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Monday, 4 September, marked the official start of the 2017/2018 term for students at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind). The first day’s induction enabled our new students to learn more about the support available, meet key members of staff and be assigned their tutor groups as well as taking part in some fun ice breaker activities.
RNC Principal Mark Fisher explains “It’s important for us to mix up groups so that they include the new first year students as well as our second and third year returners. It can be very daunting for any young person to come and live away from home for the first time but the ice breaker activities are a really great way for students to get to know each other straight away.”
The ice breakers included a mix of getting to know you games, team building activities and sports. The sports session was a mixture of cricket, rounders and football, RNC Sports Academy Coach Adam Bendall goes on to say “We created this game to make it accessible to everyone regardless of their level sight, physical ability or experience in sport. Some of the students here have never played sport before so being a part of a team and taking part was really important for them and they all joined in cheering on their team mates; it was such a great atmosphere.”
In previous years the induction activities have lasted up to three days but a student focus group found that the process was too long. Second year student Charlotte Milburn says “We were asked questions about what we thought about the induction and how we could make it better. I suggested making the induction shorter because it means you get onto timetable quicker and you can get stuck in with your lessons. It’s great to have my opinions listened to.”
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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC