Enrichment opportunities include attending external lectures, listening to visiting speakers and trips to locations as varied as Twycross Zoo and the South Coast in support of the curriculum.
Sport within the curriculum consists of one double games lesson per week and students can enjoy activities such as basketball, zumba, tennis, swimming, volleyball, football, trampolining and badminton. Alternatively, student’s can opt for an ‘off site’ activity such as golf, skating, water skiing and even at their request – paint balling!
Extra-curricular sporting activities are plentiful – senior hockey, netball, swimming, rounders, cross-country and tennis teams play local schools in area tournaments. There are opportunities for students to help with the coaching of younger teams and with the running of swimming galas and sports days.
With the new facilities available in the Saint Martin’s Arts Centre there is ample opportunity to be involved in front of the audience or behind the scenes with the lighting, make up or making props.
The Sixth Form are very much involved with the music in the School and there are opportunities to join the orchestra and choirs. Leadership skills can be honed by helping out with the younger pupils with their ukulele group for example.
The International Dimension is an important part of the wider curriculum at Saint Martin’s and the link with our Partner School in Nepal, the Annal Jyoti School. A strong link now exists with our Sixth Form students with the recent exchange of students from both schools as a continuing element of the Global Curriculum Project. Five girls from the Sixth Form and two members of staff travelled to Nepal during July 2012 taking with them equipment to help develop a water project.
The trip had a great impact on all the Sixth Form who went, and Nikki Skakel was very influenced by Jyoti Miss, the Head of our Partner School. Nikki’s essay on her involvement with this Global Curriculum Project is a powerful piece of writing.
As a result of a visit to China in October 2012 involving 38 students from the Sixth Form, a link with No 10 School in Beijing has been forged. The girls spent time at the school and following a staff visit to Saint Martin’s in May 2013 a partnership was formed for future projects.
Charity Fundraising is an important component for the Sixth Form, whether it is in supporting the School’s chosen charity by helping to organise events within School or by helping to pack bags in a supermarket for charity.
A charity that is annually supported by the Sixth Form is that of St Basil’s, and a number of girls each year team up with staff to join the ‘Big Sleep Out’. By gaining as many sponsors as possible to sleep out for one night, the girls help to raise money for this Birmingham based charity which helps prevent youth homelessness.
Each year the Sixth Form take part in some Community Action during Enrichment Week at the end of the Summer Term. Last year the girls were faced with the mammoth task of painting over graffiti in an underpass and clearing brambles away. They left the site unrecognisable with a sense of accomplishment and community spirit!