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SRWA Activities Week
“We Should All Be More Like Malala”
Activities Week was our chance as an Academy to team build within the Chapters, experience new events and take time to enjoy education in a broader sense. We are proud to support the local community and Activities Week is a time for our students to become involved in this. Time is also taken to value society and to be aware of the environment - both locally and internationally, as well as appreciating the wider world.
Students volunteered in a host of local venues from the Worthing Churches Homeless Project to St Barnabas House, to clearing up the local beach, hospital gardens and the local nursery school. We had guest journalists in from ‘The New Internationalist’ Magazine and explored education around the world through inspirational workshops and watching a documentary about the life of Malala Yousafzai. The New Internationalist team said “It was a really amazing four days. We probably learned more from the students than they did from us! Thank you for being awesome!”
Students went on trips to explore local wildlife and heritage, as well as appreciating the wider world. Trips included: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hever Castle in Kent and locally to the lifeboat station in Shoreham. The Performing Arts Department took their Annual Tour this year to Lake Garda, Italy and for the second year running a group of Year 7 and Year 8 students went camping at Broadstone Warren Scout campsite.
Understanding ourselves and the things we can do is an important part of development, so a day was dedicated to exploring new physical skills and learning about the special skill sets of people with disabilities. The day included a workshop with our Academy friend and local artist Alison Lapper, in which staff and students learnt how to paint with their feet and their mouths. Alison said: “Thank you so much. You were amazing! I had a great time!” ‘Enable Me’ gave sharp insights to life for the disabled in our community, and included a hectic game of wheelchair hockey. Circus Allstars taught everyone a wide range of circus skills and said: “What a great Academy! Your participation and talent was brilliant!”
Prior to each Chapter taking part in these activities, we all joined together for the Annual South Downs Sponsored Walk from the Academy up to Cissbury Ring and back, which raised money for each Chapter charity. At the end of Activities Week, when asked to sum up how the week had affected them, one of our students spoke for all when she said “We should all be more like Malala!”
Foot and Mouth Painting
Year 7 and 8 Camp at Broadstone Warren
Volunteering in the Community
Whole School South Downs Walk
Performing Arts Tour in Lake Garda, Italy