Activity Week 2017 – Who did what?

Surfing in Cornwall

Students spent their week in Cornwall with sun, sea and surfing! The students learned the basics of surfing and spent the week mastering their skills. Although most of their time was spent in the water, they still had ample time to chill out on the sand and play beach games!

Scuba Diving – PADI Open Water Course

7 students spent 4 days doing their PADI open water training. They spent 2 days in the pool learning the basics and in the classroom doing the theory work. The next 2 days they completed 4 qualifying open water dives and a range of skills tests. They had a great time and all qualified at the end of the 4 day course.

Barcelona – Gaudi

The students travelled to Barcelona to enjoy a week’s worth of activities, exploring the delights of Barcelona, which included visits to; Nou Camp, the port and beach, a flamenco show, Parc Guell, La Sagrada Cathedral, Casa Balto and Casa Mila. On the last day, students were able to enjoy a stroll around Las Ramblas followed by a final meal at the Hard Rock Cafe before travelling home.

London Stories

Students enjoyed a trip to London to see some amazing tales brought to life. They had the chance to visit the famous Globe Theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were performed, and experienced the magical world of Harry Potter on the Warner Brothers Tour. One evening, they had an amazing evening watching Matilda the Musical.

Music Trip to London

On the students visit to London, they attempted to pack in as much culture as possible! They attended the Royal Albert Hall for a Proms Concert, had a guided tour around the Royal College of Music, and of course had the opportunity to visit the well-known museums in the Kensington area, such as; as The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition to this, the students also enjoyed an evening at Matilda the Musical, as well as some London sightseeing.


Acorn Adventure – Barcelona Water Sports

Students travelled to Barcelona for a jam packed week of activities and watersports! The students enjoyed sea kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding and banana boating. In addition to the sea activities, students also enjoyed archery, team games, climbing, swimming, a visit to Nou Camp and sightseeing!

Outward Bound

The outward bound group had an adventure packed week of activities which included; power boating on the Tyne, abseiling in Borrowdale, water activities with pipes, ropes and tarpaulin, archery, mountain climbing, a tug of war in the Buttermere Fells, canoeing in Lake Buttermere, coracle building, Ghyll Scrambling and more! The students are glad for a well deserved rest!



Students travelled to Whitehaven to board the James Cook Yacht, and set sail across the Irish Sea. The students saw some fantastic views, including seeing the Welsh Mountains from Anglesey. Sea legs were developed quickly, and there was an amazing moment where dolphins were swimming alongside their boat!


First Aid Course

The students completed a First Aid Course, learning to look after others and improving their skills, as well as learning how to save a life!

Get into Golf

Students went golf crazy, visiting both Matfen and Wallsend Golf Clubs. They enjoyed coaching on the driving range on the morning and then 9 holes of the par three course in the afternoon. Daniel Giloney stole the show with an impressive hole in one and an overall winning score.

On the 3rd day, the students had a 7am pick up from the school gates, which was the beginning of a four hour coach trip to Southport to enjoy the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Course. A fantastic day was had by all. Many well-known golfers were spotted, and some were even convinced to give Autographs. The students enjoyed plenty of free time to explore the course, grab some snacks and put their new skills to the test on the free golf simulators!

Rugby Camp

Particular highlights were spending the day at Kingston Park home of the Newcastle Falcons on the Wednesday where the pupils played on the first team pitch, had access to the players gym and had a Q&A with Max Davies England u20 international.

On Thursday the pupils were put through a tough Strength and Conditioning gym session with S&C coach Tom Allway who has worked with Saracens Rugby, England Senior Men and The New Zealand All Blacks.

History and Geography Tour

Students enjoyed visits to some of the most famous geographical and historical sites in the North of England and Scotland. They visited Edinburgh, Holy Island, York and the local area of Newcastle.

Sci Fi Convention

Students participated in a range of sci fi activities including murder mystery games, quizzes, guess the monster, lego, alien food tasting, design the spaceship competitions and they even learned some Klingon!

