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Activities Week

We are very pleased to be able to offer Activities Week in June 2019 as part of the College calendar. For the week of 24 - 28 June 2019, the normal College timetable will be suspended for all students in Years 7-9 and staff will spend the week providing in a variety of activities not usually available during the normal day. Activities Week is an opportunity for all students to learn new skills and develop socially, allowing staff and students to work together in a less formal environment, helping to cement working relationships for the coming academic year.

Activities Week Timetable

Choose your preferred activities from the timetable and complete the booking form, giving your first and second choice preferences for each day (the booking form is available at the bottom of this page). If you require a paper copy of the brochure and expression of interest form, please contact our Reception on 01626 367 335.

Cost of Activities, Online Expressions of Interest, Booking and Payment for Activities

The costs for activities have been calculated according to a maximum number of students taking part. If there are insufficient numbers of students opting for a particular activity, the activity may be subject to cancellation. We have ensured that there is a broad range of activities in terms of both interest and cost, which will enable everyone to participate in a worthwhile activity. Some establishments are still to finalise their 2019 prices; the cost of activities have been based on maximum numbers; therefore some costs may change slightly after this guide has been circulated.

Expressions of Interest & Booking

Expressions of interest for all activities must be completed via our booking form found at the bottom of this page. Should you require a paper booking form, please contact our Reception on 01626 367 335. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once activities have been allocated, you will receive written confirmation and a payment date (if applicable) for each activity.   


ACTIVITIES WILL NOT BE PAID FOR AT THE TIME OF ONLINE EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST. Once your activities have been confirmed in writing (as above), you will be required to pay online via your sQuid account. All payments are non-refundable, unless the activity is cancelled by the College.


We regard Activities Week as an important part of your child’s development and, as a result, attendance is compulsory. Any unauthorised absence during this week could result in a Penalty Notice. Any absence should be notified in the usual manner through our absence lines on 01626 367335. If your child is unable to attend due to sickness we will be unable to refund any payments unless covered by an insurance policy where a residential activity has been booked. Absences, of 4 days or more, due to illness will require written medical evidence to be provided.

Any student, who does not book activities during the booking period, will automatically be enrolled on onsite supervision for the entire week. Students will be engaged in school based activities and supervised by a member of staff at all times.


We have very high expectations regarding the conduct and behaviour of our students, both within the College and in the wider community. The vast majority of our students rise to these expectations and are a credit to both the College and their families. It is therefore vitally important that these standards are maintained, particularly on offsite visits where the reputation of the College is at stake. In order to keep students safe and allow everyone to enjoy their activities, students will NOT be permitted to take part in offsite activities if, between October 2018 and June 2019, they:

  • Receive any fixed term exclusion;
  • Record six visits to Isolation in any half term.

Whilst we do not anticipate any major concerns or issues to arise with students selected to participate on any offsite visits, it should be noted that we may reserve the right to remove students who we feel may fail to achieve the high standards of conduct. In the unlikely event of this happening, the decision will be made by the Principal of the College and would be a last resort. In these circumstances any monies paid will not be refunded.

Activities Week Activities

Details of each activity, cost, applicable year groups and maximum numbers of attendees is provided to help you decide the right activities for your child.

London Creative Arts Trip

Cost: £430Days: 5 (Mon-Fri)
Max No: 96Year 8 onlyResidential: 4 nights

This is an amazing, action-packed opportunity to experience the culture of our capital city and visit live art and theatre. The trip will include West End Theatre performances of ‘Wicked’ and ‘Aladdin’ as well as a special performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. The trip will also include tours of the National Theatre, a lecture at the National Art Gallery, visits to the Museum of London and Victoria and Albert Museum, a Performing Arts Workshop and a London Eye flight. The work produced during this week could go towards a Silver Arts Award.   


Cornwall Water Sports

Cost: £380Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 50Years 8 & 9 OnlyResidential: 4 nights

This is a great opportunity to experience a range of different water sports in various locations within Cornwall.  Accommodation is based in Newquay, with students taking part in surfing, body boarding, kayaking and paddle boarding activities at Tolcarne beach, Newquay and Swanpool beach in Falmouth.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of beach activities throughout the week.  In the evenings, students will be involved in quizzes, beach games and a town trail.  This is a fantastic opportunity for those students who are looking for an action-packed Activities Week.  Students do not have to have any previous experience and all equipment is provided.  All activities are run by experienced company, Elemental, who employ motivated and fully qualified activity coordinators.


Brecon Beacons Outdoor Educational Residential

Cost: £300Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: 4 nights

The Brecon Beacons trip will be a great outdoor experience, enjoying a wonderful part of the country. Experience horse riding, water sports and climbing. All activities will be run by experienced leaders and will push students out of their comfort zone. Accommodation will be in a fully equipped bunkhouse in the heart of the Beacons.


