During the last few weeks of the last summer term our annual Activities Week took place, this saw students from Year 7 to Year 10 undertaking different tasks and here is a write up on the week!
Year 7 Activities Week – 11th – 15th July
This year’s Activities Week for Year 7's focused on the ever important issue of recycling. The week was entitled ‘Wombling and Wonderful Creations’ and the Year 7's were split into 8 groups, each one being given the name of a Womble. We had Great Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory, Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk, Wellington. Madame Cholet and Miss Adelaide. The week started off with an assembly taken by Mrs Franks and she was joined by the real Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco and Madame Cholet, who took an active part in wandering around the school for the rest of the week.
All students were given the opportunity to visit Stour Valley Arts in Challock where they learnt how to make sculptures from nature e.g. twigs, leaves, trees etc. Each group had an installation set up around the school grounds and during the course of the week they learnt from a group of artists, who go by the name of Litter Angels, how to create artistic pieces from throw away rubbish. The students made alien life forms, flowers, furniture and sculptures using discarded materials and were visited by the local MP, Gordon Henderson, and a large number of parents on the Friday morning where they were shown around the school site at all the wonderful displays and also got to listen to some of the ‘stomp’ music made by using tin cans, dustbin, lids, pots, galvanised plastic etc. The students loved their week and certainly learnt about the positive sides of recycling
Year 8 Activities Week – 11th – 15th July
This year’s activities for Year 8's concentrated on ensuring the students tried new things and took risks. The whole week came under the banner of “The All American State Championships” with each task working towards a fantastic showcase to be presented on Friday morning. Students were split into 9 groups all being given the name of an American state. All students were given the chance to visit Fowlmead Activity Centre in Deal where they were able to go mountain biking, learn archery and, using SatNavs, have a go at geocashing. During the week they also made wind buggies which were raced against each other. Creating and riding hovercrafts was a very popular activity and, again, races against the other states to find the top state produced some exciting competitions. All the states learnt Ballroom dancing, cheerleading and street dance together with American football. On the Friday morning there was an immense amount of fun to be had when the winners of all the heats came together in the sports hall and the championship reached its finale. A fantastic week was had by all.
Year 9 Activities Week - 11th - 15th July
It was another successful Year 9 Camp at Dibgate campsite, Folkestone. The pupils did various activities including Canoeing, Skiing, visiting Port Lympne, Camp Duties, Trim Trail and Yomp. It was a rewarding week as a lot of the pupils attempted new activities with 100% commitment. Each student was a credit to the school which made it an enjoyable experience for both pupils and staff.
Year 10 Activities Week - 11th - 15th July
Around 190 students from Year 10 went on a one week work experience placement as part of their preparation for their future working lives. Students worked with a vast range of employers within and beyond the local area, including the pilot’s boat at Sheerness docks, a Michelin starred restaurant, a museum, a marina and the local MP’s office, to mention but a few. The vast majority of students found the experience a very happy and enjoyable one, and every student was able to develop their range of employability skills. The school is very proud of the way students conducted themselves and is extremely grateful to all of the employers who gave up their time to provide placements.