School bags were carefully packed the night before. Checklists were scanned with a keen eye; there was no room for error. Pens and pencils- tick. Calculator- tick. Passport- tick.
This was no ordinary school week- this was Bowland High’s Enrichment week.
Pupils were treated to a plethora of exciting enrichment activities. The classrooms were left behind for adventures such gliding over Parlick Fell, a tour of Paris and the Rhine valley, a magical trip to Eurodisney, the bright lights of London’s West End theatre productions and exploration of Eden Camp and the 2012 Olympic Stadium!
The classrooms were not left empty however, as the school itself buzzed with yet more dynamic activities and experiences. Pupils from Year 11 were given the unique opportunity to experience life and study at Lancaster University, while Year 10 gained valuable experience from their mock interviews with members of Clitheroe Rotary Club. With boxing, rocket building, a visit from ‘In Ya Face’ Theatre Company, orienteering and an army assault course also taking place, pupils and staff alike ended the week with some very special memories indeed.
The organisation and content of the week had been considered with great care, as Headteacher Stephen Cox explained: “The rationale behind these enrichment days was to coordinate as many visits and activities as possible into the last three days of the term and supplement traditional trips with exciting activities for pupils who remained in school.” He added “This has reduced the usual disruption to pupils’ learning, when many of these trips used to be run throughout the school calendar. We have worked hard to provide exciting and free activities for pupils who have chosen not to go on some of the more exotic trips, ensuring pupils have a wide range of choice. The staff have put an enormous amount of work into the planning of such a wealth of activities.”
As part of Enrichment Week, the Humanities Department took a day trip to London to visit the Olympic Village. Earlier in the week they had visited Eden Camp and Liverpool Docks and the Slavery Museum.