Programme of Activities for Sidcot School
We have always prided ourselves on our range of extra-curricular activities, but there was a desire for all students to have access to the wealth of opportunities on offer. We feel it is important that we engage all students outside the classroom and that we offer excitement, diversity, challenge and rigour. We also wanted a co-curricular offer that embraced the values of the school and enabled students to learn new skills within a safe and supportive framework.
‘PASS’ (Programme of Activities for Sidcot School); a very special co-curricular initiative based on key values of integrity, stewardship, self-reflection, adventure and community. A range of exciting activities are embedded at the heart of the curriculum and are focused on bringing these values to life. Every Year Group will be involved in a unique and tailored range of activities every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year.
Our Year 7 students will be looking at ‘integrity’ through activities that will focus on team building, friendship, protective behaviours and aspirations. They will be spending a lot of time outside – creating, building, adapting and working together. We want to carefully manage the transition into ‘big school’ and get them to understand and live our values through play and exploration.
In Year 8, students will begin to understand more about ‘stewardship’ and caring for the environment. In accessing our 150 acre site, students will learn about flora and fauna, build bat and bird boxes, create willow sculptures and cultivate new knowledge in our school gardens and vegetable patches. Using our Yurt Village and ‘Forest Schools’ area, students will get back to nature and have the chance to be children – building dens and toasting marshmallows.
The Year 9 programme focuses on ‘self-reflection’ and will equip students with hard and soft skills. Our students will learn how to sew a button on a shirt, iron a blouse, manage their money, cook simple meals and change the tyre on a bike. They will also finish the year being able to touch type and give basic first aid. In addition, they will focus on their own wellbeing and we hope to prepare them for the stresses and strains of GCSE.
‘Adventure’ is the key focus for Year 10. Students will be enjoying the great outdoors, putting up tents, reading maps, orienteering and cooking in the open air. For those who are joining the Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme, all of this will be vital knowledge and experience ahead of their assessed expedition and will give others vital skills and the chance to try new pursuits like canoeing, caving and climbing.
Here at Sidcot we are great believers in the role we play in the wider ‘community’ and this will be the focus of activities for Year 11. Our students will be visiting elderly people, working in charity shops and working on art and music projects outside school. We want our students to give something back and through primary school mentoring schemes and partnership work with Weston Hospice, we hope they will achieve this.
Our Sixth Form students will be engaged in a programme of games and physical activity that will see them take on major sports like rugby, netball and hockey as well as yoga, Zumba and dry slope skiing. We want to offer as much choice as possible to our older students and we think there will be something for everyone in an exciting and diverse programme.
We are thrilled to be able to launch such a unique, innovative and diverse activity programme and we know that students will discover a whole new world of opportunity and experience.