After a summer term of operating our Activities programme remotely, our pupils were extremely excited to be getting stuck into a new set of Activities in our Lambrook grounds.

Remote Learning gave us many opportunities to be creative in our activity sessions; we saw alphabet photography, song composition, poetry performances, chess competitions, baking challenges, nature trails, to name but a few, and although these were fun for a time, it has been great to be enjoying activities ‘in person’ this week.

In addition to our Extra-Curricular clubs that take place at Lambrook during lunchtimes and after school, we have an exciting Activities programme built into the school timetable. Pupils are given the chance to choose an activity for a term and then switch to a new one for the following term – encouraging pupils to try to step out of their comfort zones and to try something different.

This week, our Middle and Upper School pupils dived straight into the swimming pool for swimming, life saving and water polo, alongside other sports on offer such as basketball, football, touch rugby and fencing. Important life skills were to be gained in gardening and touch typing, and for those wishing to try something creative, there was a photography skills lesson, Design and Technology tasks, the opportunity to design and build a model aeroplane, Shakespeare performances, calligraphy writing, as well as putting those lockdown baking skills to the test in ‘mini masterchef.’

For our new Lower School pupils, this week was their first taste of an activities session, and they too had a vast array of activities to choose from. From craft to archery, ICT to outdoor fun and games, cooking to entrepreneur skills, there was certainly something to inspire everyone! Not only a highlight for our pupils, but the designated time is also a highlight for our staff as more often than not, the activity they lead happens to be a personal hobby or skill.

Activities can also contribute towards CARPE, Lambrook’s bespoke leadership programme in which pupils take part in a range of co-curricular activities, relating to the Community, Arts, Recreation, Pioneering and the Environment. Pupils are given a CARPE Record Book, which is looked after by Tutors at School and used to track and record all of the co-curricular activities that they take part in over the course of the academic year.

Pupils could be taking part in visiting a local Care Home, being part of our House Singing Competition, representing Lambrook at a sport, being involved in a charity event, going on a school residential – all sections aim to broaden the experiences already on offer to our pupils, as well as giving opportunities to try something new. Think Duke of Edinburgh, but for Prep School; both individually and as part of a team, pupils will work towards their Bronze (Years 3 & 4), Silver (Years 5 & 6) and Gold (Years 7 & 8) Awards, as they move further up the School.

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