The snow on Tuesday 27th February did not stop a group of our Year 8 pupils from travelling to Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross, for a university taster day. Pupils enjoyed a fantastic day which was extremely informative and busted many myths about university life. The pupils met with four of Goldsmiths’ student ambassadors who shared their experiences about university including: information about student finance, the variety of courses on offer at university as well as managing a happy work-life balance. After lunch, the pupils took part in a creative workshop which saw them work in groups creating and designing their own festivals. They were then able to present their ideas to their peers in a 120 seater lecture theatre. For many of the pupils it was the first time publicly speaking in such a large venue, however this did not phase them. Marlyee, Goldsmiths’ Widening Participation Co-ordinator, commented on how our pupils spoke with such diligence and confidence in their presentations.
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“The university trip was very educational and showed us all the courses we could study in the future” Skye
“The trip to Goldsmiths helped me to decide if I would like to go to university or not!” Mia “The trip was important because we learnt more about university life. We also got to see how it would work in a normal day when students are there” Callum “I felt the trip to Goldsmiths University was amazing and made me consider going to university in the future” Molly
The pupils were engaged from the moment they stepped off the bus, and the journey home was full of exciting conversations about what the future may hold for the pupils and what they aspire to achieve - with many now considering university as a viable option for them!