EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Our students enjoy access to our Outdoor Learning Programme, and benefit from the therapeutic benefits of our forest schools approach. Our outdoor learning programme also allows students the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. We use the fantastic natural resources nearby the school:
We use our extensive grounds to offer students regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment.
We believe in a holistic approach to developing resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. This gives students the opportunity to enjoy success and supports their learning in the classroom.
We focus a lot on team building and problem solving, to develop students’ ability to build positive relationships and develop their thinking skills.
These two lakes are 11 miles from school. The larger lake offers us the opportunity to take part in a variety of watersports, such as canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. The smaller lake is predominantly managed as a nature reserve and is popular for many wildfowls. There is also a play area and space for informal games.
Our nearest beach is Widemouth Bay, only 6.miles away. The open sandy beach stretches for nearly 2 miles, backed by dunes. At the southern end of the beach, it becomes rocky, which is excellent news for rock pooling. At low tide, there is no shortage of marine life to be discovered there. The beach faces west so that it can get a little breezy, but this is great news for surfing.
We can use the open spaces, easy trails, granite tors and deep wooded valleys to help students, learn about their natural environment and take part in a wide range of activities such as Geocaching, mountain biking, orienteering and bouldering.
We are building our kitchen garden, and students will have the opportunity to take part in our ‘field to plate project’, where they grow fruit and vegetables, which they then prepare as part of our community meal times.
Students develop new skills and learn about science, nutrition and nature.
They can get involved in designing, planting, maintaining, harvesting and preparing. They have the opportunity to work cooperatively in groups.
We believe that our students benefit greatly from working with and looking after animals. Animals don’t just bring fun and affection. They can also have powerful mental and physical health benefits.
In particular, they can reduce stress, depression and anxiety and encourage exercise and improve cardiovascular fitness. Animals help students to become more secure and active and help them to develop attachments. They can have particular impact for our students with attachment issues. It gives them opportunities to develop the nurturing sides of their personalities and brings with it a sense of responsibility, community contribution and well-being.
Here are some of Highgate's animal friends. Rosie Muffet is a six-year-old miniature Shetland pony. She will be a regular visitor to the school. Her favourite activities are being brushed, having a cuddle and going for walks. She needs exercise because she is a small pony and in the summer she gets a little round! Her animal friends are also looking forward to coming to Highgate.