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Academic studies are brought to life by frequent visits and trips.
"Trips, such as a recent visit to Iceland, develop strong global and cultural awareness." ISI
Our pupils visit conferences, museums, art galleries, theatres, farms, and many other places of interest. We are fortunate to be close enough to London to be able to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available there whilst also having good transport routes to more rural areas of Kent and Sussex and also France.
Residential trips allow more time for in depth learning and bring many other benefits including the development of independence and confidence. Our students visit field centres and go on longer journeys, some offering the opportunity to practise a foreign language - such as trips to France, Spain and Germany and others to develop a new skill. Our trips include:
- the annual ski trip to Switzerland
- an annual Year 8 day trip to Northern France
- our German department has developed a home stay exchange programme with the Angela Merici Gymnasium in Trier
- the Mandarin department offers a bi-annual trip to China, open to all year groups
- the Spanish Department are delighted to have a new international link with Penyagolosa High School, in the sunny region of Valencia. Students from year 10 participate in the Spanish Exchange visit to Castellón, with our Spanish partners visiting us later in the year
- in Year 12, there is a summer residential trip to Paris, with an emphasis on literature and arts
- our music tours have proved very popular and in December our music department performed in Paris
The key to success for girls is confidence and the confidence developed through overcoming fears and taking on challenges spills over into all areas of their life including the academic. Girls tend to underestimate their ability, even very bright girls can avoid taking risks if they think they might fail. Lack of risk taking is a huge problem for girls and we believe that they must learn how to take risks as this will build their self esteem & confidence.
Therefore we encourage them to take risks in a supportive environment and believe in the benefits of outward bound type activities such as the DOE Award Scheme. Therefore we ensure that all year groups, from year 5 upwards, are offered such opportunities.
Year 7 have a weekend residential at an outward bound centre in late September. Year 8 go on a residential in the summer and Year 9 girls start the DOE Award Scheme with two camping weekends. Older students can then continue with DOE to gold level and World Challenge.
A group of our Senior school students were thrilled to experience a 22 day trip to Peru during the summer. The amazing adventure included volunteering at a charity project for homless children in Oropesa, a four-day trek of the spectacular Salkantay Trail, climbing the 1700 steps to the entrance of Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas', and exploring the wonders of Cucso.
Following the success of the previous year's trip, we embarked again on a visit to China, landing in the capital city Beijing, the biggest city in China and home to some of the world’s famous artefacts and landscapes. At the Great Wall of China, the students were given 2 hours to climb as far as they could and back again, where they experienced some of the most breath taking mountain views and countryside of Beijing.
They also had the opportunity to visit many other attractions and experiences, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Olympic village, including the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest. The students spent some enriching days at a high rated Chinese secondary school, where they attended lessons to understand how Chinese teachers teach their students. They also had a chance to practice their Mandarin language skills with the locals.
The girls also had the chance to experience the local Chinese cuisines; practicing their chopstick skills, and making traditional Chinese dumplings. They also enjoyed an evening of theatre with an evening meal, entertained by a Chinese music and dance show, with different acts and creative costumes.
Overall, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip and their cultural experiences, in an experience of a lifetime...
Torgon, Switzerland 2015
Great fun was had by all on the annual ski trip to Switzerland, where the girls enjoyed getting to grips with the ski slopes, as well as visiting the Calliers chocolate factory and a trip to Montreux.
During February half term, 47 girls and 5 members of staff went on an action-packed Geography trip to Iceland.
Whilst there, they were amazed by the spectacular sights and had many 'once in a lifetime' experiences, including seeing the enchanting Northern Lights, travelling in the back of an 8-wheel drive converted missile carrier to reach a glacier in Thorsmork. They also had the chance to meet 'Iceland's ugliest dog'. Click here to read the full report, or download the document at the foot of this page.
A team of intepid exporers set off on an expedition in Borneo, which encompassed: conquering the mountain Kinabalu (a difficult 6 hour trek) and diving the waters of the Tarp Islands and gaining their PADI diving certificate to become Padi Open Water Divers.
The girls also enjoyed coming face to face with amazing and endangered orangutans at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Also incorporated into the trip's programme was a marine conservation phase where they learned about turtle and shark conservation and why it is so important.
It was an incredible experience for all of the girls involved, with many occasions when they showed true grit, resilience and determination to reach their goals! Click here to view photos from this trip.
In October 2013, 52 students from Years 8-10 travelled to Italy to the region involved in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. As well as making an ascent of Vesuvius itself they will visit the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum to explore what life was like at the time of the eruption. The towns are already familiar to them from their studies in Latin. They will also travel across to the island of Capri and experience modern Italian life and culture in Sorrento, where they will be staying.
New York City 2013
The Art department is planning a trip to New York for current year 10, 11 and 12 students for October 2013. Visits to the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum will provide the students with huge inspiration for their GCSE and A Level studies.
In February 2013, twenty students from Y10-13 plus four members of staff spent an amazing 11 days exploring India.
Photo galleries from recent trips can be viewed here.