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Outside the Classroom

At Princethorpe, we pride ourselves on the range of co-curricular activities that we can offer to every pupil. Whether it’s drama or archery, electric car club or sailing we cater for a wide variety of interests. Clubs, societies and activities take place either at lunchtime or after school and each term a full co-curricular timetable is produced to enable pupils to choose what they would like to take part in.


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 into 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; a quarter of the school were involved last academic year.

Overseas trips include our regular sports tours, subject specific tours and outreach trips. In summer 2018, 80 pupils and staff enjoyed a successful ‘Camps International’ Trip to Costa Rica, and in 2019 over 100 staff and pupils participated in the South Africa Sport Tour. Trips are a regular feature of the academic calendar and are offered to all corners of the globe.At Princethorpe, we pride ourselves on the range of co-curricular activities that we can offer to every pupil. Whether it’s drama or archery, electric car club or sailing we cater for a wide variety of interests.

 

charity and community

Thinking of and serving others is a key theme at Princethorpe and manifests itself often through fund-raising for a variety of good causes close to the College community's heart, including Mary's Meals through whom we support a school in Liberia.

Termly non-uniform days raise funds for charities nominated by the pupils and the annual Pink Day and Blue Day in support of Breast Cancer Care and Prostrate and Testicular Cancer are enthusiastically supported by the Sixth Form. As is the gruelling Coventry Way Walk, a sponsored 40 mile walk, which tests the hardiest of souls.

Community service is a key element of our innovative Princethorpe Diploma and Youth SVP Group is our Sixth Form Community Service group, As well as visits to care homes, The Granger’s Club for people with learning difficulties and to local primary schools such as Bilton Grange and Our Lady’s in Princethorpe, members of Youth SVP help support the Christmas Shoebox appeal run by Samaritan’s Purse and organise a food collection for the Leamington Night Shelter. Any student in the Sixth Form is welcome to get involved.

House Charity

Every year the College adopts a charity for our House fundraising efforts, this year's charity is Juvenile Diabetes.

Walking for Mary's Meals

Since 2008, Princethorpe College students and staff have raised over £70,000 for Mary’s Meals. In 2019/20 the College raised £8,442, a wonderful achievement for a worthy cause.

Mary’s Meals is a Scottish-based charity that provides a daily meal in
their place of education for over 1.4 million children in countries such
as Malawi, Kenya, Haiti, Liberia, Ukraine, India. Yemen, Sudan and the Philippines. The principle is so simple. Provide children with a good, nourishing meal in school and those who would otherwise be on the streets looking for food or working to earn money for their family will come to school.

Through education, they are taking the most important step out of a life of poverty. Working with a vast team of volunteers and countless fundraisers all over the world, Mary’s Meals manages to provide what is the most essential to children at an incredibly low cost – only £10.90 on average to feed one child for an entire year (less
than £9 in Malawi). 
 
Over the years, Princethorpe have organised cake sales, pancake eating competitions, sold flowers on Valentine’s Day and founded an annual school welly wanging competition. The most important annual fundraising event is a sponsored 24 or 40 mile walk around the Coventry (in a single day) in March or April. 

The proceeds of these events currently support our funding of school meals for the 636 children at Makalanga Primary School near Blantyre, Malawi. 

In a new and exciting initiative 25 pupils and four staff are hoping to travel to Malawi in 2021 to work for two
weeks on a classroom refurbishment project at Lauderdale School in Mulanje province. This is the school that benefited from our fundraising back in 2008 when we raised £7,000 to fund the building of a school kitchen, so
that Mary's Meals could start their feeding programme there. The trip will include a trek, short safari and a few
days relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi.
 
To support this great charity go to www.marysmeals.org or to sponsor this year’s fundraising endeavours click here.

 

clubs and activities

Clubs 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.

Clubs and Societies
Musical – orchestra, choir, jazz band, brass group, wind band, string group, School of Rock and chamber music
Sporting – rugby, football, hockey, netball, climbing wall, badminton, archery, golf, fitness, running, trampolining, cycling, athletics, rounders and tennis
Airgineers Club Drama Club Model UN
Art Club Duke Of Edinburgh Award Photography Club
Beekeeping Electric Car Club Poetry Club
Book Club Equestrian Club Project Club
Chess Club Film Review Club Psychology Workshop
Cookery Green Team and Wildlife Club Science Club
Craft Club History Club Technical Theatre Club
Creative Writing ICT Club Textiles

Dance

Language Conversation - Spanish and French

Young Designers Club

Darts Medsoc Youth Chaplaincy Team
Debating Mindfulness Youth St Vincent de Paul
 
 


THE ARTS

There is an enormous enthusiasm and creative energy poured into the arts by both staff and pupils. From art and photographic exhibitions to whole school and year group theatrical productions and from music recitals to jazz band, choral and orchestral works. Year round, Princethorpians can be found making, creating and enjoying great success.

There are numerous opportunities for pupils to express themselves during the school year from Princethorpe's equivalent to the X Factor (the famed House Talent Show) to full scale productions which have in the past included Little Shop of Horrors and Arabian Nights.

Wednesday is Drama night with two clubs taking place, one for Years 7 to 9, and one for Years 10 to Sixth Form, both clubs aim to develop pupils' skills and knowledge of Drama. Sessions include games, exercises and fun workshops. A regular commitment to the groups is the most important requirement as they aim to perform to an audience twice a year! LAMDA lessons with our visiting drama teachers are very popular with pupils enjoying great success in their exams.

Music specific events like the Spring Concert and School of Rock, plus College events like Prize Giving, Christmas Carol Services and Open Events provide frequent platforms for our pupils' musical talents. 

Those with a real interest in the Theatre can pursue our Theatre Studies A-level course, which whilst it does not train actors, does improve performance and presentation skills and self confidence.

The culmination of the year for Art and Photography pupils is the Summer Art and Photography Show which celebrates their success at GCSE, AS and A-level. The show, which has been opened to a wider public in recent years through Warwickshire Open Studios, has enjoyed great acclaim for the freshness, inventiveness and ambition of our pupils.

 

house activities

The House System at Princethorpe is an integral part of College life underpinning our community ethos and pastoral care. Each pupil is put in a House when entering the College and joins a Vertical House Tutor Group.
Austin, Benet, Fisher and More are the four Houses at Princethorpe, named after the Catholic Saints. The houses are led by our Heads of House: Adam Rickart (Austin), Lisa Challinor (Benet), Louisa Fielding (Fisher) and Simon
Robertson (More). There are nine tutor groups per House. Each tutor group is a ‘family’ within the wider ‘House family’. Each house tutor group is comprised of four to five pupils from Year 7 to Year 11, supported by their tutor, co-tutor and their Head of House. Children stay with this group throughout their time at the College and close relationships develop across the age groups and between tutor, co tutor, pupils and parents over the years. Pupils
will engage in a tutor time curriculum of Learning Skills and Character Education. These sessions focus on building intellectual and performance virtues such as vision, resilience, leadership, communication and study skills.
New pupils with an existing connection to the College, for instance a sibling at the school or parent who is an Old Princethorpian, will normally go into the same house as their relative.
 
A wealth of inter-House competitions are organised throughout the year with the House Activities Co-ordinator, House Activities Leaders and Senior Prefect House Captains presiding over the organisation of these. Inter-House competition is encouraged through a range of sporting, pastoral, social, academic and arts based activities. Points are available for participating in each event with the eventual House winners being awarded the House Cup at the end of the academic year. House points may also be accumulated through good attendance, helping at school events and for academic merits and sporting achievements. Highlights of the House year include House
Charity Day, the House Talent Show and House Activity Day at the end of the Trinity term.