On Thursday 19 October pupils enjoyed the first exciting Enrichment Day of the academic year. Enrichment Days are a valuable addition to the School calendar, providing opportunities for pupils to develop and explore a new range of skills and subjects from a different perspective, and to take part in team building activities.

Lower Third pupils enjoyed their first St John’s Enrichment Day, visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Pupils visited multiple exhibitions including the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory. The trip compliments their studies of Tudor life and history, as well as appreciation of maritime and military history.

Upper Third pupils had a brilliant time in London visiting different activities. One group bravely climbed the O2, and then took a river cruise along the Thames. The second group visited the BBC Earth Experience, aiding their studies in biology and geography, and then enjoyed the immersive, multi-sensory experience of Dopamine Land.

Fourth Form remained at St John’s for the day, enjoying an exciting carousel of activities including debating, skateboarding, parkour, clay pot making, a school ecological survey and doodle art!

CCF pupils eagerly packed up their kit and headed off on a 24-hour overnight Field Training Exercise, only to be thwarted by heavy rain and have to return to school! Cadets spent time at school instead, gaining more experience in operating in the field and developing their military skills, carrying out training exercises, improving their battle skills through manoeuvre exercises, cooking their own lunch from their ration packs and building on their camouflage and concealment.

Lower Sixth pupils met with business and career industry experts through a carousel of CV writing and interview workshops, as well as developing further important skills such as first aid and self-care.

Further trips for Upper Fifth and Upper Sixth pupils included a wide variety of exciting activities, from mindfulness, rugby coaching, street art, and trips to escape rooms and the theatre!