Activities Week

Activities Week

In the last full week of the Summer Term, the normal timetable is suspended and all girls take part in a programme of activities for a week, the theme being that of challenge.

This enables all girls to widen their experiences in a variety of areas and to develop transferable / key skills beyond the usual curriculum and the formal classroom or laboratory.

The current programme for Activities Week is as follows, is covered by school fees, and all girls take part.

  • U3 - The theme for U3 is celebration of their first year at St Catherine's and the beautiful part of the country we live in. The U3 spend half the week in Lasham in Hampshire where they get involved in outdoor activities. They spend the rest of the week based in school and have a day ‘live action role play’ with the Drama Department, a day of creativity with the Art Department and a day of ‘STEM’ inspired practical challenges.
  • L4 - The theme for L4 is 'Challenge', in particular personal and group challenge in an outdoor activity programme based in the Quantocks. The girls will also consider challenges facing the country and the world and look at sustainability.
  • U4 - Undertake two separate trips. One is to the Great War battlefields of France and Flanders, where they visit a number of interesting and thought-provoking sites guided by expert Battlefields Guides. They also head off into the Surrey Hills to learn some camp craft and camp cooking as well as learning useful navigation skills and how to pack a hiking rucksack efficiently! The U4 expedition provides a valuable grounding for all sorts of adventures later on, in terms of practical skills gained and a little self-reliance and self-knowledge gained along the way.
  • L5 - The L5 spend the week in France, Spain or Germany. These countries reflect their choices of Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE. Dual linguists are likely to be recommended which language they should focus on by their modern languages teachers.
  • U5 - The Upper 5 will have spent the week before Activities Week in school enjoying an introduction into Sixth Form life. In Activities Week, a good number embark on the assessed expedition for the Silver Award within the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The others take part in voluntary service in the local area. Previous projects have ranged from helping in infant schools or senior citizens’ day centres to reclaiming the Wey and Arun canal bank.
  • L6 - The L6 are based in school on a very important pre-university week. They have the opportunity to visit some universities, as well as learning about UCAS applications, interviews and completing the first drafts of their personal statements.