A great number of our students benefitted from extra-curricular opportunities over the half term holiday.  Not only did we hold daily GCSE revision sessions in school, but a large number of students went on educational visits.

Forty seven of our Performing Arts students, in Years 8 to 10, visited Barcelona and The Spanish Coast.  The visit was centred around performing two concerts, one in Llort De Mar and another in Tossa De Mar.  Both soloists and rock bands from our school took to the stage to perform a variety of contemporary rock music which saw Spain rocking to songs such as “Shotgun” (George Ezra) and “Creep” (Radio Head).  Ms Hayes-Brown tells me that our concerts were exceedingly well received by the crowds.  Students were also given time to do some cultural site seeing and visited the medieval town of Gerona (where Game of Thrones was filmed), Porta Ventura Theme Park and The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Not to be out-done, the Design Technology Department and forty eight Year 8 students visited Paris. This cultural visit involved visiting many sites in the centre of the city, including Notre Dame Cathedral where they took advantage of the photo opportunity, and also viewed the sad damage caused by the recent fire.  The Louvre was also visited, alongside the famous glass pyramids. Students were all challenged to climb the 674 steps to reach the second floor of The Eiffel Tower, but rewarded with outstanding views across Paris.  The Parisian experience was topped off with a visit to The Champs Elysees, The Arc de Triomphe and a cruise up The River Seine.  The final day was apparently a fun packed one with a visit to Disneyland  where students were able to ride the roller coasters, see the famous Disney Parade, and enjoy an evening meal at the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show… always a favourite!

Closer to home, the Maths and Science departments took twenty Year 11 girls to a Science and Maths Confidence Building Weekend at Winmarleigh.  Both morning and afternoon sessions included one and a half hours revision, followed by an hour and a half activity such as raft building, zip wiring or completing a challenge course.  Evenings included a further 45 minutes revision and campfire.  Challenging indeed, but fully enjoyed by all!

Of course, I’d add that I’m extremely grateful to my staff who are prepared to give up their own time and holiday to enable our young people to get experiences such as these.