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Pupils of St David’s High School, Saltney, enjoy curriculum focus event

PUPILS of St David’s High School in Saltney have kept themselves busy thanks to a curriculum focus day – and the arrival of an Australian soap star.

Sam Clark, who played Ringo Brown in Neighbours until his dramatic exit last month, paid a visit to the school to talk about his career and answer questions.

The 22-year-old star has now turned his attention to music, having written songs and played guitar since the age of 15.

He performed a selection of his songs to an audience of students and staff members.

Meanwhile pupils have been learning a range of specialist topics through practical activities in the curriculum focus event.

The theme of the day was ‘Changing Faces – How Society is Changing’, which saw Year 7 pupils spending the day learning about space before designing, testing and launching their own rockets.

They also visited a mobile planetarium to learn more about the universe.

Year 8 children looked at how eating and exercise habits affect health, while Year 9 students experienced life on a slave ship before moving on to look at modern day slavery and the alternatives of ethical and fair trading.

Year 10 students spent part of the day with Chris Matthewman, a stand-up comedian and educationalist, looking at how to manage relationships, and also looked at aspects of sex and health education.

Deputy headteacher Chris Usher said: “It’s great to give our students a chance to learn beyond the classroom and gain insights into things that affect them and their daily lives.

“They responded with great enthusiasm and all of the visitors spoke positively about the experience of working with our young people.”