Thursday afternoons at Shrewsbury are devoted to a vast programme of co-curricular activities. Once a term on ‘Field Day’, lessons are suspended and pupils and staff have the chance to spend a whole day on their activity. This term’s Field Day took place on the last Thursday before half-term and was action-packed.
The Global Social Leaders joined forces with the Cookery Group, the Concert Band (who’d given a concert in The Grange Primary School in the morning) and the local branch of Age UK to lay on a hugely enjoyable and successful Tea Party for local elderly people. With songs, games and delicious food, a great time was had by all and new friendships formed.
Lower Sixth and Fifth Form artists had a fun-filled day working with children and animals, as they welcomed pupils from local junior schools and a trio of alpacas to a Big Draw event in the Art School and Moser Quadrangle. The alpacas were there as models rather than artists, and the children had a lovely time admiring and drawing them.
The Shrewsbury School pupils ran a carousel of inspiring art activities for the children, including an animation station, jitterbug drawing robots, a giant tree with textile and paper leaves, massive ‘exquisite corpses’ (surrealist consequences-style game) and badge-making.
More than 60 pupils spent the day volunteering in local community centres, charity shops, primary schools and at the Shrewsbury Foodbank.
The Sports Leaders group ran a tag-rugby event in two local primary schools.
The Mountain Biking Club enjoyed a rocky, gritty, mud-splattered and wildly fun experience at the Antur Stiniog Downill Mountain Bike Centre.
For the members of the CCF Royal Marines, RAF and Army Divisions, Field Day began on Wednesday night in somewhat spartan conditions:
But they were still smiling the next morning and spent a good day at Nesscliff Training Camp.
Meanwhile, the Royal Navy section had a Dinghy Experience Day at Lake Bala, sailing and windsurfing.
Some of the Senior members of the Rovers (the School’s Mountaineering and Adventure Club) had fun mountain-biking too, while others went climbing and the Junior Rovers went hiking in Snowdonia.
The Dance Group had a fantastic workshop with West End star Aimee Fisher, learning routines from 'Wicked'.
The Scuba Diving Group working towards their PADI qualification headed off to the Vivian Dive Centre on the North Wales coast, where they spent the day open-water diving.
And the Judo Group spent an excellent day at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall.
Meanwhile the Third Form spent the morning learning First Aid – and in the afternoon they enjoyed an introduction to the techniques and quirks of Fives.