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21 Mar 2017

St Mary's World of Work Week

St Mary’s Primary School, Largs

St Mary’s Primary School has just completed its very successful World of Work Week which gave the children an insight into where their learning can take them.

A total of  nine speakers engaged and inspired the children from the Early Years class through to Primary 7 by sharing their passion for the job they do. Five of the guest speakers were former pupils. It was very interesting to hear where the learning that began at St Mary’s had taken them. All of the speakers said how impressed they were by the questions they were asked and how positive an experience this had been for them.

In addition to a week of guest speakers, St Mary’s has also established links with local businesses.  This allowed all Primary 7 children the opportunity of a work placement to experience what it is like to come face to face with a customer!

Their first guest speaker, from Scottish Rugby, kicked off the event in style. Mr Dominic McKay, Chief Operating Officer for Scottish Rugby, delighted the children with an interactive presentation about the varied job opportunities in the sporting world, from branding to stadium management to working with sponsors. Mr McKay, who lives in Largs and is a former pupil of St Mary’s, demonstrated the links to learning by explaining to the children how the skills they are developing right now in school will be put to good use in their future workplace.

St Mary's World of Work Week

St Mary’s was also honoured with a visit from Provost Clarkson. Provost Clarkson spent time talking to all the children from Early Years to P7 about his role as Councilor and then Provost for North Ayrshire Council. The children asked lots of questions and he gave them an insight into his working life and career path as well as finding out about the opportunities available to them to work for and support their local community.

Mrs Hume, Head Teacher, explained the importance the World of Work Week has in promoting positive destinations for our young people. “Throughout the year our staff ensure that pupils understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied to working life. We have been very lucky to have a wide range of guest speakers during our World of Work Week to broaden the children’s horizons as to the jobs they might be interested in doing when they leave education.”

The children were excited to share their favourite moments of the week. Anais said: “It was tons of fun, and I liked learning all about people’s work. I love World of Work Week.”

Primary 7 pupils on work placement

Sally and Archie said: “We liked Mr Teaz; we found it very interesting because he said that you can do anything if you put your mind to achieving it.”
Declan said: “It was very interesting to listen to Mr Connell telling us about his job as an investigator.”

The Primary 7 children were very enthusiastic about their work experience placements. Harrison said: “I really enjoyed going to Concentrix, meeting the staff and seeing what they do on a daily basis was very interesting.”

Alicia explained that her trip to Nardini’s was lots of fun. “We made pizza and scooped ice-cream onto our cone. I learnt that there is a lot of skill involved in making pizzas and producing ice-cream.”

Lauren was delighted to visit Nail Bar: “I found my work experience very informative because we were shown how to treat the nail before polishing it and that you need to be chatty and friendly towards your customers. We were delighted to be given a ‘goodie bag’ of products to take home with us.”

Class teacher Mrs Teaz, this year’s event organiser, explained that the World of Work Week theme has built on last year’s successful week which was about People who help us. “We decided that it would be interesting for the children to see where former pupils have gone in their careers and are grateful to our former pupils for giving up their time to talk to the children. We are also keen to promote digital technology as it is estimated that there will be shortfall of 55,000 jobs in this area in Scotland alone over the next five years. To this end, we have invited guest speakers to talk to the children about the latest developments in technology and provide an insight into the range of career opportunities in this field."