At Princethorpe we pride ourselves on the range of co-curricular activities that take place outside of the classroom on offer to every pupil. These activities range from ones that challenge young minds, to more creative outlets for self expression, activities aimed at exposing pupils to new social and cultural ideas, tapping safely into new technologies or getting them physically active.
Clubs, societies and activities take place either at lunchtime or after school and each term a full extra-curricular timetable is produced to enable pupils to choose what they would like to take part in. Whether it’s drama or archery, photography or chess we cater for a wide variety of interests
In addition, we also aim to support pupils’ learning by offering regular music and theatre trips, lectures, visits to museums, art galleries and science festivals. We invite guest speakers in to school to discuss issues with pupils, as well as welcoming visiting music, theatre and dance companies to demonstrate their excellence to our pupils.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is hugely popular at Princethorpe. Each year we have more and more pupils signing up to participate in this nationally recognised Award Scheme.
Overseas trips and expeditions including 'World Challenge' and 'Camps International' are a regular feature of the academic calendar and are offered to all corners of the globe.
Ecuador 2016: “I’m just so proud of all the students who worked so hard, day in, day out.”
“My Biology Teacher moment came during a visit to the Darwin Research Institute on the Galapagos Islands. Our guide asked if anyone knew anything about natural selection or Darwin’s finches. A warm surge of pride accompanied thirty-seven hands as they punched the air. It was a text book moment.” Head of Biology and Camps International College Coordinator Miss Faye Roberts reflects on the four-week life changing experience to Ecuador this summer. “I’d go back tomorrow at the drop of a hat. It was incredible.” Clearly, the accompanying Year 11 and Lower Sixth pupils would agree. I mean who wouldn’t relish the opportunity of eating live lemon ants (named as a result of their distinctive citrus twang) or Guinea pig? How about rising at dawn to help dig the foundations of a remote community’s health centre or building a school fence? This trip’s robust intention was to pack a punch. By immersing leafy Warwickshire’s teenagers into the most desolate of South American communities and expecting them to live and work alongside the indigenous population there was no alternative other than simply getting on with it, grafting and making friends.
“The students worked hard. And I mean hard. It was tough manual labour they were undertaking a lot of the time. Aside from the donkey work there were football matches, English lessons, games and friendships – the stuff that just can’t be planned or advertised on a web site. Our pupils gained so much.” Miss Roberts explains.
Beetling between three diverse communities: Amazonia, Esmeraldas and Kurikatchi whilst battling with extreme humidity and basic accommodation (one camp saw College trekkers living in shipping containers and another at 3500 metres altitude) only served to zip up the experience for all on board. Nothing was too much trouble and a general air of make do and get on underpinned the ethos during all twenty-eight days.
“Our show stopping finale had to be the trip to the Galapagos Islands,” adds Miss Roberts. “We traced Darwin’s steps where he landed on board The Beagle, we snorkelled marvelling at bejewelled sea life, spotted dolphins and gasped at the infamous giant turtles. To get so up close to such staggering natural beauty was indescribable.”
Prime time telly shows such as I’m a Celebrity play on the public’s craving for the outlandish and surreal in faraway places; well, Princethorpe pupils re-wrote the script, ate the ants and accomplished all given tasks. In the spirit of our College ethos their work was undertaken with the intention only of helping others and becoming better, global citizens of the future.
“I’m so proud of all of them,” concludes Miss Roberts, “to see the Ecuadorian children literally hanging off the arms of our students and to know that we have helped to improve their infrastructure during our short time there is a priceless memory to cherish for the future.”
Grateful thanks go to accompanying staff: Miss Faye Roberts, Mr Simon Robertson, Miss Kate Boothroyd and Mr Matt Parsons.
Image shows Camps International students and staff on location in Ecuador.
Outside Class News
- Princethorpe College’s Head Girl Wins National Public Speaking AwardPrincethorpe College is delighted and proud that its Head Girl and Upper Sixth Form student, Miriam Isaacs, has won the national finals of the Catenian Public Speaking Competition for Young People from Catholic schools.
- Sixth Form Students Gold Duke Of Edinburgh ResidentialsAre you a bit of an adrenaline junkie who fancies jumping off a cliff 15m into the sea? Or do you like to make a difference supporting a charity or project that improves people’s lives? Well that’s what some of our Sixth Form students have been doing this summer as they enjoyed some very different experiences participating in the next stage of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award – the Residential.
