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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.”

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