Friskney Primary opens children’s eyes to future careers

Helicopter pilot, TV weather reporter, microbiologist and local Mayor were just some of the wide-ranging professions covered in a recent ‘Careers and Aspirations’ week at Friskney All Saints C of E Primary School. The event reflects the school’s vision to open children’s eyes to future possibilities and welcomed a number of interesting visitors into school to talk about their chosen careers. 

One of the highlights of the week was a visit by Cllr Anne Dorrian, the Mayor of Boston, together with the Mace bearer, who shared information about the role of Mayor and allowed pupils to try on the ceremonial robes and chains. The children also got an insight into the work of a joinery specialist when Matthew Elkington came into school and made a bird box for each class, demonstrating the various tools and skills involved. Needless to say, the children were delighted when Matthew kindly donated the boxes to the school.

Hoping to inspire any budding farmers, GCS Machinery responded to the call to send a tractor to the school. Tractor-driver Tim was happy to answer some great questions from the children, such as how much the tractor cost and how it can get through mud and to give them an opportunity to climb into the cab.

Pupils were equally enthralled by a presentation given by representatives from Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, home to an amazing collection of animals from tigers to tortoises. The last day of the week-long event featured a virtual visit from two microbiologists who talked live with the help of SmartSTEMs, a science careers charity which aims to inspire future thinkers and creators. The children were fascinated to learn about some of their innovations, including a mouthwash for humans and dog chews designed to destroy bacteria which cause plaque on teeth, plus the development of bacteria to make cheese.

Summing up a highly successful week, Head of School, Tina Wood, explained that the ‘Career and Aspirations’ event is an important way for the school to explore new horizons and possible future careers with the children and inspire them to aim high and achieve their full potential.