Exams over, the final few days of term were a feast of extra-curricular activities for students, designed to stretch and inspire them.
Year 8 had a residential trip to Blackland Farm in Sussex for two nights of camping and three days of outdoor activities which included abseiling, wall-climbing, kayaking and lots of roasting of marshmallows over bonfires.
Year 9 headed to Amsterdam for a History trip largely aimed at deepening their understanding of the causes and impact of the Holocaust. They visited the Anne Frank House, the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and Camp Vught, the only SS concentration camp in Western Europe outside Nazi Germany.
Years 10 and 12 had some challenging and thought-provoking sessions on site.
Several Wally Alumnae returned for the day to give careers talks. 1960s leaver Kathryn Colville shared details about her impressive career in the Diplomatic Service, students also heard from a lawyer at a tech startup, a software engineer, an architect, an actress and a Marketing Executive. All gave our current students exciting snapshots of life at work.
Year 10 heard how huge companies are tackling the climate crisis on their Sustainability Day. This was led by Katie Griffiths, who works as the European Sustainability Director for MARS. Students debated how to negotiate compensation for countries bearing the brunt of climate change with the Manager of Strategic Renewables at the Home Office, Siobhan Browne. The third component was a session at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.
Senior students also enjoyed a workshop led by Elvis and Kresse a Kent-based company which turns decommissioned firehoses, Burberry leather off cuts, parachute silk and other reusable materials into beautiful luxury goods, like bags and belts.
Year 11 enjoyed a day of Outdoor Pursuits, zorbing and quad-biking. They hosted our annual tea party for residents of Rockdale Housing.
The enrichment continues: last week 20 students flew to Borneo for four weeks of expedition and project work.
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