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
- Plenty Of Super Skiing Enjoyed In Val Di FiemmeEighty-four pupils visited the traditional Italian ski resort of Val di Fiemme during the Easter holidays. Excellent conditions made for plenty of super skiing during their week-long stay.
- Princethorpe College Well Represented In U13 ISFA Football Regional FestivalThree Year 7 boys, Mark Dunkley, Finn Osborne and Jamie Robinson played in the Midlands Region squad in the U13 ISFA Football Festival.
- Winning Welford Triumph In High 5 Primary Netball TournamentPrimary schools from across Warwickshire travelled to Princethorpe College to play in this year’s High 5 Netball Tournament.
- Oscar’s Hockey Excellence Recognised With AwardPrincethorpe College Sports Scholar, Oscar Kay, was one of ten talented youngsters who were presented with an Excellence in Sports Award at the recent Rugby Sports Awards.
- Charlotte’s Cock-A-Hoop After Whispa Conquers CruftsHuge congratulations to Upper Sixth Former Charlotte Martin and her wonder dog, cocker spaniel, Whispa who came third in the Young Kennel Club team agility at the international dog show Crufts.
Apr 26 Thu
- 16:15Boys' Tennis - U13A, U15A - Kenilworth (H)
Apr 27 Fri
- 14:00Boys' Tennis - U12A - Warwick School (A) depart 14:00
- 16:00-19:00Duke of Edinburgh - Gold - Review and route planning (The Limes)
- 16:00-19:00Duke of Edinburgh - Silver - Review and route planning (The Limes)
- 19:00-21:30Spring Concert 2018Sports Hall
Apr 28 Sat
- Hopbel Hockey Trip arrives (The Limes) (Day 1 of 5)Princethorpe
- 09:00Athletics - U13, U15 - Athletics Meeting v Kings High and Kinglsey (H)
- 09:00Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Group B - Practice Expedition departs (Local area)
Apr 29 Sun
- Hopbel Hockey Trip (The Limes) (Day 2 of 5)
- 16:00Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Group B - Practice Expedition returns
Apr 30 Mon
- Hopbel Hockey Trip (The Limes) (Day 3 of 5)
- 14:15Boys' Cricket - U15B - Bablake (A) depart 13:15
May 01 Tue
- Hopbel Hockey Trip (The Limes) (Day 4 of 5)
- 14:15Boys' Cricket - U14B - Bablake (H)
May 02 Wed
- Hopbel Hockey Trip departs (The Limes) (Day 5 of 5)
- 13:30Athletics - WSAA Combined Events (A) depart 12:20
- 14:30Rounders - U18A, U18B - Nottingham Girls' High (H)
- 16:00Boys' Cricket - U13A, U13B - Bilton Grange (H)
- 16:15Boys' Cricket - U12A, U12B - Bilton Grange (A) depart 15:55
- 18:00Orienteering - U18A - Octavian Droober Series (A)
May 03 Thu
- 13:05House Bake-Off competition
- 13:30Athletics - - WSAA Combined Events (A) depart 12:20
- 14:15Boys' Cricket - U13B - Bablake (A) depart 13:15
- 14:15Boys' Tennis - U13B - Warwick School (H)
- 16:15Boys' Tennis - U15B - Rugby School (H)
- 18:00-19:00Year 8 Whitemoor Lakes Trip Parents' Information EveningMain School - Chapel
May 04 Fri
- 13:05-13:20Ski Trip 2019 Introductory Meeting For StudentsClarkson TheatreFor students currently in year 7 and 9 who are interested in joining the Easter 2019 Ski trip
- 14:15Boys' Cricket - U12B - Bablake (H)
May 05 Sat
- 09:00Boys' Cricket - U12A, U14A - King Henry VIII (H)
- 09:00Boys' Cricket - U13A, U15A - King Henry VIII (A) depart 08:00
May 06 Sun