A wide range of co-curricular activities is offered either at lunchtime or after school.
Last year, for the first time, Channing took part in the nationwide TeenTech Awards. We were delighted that, of the four teams that made it to the finals, one team – Project Safety – won their category, Project Safety and Security! The Year 10 students making up Project Safety were Sefia Merali, Hannah Schlenker and Katya Butler, who designed a mobile app that calculates a secure route for school children to get home safely.
TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. The initiative was piloted at Channing by Chemistry teacher Ms Raghad McFadden, who set up a weekly TeenTech Awards club, working with students in Years 9 to 10. As part of the programme, Ms McFadden organised talks by female scientists, forming collaborations with mentors: Alexey Kryazhev a software consultant; Ian Wilson, a senior lecturer at Coventry University; and Robert Cazaciuc; a data analyst from Accenture. Ms McFadden also set up a student-teacher collaboration, so that teachers specialising in particular fields could advise the teams on their projects.
A peer-mentoring scheme was also set up between Sixth Form students and the TeenTech students, using a TeenTech Google classroom to promote ICT and science, technology and engineering. Inspired by the girls’ enthusiasm, Ms McFadden also formed an international collaboration with Jumeirah College, a British school in Dubai. This was particularly interesting and exciting for the girls to communicate with students the same age as them in another country.
The TeenTech teams gave a talk to Channing’s primary school students about their projects and then led a brainstorming session of how the younger students could make life better, simpler or funner. The primary school children worked further on their ideas and submitted their completed work and received feedback from the TeenTech teams.
Reflecting on Team Project’s success, Ms McFadden said: ‘All the girls who took part in the TeenTech Award were inspired into narrowing the gap between girls and boys in STEM. I could see their confidence grow; those teams who made it to the finals gave wonderful presentations to executives and celebrities from the STEM world. Even those girls who did not make win in their categories came out smiling. They all got so much out of it.’ As well as winning the Project Safety and Security accolade, Channing will also receive £1000 and the girls will be collecting their awards in the autumn from Buckingham Palace.
Skipping Out is a pupil-led magazine; it aims to give all students in the Senior School a voice and freedom to express their opinions, passions and interests.
D of E
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a very popular activity at Channing. Once you’ve experienced the thrill of completing the Bronze Award in Year 9 (which may be prove to be amongst the most challenging experiences you’ve ever had), you could well find yourself one the many girls who take part in the Silver and Gold Awards.
The Award is made up of four elements
- Community Service
- Physical Recreation
The Bronze Award is offered in Year 9, Silver in Year 10 and Gold in the Sixth Form. Bronze expeditions take place in the New Forest and the Chilterns, Silver in the North and South Downs and Gold in Brecon, Exmoor, Galloway or Yorkshire.