20/09/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academies’ (MC&MA) first ever enrichment day has been given the thumbs up by its students.
Both MC&MA Boys and Girls held various events on and off site, allowing pupils from all years the chance to enjoy activities such as walking, yoga and music entrepreneur workshop ‘The E Factor’.
Sara Marsden, from 8RMW, enjoyed watching films and singing. She said: “It’s been good because we get to do different things that you don’t get to do in lessons.”
Declan West who is in 11W made chicken curry in a cookery session. He said Enrichment has made him excited to come into school: “It’s just more fun.”
Groups from the boys’ site went to the National Media Museum in Bradford and the Printworks entertainment complex in Manchester city centre, while Manchester Museum hosted a group from MC&MA Girls.
Unique and beneficial
The day, which takes a new approach to learning, also includes intensive – but fun – revision sessions for year 10 and 11 students.
New pilot project i-discover, which involves local organisations including Manchester music venue Band On The Wall and independent cinema and arts centre Cornerhouse, will be added to both sites’ Enrichment roster this month.
Enrichment takes place on a Friday every two weeks and students will be rotated so they get the opportunity to enjoy the different experiences on offer.
Praising staff effort
Mr Graham, Enrichment Leader at MC&MA Girls, said the day was a resounding success for everyone involved: “So far, so good! I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved and I’m very proud of what we have achieved.”
Miss Alberti, who is the Enrichment Leader at MC&MA Boys, agreed. She said: “I think it’s fantastic that, two weeks into the new term, the whole school has experienced the enrichment.
“That’s down to the hard work of all our staff. They’ve worked really hard to arrange all the different activities, to plan them, to get all the forms in and to get all the risk assessments done.”
She added Enrichment will be assessed in order to see what can be altered and enhanced for the future.