Take your child to work day – Friday 29th November 2019
On Friday 29th November many of our students participated in “Take your child to work day” when students accompanied and work shadowed a parent/sponsor throughout a normal working day. We feel it is really beneficial for students to experience the world of work, and gain an understanding of the importance of school by learning first-hand what skills are required in today’s workplace. It gave students the opportunity to explore career options in a practical way and gain a better understanding of just how many career choices are open to them. Also, by spending a day in the life of a working adult, they develop an appreciation of their parents’ work and motivations.
Below, students share their experiences from the day:
During the “Take your child to work day” I was working for my father in his own business, Cherry Heaven Ltd. This is mostly an on-line sales business that sells kilns; high powered ovens that harden, dry, and melt multiple products, such as clay, jewellery, glass, or even knives. As my father’s business is mostly online I had to compose invoices, shipping requests, and deal with transactions.
My day started at 9am, when kilns started arriving having come from Paragon; the supplier in America of most of the products. My dad and I had to lift multiple crates and kiln boxes into the storage area. Then we had to place a shipping request for each one, after checking each box to make sure they had the right things in them and if the kilns were the right colours. Once a shipping request was placed I printed labels for each kiln.
After the labels had been stuck on, that task was done, so then my dad taught me about essentials in a business such as; staff, building costs, product sales, how to connect with customers, crowd funding, loans, travelling from home to business, what might be the best items to sell in a business, web site making, registering a web site name, exchange rate of currencies, and VAT/Tariffs/Tax.
Overall, I believe that this day was very useful and gave me an opportunity to learn a lot more about my dad’s business and about most businesses worldwide as well. I am very grateful that I had this opportunity as I believe it really helped.
My name is Harvey and on inset day I did take your child to work day with my dad. I spent my day from 9am till 2pm at the Botany Bay Pub in Bere Regis. During this time I helped with jobs in the restaurant wiping and clearing tables and making sure it was all clean and tidy. I worked alongside Harry who made sure I did it all right I was so tired at the end of the day I couldn’t even eat my chips.
My Day Working With Mum
On Friday 29th November, I went back to my Primary School with my mum for take your child to work day.
First of all, I worked in the Reception class and the first thing I did was to help some of the children make Christmas Snowflake decorations by gluing the snowflakes together and helping them stick the buttons on (I even made one myself!) Then, some of them read to me and I had to mark how well they read. They were all very young.
After that, I went and helped teach the PE lesson with the Year 2’s in the hall. They were practising throwing and catching using upper arm technique.
Next I had lunch in the hall with my younger sister and friend Izzy. It was great to get to talk to my sister and her friends.
After lunch, I helped my mum to distribute some of the Christmas Cards that had been delivered. These were cards that the children had made.
In the afternoon, I helped to teach another PE lesson with the Year 6’s. (Who were very competitive!) I helped to referee some of their handball matches and helped them if they made a mistake.
Overall, it was very interesting to go back to my Primary School for a day and talk to some of my old teachers and to get an insight on my mum’s job.