This year our Week Without Walls was even bigger than usual, partly due to there being three year groups involved, but also because of the 36 different activities that were available. These were delivered by our teachers and teaching assistants working in cross-department teams, as well as some external providers who would normally be running our residentials at this time. Our dedicated teams sprung into action to create a truly unforgettable experience for our students, which has enabled them to develop their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and independence in a number of different ways. By learning to respect each other, persevere when things go wrong, and try to solve problems together, our students are now even better equipped to tackle the same challenges in their academic subjects. They have also broadened their friendships and connections with each other and the staff in school. Stepping outside of our comfort zones from time-to-time is one of the best ways to develop our skills. The atmosphere throughout the week was fantastic, with huge smiles being seen across the campus.
It’s impossible to truly capture every moment of the week with such an array of activities and events taking place, however here is a flavour of what our students experienced:
Taking care of, and learning about, themselves
We know that looking after ourselves is important, but sometimes we forget when we get too busy, so these activities enabled our students to turn their focus inwards. They learned about healthy cooking and healthy eating, making their own lunches with our external cooking team, and created their own soap, candles, and bath bombs with Asia Motions in the DIY Care Products workshop. Joe Wicks also played a role in our Week Without Walls as students did some work outs in the Self Care activity, and then slowed it down with some mindfulness, juggling, and making cards for our community partner children.
Healthy Cooking: “I liked cooking the best because doing it was enjoyable: we got to learn new recipes and improve skills that are very predominant in your lifetime, and learning it early can already give you a starting point to a skill that will be needed in the future.”
Self Care: “I really like how [our teachers] gave us 4 different activities in which two activities require us to be active (workout and juggling) whilst the other two (colouring and meditation) [are] very calming”