Living History

Cost: £95Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 22Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: 1 night

Do you love History? Would you love to know what life was really like in the past? Then this is the week for you! The week aims to bring History to life by exploring the places and lifestyles of people in Ancient and Medieval Britain. On Monday, students will visit Caerphilly Castle and Caerleon Roman fort and baths. On Tuesday, students will take the train into Exeter to explore the extraordinary Roman and Anglo-Saxon History of this important city. Wednesday will be a little different, with students travelling to Butser Ancient Farm to try their hand at ancient skills such as wattling, clunching and secco painting. Students will enjoy a BBQ on site and stay overnight in a recreated Iron Age roundhouse to truly experience life in the past. On Thursday, students will investigate historical archaeology before returning home. Friday will be based at College, where we will produce a reminder of our amazing experience. I think you will agree that it should be an exciting week of real History!


Marine Biology

Cost: £50Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

Spend a week exploring the Devon coastline, where students will be able to learn about marine life and see the most amazing sea creatures. The week will have a range of visits that include a trip to an aquarium, visiting a marine zoo, a boat trip around Torbay and rock pooling, where students can discover a range of wildlife on our own coastline!


SOLD OUT - Harry Potter Week

Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 40Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

This is not a week for Muggles! You will be making your own wands and grimoires to use throughout the week, trying your hand at Quidditch and delving into a History of Magic. Students will make their own moving photos and Quibblers as mementos, attend Charms class to try some real magic, then bring it all to life (with your wands, of course!) in re-enactments from The Cursed Child as well as seeing how you fair against our very own Potions Master. We won’t forget to stop for some pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes and butterbeer as we go! As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a workshop at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall, paired with a trip to Tintagel and Merlin’s cave. Finally, there will, of course, be a visit to the Harry Potter Studios!


South West Explorers

Cost:  £60Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Students plan where they spend the week! A day at the beach? An afternoon in Exeter? A walk on the coast path? We will work together on Day 1 to plan an adventure by train for the remaining days of the week. Students will work out prices, times and activities to fit the budget and time we have each day. How far can we get on the great rail network available to us?


Tour de Devon

Cost: £25Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

A series of cycling trips out from College, cycling in the Devon countryside or to the beach. An opportunity to get on your bike (subject to suitability - College bikes are available) and spend the day out of College, cycling to a local destination. Cycling trips will include three days leisure cycling from College combined with two days using a minibus to transport cycles to start from a remote location.


Football Academy

Cost: £30Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 20Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

Students will spend the week taking part in a series of football-related activities based at College and run by Saints Southwest coaches. Each day will focus on a different theme including shooting, dribbling and passing. The week will be filled with individual competitions, as well as a World Cup style competition on the last day.


Putting on the Ritz

Cost: £20Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 15
Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

Students will spend time researching and planning what they would like to make for a traditional afternoon tea, as well as experiencing foods from different cultures. Students will make all of the products and present them in a professional manner. Students will also experiment with different methods of cooking as well as visiting a local organic farm and see how food is produced locally.


Fashion/Textile Week

Cost: £35Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 20
Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

During the week, students will delve into the fashion and textiles industries. Students will experiment with Batik (wax-resist dyeing), tie and dye and fabric printing, as well as designing their own t-shirts, practicing felt making, taking part in a fashion show and visiting the Coldharbour Mill Museum.



Cost: £100Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

This week of fishing gives students the opportunity to learn about the types of fish that can be caught in different waters, as well as experiencing a series of pond and sea fishing trips, lead by fishing coaches. Equipment will be provided, including all licenses, tackle and bait. To prepare for the week, students will have the opportunity to take part in a couple of evening teaching sessions before Activities Week if required.


Creative Outdoors!

Cost: FreeDays: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 20Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Connect with nature through outdoor creativity. Transform the College’s walled garden to become a sensory area, vegetable garden and area designed to encourage wildlife. Make natural sculptures, wind chimes and seating using only recycled and natural items.  End each day with treats cooked over the fire pit!


Global Cultures

Cost: £25Days: 5 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

Explore languages and cultures from around the world. Students will discover different customs and traditions, food and drink, music and film, sport, fashion and arts. You will also get the opportunity to learn some new languages and find out about amazing travel destinations.


Rock School

Cost: £40Days: 3 (Wed, Thurs & Fri)Max No: 20Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Rock school is an opportunity for students to work with other like-minded people to create a band, write songs and perform them to an audience with the help and guidance of teachers and specialist musicians. Students will have the opportunity to discover different rock instruments and write songs accordingly, as well as perform them and record them on computer software. All equipment is supplied; however, students can bring in any additional instruments they have at home. Come and release your inner Rock star!!


Bristol in Action

Cost: £135Days: 3 (Wed, Thurs & Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: 2 nights

Spend three days living in the city! Students will travel to Bristol by train, see the city by ferry, visit @Bristol, visit SS Great Britain and take part in a workshop run by eco-architects, and visit Bristol University.


Robotics and Coding

Cost: FreeDays: 2 or 3 (Mon - Wed or Thurs & Fri)Max No: 10Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

This is your opportunity to make and program killer robots.


