At Cardinal Newman Catholic School, we offer a wide range of experiences outside the normal school environment and would encourage parents to support these activities. Many children are able to challenge themselves by learning new skills which result in major benefits not only in motivation at school but also with their independence at home.
Here are just some of the opportunities on offer:
- We have a number of day and residential visits – departments often run excursions and residential field trips to local and national sites of historical or geographical interest as part of their curriculum. Students who study French, German and Spanish are also given the opportunity to travel to Europe and participate in school exchanges and visits which gives them the experience of actually using the language in real life situations. As part of their induction, each Year 7 form takes part in a focus day where students start to experience the Christian ethos of the school. This is developed during the later years with residential retreats and contact with the local parishes such as Youth Gather. For those in Year 11 and Year 12 we run an annual trip to Taizé. Visits to art galleries and the theatre are also regular events in the annual calendar.
- Students can also enjoy some more physical residential trips such as camps and activity weekends. One of the highlights for many of the students is the yearly ski-trip, which allows students from across the year groups to travel to Europe and enjoy the experience together.
- We really value the contribution students can make to improving our school. There is a highly active student council and an Environmental Action Team (NEAT)which is constantly looking for ways to improve our environment.
- The Sixth Form has a debating society which has won or reached the final of several national competitions.