This year (2021-22) there will be six enrichment days across the school year. The aim is to provide opportunities for the continued personal development of all students outside of their normal timetable lessons.
ENRICHMENT DAY 1 - Thursday 14th October 2021
Six different enrichment opportunities across the five year groups. Each year group will not be following their normal timetable. Instead, they will be following a day of activities designed specifically for that year group that will enhance their learning.
Year 7 will be undertaking a range of team building and problem solving activities. The aim of the day is to work on the core value of Cooperation. Students will take on roles of team leaders and will be led by others. They will learn communication skills as they work together to solve the various problems and tasks in front of them. Mr Scutt and Miss Young are in charge of the day. There is no cost for this activity and students will follow their normal timetabled day. There will be physical challenges during the day and so all of year 7 are allowed to attend school in their full school PE kit that day.
Year 8 will be undertaking a communication and languages day. The aim of the day is to work towards the core value of love. Half the year group will be invited onto a walking tour of Guildford being encouraged to look at the local landmarks and appreciate them more closely. They will use what they see to develop a piece of creative writing. When on the walking tour the students will be allowed to wear their full school PE kit. Students should be wearing their tracksuit trousers or leggings. PE Shorts and Skirts would not be appropriate for the tour (or the autumnal weather). In addition the walking tour students will need a packed lunch as they will be eating when out and about. The other half of the year group will be undertaking a cultural day in school. Learning to love and understand different cultures by looking at their cuisine, languages, writing, art and landmarks. There is no cost for this activity.
In future enrichment days, there will be the chance to swap this around so that each half experiences both sets of activities.
Year 9 will be using their enrichment day as an opportunity to develop their own talents (the core value of stewardship). We have taken feedback from parents after last years exams and understand that many students do not know how to revise for tests and exams. We have linked up with the Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON) and have sourced an external provider to deliver ‘Rapid Revision’ classes. The work done in this enrichment day should help students have less stressful exam periods in future years.
Year 10 Working on the core value of service. The Year 10’s will see how talented scientists serve the police force, engaging with this subject in a more practical way. They will develop their understanding of possible career pathways in science. To do this, students will undergo a ‘Crime Scene Investigation’ day. Whereby, they look at the role of a scientist as an investigator. This series of free workshops led by our science team will help the students to develop an understanding of how science is used to solve crime.
Year 11 will go on a collective retreat to the Wintershall Estate. Once there, they will have advice and guidance on mindfulness, resilience, spirituality, and the understanding of others. There will be time to reflect and to think about their responses to a range of stimuli. The aim of the day is to work on the core value of respect. Respecting themselves and each other and knowing how to self manage themselves and their emotions even when things get tough in the future (near to exam times).
The Wintershall trip will cost £13.00 for the day and the students will need a packed lunch. A separate letter will come out about the Wintershall trip explaining in more detail about it and explaining how to pay for the trip.
The staff and myself at Christ’s College are looking forward to delivering a very different kind of educational experience across these six enrichment day.
Our annual ‘Enrichment Week' held at the end of the summer term 2021 was filled with activities based around one of our five Core Values the theme was SERVICE.
The purpose of the week was to give the students an opportunity to engage in a range of activities and lessons outside of the normal curriculum that will help their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The activities are selected to help students both inside and outside of the classroom understand more about themselves and the society around them.
In 2021 the week also coincided with our Raising and Giving (RAG) week. This was our annual charity week where the Student Leadership Team creates a range of events that will raise money for their selected charity. Students raised £1,707.55 for YoungMinds, a mental health charity. https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/
Overview of Activities - July 2021
Democracy Day: An opportunity for students to explore the UK parliamentary system, understand more about the democratic society we live in and then experience a parliamentary debate in school.
Study Skills Day: A series of workshops aimed at developing the students' understanding of what it takes to become an effective learner. Developing new skills and receiving tips and tricks to help them become more independent when they study.
First Aid:- A chance for all students in Years 8 and 9 to learn about basic first aid. An essential life skill that will ensure that the students know what to do should they ever be called upon to deal with an emergency.
Inter-house Day: Students enjoyed a day of numerous inter-house competitions and events all leading towards The Dearing Cup points at the end of the year.
Sponsored Walk: An opportunity for students to go for a full day’s walk out of school to Newlands Corner and back via the River Wey, the Chantries and Stoke Park. Students were asked to donate a small amount each for the walk or to raise sponsorship for themselves. The money donated went directly to the RAG week charity YoungMinds.
Beach Clean Up:- Specifically for Year 7 students (Stewardship Core Value). This trip aimed to take all Year 7 students to West Wittering’s Beach. Part of the day was spent on the beach clearing litter and debris as we aim to serve the Wittering’s community on the South Coast with some pay back for being able to use their facilities, making it a better place for all future visitors and wild/marine life.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Preparation: A chance for all Year 9 students to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, learn some skills and get a taster of possible activities Including some team building exercises.
Year 10 Week of Work: A range of talks and activities throughout the week for Year 10 that focused on key employability skills. This culminated in 2 days of mock interviews and feedback sessions for the students. This is in place of work experience that was unable to occur due to the national restrictions.