With week 2 drawing to a close, ORA students at Jowett Walk performed in a Talent Show, Table Tennis Tournament, a series of Masterclasses, a poker game and a friendship bracelet activity.
Jowett’s Got Talent
With each Session comes the anticipated and renowned ORA’s Got Talent across all of our campuses. This week, ORA students at Jowett Walk impressed and amazed the audience with their wide variety of hidden skills and talents.
The ORA Fashion Show, created by a mixed group of pupils, was extremely enjoyable as students created clothing from paper, bags and other materials before performing their best catwalk in front of the crowd. With vibrantly colourful hats, recycled bags and paper garments, the group amazed their peers with their creativity and imagination.
Other students decided to impress with amazing singing and dancing recitals, whilst one even showed-off mathematical skills as they recited decimals of Pi! The talents were varied and impressive, keeping the evening exciting throughout.
But, alas, there can only be one winner. And with exceptional rapping skills, the winner was Mustafa. His rap was performed with precision, enthusiasm and confidence and impressed the crowd so much that they crowned him their Talent Show champion. Congratulations Mustafa!
Table Tennis Tournament
In their free time, pupils participated in an exciting table tennis tournament. With a whiteboard keeping track of the victories and losses, everyone whipped out their paddles with determination as they battled for ping pong glory.
The matches were exhilarating and fast as the championship went on, with those not playing creating a tense atmosphere with their excited spectating. As pupils got knocked out of the tournament and the final loomed, it was down to our final two pros to fight for first place.
The final was long, tense and thrilling. It was close right up until the last minute when Stefan ultimately beat his opponent and won table tennis pride, much to the approval of the roaring crowd. It was a wonderful afternoon full of friendly rivalry and support, giving everyone the chance to laugh and chat as a group.
Friendship Bracelet Making
Session 4 at Jowett Walk has seen friendships form that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. To commemorate these bonds, Christy and Viktoria hosted a friendship bracelet activity, where students had the chance to use gorgeous coloured yarns and string to create pretty mementoes.
The concentration during the activity was impressive as colours were carefully chosen to weave together. A demonstration by our counsellors showed students how to keep the various strands aligned and how to produce striking patterns.
Some chose their favourite bright colours to combine, whilst others picked strands relating to the flag colours of their new friends. The creativity in the group was inspiring and the finished bracelets were beautiful souvenirs of the strong friendships that have been forged at ORA.
Learning Poker wouldn’t be complete without a little gambling – using Monopoly money! With their colourful notes providing incentive and a purpose to the game, students gathered to see who would emerge the Poker champion, covered in Monopoly money.
Some had never played the card game before, so a small lesson was given beforehand to ensure everyone could get the hang of how to play. Once everybody was caught up, the games began and it was wonderful to see everyone playing with skill and excitement, racking up the notes as they went.
Soap Science and Chaos Coding Masterclasses
ORA students studying at Jowett Walk got stuck in with their Soap Science Masterclass during week 2. With their wooden spoons at the ready, pupils grabbed their favourite moulds to create soapy masterpieces.
Some went for a nautical theme with fish and stars, whilst others picked geometric shapes like squares and hexagons. The colours ranged from pinks and purples to yellows and oranges, creating beautiful assortments of fragrant soap. As pupils waited for their soaps to set, they began drawing labels describing their marvellous and delicious-smelling soaps, which they later tied to their products with colourful ribbons. Everyone left the workshop feeling fresh and fragrant with their packaged creations, proud of their soapy masterpieces.
A Chaotic Coding Masterclass gave other students the chance to grab their laptops and learn all about different types of code and how to write them. Some pupils already had an impressive knowledge of some coding languages but were keen to learn more. With complex algorithms and lines of code, the class was challenging but interesting and students left with a more complete knowledge of how coding works.
Tonight sees students graduate after their two-week stay with ORA. We can’t wait to see all the pictures that come through of the evening so check back soon to see them.