- South Africa 2017 – Keenly Contested Matches And Superb SightseeingOver the summer of 2017 the College enjoyed a very successful 15 day sports tour to South Africa. Taking our largest squad ever, of some 88 pupils and 11 staff, and for the first time playing three sports, Rugby, Netball and Hockey, the tour travelled to Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town for a fortnight full of keenly contested matches and spectacular sight-seeing.
- The Pinnacle – Showing What Can Be Achieved If You Are Determined!Issue 22 of The Pinnacle, our school magazine that celebrates exceptional work from across the Foundation, has just been published.
- 161 Princethorpe Pupils Complete Duke of Edinburgh ExpeditionsCongratulations to the 161 Princethorpe pupils who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions in the last two weeks.
Sep 26 Tue
- European Day of Languages
- 13:05House Languages Competition
- 14:15Rugby Union - Boys-U14B - Lawrence Sheriff (H)
- 16:30Rugby Union - U13A, U15A, U16A - Ashlawn (H)
Sep 27 Wed
- 13:30Girls' Hockey - 1st XI - County Championships (A) depart 12:30
- 14:00Netball - 1st VII, 2nd VII - Kingsley (H)
- 14:15Football - 1st XI - Bilton School (H)
- 14:30Boys' Hockey - 1st XI - King Edward VI, Camp Hill (A) depart 13:15
- 16:15Football - U12A, U13A, U13B - Foremarke Hall (H)
- 16:15Netball - U14A, U15A - Rugby School (A) depart 15:50
- 16:30Rugby Union - U12A, U12B, U14A - Ashlawn (A) depart 15:55
Sep 28 Thu
- 14:15Rugby Union - U13B, U13C - Lawrence Sheriff (A) depart 13:00
- 18:00South Coast Tour - Parents’ Information Evening (Th)
- 19:00Russia Trip to St Petersburgh and Moscow - Parents’ Information Evening (Th)
Sep 29 Fri
- 14:15Rugby Union - U12B, U12C, U12D - Lawrence Sheriff (H)
Sep 30 Sat
- 09:00Boys' Hockey - U12A, U12B - Loughborough High (A) depart 07:30
- 09:00Girls' Hockey - U14A - County Championships (Bablake) (A) depart 08:00
- 10:00Girls' Hockey - U13A, U14A - Edgbaston High (H)
- 10:30Rugby Union - 1st XV, 2nd XV, U15A - Bedford Modern (A) depart 08:15
- 10:30Rugby Union - U12A, U12B, U13A, U13B, U14A - Bedford Modern (H)
- 11:00Girls' Hockey - U15A - Edgbaston High (H)
- 13:00Year 7 Residential trip to Pioneer Centre departs
Oct 01 Sun
Oct 02 Mon
- 14:15Girls' Hockey - U15A - King Henry VIII (A) depart 13:25
- 14:15Girls' Hockey - U15B - King Henry VIII (H)
- 16:15Netball - 1st VII, U14A - Higham Lane (H)
- 16:15Netball - Girls-U14A - Higham Lane (H)
- 16:30Year 7 Residential Trip to Pioneer Centre returns
Oct 03 Tue
- 13:05House Talent Show auditions (Th)
Oct 04 Wed
- 12:15-18:30Music Scholars and Da Vinci CBSO tripSymphony Hall - BirminghamMozart Clarinet Concerto and Brahms Symphony No. 1
- 14:00Boys' Football - 1st XI, 2nd XI - Ashlawn (A) depart 13:10
- 14:45Girls' Hockey - 1st XI - Kimbolton School (H)
- 14:45Girls' Hockey - 2nd XI - Kimbolton School (A) depart 13:15
- 16:00Netball - U16A - Warwickshire Tournament (A) depart 15:15
- 19:30-21:00Parents' Reading Group (Library)library
Oct 05 Thu
- 14:30Girls' Hockey - U13A, U13B - Leicester Grammar (A) depart 13:15
- 14:30Rugby Union - U13A - Lutterworth High (H)
- 16:15Football - U12A, U12B - Ashlawn (H)
- 16:15Netball - U12A, U13A - The Kingsley (A) depart 15:50
- 16:30Football - U14A, U15A - Ashlawn (A) depart 15:55
- 17:45Hopbel Hockey Parents MeetingLG02 - PE
Oct 06 Fri
- 14:15Rugby Union - U12A, U12B, U12C, U12D - Bablake (A) depart 13:15
- 19:00-22:00Sixth Form Social (6FC)6FC