Adventures and expeditions form part of life at St Faith’s Prep. Our children benefit enormously from regular educational visits which provide hands-on learning and introduce them to a host of exciting new experiences. Away from parents and school, the children are looking to expand their educational horizons and develop characteristics of resilience, independence and self-confidence. Trips out also develop care and awareness for one another, team building skills, camaraderie and a sense of belonging, not only to the school but the wider community.
Recent trips have included The Tower of London, Port Lympne, Folkestone Coastal Park, East Sussex & Kent Railway, Pfizer Science Day, Margate Shell Grotto – Turner Gallery and Beach, Dover Tunnels, The Marlowe Theatre and many more!
In addition to the day trips, our children have regular adventures further afield.
Year 3, have a Friday night camping experience in the school grounds. This is a not-to-be-missed experience under canvas, with the children learning Forest and survivals skills, having a BBQ, swimming and games. Parents pick up some very tired but happy children on the Saturday morning after the usual breakfast cooked by very bleary eyed staff.
Year 4, visit Rippledown, an environmental education centre, staying over for two nights. Here the children learn about the environment around them and the various insects and animals in their habitats. Many children experience dormitory accommodation for the first time ever, with access to their friends for a full 24 hours, and by talking through the night learn the importance of a good night’s sleep. They sleep much better on the second night!
Year 5, visit Kingswood Activity Centre in Ashford, and are away for four nights. With the intense programme of work in Year 5, this is always much appreciated relief from the pressure of the classroom. The children can develop different aspects of learning like determination, commitment and problem sharing. The food is plenteous, the dormitory accommodation warm and comfortable and the activities challenging.
Year 6 have an amazing outward bound adventure experience when they visit Le Chateau de Warsy in France for a week, where the main aim of the children throughout the week is to dump the headmaster and staff into the lake as often as possible. We have this beautiful chateau all to ourselves in stunning French countryside and only a four hour journey from school including a short ferry ride. Here the children experience a blend of activity and culture, such as mountain biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, shooting, archery to visiting a French market, chocolate factory and World War One cemeteries and museums.
Not forgetting our annual ski trip to France, for pupils from Years 4 to 6. We regularly book the same hotel to Serre Chevalier which is much desired and situated at the bottom of the gondola, giving easy access to all the slopes with an added opportunity to ski back at the end of the day. Staff fight for the opportunity to join the children for seven days of snow ball fights, fun and challenges on and off the slopes, not forgetting ten pin bowling, tobogganing, and the cosy quiz and film nights in front of the lovely warm open fire with hot chocolate.
You can read our blogs on our website during these visits