A successful taster session has been held at Orkney College to help school pupils learn more about some of the subjects they can study at the College as part of their school timetable.
On Thursday 23 January, over 200 S3 pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy attended a Taster Session at Orkney College. The event was timed to support the subject choice period, when these pupils will be choosing which subjects to study in S4.
Under the Orkney Offer, Senior Phase (S4-6) pupils are able to choose subjects to study at Orkney College as part of their school timetable. These include National 5 and Higher subjects as well as Skills for Work Courses and work-based learning through Foundation Apprenticeships.
This event gave pupils a chance to speak to staff from different College departments about the subjects available, ask questions and learn more about where they could take them after school.
There was also a chance for them to learn about the Further and Higher Education opportunities available at Orkney College UHI.
Thirteen different departments attended the event and provided some hands-on activities and competitions for the pupils to try out.
Come of the activities on offer included Hairdressing giving pupils a chance to practice their styling skills; Computing challenging them to ethically hack a computer by identifying the right password, and a typing competition run by the Business Studies Department to find the fastest (and most accurate) typist in each group who visited the event.
Agriculture also ran a popular ‘Guess the Weight of the Neep’ competition while the Hospitality Department kept everyone happy with freshly made pancakes.
There was a great buzz in the College during the event and all the pupils took the chance to speak to staff, try out activities and learn more about their options at Orkney College UHI.
A huge thank you to all of the Orkney College staff for taking part in the event and the schools for coming along.