Endeavour 2021

During the penultimate week of the Summer Term, the entire school came off-timetable to participate in the annual Endeavour programme. Activities were selected and offered to each year group, based on different areas of personal development. Students could be found on the school site, in the Peak District, Bristol, Oxford, Poole and more!

Read below for a full breakdown of what our lucky students experienced.

First Year – Independence

First Year students had a fantastic time at Fairthorne Manor Activity Centre, where they worked on their ‘independence’ by participating in a range of team-building activities. These included kayaking, den building, team challenges, a crate challenge and ‘the blind trail’.

Second Year – Confidence

For Second Years, the focus was to develop their ‘confidence’. Students were able to pick between a range of activities offered by the school.

Students could work on their confidence in culinary skills, during a cookery workshop hosted at our prep school Stroud. Students baked, mixed and cooked an array of treats including scones, Sri Lankan curry and tarts!

Mr Havers and Mrs Henderson took a small group of Second Year students on a three-day climbing and camping trip to the Peak District, to build their confidence in heights. The activities included climbing on the famous Peak District Rock, indoor climbing and recreational swimming. A brilliant few days for students to build on their climbing skills and enjoy a residential trip.

A two-day photography workshop took place, where students spent time getting to know the camera and building their confidence behind the lens, before experimenting with different viewpoints, objects and people, as well as having a masterclass in processing, editing and sharing images safely.

They could also try their hand at making short films with One Day Film School. Attending sessions on film history, fight choreography, screenwriting, camera work and editing, students were given the chance to create their very own short film. On the second day, the short films were premiered to the group and judging was a challenge as the standard was so high. Congratulations to the Oscar winners behind the outstanding films ‘Love Between a Wall’ and ‘The Last Straw’.

Lastly, students were also able to visit The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, as part of a two-day music workshop. Students toured the beautiful front of house, tested out all the viewing points, explored the orchestra pit, fly tower and backstage dressing rooms. They were able to speak with many professionals working for the theatre and learn about the interesting developments of the Grade II listed building. The highlight of the tour was standing on the same stage that hosted Julie Andrew’s debut performance, The Beatles on their first national tour, and a host of inspirational comedians, operas, and musical theatre productions.

Third Year – Collaboration

To work on ‘collaboration’, students had the option of one of three trips, or joining ‘The Dragons’ Apprentice’ challenge.

Budding entrepreneurs were challenged to design and create a brand new, innovative board game. Working in teams, they had to consider the market, the target audience and the rules, before pitching their idea to ‘the Dragons’.

38 Third Years went to Blenheim Woods to enjoy a couple of days learning bushcraft skills for their Endeavour experience. Students tried their hands at fire making, shelter building, camouflage and concealment, trap making, and much more!

And the remaining Third Year students headed to Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre, paddling down The River Itchen! Armed with a helmet and life jacket, students were able to paddle on 4 different types of water, which made for an exhilarating challenge. On the second day, students had a go at rock climbing.

Fourth Year – Community

Fourth Year pupils either took part in the Dragons’ den style challenge (explained above) to create a board game, or participated in Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions – a change from the usual ‘community’ focus due to fact that we were unable to welcome our partnership schools this year.

Sixth Form – Self-development

Sixth Formers chose from a range of options working on their ‘self-development’. Our biologists travelled to Leeson House for their annual Biology field trip whilst others worked on science, art or Extended Project Qualification projects. For many it meant being able to get involved in a subject they used to enjoy, but didn’t select at A Level.

A small group of Sixth Formers took off to Bristol, for a day of surfing at ‘The Wave’. The consistent and safe waves allowed students to quickly pick up the skills and build on existing experience, during two lessons. We’ve heard that Mr Blow and Mr Jackson also had a go!

All in all, the two days were filled with sunshine, activity, learning and fun – the perfect way to end the penultimate week of the Summer Term.