June 30th 2017
A Week off-timetable!
Term ended in style this year with the annual Curriculum Enhancement Week. Designed to introduce students to new experiences, the programme for the week includes a wide range of activities.
The week began with Years 7 & 8 joining together to learn how to sail, windsurf and paddle-board at nearby Bewl Water. Head of Lower School Mrs Keys said, “All day, all I could hear was laughing. It was great to see the girls so eager to try the watersports!” But they were not the only pupils having an adventure; the majority of Year 9 students spent the first half of the week undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition, which they all successfully completed.
Years 7 and 8 split on Wednesday, with Year 7 heading to the Tate Britain, and Year 8 taking part in a treasure hunt at Lullingstone Villa. Overall winners were Dami, Millie and Ruqaiyah with honourable mentions to Rebekah and Alice; even Mr Haas had fun driving the minibus through narrow lanes and a mini-flood near the villa!
Thursday and Friday saw the Years 7 to 9 reunite to enjoy a visit from the Happy Puzzle Company before an afternoon of Model United Nations. The week ended with Years 7 and 8 hosting a Community party for local residents and grandparents. The girls spent Friday morning decorating the Gilt Hall, baking and preparing the entertainment before guests arrived after lunch. Year 9 meanwhile explored media with a computing workshop enabling them to create a magazine-style TV show.
Meanwhile, girls in Year 10 and on our Pre-IB course were getting a taste of working life by undertaking work experience placements, ranging from nursery and pre-schools to animal management. Year 12 were knuckling down to work on their Extended Essays, Mathematics Internal Assessments and Personal Statements, although they were treated to a trip to Creams, the nearby dessert bar!
A dedicated programme was also developed for our short stay EFL students, who had a morning of lessons before enjoying afternoon cultural visits including Hastings, Rochester and Chartwell. Ibuki, studying on our Intensive English Support Programme said, “I really enjoyed this week. I could learn lots of history and talk to new people.”