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Sophie’s Work Experience – Working Girl

I had hoped to get away with it, to have a few days away from school and from work. But no, as I walked into the office this morning I was presented with my desk, my computer and a set of tasks. The first challenge was that the computer has a Korean operating system and I was told all I needed to do was click, click, click, click and click. By the third click I was error messaging in Korean!!

My task was to create some banner images for a travel site that the company Afterabc is putting together, all sounded remarkably straightforward, and I suppose after the first 75 mistakes I found my way and produced my first piece of work for an overseas company.
In years to come, hopefully many years to come, I will be reminiscing with my children and grand children – I remember the time when I had to work in Korea, unpaid, on a Korean computer, but wow, back to reality more photographs to resize and upload.

Sophie’s Work Experience – A visit to F1

I have a confession to make I am not an F1 fan. The idea of spending a weekend watching cars drive round in a circle is not really my idea of fun. However, the company my dad works with has a contract with F1 Korea, hence we were invited for the weekend to the Yeongam circuit to watch the second Korean Grand Prix.
Yeongam is it seems thousands of miles away from Seoul. We were confidently told the journey would take 4 hours by coach, it seemed more like 20. Nevertheless, even for a somewhat bored teenager it was comical to watch a bunch of middle-aged people having fun singing karaoke songs and playing silly games, but it wiled away the time, and I can always tease my dad about his appalling rendition of Queen’s ‘We are the champions’. The westerners on board scored a woeful 68, whilst the lowest for our Korean friends was 92. (The stereotypically image of Welsh singers took somewhat of a bashing).
We stayed about 10 miles from the circuit, in a lovely little seaside hotel, fish soup for breakfast was a little challenging but the company of Korean visitors could not have been friendlier. Blonde hair in Korea made me stand out from the crowd.

The most amazing thing about Formula 1 is the noise. I thought it was going to be loud. It’s not loud it’s deafening, even 40 yards away from the cars and with ear defenders, it’s hard to hear yourself think. The rest was a bit of a blur, a chap called Vettel won and the Brits second and fourth. A little better than an afternoon of homework but quite a close run thing. NO NOT REALLY, I loved it! Sebastian Vettel is amazing and never disappoints. The race itself was a little bit predictable, but the speed is hard to convey. The cars are reaching speeds of over 200 miles an hour and the decelerating to 50 miles an hour to go round a sharp corner.


I am a F1 Convert!

Deputy Head’s Blog

What a fortnight!  Visitors from Denmark seeing what we do for our more able and talented youngsters, parents of Year 6 pupils touring the school, Y Pant TV launched (well done Mr Kuck and his team, particularly Bethany), Sophie Thomas blogging from Korea and our inspection team on site and settled into Mr Tucker’s office….a Welsh victory on the weekend would have made things even more exciting but, alas, it was not to be (although my winning the staff sweepstake softened the blow slightly!).  Good luck to the boys in the 3rd place play-off.   

Best wishes to all our Year 11 students, out of school on work experience.  Hope it goes well for all of you and that it helps with your thoughts about your future careers.  Make the most of this week and come back after half term ready for a lot of hard work building up to your mock exams.

Dal ati everyone!

Matthew Ingram’s Work Experience Blog 3

Today could, quite possibly, be hailed as the greatest day of work experience I will ever encounter, even when I’m actually working!!!

I arrived today bright and early at nine o’clock to be greeted by Simon, the Technical Manager of St David’s Hall. He put me in the capabilities of Emma, one of the technicians, and I was put straight to work lowering the lighting grids, and helping with the get-in (yep, you guessed it, the time where they get all the equipment in) for today’s show…“Fireman Sam: Pontypandy Rocks – LIVE!”.

This continued for a couple of hours, and over that time, I had been talking to the cast, who had been recalling memories of their tour so far, such as:

“Today, Robyn walked into the hotel room, looked around and said ‘Oh my God, there’s a microwave in our room!’ I rushed over straight away, took one look at the microwave and said ‘No, Robyn. That’s a safe.'”

Well…they were from Essex.

With the get-in complete, Simon and Emma took me to one side. “You just follow Emma.” Simon told me. I nodded and was led away. This part of the building was unfamiliar to me, so I had no idea of what was about to happen. All I knew was that we were walking up some stairs. “You don’t have a problem with heights, do you?” Emma asked. I nodded nervously, anticipating what was about to happen. “Okay, you’re going to be perfectly safe.” she told me, and after one last staircase I found myself standing in about 60ft above the auditorium, on the walkway bridges of the lighting rig.

Looking down, terror engulfed me, and each step I took was more nerve-wracking than the last. And the fact that my legs were shaking did nothing to calm the thoughts that I would trip and somehow drop to the ground below me. Eventually we reached the lights that we were going to be focusing, and I found myself becoming increasingly calm and my fear of heights seemed to dessipate, to my relief. And I had done it! Despite shaking fingers and a racing heart, I had calmly focused the lights – to a good standard I was told.

I then observed the plotting of the lights on the board and took my lunch break, and watched the 1:00pm performance of Fireman Sam from the lighting and sound desk, carefully observing Emma as she easily operated the lighting board, though the plan was fairly simple. Noticing this, I took a chance. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. “Emma, would it be alright if I operated the lights for the next performance?” Silence. “Yeah,” she told me, answering my prayers; but presenting me with another challenge: providing the lighting for a professional show for 11oo paying customers. The pressure was on. But, as I settled into my seat, I found myself in total focus and concentration, and it was only after the performance that I had realised what I had achieved – my first time lighting a professional show – and it went without a hitch!

