Students learn about lifeboats on college activity day

Students at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College spent a day learning about different aspects of life and how to help the community.

Year 7s from Louth travelled to the Mablethorpe campus to learn all about the RNLI and life-saving skills and tried their hand at various related activities.

Volunteers from the RNLI gave presentations on the everyday activities of the organisation and its fundraising. The lifeboat crew gave up their time to demonstrate the workings of a lifeboat to the students and allowed them to study a real lifeboat at close range.

Students had the opportunity to sit on the lifeboat and find out about its features. A series of activities such as knot tying were on hand for the students to enjoy.

The year 7s were also shown the importance of lifesaving and how to conduct CPR and first aid. At the end of the day PCSO Jo Drakes attended to organise a question and answer session.

The majority of Year 8 students experienced working life by working alongside their parent for the day and some were awarded certificates by their ‘employers’.

The Year 9s met at the Louth site and learned about growing up. They studied bodily changes, healthy eating and diet, the importance of exercise and the Zest Theatre Company performed a drama on this subject.

The Year 10 students from both towns, met up to work with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust under the supervision of Coastal Warden Rob Lidstone-Scott. Students were tasked with clearing overhanging foliage from along the fence line of a footpath at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes, as well as gathering in an electric fence. In the afternoon the volunteers moved up to Donna Nook, where they undertook a much needed litter picking of the area around Stonebridge car park. Other students took part in sporting and fitness activities at the local leisure centre, whilst others studied Health Science.

The Year 11 students travelled to the Louth campus to take part in mock interviews. Local employers gave up their time to interview the 15 and 16-year-olds and offer advice with interview techniques.

The sixth form students were treated to a fun day at the Escape activity dome at Castleford. They were allowed to ski, paintball or try a bit of retail therapy.

The activity day is a popular annual event.