Shrewsbury School

New Thursday afternoon activities

Friday 31 January 2014

There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities available to pupils on a Thursday afternoon. Director of Activities Nick David gives a brief overview of some of the new activity options that have recently been launched. 

Outdoor Skills - More than 30 Fourth Form boys have already completed a variety of outdoor skills courses, most of which lead to certificates. By the end of the programme they will have achieved: BCU Canoe 1Star, a NNAS Navigation Award Bronze, Cycling Scotland GO Award and an NICAS indoor climbing award. 

Conservation - The School has strong links with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and pupils have worked with them to carry out ancient tree surveys, clearance work and habitat surveys. A Fourth Form group has also recently done improvement works in the School woods. We now have the first phase of a pathway, including steps, habitat piles and a bench with a view!

Community Drama - A group of 12 pupils led by Director of Drama Brian Parsons are involved in an outreach drama project.  They are visiting dementia sufferers at a local care home and scripting ‘reminiscence work’ for them.

Young Enterprise - Around 30 pupils from the Fifth and Lower Sixth Forms take part in this business initiative and there are currently three Young Enterprise companies operating in the School. External business advisors from Tarmac plc visit each Thursday and guide the groups through running meetings, marketing, legal issues, etc.

Cooking - Three groups of four pupils each are using domestic kitchens around the School to learn some basic cooking skills. It is proving to be a very enjoyable and popular Thursday afternoon activity.

Computer-aided design - Head of Design and Technology Kevin Lloyd runs a technical session aimed at Fifth Form pupils interested in IT and design. Their last Field Day comprised a visit to a local firm who make covers for civil and military helicopters.

RYA Yachtmaster - Twelve pupils are currently doing a RYA Yachtmaster theory course, which focuses on navigation, collision regulations, etc. This is a technical and challenging course that goes some way towards an RYA Yachtmaster qualification. It is taught by Philip Lapage, who last term took the group on a weekend’s sailing trip round the Isle of Wight for practice.

Individual projects  - Pupils can, if they wish, spend Thursday afternoons working on their own individual activities that they organise themselves. They have to submit their proposals for approval first, and their activities are supervised by members of staff. Fifteen pupils have currently opted for this and are working either singly or in groups on a number of different projects, including band practice, film making, and writing a school history.

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