A Lancing school has hosted an Activity Week to enable students to experience new events and take time to enjoy education in the broader sense.
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.
The Academy 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.
A member of 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 Seven and Year Eight students went camping at Broadstone Warren Scout campsite.
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 Academy friend and local artist Alison Lapper, in which students and staff 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 the community, and included a game of wheelchair hockey.
Circus Allstars taught a wide range of circus skills and said: “What a great Academy! Your participation and talent was brilliant!”
Prior to each school Chapter taking part in these activities, the whole school joined together for the Annual Sponsored South Downs 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 student spoke for all when she said “We should all be more like Malala!”
For more information about the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, visit www.srwa.woodard.co.uk.
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