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Throughout the year, the Virtual School and Corporate Parenting arrange a wide variety of participation events and activities.

Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, Virtual School participation activities are limited and subject to change depending on restrictions in place at the time.

Find out more about some of the regular events we organise below. We may also arrange other events aside from these, and will let you know on the website, in our Virtual School newsletter, foster carer newsletter and by contacting carers directly. A full list of our current events can be found at the end of this page.

Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a group of young people between 7 and 18 years old, who are cared for by Leicestershire County Council. The CiCC gives children and young people in care a say about things that really matter in their lives and a chance to shap and influence the services they receive. The CiCC meets once a month. For details, please contact Corporate.Parenting@leics.gov.uk 

Beacon Voices

Beacon Voices is a choir open to children and young people aged 7-18 years old, who are in the care of Leicestershire County Council. The choir perform at the annual Celebration of Achievement Awards Event and at their Christmas concert.

Rehearsals are every week during term time (sometimes more leading up to a big performance), usually on a Monday, 5-7pm. For details, please contact Corporate.Parenting@leics.gov.uk 

University experience days

At various times throughout the year, local universities offer a range of educational activities.

Experience Days at the University of Leicester (Years 5 and 6) and Loughborough University (Years 9 and 10).

Short Residential Visit at University of Leicester in June (Years 8 and 9). In 2017, this focussed on the importance of studying languages at GCSE and how this will help with jobs and further/higher education for young people. The children who attended were really inspired by this.

University Experience Summer School for young people aged 16-25 takes place over two days at the end of summer term, for those who want to experience university subjects and sample the social side of university life. This takes place at our three local universities; University of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort University.

Child looking at dinosaur exhibit on university trip

Theatre trips

Often organised around set GCSE texts, students have the experience of seeing a live performance and will receive a book to support with their studies. We will usually go to a Christmas production too; in 2017 this was Scrooge at Curve Theatre.

George's Marvellous Medicine theatre trip, 'grandma' exhibit

Author events

Usually for younger children, these events give them the chance to meet a published author who will talk about the inspirations behind their stories and help them to develop their own characters and stories.

Music workshops

Giving students the opportunity to develop musical skills, compose, arrange and record their own songs and learn to play a musical instrument.

Collage of ideas and artwork created by students on Music Course

Tall Ships trip

This is a reward activity for young people at the end of Year 11 who have really tried hard at school and worked to the best of their ability. The trip is a five day residential spent on a catamaran, calling in at ports along the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight. As well have having great fun, students gain a Level One sailing qualification and get the chance to return the following year as a senior member.

View of sea and coastline from Tall Ships 2018 trip

Upcoming events

Terrible Objects and Archaeological Secrets

Learn the tools of the trade of an archaeologist as you uncover the past and piece together history. What and who will you discover?

Year groups: All

Venue: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Date: 20 October 2020, 2pm - 3pm

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Dastardly Drama and Secret Agents

Discover the Terrible Tale of the Gunpowder Plot. Join in the Plotters Play and become a government agent trying to foil the perilous plan.

Year groups: All

Venue: 1620s House and Garden

Date: 20 October 2020, 10:30am - 12 noon

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Virtual painting session with The Paint Club!

Paint your very own masterpiece with the help of an artist online. No previous painting experience required! We’ll send the kit you need ready for you to paint.

Year groups: 6 to 13 year olds

Date: 22 October 2020, 11am - 12:15pm

Spooky Birds and Super-Creeps

Get up close to the amazing crows, ravens, bats, spiders and owls from the Museum collections.

Year groups: All

Venue: Harborough Museum

Date: 24 October 2020, 1pm - 4pm

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Crazy Colours in Weird Ways

Discover how artists used things like spices, fruit, soil and charcoal to create colour to use for paintings. Make your own pigments and craft some tools that were used years ago to create your own piece of art.

Year group: All

Venue: Wigston Library

Date: 24 October 2020, 12:15pm - 4pm

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Awful Aliens

Explore the Retro Computer Museum and find out about games from the past including the classic Space Invaders. Create your own alien crafts to take home, including some slippery, sloppy space alien slime.

Year groups: All

Venue: Retro Computer Museum, Thurmaston

Date: 5 December 2020

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Menacing Mining

What makes the job of a miner so terribly dangerous? Come and find out about the hazards of working underground and have a go at some super science challenges.

Year groups: All

Venue: Coalville Library

Date: 6 February 2021, 10:30am - 11:30am

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Rotten Rocks and Frightful Fossils

Get close up with our amazing handling collection of rocks and fossils and follow clues to identify them. Create a colourful collage to take away.

Year groups: All

Venue: Charnwood Museum

Date: 13 February 2021, 10:30am - 12 noon

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

Spectacular Skull mask printing

Use beautifully carved Indian woodblocks to decorate a skull which then can be worn as your very own mask. Other activities will include decorating paper mache skulls.

Year groups: All

Venue: Melton Museum

Date: 18 February 2021, 2pm - 4pm

Book through email: louise.sharples@leics.gov.uk or telephone: 07947 949699

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