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GEM's 'Back to School' day

James Davison

As the summer holidays draw to a close, GEM Partnership held a ‘Back to school’ themed day to help raise funds for a very good cause in the North East Autism Society.

The Gem employees split into divisional groups of three and prepared for a number of highly competitive set of challenges and quizzes, along with a back to school themed fancy dress competition.
The Challenges were as followed:
First Challenge – The Marshmallow Challenge

Challengers had 20 seconds to fit as many marshmallows in their mouth as possible. There wasn’t a lot of skill or technique employed in this discipline and the final results were very close.

Second Challenge – Smarties and Straws

At 11:30am it was time for the second set of challengers to move as many smarties, one by one, as possible from one piece of paper to another only using only a straw. Some participants quickly got the knack of this event while others sat in utter bewilderment, not knowing where to start.

Third Challenge – The Biscuit Challenge

At 12.30pm each nominated person for this challenge had to tilt their head back, place a biscuit on their forehead and then, without the use of their hands, manoeuvre the biscuit from their forehead into their mouth.

After a highly competitive day of challenges and quizzing, the scores were counted and the winners of the Back to School events were “The Engineering Division” who delivered a consistently good effort across all of the disciplines – particularly the Smarties move challenge Mr. Clark…!!

The winner of ‘best dressed’ on the day went to Ben McMullan from the commercial division for this fantastic effort, pure St. Trinians:

Proceeds for the day went to a great cause in the North East Autism Society who work tirelessly to achieve outstanding personalised services for people with an autism spectrum condition, their families and carers. They also strive to understand their user’s needs, aspirations and the way in which they are affected by autism, working to develop a person centred plan which is specifically tailored to enable their learners to achieve, to grow in confidence and to live life to the full

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