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The Aquinas Experience

Last summer we invited all parents into school to officially launch our Aquinas Experience. Students have now heard all about it this week from their tutor.  

We passionately believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn both in and outside of the classroom as they journey to become committed 

learners and exceptional people.

Overview 

After much consultation, research and discussion, the Aquinas Experience consists of; 

Year Group Experience
Year 7 University Visit
Year 8 Climb a Mountain
Year 9 Theatre Visit
Year 10 London Visit
Year 11 Upton Warren

Payment 

All trips are now on Parent Pay. You can start making payments from today if you wish. Payments can be made in instalments for all school trips now so you are welcome to pay weekly or monthly. Parent Pay will also ask you to tick a box to give consent for your child to go on the trip (no paper reply slips will be required). In case of financial difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact the school in due course. 

And finally ... 

We are sure that this will be an exciting and rewarding trip for all students. Ultimately, such experiences are part of a holistic education and will help develop committed learners and exceptional people. 

 

Year 7 Experience – Visit a Local University

Year 7 will visit a local university - either the University of Birmingham, or Aston University or Birmingham City University or Newman University - to see what the life of a higher education student is like. After travelling on the train (or coach if you are going to Newman University) from our local station at Kings Norton, the students will take part in a range of activities and experiences including: a campus tour; a sporting activity; an aspirational talk about the benefits of going to university; a visit to the students halls to see the magnificent accommodation and even some taster lectures on a couple of the 300 choices of degree which are on offer all on a university near you. This is a timely visit towards the end of Year 7 for the students at the start of their secondary school journey looking towards the dream of studying for a degree and a choice of career in the future, which has no limits.

Approx price £5.50pp

 

 

Year 8 Experience – Clent Hills

Students will visit The Clent Hills located in the picturesque landscape of north Worcestershire. They will accomplish a three hour guided walk conquering some of the summits of the Clent Hills, whilst taking in the local history, wildlife and physical features offered by our guide. As part of the day, the students will be able to enjoy the fantastic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and on a clear day even the Welsh borders. This will expose students to different landscapes; there is more than just the city! To allow our students to appreciate the rural areas that are within close proximity to Birmingham and the value they have to offer. To complete a walk that may be challenging to some, where at times resilience will be required.   

Approx price £16.50pp

 

 

Year 9 Experience – Theatre Visit to Stratford Upon Avon

Next March we are taking the whole of Year 9 to see the brand new musical, ‘The Boy In The Dress’ which is based on the novel of the same name written by David Walliams. 

The music for the musical is by Robbie Williams and the production is running at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, a beautiful, prestigious theatre. 

We are lucky to have secured tickets for the show and know that our students will be some of the first people in the country, if not the world, to see it. 

https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-boy-in-the-dress-musical/trailer

Approx price £23pp 

 

Year 10 Experience – London

Students in year 10 will explore a place of worship. The place of worship links to their Religious Education studies, so students will visit one of the largest synagogues in London. Their time in London will be rotated between Central United Synagogue and The Jewish Museum; students will complete workshops and study artefacts surrounding Judaism throughout history, including the Holocaust and the vital role that faith played in the story of survivors.

Approx price £22pp

 

 

Year 11 Experience - Upton Warren Outdoor Challenge

Lead in small teams by expert instructors, students select from a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, sailing, archery, climbing, 3G swing, bridges, low ropes, high ropes, orienteering, tunnels, raft building, crate stack and bush-craft.  Each challenge develops a different aspect of resilience and resourcefulness.  Students learn to challenge themselves and trust their expert instructor and peers to become increasingly resilient.  They will have to be organised, calm and resourceful to problem solve in each challenge.  The day reinforces the importance of mental agility, good humour and physical stamina in taking good care of themselves during their preparations for external GCSE’s.  

Approx price £22pp

 

 

Upton Warren - 11th November

Thursday morning Year 11 celebrated the inaugural event that was the first Aquinas Experience which took place on the 11th November the day before their trial exams. The year group on the day worked in teams on various team building activities covering high ropes, crate stacking, 3G swings, low ropes, archery, kayaking, canoeing and orienteering. The assembly was an opportunity to reflect and appreciate many students for their fun, efforts, commitment and love of life they showed on the day. The smiles on the faces in the video was testament to the of successful day.

After watching the video team leaders from the day stepped forward to present individual students who deserved recognition if the form of a certificate and a much appreciated chocolate orange. We did not have time to present every single student however, they were not too disappointed as they all received a donut during afternoon registration.  Well done to all students who committed themselves to the day and the activities with particular mention to Shauna, Josephine T, Kyle C, Connor Mc, Taylor D, Allan D S, Trish, Mya F, Victoria O, Caitlin F, Avni B, Sapphire TH, Lara, Mia, Victoria N, Joshua E. To acknowledge their sense of achievement, fun and friendship will be remembered for a very long time.

Once again can I please give a heartfelt thank you to all Year 11 students and their parents or carers who supported the event.  Special thanks are extended to Mr. Stephenson, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Tullett, Mr Yeomans, Mr.O’Reilly, Mr O’Sullivan, Miss Wiggins, Mrs Carter, Mr Adams, Mrs Tipper, Dr. Gilmore, Mr Eburah, Mr Smyllie, Mr Baker and Mrs Elliman for their commitment and enduring sense of adventure.

Mr Stephenson
Head of Year 11

 

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