Students Compete on the Wii
Second year students on the Watersports National Diploma at Falmouth Marine School were put on the spot last week to organise an event at short notice.
As part of their Organising Events Module the students were given the task of organising, undertaking and reviewing an event for the seven students on the Introduction to Outdoor Sport NOCN course. As well as teaching important aspects of event organisation, the module is also designed to encourage students to work with students at the College who they normally would not work with.
The students intended to take the group sailing on one of the College's student built luggers. They planned the event, prepared and trained for it. However on the day, the weather was deemed unsuitable for sailing and so the group had to come up with a quick plan for an indoor event.
They decided to set up a Wii competition in the Sails Café. After setting up the equipment using the projector and the large screen, the students explained the games and the rules to the Outdoor Sport students and taught them the skills required to play and win. Each ND student paired up with one of the Outdoor Sport students for one-to-one tuition. At first the competition was held between the Outdoor Sport students, but soon they felt confident enough and instead challenged the ND students.
The students held heats in bowling, sword fighting, tennis and archery. All students got fully involved and a great time was had by all, with the Outdoor Sport NOCN course coming in as clear winners. The students, who don't share lesson and would normally not have a chance to meet or interact, all got on and benefitted from the event.
Craig Hogg, one of the students on the Watersports National Diploma, said: "It was an unexpected and very satisfying challenge for us to have to come up with something so quickly. It was really nice to work with the Outdoor Sport students - they were all really good and everyone enjoyed themselves."
JP Eatock, Tutor on the Watersports National Diploma, said: "Although this was not their first plan, it was good as it really kept them on their toes having to come up with a new plan in such a short time. It's not as easy as it sounds, organising an event for seven students. It was really successful and they all did really well."
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College commented: "It's great to see students working together in this way and engaging with each other so successfully."