The other day the students were given a treasure hunt to complete around the Academy. The purpose was two-fold. Firstly it gave the Year 7 students a chance to discover places in the school they perhaps did not know existed. Secondly it was a chance for students to practice some of the collaborative skills they had been developing and develop their sense of responsibility by moving round the school in an orderly manner.
The task was completed quite well. We deliberately kept students away from most of the other learning sessions going on in the school, however some teachers complained that Year 7's running around caused a disruption because they were out of lessons.
The Principal at first wanted us to cancel the activity, with the second Year half, but then realised that this was part of the learning process. Students were given the opportunity to reflect on their actions at the end and group facilitators who had been observing discussed with individuals their behaviour.
Myself and all the staff facilitating the programme think it was worthwhile. At this stage, I don't know if all the staff in the Academy would agree!