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Army-inspired teambuilding kicks off new school year

Students at the UTC were put through their paces by the armed forces as they took part in a series of teambuilding challenges.

Students at the UTC were put through their paces by the armed forces as they took part in a series of teambuilding challenges.

Army in Education held the event at the school in Crescent Road on Thursday (September 10) as students came to the end of their first week.

Students worked in tutor groups to complete problem-solving and communications activities including crossing imaginary rivers, building towers and creating model cars.

Among the students taking part was 15-year-old Reece Bethel. He said: “To do these sorts of activities at the start of the year gets us back working together and improves teamwork. I chose to come to UTC Reading because I am interested in engineering, so it is also interesting to see how much engineering goes into what the army does.”

Classmate Princess Kamchacha, also 15, said: “I have been working with people I haven’t really spoken to before so it has helped to form new bonds. I have previously thought about joining the armed forces so this has helped to show me more of what that might involve. I am now seriously considering it. I would like to be a mechanical engineer and being at UTC Reading gives me opportunities that I just wouldn’t get at a normal school.”

The event was designed to help students get to know each other as well as develop skills such as leadership, team-building and communication.

Joanne Harper, principal of UTC Reading, said: “While UTC Reading provides a specialist curriculum it also provides enrichment activities that prepare young people for their future lives. This teambuilding event was a fantastic way to begin our new school year, enabling new and continuing students to get to know each other better and develop key employability skills.”

See more photos of the event on Facebook.

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