Learning through experiences outside the classroom is a key element of the overall educational ethos of Emanuel.
School trips are powerful, positive teaching tools that help enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all pupils and teachers. We are very fortunate to be supported by our staff who give their time to run trips and visits during and after school as well as within the holidays, so that there is always something new to see or somewhere new to go.
Every year we run a selection of trips, ranging from afternoon visits to local places of worship to sports tours half way around the world and everywhere in between. Some of these trips are designed to directly support work done in the classroom, for example conferences and lectures in subjects such as Geography, History, Mathematics, Classics and Biology, whilst others, such as visits to partnership schools, aim to develop character traits such as independence, resilience and teamwork and help broaden pupil perspectives.
Physics students on a visit to CERN, Geneva
Regular trips that take place are team-building days at the start of the year for pupils in years 6, 7 and the lower sixth. There are also ‘bushcraft’ overnight adventures for pupils in both Year 6 and 8 towards the end of the school year whilst Year 7 have a water-based activity adventure to round off their school year. Sporting tours happen on rotation and popular venues are Barbados for netball, Spain for hockey and France and Italy for rugby. The rowing club run an annual training camp at Easter on Lake Varese in northern Italy.
Pupils do travel much further afield as well. Every summer pupils from the lower sixth spend three weeks of their holiday at one of our partnership schools in Tamil Nadu, India where they teach English and enrichment activities. In October 2019, pupils in Year 11 will be visiting The Gambia. This will be a unique opportunity for them to learn about global issues affecting this fascinating country as well as being able to volunteer alongside young Gambian people to have a lasting positive impact in the local community.
A pupil zip-wires in Gredos, Spain