Pupils in Years 7 to 13 had a fun-packed time during Activities Week which gave them the opportunity to ‘do something different’ and think ‘outside’ the curriculum.

We encourage pupils to seize opportunities around them, support and collaborate with each other and also make a positive contribution to the wider community. Pupils were able to use their problem-solving skills during the CSI: Storm Raiders and Taskmaster bunker activities and their lateral thinking skills during the treasure hunt in Stratford. The trips to Colchester Zoo, the humanities-focused visit to the British Museum, Verulamium Trip to St Albans and the geography field trip to Walton-on-the-Naze ignited pupils’ imagination and brought the curriculum to life. Year 8 spent three days preparing for their Eisteddfod which allowed them to bond together and showcase their talents in English, drama, music and art.

The performances were outstanding and even included gumboot dancing. Pupils also took part in community-based projects and worked alongside volunteers at 3foods4u, The Sunflower Charity at Grange Farm and the Chigwell Care home. The pupils showed incredible maturity and enjoyed working with members of the local community. Year 9 pupils completed their Bronze DofE expedition around Skreens Park and Year 12 took part in an action-packed trip to the Lake District where they had the opportunity to climb Red Pike, mountain bike in Grizedale and kayak on Derwent Water.