Saturday, 13 July 2013

Year 12 induction week a drawn out failure.

This week the former Year 11s, complete with remaining hangover from the 11/10 rated Afterparty, were enforced to attend a week of getting used to being a sixth former. However, due to the fact that they had had Study leave, the only difference was the fact that they had no uniform, and that they now had to go up 4 flights of stairs to access their right of a child number 69 - access to an overpriced "chicken" panini, whereas previously they only had to brave the treacherous Pyramid stairs.

In addition to this, there was a team building day on Tuesday, however the point of the day was lost when students were able to split into 2 groups out of their form, meaning friends stuck together, and so the teams that were built already existed. If anything, it was more of a team refurbishment day, rendering the day useless regarding its original goals. Although it must be said that the day was thoroughly enjoyable, and credit must go to the company the school brought in at a presumably ridiculous price for a couple of cones and some bits of pipe.

The only useful day of the week was Wednesday, where hour-long taster sessions of each chosen subject took place. However, considering that many other sixth forms, for example, Woodhouse (who are poaching many of Hampstead's better students), had the same events taking place over a day, the school have wasted a lot of time and resources. Also, many students who attended the week may not even come to Hampstead, be it that they're accepted into somewhere better for them, or that they don't achieve the grades to be accepted. So these students have come in for a week, when they may not even come to this sixth form, meaning it's a waste of revision/video game time for the students, and a waste of valuable time spent sitting in the Staffroom gossiping about who did what with who for the teachers.

DISCLAIMER: This Hampstead Trash article has been written to critique the actions of the governing bodies of the school. This is so student readers can hear both sides of the argument, and formulate their own opinions on matters pertaining to their education.