The first day of 'Life Skills' was serious but extremely interesting at the same time. In the morning, we received a talk from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service regarding road safety, which was very useful as the perils of drink- driving and texting became obvious. This was followed by an equally interesting talk from Charlie McGrath about the dangers of travelling and how to analyse a situation to prevent yourself from being pick-pocketed or mugged.
After a lunch break, we returned to the Theatre for a talk from Mr Campbell and Mr Holden on Festival safety for the summer ahead. After this, a talk on responsibility entering into the Sixth Form was given. The mentors for the future Shells were later asked to stay for a lesson about how to help the well-being of your mentee.
Finally, in the evening, we were given a short talk about the careers of some ORs who had been successful leaving Radley. Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, was able to tell us about how every single job, however boring it may seem at first, brings a sense of accomplishment at the end.
Jamie Campbell, a well-known film and TV-show maker, was able to show us how good the facilities were at Radley to help him advance onto the next phase of his life after going to Film School. Harry Parker told us what a difference joining the army was to him and how much of a positive impact it had on his life.
Finally, Ben Lambert was able to tell us that if you love your job and you are awesome at it, you will earn a lot of money. Also, Ben taught us that in the future, you may not do the job that you dreamt of doing but that can be a positive result in terms of your career.
Overall it was an extremely interesting and useful day to start off the 'Life Skills' course, it taught us some very useful lessons about travel, driving, responsibility, safety at festivals and our future careers.
Report by James Strain and Freddy Cabell-Gray, K Social, Fifths