Learning for Life and Work at Newtownhamilton High School 
Modern day society presents us with many challenges and opportunities that can at times seem overwhelming. Learning for Life and Work (LLW) provides pupils with an understanding on thinking through these major decisions and their possible implications. 
 
As a general concept, Learning for Life and Work is involved in all meaningful experiences in education. As a specific subject area, it provides practical tools to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world. 
 
Key Stage 3 
At Key Stage 3, Learning for Life and Work is broken down into 4 main areas: 
Citizenship 
Education for Employability 
Personal Development 
Home Economics 
 
The Home Economics element is delivered by the Home Economics department during the 3 periods allocated to all Key stage 3 pupils. The remaining areas of Citizenship, Education for Employability and Personal Development are taught during the 2 timetabled LLW periods per week. 
 
GCSE Learning for Life and Work 
All Year 11 and 12 pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Learning for Life and Work modular course for 4 periods per week. Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge and understanding in 3 areas of study: 
 
Local & Global Citizenship 
diversity, social inclusion, rights and responsibilities 
the role of government and non-governmental organisations in protecting people’s rights 
democratic institutions and processes 
 
Personal Development 
how to maximise physical and mental health and well-being 
relationships and sexuality 
how to be a discerning consumer 
 
Education for Employability 
the impact of globalisation on employment 
recruitment and selection procedures 
self-employment 
the work environment 
the social responsibility of businesses 
 
Assessment 
This course is broken down into five units - two controlled assessment task/reports (worth 30% each) and three modular examinations (45 minutes long and worth 13.3% each) – one for each of the three areas of content. 
 
Activities/Events 
 
The School Council has now been set up and has had a very successful year – raising £500 and purchasing picnic tables for outside the canteen in the patio area. We would like to thank all our pupils, staff, parents and local community for their continued support. 
 
Year 11 ran a successful business in the year 2014-2015. They produced a CD with stories suitable for children of primary school age. Pupils developed their skills of time management, organisation and team work. A very worthwhile project. Well done to all involved! 
 
Many external agencies are used to support the delivery of Learning for Life and Work through organised activities and events. Examples include: 
 
Love for Life - Year 8, 11 & 12 
Breakthru Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Programme - Year 11 
Bullying Workshop - Year 8 
Equality Commission - Year 11 
Trip to Stormont - Year 10 
Young Enterprise: 
Your School Your Business - Year 8 
YE9 - Year 9 
Quick Start Business Programme - Year 9 
Learn to Earn - Year 10 
Project Business - Year 10 
Enterprise in Action - Year 11 
Success Skills - Year 11 
Personal Economics - Year 11 
Shared Education Signature Project 
 
Our shared education programme is continuing to be developed with our new Year 8 pupils and continued into Year 9. They will continue to work collaboratively with Newry High School, St Paul’s High School and St Joseph’s High School on LLW content. Year 8 pupils have enjoyed an induction day at Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre, and will be participating in four workshops throughout the year:- flags & symbols, identity, diversity, and racism delivered with the support of the Youth Service and the PSNI. 
 
This year our Year 9 pupils will be continuing their shared education programme with a focus on personal development. Again they will have four workshops covering:- who influences me – internal and external pressures, drugs and alcohol, online safety and cyber bullying and mental health. 
 
A successful week for Shared Education 
 
Year 8 
Our Year 8 pupils travelled to Newry High School on 7 March to develop their cultural awareness. Over the last week pupils carried out research on a number of different countries and when they came together in Newry High they worked in teams to create display boards highlighting interesting facts about the geography, size and culture of their country. Each team was then responsible for giving an oral presentation of their country to the rest of the groups. The Polish biscuits and treats were very welcome at break time and helped to illustrate the diversity in food. The day culminated in a challenging quiz based on all the countries. Well done to all the pupils for their hard work and participation. 
 
Year 9 
The focus for the Year 9 shared event was online safety. The PSNI and REIM Training Solutions came together in Newtownhamilton High School on 9 March to deliver workshops on very topical issues regarding staying safe online and who they can go to if they experience any problems or issues when online. The topics covered generic Internet Safety, grooming, the use of apps and the dangers of these, gaming and sexting. Pupils have certainly developed their knowledge and understanding of these areas and are more aware of the dangers of being online which will help to keep them safe in the future on their online activity. We want to express our thanks to both the PSNI, REIM training Solutions for their clear and sensitive portrayal of these issues and to all the staff who assisted with each of the workshops. 
 
Carlingford Adventure Centre 
Year 9 had a fantastic day at Carlingford Adventure Centre to conclude the year with our partner schools - St Paul's High School, Newry High School and St Joseph's High School. Pupils participated in crystal maze activities with 9 groups working in teams:- fostering new friendships, developing problem solving skills and building on their communication skills. A big thank you to all the staff in Carlingford Adventure Park who were so enthusiastic and motivating - encouraging their teams through each of the activities. Congratulations to the winning team! 
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