Every year, during the last week of school, our students take part in a wide range of activities both on and off-site. Activities Week is one of the most exciting experiences at St Bees, and this year has been the best so far! Here’s what we got up to…
Friday 1st July – Whole School Trip to Edinburgh
Activities Week 2022 started on Friday 1st July with a whole school trip to the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Upon arrival, we headed straight for the iconic Edinburgh Castle, where our students and staff enjoyed a tour around its halls and looking across the city from the battlements.
Our Senior students delved into the vaults to learn about the spooky history of the city in an interactive ghost tour. We then indulged in a little shopping, making the most of being in such a large city with plenty of shops to explore.
Monday 4th July – Camping, Ghyll Scrambling, Archery and Muncaster Castle
On Monday 4th July, we had a variety of activities taking place. Some of our Junior students enjoyed a camping trip with Mr Beach and Mrs Pinney, staying on Mrs Pinney’s camping ground. They had a great time at the beach, eating delicious food and telling ghost stories! A huge thank you to Julie for sending ingredients and packed lunches for them to enjoy.
We also had a group of students head down to Ravenglass on the train to visit Muncaster Castle. In addition to exploring the grounds and learning more about this amazing building and its history, students and staff enjoyed the owl and falcon shows, getting up close to some incredible birds of prey as they flew overhead!
Our Senior students headed out to try their hand at ghyll scrambling and archery with Miss Cole and Mr Hewitson at Cumbria Outdoors. We were very impressed to hear that all the students took the plunge despite the cold water, and we have found that we have some natural archers in our midst!
Tuesday 5th July – Beach Activities, Performing Arts and House Rounders Competition
On Tuesday, we utilised what we had on our doorstep and some of our students headed down to St Bees Beach for a morning of beach activities. They created an impressive sandcastle, complete with a full moat and enjoyed a few games of football on the sand.
Other students stayed on-site and got stuck into some singing and dancing during Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Bettinson’s Performing Arts workshop. They were joined by OSB and Mrs Johnstone’s daughter Natalie, who is currently studying Performing Arts and Musical Theatre at Wilkes Academy and Jasmin Smith of Smith Singing Tuition.
Together, they recreated one of the most iconic moments of any musical – “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, in addition to singing “If Only You Would Listen” from School of Rock, which they then performed on Friday during our final assembly of the year. A huge well done to all the students who took part and thank you to Natalie and Jasmin for sharing their expert knowledge and skills with us!
Tuesday afternoon saw the whole school reconvene and take part in our final House event of the year – the House Rounders competition. All teams played exceptionally well, with Foundation taking the lead.
The afternoon rounded off with a Teacher vs Student rounders competition, where the teachers scored a massive 7 rounders to the student team’s 2! Well done to all involved, and thank you to Miss Popescu and Jenny for organising and officiating.
Wednesday 6th July – Manchester Chinatown, Bowling in Carlisle, Hide and Seek and Canoeing
On Wednesday, Ms Hou, Mr Silk and Mrs Pinney accompanied students to Manchester’s Chinatown to enjoy some Chinese culture and enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine. They also had the chance to visit an art gallery and do some shopping!
Ms Hou was extremely impressed with the students as every single one of them ordered their food in Chinese!
We also had some students head up to Carlisle for a day of fun which included a tour of Carlisle Castle and – probably their favourite part – bowling and some delicious treats at Hollywood Bowl! It was great to see all our students getting involved and enjoying some healthy competitive spirit!
Some students stayed on-site with Jenny, Mrs Gan, Mr Keep and Mr Gribble. They had a relaxed morning which consisted of football and dodgeball in our Sports Hall.
After lunch, they headed over to Science where they made slime, used chromatography to create some funky-haired Trollz and even Mr Keep got involved with using skittles to create a rainbow!
They spent the last part of the day with Mr Gribble. What activity can you do that’s fun and utilises the space we have here at St Bees? Hide and seek of course!
We were really impressed with some of the ingenious hiding places that our students found! Well done to Ahafiia and Daniel in Year 8 for being two of the hardest to find – their hiding places were so well-thought-out!
Mr Hewitson and Miss Cole were out on the water again with another group of students, this time with the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project and their canoes!
It was a bit cold on the lake so, at lunchtime, Miss Cole and Mr Hewitson supervised making hot chocolate on a stove by the lakeside. Everyone soon warmed up!
Thursday 7th July – Keswick Pencil Museum and Blackpool Pleasure Beach
On the final day of Activities Week, we had two trips off-site – one to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and another to Keswick.
Mrs Taylor, Mrs Pinney, Mrs Johnstone, Mr Davies, Mr Hewitson and Ms Hou headed down to the infamous Blackpool to take on some of their iconic rides alongside our thrill-seeking students,
They enjoyed riding “The Big One”, Ice Blast, The Grand National and more!
Those who wanted a more relaxing day joined Mr Beach and Jenny as they visited Keswick. Their first stop was the town’s famous pencil museum where they were able to view the world’s largest pencil! Did you know that Keswick is the home of the world’s first pencil?
They then took a boat trip on Derwentwater and enjoyed the beautiful weather, and even fed some geese on the waterside.
They then treated themselves to ice cream which was much needed in the heat.
All in all, we’ve had a fantastic week, and what a way to end the 2021-2022 school year! We can’t wait to start planning trips and activities for next year!