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Designed to keep the learning process fresh, exciting and relevant, and offering our pupils the chance to explore and find new meaning in concepts and subjects which have been introduced in the classroom, trips are an engaging part of the learning process in both the Junior and Senior Years.
In the Junior Years, pupils have the chance to participate in class outings to various places of interest, tailored to topics and subjects they have been learning about within the curriculum.
In recent times, pupils have visited Stirling Castle, the Crannog at Loch Tay, local farms, Broughty Ferry Lifeboat station, RRS Discovery and Dundee Rep Theatre. Two trips in particular are real highlights of the school year; in the summer term, children in L6 get to take part in an outdoor activity weekend at Dalguise in Perthshire, whilst in the spring term, pupils in L7 enjoy an action and culture-packed week in either London or Paris.
In the Senior Years, their studies take our pupils on a variety of local and national trips. For instance, in Geography our pupils visit Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and can be found engaged in field trips across Scotland; pupils taking Modern Studies visit the Scottish Parliament; pupils studying Engineering Science visit the Queensferry Crossing and local engineering firms; pupils taking Drama have the chance to attend performances of productions at Dundee Rep and further afield. The list goes on…
But, with their increasing maturity and the expansion of the scope of what they are learning in the curriculum, the chance to take part in trips further afield is also a regular, inspiring part of life in the Senior Years.
For example, the History department has taken pupils to visit key sites in Kraków, Berlin, the US and the WW1 Battlefields of France and Belgium in recent times; the Geography department leads an annual field trip to Barcelona and has taken pupils to sample the extraordinary landscape of Iceland and to experience life in China and Tibet; and pupils studying Classics have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of the Roman Empire through an annual expedition to Italy.
In addition, in 2016 a cross-curricular trip organised by Drama, Computing Science and Technology gave pupils a range of inspiring experiences in California; pupils have been offered the chance to develop their linguistic skills and cultural awareness through regular Modern Languages-led trips to France and Germany; and pupils in F5 and F6 have enjoyed life-changing trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos, and Malawi and Tanzania.
As you might expect, our sporting teams jump at the chance to test themselves against overseas opposition. As a result, in recent times, hockey trips to the US and to Belfast, a rugby and hockey tour to South Africa and rugby tours to Amsterdam and to Barcelona have proved highly popular.
The co-curriculum also offers the chance for horizon-broadening expeditions. For instance, our debaters can find themselves in action in England; members of the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) take part in a residential camp each summer; and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award also takes our pupils into the heart of some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.
In addition, the entire F1 year group takes part in a residential stay at Nethybridge in the Cairngorm National Park in September with the aim of developing teamwork and enabling the pupils get to know each other and guidance staff in their house, not to mention having a bit of fun!