SOLD OUT - Detective Days - Escape Room

Days: 2 (Mon & Tues or Wed & Thurs)Max No: 10Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Spend two days becoming a Detective and solving clues. Students will visit an ‘escape room’ where teams will race against the clock to ESCAPE the room by solving puzzles, cracking codes and putting their skills to the test. Students will also become CSI Detectives, using science to solve clues from a crime scene to identify ‘Who Dunnit?!’


Pizza Dragons' Den

Days: 2 (Mon & Tues or  Wed & Thurs)Max No: 10Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Students will design a new pizza for a local pizza takeaway business. Students will design a pizza box, create a marketing campaign, film an advert, work out costings, buy the ingredients at ASDA, cook their pizza and then present it in a pitch. Students will vote on the winning team who will win a prize.


Jewellery Making

Cost: £12Days: 2 (Mon & Tues or Thurs & Fri)Max No: 20Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Students will learn new techniques to make their own jewellery, including bracelets, necklaces, charm bracelets, earrings and rings for themselves or as gifts for friends and family. Students will use intricate jewellery making equipment, as well as trying knot tying and gluing to complete their pieces. A fun but relaxing crafty activity for the creative types.


Churston - Battlefield Live & Foot Golf

Cost: £25Days: 1 (Mon, Wed or Fri)Max No: 15Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

In the morning, students will visit Battlefield Live, an exciting infra-red combat game using sensor recognition.  Unlike paintball or airsoft, Battlefield Live has no flying bullets, which means no bruising, no mess, and no steamy mask to wear. As there are no bullets to pay for you can shoot as often as you like!! Teams play out various missions during the session. In the afternoon, students will test themselves in a round of Foot Golf. The object of the game is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. The beauty of the game lies in students’ ability to strategically combine power and precision; making it a game suitable for everyone.


SOLD OUT - Go Ape & Team Building - Haldon

Days: 1 (Tues or Thurs)Max No: 15Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

Students will start the day with team building exercises including brain teasers, communication work and leadership challenges. After lunch, students will ‘Go Ape’ in the forest canopy, where students will put themselves to the test over a variety of crossings and high rope walkways, as well as incredible zip wire action. Brand new in the summer of 2018, the 431 metre Junior course at Haldon Forest makes for some unforgettable high ropes antics.


Day of Art

Cost: £5
Day: 1 (Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri)Max No: 20Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

An opportunity for students to immerse themselves for a whole day in the world of art, developing their skills in a range of materials, such as print and ceramics, creating something spectacular to treasure and keep.


Sports Taster Day

Cost: FreeDay: 1 (Mon - Fri)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Spend the day playing a variety of sports, including anything from a fun session in the swimming pool to ultimate frisby. You decide!


First Aid Qualification

Cost: £16Day 1: (Tues or Fri)Max No: 24Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Whether you are a budding doctor or nurse, or you just would like to know about first aid, this qualification is really useful and looks great on a CV. Students will learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), how to use a defibrillator, how to place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position, how to deal with choking, burns and bandaging of small wounds. Students will have the opportunity to use specialist mannequins, choking vests and bandages. Each student will receive a certificate at the end of the course.


Bigbury Surf & Paddle Boarding

Cost: £30 per dayDays: Up to 3 (Mon - Fri)Max No. 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Come and enjoy an exciting surf / paddle board experience! Students will take part in sessions for beginners and Intermediates in a beautiful South Hams setting. The course will also be combined with team building and competitive games on the beach. Students can choose this activity up to three times during Activities Week.


Animation Digital Graphics & Game Design

Cost: FreeDays: 1 (Mon, Wed or Thurs)Max No: 30Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

A variety of fun but educational activities for students to complete, ranging from Computer Graphics to making Apps, Cartoons and Animations. If you like computing, then this is the activity for you!


Quay West

Cost: £20Days: 1 (Mon, Wed or Fri)Max No. 45Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Take on the sheer speed of ‘The Screamer’ and ride the’ Wild Kamikaze’! Are you BRAVE enough to face Quay West’s terrifying ‘Devil's Drop’? Students will tumble on tyres and twist through tubes on eight adrenalin-pumping slides, each with a varying degree of difficulty. For the less adventurous student, take advantage of the swimming area for a day of fun and adventure.



Days: 1 (Tues or Thurs)Max No. 45Years 7, 8 & 9Residential: No

Woodlands Family Theme Park is the largest family theme park in Devon. There’s something for anyone and everyone! With one of the largest and best indoor play areas in the South West, amazing water rides, a zoo farm and much more, there’s fun to be had rain or shine.


Kents Cavern & Bowling

Days: 1 (Mon, Tues or Wed)Max No. 15Years 7,8 & 9Residential: No

In the morning students will visit Kents Cavern; a spectacular natural cave with an incredible history that began 400 million years ago. The tour of the cave gives an amazing insight into Ice Age life and an opportunity to see naturally formed chambers. Students will then head towards AMF bowling to enjoy a game in the lanes.


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