece of examined coursework. They experienced a behind the scenes tour by Sarah Cropley, one of the venue’s managers. This included visiting the main arena area and ice rink where they were fortunate to see the Nottingham Panther’s ice hockey team in training ahead of their evening game. The students also visited the control room and other areas usually out of bounds for visitors including the Star dressing rooms and they had a ‘birds eye view’ of the arena from the executive viewing boxes. Sarah provided a wealth of valuable information about the customer experience at the venue and the students made comprehensive notes. The whole experience has proved to be invaluable upon their return to school, where they are currently creating their customer service coursework, based upon this case study.
On Friday 13th March, Sutton Community Academy hosted the final part of this year’s Dragons’ Den-style project 6. Catering was provided by the Food Enterprise Team and Year 9 students filmed the event. Dragons’ Den is organised by a planning group led by Nottinghamshire County Council Community Safety Officer Leah Sareen and including representatives from Ashfield’s schools, the Police, Ashfield Community Safety Partnership and experts in the theme crime type.
Year 12 & 13 students from Sutton Community Academy, embarked on a weekend residential trip to Liverpool. This visit was organised by five A2 Travel and Tourism students as part of their A2 coursework. The students, Laura, James, Harry, Bradley and Daniel spent many weeks researching a range of possible destinations before choosing Liverpool and inviting other AS and A2 students to join them. They investigated transport, accommodation, attractions and costs. They then made the appropriate bookings, collected in payments and produced a detailed itinerary. The students and their teachers used return coach travel from school to Liverpool city centre and stayed in a centrally located hostel.
During the weekend the group visited numerous attractions, they experienced a Magical Mystery Tour and saw famous sites associated with the Beatles. They also spent time exploring the sights of The Cavern, the Beatles Story museum and the One shopping centre.
Overall, it was a highly successful and well organised trip. Huge congratulations to Daniel, James, Laura, Bradley, and Harry on arranging the trip and putting it into action. Well done!
This team work comprised part of the exam specification for the A2 “Working in Travel and Tourism” Unit of work. The 3 students who organised the visit to London were assessed by their staff on their abilities to work as a team, prepare, organise and lead the event.
Well done to all the students and staff who dressed in their posh clothes or red outfits to raise money for Red Nose Day 2015, we will announce a total raised next week. More photos can be found on the SCA Facebook page.
Poet and Performer, Dreadlock Alien visited Sutton Community Academy to speak to the school’s Year 8 students hosting an X-factor style Poetry Slam where the students created their own performance poetry and bought their act to the stage. Throughout the day the students worked with the poet to create topical and poignant and imaginative poems. In the afternoon a small group of gifted writers attended a master class on writing. Student Ruth said of the day: “Dreadlock Alien was awesome and so much fun, he really made me think about the words I use in poetry.”
The students performed to a panel of judges were judged for their originality, performance and speech; two lucky teams were chosen as the days best poets.
Sutton Community Academy are proud to announce that our students came second in the National Crimebeat Awards. They spent the day in London, travelling on an open-top bus sightseeing and had a trip on the London Eye before attending the awards ceremony where they were presented with medals, certificates and a cheque for £750, they were even photobombed by the Sheriff of London! Congratulations to all involved. More photos are available on the SCA Facebook page and more information can be found in the press release: Crimebeat press release