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Network CB23 Year 5 Careers Convention 2018

Great Barn, Manor Farm, Bourn, June 2018



On a hot sunny day in June, 27 different local business welcomed the Year 5 pupils of the Network CB23 school to the Great Barn at Manor Farm in Bourn.  We were extremely fortunate to have the event supported by a truely diverse range of local businesses and further educational establishments. 

This year we made use of not just the stunning barn but also the outside space as Monach Farm from Hilton brought along some goats and ponies to meet the children.

With over 500 children across all 13 primary school it was necessary to split the event into 4 sessions.  Andrews Coaches of Cambridge did and amazing job coping with the complicated schedule of pick ups and drop off to all our schools.

Prior to the day, each school gave the pupils time to look through the booklet and complete exercise about their hobbies, favourtie school subjects and the type of job they thought they might like in the future.  The booklets also had brief descriptions of each of the exhibitors, this allowed the pupils to pick out who they definately wanted to speak too.  During the day there were questions for them to ask the the exhibitors and space for them to make their own notes.  Each group of schools spent an hour at the Great Barn exploring all the different stands and activities.

The pupils took part in activities including extracting DNA from strawberries, to testing the best materials to protect an egg from a fall (not bubble wrap!), building bridge from blocks, Mechanical Engineering brainstorm, scanning socks for radio markers to blindfold assault course, planning where to build a new housing estate and taking a quiz on building site safety.  The goats outside were very noisy and made sure everyone knew they were there!  This did however mean that the pupils got an insight into the wide range of jobs that involve working with animals. 

We owe a massive thank you to the volunteers from all the businesses, further education colleges and individuals who helped to make the day such a huge success, they all put a huge effort into their stands and activities ensureing it was a truely inspiring day for all our pupils.

We also need to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Manor Farm, especially Mark, who helped both before and during the event to ensure everything ran smoothly.  We are very excited we are going to be back there for the 2019 Careers Convention.

2018 Exhibitors

A14 integrated Delivery  -  Anglian Water  -  Anglian Ruskin University Optometry  -  Astra Zeneca Medimmune  -  Beacon Planning Ltd  -  Cambridgeshire County Council  -  Cambridge Regional College  -  Cambridgeshire Football Association  -  Citrix  -  University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences  -  Inspirations School of Performing Arts  -  University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy  -  Isomerase  -  Mechanical Engineer  -  Monach Farm  -  Mott Mcdonald  -  North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (Medical Physics) -  Peterhouse College, Cambridge  -  Sarah the Plumber  -  Springboard Pro  -  Gitte, professional Tailor  -  Willmott Dixon