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Activities Week in Secondary

09 april 2015

Chris Share, Head of Secondary: Welcome back after the spring break and Easter.  

  • Year 8 camel riding in the Engebei desert

As we head into the summer term the students’ focus needs to be on the upcoming exams for Year 13 and Year 11 and internal exams for other year groups, which take place in school from 27 May onwards. However, I wanted to give parents a little more information on the events that take place in the penultimate week of term which is Activities Week for Key Stage 3, work experience week for Year 10 and the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) trip for our Year 12 students.

There is very little change from previous years for our IB students who will again travel to Cambodia to work on a school project for the International Starfish Organisation. This trip has run for the last six years and is a well-worn path by our students and is organised by our in-school CAS co-ordinator Ling Coong and booked through our regular supplier CAMPS International and parents will receive a letter about this in the next few days.

If you have a child in Year 10 you will be in the advanced stages of organising a week’s work placement for your son or daughter in a local business as part of their work experience.  Ms Sharrock and Mr Kelly have already done a presentation evening for parents and sent numerous letters home to advise on this process in the last two months. As this is a programme that takes a lot of collaboration and planning between the school, the students and parents I am sure you are well aware of this by now.

The biggest changes to our Activities Week programme come in Key Stage 3. Whilst, Year 8 will be going to Inner Mongolia, the same destination that previous Year 8 groups have gone to for the last three years, the destinations for Years 7 and 9 will be different this year.

We evaluate our activities week with students and staff each year and although all three trips are always popular, well-organised, safe and exciting, it is felt that same changes would be beneficial this year to our Year 9 trip to Vietnam and to the Half Moon Bay trip for Year 7. We have taken Vietnam off the activities week roster because of the diplomatic problems that could still flare up at any time between China and Vietnam, which caused us some concern last year. There were also some visa issues and on the trip itself there were some long waits for students during and between activities. Year 9 are therefore going to travel this year to Hebei. You can find out more about this trip and the company organising it by clicking through on the link below.

Our Year 7s this year are going to Yangshou, a beautiful area in southern China, we felt that the Half Moon Bay trip was potentially impacted by weather and the site we used last year could have been more environmentally pleasant and therefore, in keeping with the philosophy on all our trips, we are giving our students an alternative, culturally diverse, exciting and service oriented experience. You can find more information about this trip too via the link below.

We are holding parent information sessions much nearer the time on Wednesday 20 May for all parents of children in Years 7, 8 and 9 so that we can distribute trip preparation lists, itineraries and emergency contact details.  If you have any questions about any of these trips and events please feel free to contact the relevant Heads of Year who are the trip/event organisers or Ms Coong the IB CAS co-ordinator.

Finally I look forward to seeing many of you at the 10th Anniversary Garden Party on Saturday the 18 May. It will be a fun day for all!

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary