Students’ fun day goes with a real bang!

Scalby School  immersion day. Year 7 biscuit bakers. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114622a

Scalby School immersion day. Year 7 biscuit bakers. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114622a

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STUDENTS from a Scarborough school immersed themselves in a raft of new experiences during a fun learning day.

The pupils from Scalby School enjoyed an Immersion Day where their normal timetable was suspended in favour of tackling different tasks to broaden their horizons.

Scalby School  immersion day. Year 7 scientists making soap, Ellie Williams, left, Lizzie Goodison, Alex Rowley, and Jack Parke. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114622b   15/11/11

Scalby School immersion day. Year 7 scientists making soap, Ellie Williams, left, Lizzie Goodison, Alex Rowley, and Jack Parke. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114622b 15/11/11

During the event, Year Seven students created Christmas crafts and foods to sell to their friends and families to raise money for Scarborough’s Rainbow Centre, with Year Eight pupils visiting Leeds Royal Armouries to take part in a Maths Trail.

The day also saw Year Nine students take part in BOOM!, a carousel of science experiments which included a water pump, rockets, soap making, and an iodine clock and their Year Ten counterparts worked with Bright Futures Enterprise Experience to design and build a model roller coaster in teams.

At the end of the day the teams competed with each other by rolling a marble down their roller coasters.

The day proved a huge hit with students, with Simon McFaul saying: “We did science experiments all day like making slime, heating liver to make a liquid go foamy and firing rockets. 

Scalby School  immersion day. Life is a roller coaster...for Lea Koehne-Volland, left, Abbi Vasey, Cameron Simpson, back, George Oseland, left, and Andrew Hume, who were in a competition to build the best roller coaster. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114622e   15/11/11

Scalby School immersion day. Life is a roller coaster...for Lea Koehne-Volland, left, Abbi Vasey, Cameron Simpson, back, George Oseland, left, and Andrew Hume, who were in a competition to build the best roller coaster. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114622e 15/11/11

“I learned a lot because I was really enjoying myself and it was different to any other day at school.”

Year Ten pupil Kyron Saltmer added: “We took part in loads of challenges to do with business and identify entrepreneurs from a mystery list to do with Dragon’s Den.

“I learned a lot I could use if I start my own company.”

The day was organised and co-ordinated by Sharon Mallison, the school’s Head of Life, and Jon Morgan, its Head of Performance, who said: “The aim of the day was to show students that there are lots of ways to learn and they don’t have to sit in a normal classroom environment to do it. 

“Learning can also be fun and we are trying to create some special experiences for the students they will remember for a long time.”