Whilst it is possible to learn some basic concepts in class, there is no substitute for real experience in the wider world
St Joseph’s College expeditions and trips provide a great opportunity for pupils to gain such experience and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development.
Pupils may feel that they know their classmates and teachers well from day-to-day contact in school, but the experience of living with them in a residential community can add a completely new dimension. It raises the whole area of interpersonal skills, including leadership, team work and trust and respect.
There are also issues concerning the psychology of the whole experience, particularly involving self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. We frequently hear from our teachers that pupils who do not normally shine in the classroom have excelled on a residential trip.
College trips can also make a major contribution to the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills. Studies of the natural and man-made world, the present and past, science and arts, language and music can all be enhanced outside the classroom. Adventure activity and sports skills can form the foundation of life-long interests, as well as address the health and obesity agendas.
St Joseph’s College pupils enjoy a full range of expeditions and trips regularly organised by staff, please see below just a few of the trips which have been taken in the last year.
Year 7 Rushall Farm
Year 7 Kintbury
Year 8 Living Rainforest
Year 9 – 11 Valencia, Spain
Year 11 Alverstoke (preparation for entry to Sixth Form)
Year 12 South Africa
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