After the second performance, a grin spread across my face and didn’t disappear until I realised that I wasn’t going to be there tomorrow. But there was more. I was invited back to a week placement in the Technical Department, which I hope to complete next summer. That smile wasn’t going anywhere now!

Terror, excitement and opportunity – now can you see why I called it the best day ever???

Work Experience at Western Power Day 5

western powerOn the final day of work experience feelings and emotions scorched through my very veins like molten tallow. As I waited for eight o’ clock to arrive so I could begin my working day, I was unsure if I was happy for the end of a long week or actually disappointed.

During the day, I remained in the office assisting with the operation of the various computer screens. I had a great chat with some of the gentlemen and enjoyed observing the goings-on during the office.

Later on in the day I had to have a meeting with my mentor. Daunting thoughts flooded through my mind. We would be talking about how well I had performed during the five day period at Western Powers. Overcoming my fears, I spoke as if we had worked together for years.

It was then when I realised the true essence of my emotions: I was actually going to miss the time I had spent there, the nice people that I had worked with and so much more. I said my farewell and solemnly traipsed away, gazing at everyone I passed. Perhaps I will return, I thought, Perhaps.

Matthew Ingram’s Work Experience Blog 2

I write this blog post in the Apple store in the St David’s 2 shopping centre during my lunch break. Firstly, because today has been so busy I could already write a full blog post about it and secondly because I am can’t see any change in what I’ve been doing to happen this afternoon!

I arrived this morning to meet Jo (remember her from my last update?) and had the now routine morning cuppa – in my new mug (remember that from my last update too?).

Then it was down to the reception desk to the Box Office, where I met Karen, the Box Office Manager, and Muriel, who was to be helping me today.

I was quickly seated by Muriel, and given a whistle-stop demonstration of the computer software I’d be using to deal with bookings, returns and enquiries. And then I was thrown in at the deep end.

My heart was racing as the phone rang for the first time. “Bore da, Matthew speaking, how can I help?” I asked. My first booking.

This booking, and the next few were not smooth, but I was getting the hang of it, and Muriel, who seemed to be slightly impatient, helped me where necessary.

But as time progressed I got the ropes and found taking all bookings and enquiries incredibly easy. I was also dealing with customers on the front desk, which meant that there wasn’t a spare minute to have a break!

Muriel, who had been incredibly helpful as well as slightly impatient, was even commending me on my performance at the Box Office, before she excused me for lunch.

Now: Off to Gregg’s, before continuing the rest of the day’s work! Apparently, a sculpture from has been stolen from the Hall and held captive in the visitor centre – I will keep you updated!!!

Chloe Maisey Cooks Up A Storm on Work Experience

Chloe Maisey
Chloe getting stuck in at Fullbrook's Bistro

Chloe Maisey is on Work Experience in Fullbrook’s Bistro in Pontyclun.  She is having a really worthwhile experience and it has confirmed to her that this is the career path she intends to take.

Mr Fullbrook, the owner of the bistro told us Chloe is the best student he’s had on work experience and that everything she’s been asked to do (waitressing, preparing and cooking food, washing-up) she has done with a smile on her face.

Work Experience at Western Power Day 4

We were doing overhead line work today. Basically the job we had to complete involved re conducting aluminium power-lines with copper cables. Aluminium is a better conductor than copper but it has a tendency to react with certain chemicals in the air, whilst copper is quite un-reactive.western power

The process involved joining the end of aluminium with the beginning of the copper cable. Something called a winge would then pull the aluminium cable, where it winded around a drum. It was cleverly calculated; by the time all of the aluminium was in the drum, the copper wire was perfectly in its place. It was simple but there were many procedures to it, I could not help but watching was just as fun.

It was interesting to see the stages, methods and tools involved: the workers were great. Not only did they have a laugh but they got through the work proficiently.

The day was fun and I am feeling slightly apprehensive about the final day.

Work Experience at Western Power Day 2

western powerAfter my first day at Western Power spirits were high: I expected the second day to be just as exciting, just as informative. I have to admit though, that it didn’t meet my expectations. Because we were dealing with insulating oil, I wasn’t allowed to be near the substance, not only because it stained clothing but because it was a hazardous material. I helped where I could and enjoyed observing where I was. I learnt a lot about transformers and we even popped in to Cardiff to work in the BBC studios. Despite the fact that I could not get involved too much due to the health and safety restrictions impressed upon me, the day was very informative, it was reasonably fun, albeit slightly tiring and I learnt a lot. I look forwards to the next day at Western Power.

Work Experience at Western Power Day 1

For Work Experience I had to go to Western Powers. Initially my first beliefs were quite daunting, I expected the first day to be a lecture on the innumerable health and safety restrictions. What I didn’t expect was that I would be testing on an electrical substation in Upper Boat. We had to break a 33000 vault current using charged springs (you should have heard the noise it made) and then we began some testing. I not only observed the whole procedure with wide eyes but I was involved within it; the amount of wires and technical apparatus that we used was immense.

I was also taken to Lamby control room. You should have have seen it: rows upon rows of desks, people operating eight computer screens with a single mouse, workers flitting from desk to desk. It was like NASA: I had a chat with various people who worked there and realised how important the control room was. The people who were in it were prepared for every eventuality. I was in awe.

My working day was over soon after. I was taken home at around 4:00, my face etched in an unbelievable gape. The day had gone quickly, I learnt so much!

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