Making the most of your time: excitement and adventure

The whole school enjoys an extensive co-curricular programme which runs each week and which includes clubs and activities as diverse as street dancing, golf, cookery, judo, photography, debating, fencing, art, cross-country running, textiles, dressmaking & home furnishing, touch rugby, pottery, exploring nature, technology, allotment, self-protection and ballroom dancing.  In addition, you will still have time to rehearse with one or more of the many music ensembles, train with the sports teams and support dramatic productions (depending on your interests and talents).

Visits to theatres, cinemas and museums and other centres of activity are organised by most subjects and in some cases it is possible for sixth-formers not actually studying the subject concerned to join the trip.

You may also continue with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and each year a number of sixth-formers go for gold.

Even further beyond the classroom are the school’s tours and expeditions. Since 2006 the school has undertaken a major overseas expedition every other year for four weeks in the developing world. The focus of this has been personal development in a challenging environment, involvement in a major local community project and undertaking a major local conservation project, with an emphasis on helping to set up sustainable community-run projects. Past expeditions have included Kenya, Tanzania and Malaysian Borneo. In the summer of 2012 twenty-seven students and three members of staff travelled to Uganda, which included a visit to our sister school, St Katherine’s. All members of the upper fifth and lower sixth were given the opportunity to participate, and a major challenge was fundraising part of the cost of the expedition themselves.

German and art AS students visit Berlin each year to study the city’s wonderful buildings, public spaces and art museums. In 2010, members of Swithun Choir enjoyed a performance tour in the Loire and in 2014 toured Hong Kong.

Examples of other tours include the sixth-form cultural tour to New York for pupils to make the most of its architecture, history, politics, art and entertainment including a Broadway show and workshop.