The last week of the academic year has been an exciting one at St John’s! Pupils have been taking part in Enrichment Week activities, giving them the opportunity to travel, explore, learn and develop. Each day has been packed full of activities and trips.
A group of Lower School pupils went to France, where they visited a local school and played handball. The group enjoyed a day trip to Le Puy du Fou, embracing the culture and entertainment, before dinner at a crêperie!
A group of Fourth and Lower Fifth Form Pupils visited Valencia, meeting Spanish families who provided them with local food and welcomed them into their homes. Pupils took part in lessons, learnt about Valencian culture and language, and enjoyed exploring the city by foot, bike and boat.
Pupils taking part in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, headed off on an expedition to the Peak District – even the rain couldn’t dampen their spirits!
At school, over the course of two days, Fourth Form pupils were engaged in a video documentary-making project, exploring what it would have been like to be a pupil at St John's in the 1910s, 1960s and 1990s. Pupils were grateful to have the opportunity to meet with former pupils and teachers including Mr Bill Chubb, Mr Peter Thorne (Governor), Mr Andrew Peake (Governor) and Mr Richard Woodman-Bailey to discuss what life at St John’s was like during the varying time periods. Pupils then had the chance to explore the archive resources, and produce a storyboard and documentary. This was a fantastic way to engage our current pupils with the history and life of St John’s School, and for Old Johnians to share memories of their time at the School.
Other fantastic enrichment projects included a visit from ‘7 Billion Ideas’, visiting speaker Shaun Attwood, building rocket cars, memory challenges, spelling bees, bridge building and first aid lessons. Trips included destinations as diverse as Winchester Cathedral, Marwell Zoo, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Thorpe Park and the battlefields of France. Senior pupils were given the opportunity to develop their UCAS applications, visit universities and discuss career paths.
The week was a valuable and enjoyable experience, giving pupils the chance to develop skills and engage in areas off-curriculum and to fuel their passion for learning as they head into the holidays.