Science Extravaganza

Students took part in Science Camp, and carried out a mix of practical activities, investigations and fantastic demonstrations across Biology, Chemistry and Physics, including investigating a crime scene, making rockets and using microscopes.

Script to Stage

Students, as part of ‘Script to Stage’, had the opportunity to explore a range of Italian mask theatre styles, mime and physical theatre as well as get to grips with an array of circus skills.

Week in India

Students embraced the Indian culture, learning about Bollywood dance, film and religion, as well as learning some Malayalam (South-Indian Language). They also got to taste test some amazing Indian foods, as well as visit a Hindu Temple.

HMC Laxton

Students from Year 8 worked on a project to create an enduring memorial to help the school mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Granted, this is an unusual task for the end of the Summer Term, but while it was a moving and thought-provoking experience, it was genuinely fun and enjoyable as well. After a bit of research and some discussions about the impact of bigotry and intolerance in History and in the present day, they settled on some ‘Heroes’ to commemorate in our project. They then headed to the National Holocaust Centre in Derbyshire for the day to explore the exhibition, and had the honour and privilege to meet a Survivor, Steven Frank, who shared his incredible story with us.


Build your own electric guitar or amp

Students spent their week designing and building guitars from a kit or their own creation. Once the guitars were built and primed, the students then had to paint the guitars a colour, or mixture of colours, of their choice.


A group of students travelled to Kingswood to carry out a number of exciting activities, such as; the high ropes course, blindfold walks, trust exercises, team building games, tree swings and more!

Adventure Sports

Students had an adventure filled week, taking part in a range of activities such as; paddle boarding, coasteering and kite surfing.

Northumbrian Visit

115 students were split into four groups, and visited the following:

Tynemouth – Students visited the Sea Life Aquarium; looking around the tanks, having the opportunity to touch different sea life, and watching the seal show. This was followed by an afternoon on the beach enjoying a mixture of games.

Infinite Air and Bowling – Students enjoyed a morning bouncing around Infinite Air, and trying to beat the unbeatable Mr Greenshields on the Gladiator Challenge, followed by a competitive afternoon at ten pin bowling.

Craster and Low Newton – Students walked from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle to Embleton Bay, and enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the beach playing football, rugby and rounders. A number of students, along with Mr Burdon-Taylor, misjudged the waves and managed to soak their socks and shoes!

Outdoor Activities at Kirkley Hall – Students had an adrenaline filled day at Kirkley Hall; swinging from the high ropes, climbing the highest they could on the climbing wall, stacking as many crates as possible, fleeing along the zip wire and jumping the leap of faith!

Health and Fitness Camp

On Monday, students kicked off the week as they intended to go on, with a lap of the field, some stretching and then 5 rounds of High Intensity Interval Training. They then ventured to the food room, where they cooked up a storm, making a ‘build up bagel’ and homemade turkey meatballs in a tomato sauce.

Tuesday took them to Beamish Wild where the group enjoyed crate stacking (well done Annabel Reece and Storm Lamport for their sterling effort!), leap of faith, building cable cars and archery (another excellent performance by our very own Katniss Everdean, Storm Lamport).

Wednesday saw the return of the indoor training and food investigation. The group made overnight oats and protein balls, and completed a grueling circuit on the gym, before designing their own cruel training session for other pupils the next day.

Thursday – alas the weather was NOT on their side, so they switched their plans to hit Tynemouth beach to conduct their training sessions to South Shields instead. They took their overnight oats and protein balls as refuel snacks, of course! The group completed their exercises – even when the rain came lashing down!

Year 7 Activity Week

Our Year 7 Students took part in a number of activities, such as; a murder mystery activity, playing and experiencing different types of sports, learning orienteering skills, and then carrying out an orienteering activity down on the Derwent Walk. On the Thursday, the students enjoyed a day at Lightwater Valley, exploring the park and going on as many rides as possible!


Work Experience

A number of students participated in a week’s worth of work experience at an organisation of their choice. There were a wide range of sectors visited, and the students enjoyed a taster into the world of work.