Bubbles and bangs at open evening

Prospective Year 6 students and parents were given a warm welcome at the Ark William Parker Academy open evening. The event was to allow visitors to experience the vast range of activities and opportunities the academy has to offer.

Groups went on tours around the academy as current students showed off their school with pride, answering questions and helping the younger visitors with activities.

The science department was buzzing with youngsters queueing to take part in experiments; they gasped when bubbles turned into huge flames; jumped at the loud bangs and pops that were created in test tubes; were intrigued with the biology dissections and inquisitively peered into the microscopes. The art and photography department was also busy as budding artists screen printed and setup photoshoots.  As always, food technology was crammed with students who were eager to decorate cakes and even more eager to eat their creations!

The business department ran a guess the logo challenge; there were various displays in English, Geography and RE and the library was open for visitors to browse the facilities.

They took part in various activities ranging from a ‘who’s who’ challenge in the history department and interactive games in maths, to basketball shootouts  and badminton within the exceptional sports facilities.

Guests were also given the opportunity to hear first-hand from students about their experiences at the academy during the Principal’s address in the main hall.

Principal Stephanie Newman said “We enjoyed welcoming prospective students and parents to our open evening. With the move from primary to secondary school drawing closer, this event gave our visitors a glimpse of life at Ark William Parker. We were keen for parents to have the opportunity to question staff and students to help them when making the important decision as to their son’s future education.”

If you missed the event and wish to visit the academy, please telephone 01424 439888 to arrange a tour where staff will be pleased to welcome you.

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