Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

23 Mar 2017
Lower 4 World of Work Day

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On Wednesday 8 March, Lower 4 had World of Work Day. This involved going to Craigleith retail park in the morning and then going to the Forth Road Bridge and the Visitors' Centre in South Queensferry in the afternoon.

The Sainsbury's group had a very informative tour. The store manager, George, took us out to the back to the stockrooms and told us about all of the sections, how they recycled the boxes, how long it took certain things to come in and answered all of our questions. Once we came back into the main store, we were able to use the tills for about half an hour. It was a highly informative experience and we all really enjoyed it.

The Homebase group started with a talk on the history of the business. Some of the cool facts are: they serve 6,000 customers every week; they open at 8:00am –8:00 pm but it is changing to 7:00am – 8:00 pm. Then we went into 4 groups to find out about locks and timber, lawnmowers, paints and finally about gardening. We learnt that an Australian company called Bunnings has recently bought Homebase. Overall, we thought it was a lot of fun! We would like to thank the staff at Homebase for such an enjoyable experience.

At Marks & Spencer we learned about what work goes on behind the scenes. A manager told us that every morning the managers walk around the shop and some of the workers tell them how much money they had made the previous day and what they could do to make it even better. We got a talk on how the air vents push the smell from the bakery to where you walk into the shop. We found out how the food gets to the store without getting too warm; they use something called the ‘cold chain’. We learnt about the laws on alcohol, and how the staff are tested on who they would sell alcohol to.

After lunch, we set off for the Forth Crossing Visitors' Centre and went up to the exhibition room.  We had a look at all the three bridges and had a talk about them. Unfortunately, the Forth Road bridge was closed to pedestrians because of high winds so we couldn’t walk along it. We were given some engineering challenges in groups: we had to design our own bridge and then build a bridge using a plan. We learnt a lot about the new Queensferry Crossing and how it was constructed. We asked many questions at the end, too! Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon at the Forth Crossing Visitors' Centre.

We all had a great day and learned a lot!

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