Residential Trips & Visits

Residential Trips & Visits

One of the highlights of being at St. Michael’s is the range of trips, first hand experiences and residentials that children have during their time with us.

As part of our engaging topic based approach to the curriculum, we like to immerse the children in the subject they are studying through either a trip or a theme based activity day in school.

First hand learning experiences

As part of our enriched topic based learning, we aim to engage the children through first hand experiences. Examples include theme days in school for instance Victorian Day, Egyptian mummification and a Mayan museum created by the children. In addition, to enhance our learning further, we may go on visits related to our topic such as a trip to the STEAM museum in Swindon or a wet and windy visit to the coast.

Exciting and challenging outdoor activities

Residential visits are booked for children when they are in Year 5 and in Year 6.  The purpose of these residential visits is to put children into situations which enable them to challenge themselves, solve problems, build resilience, and develop independence as well as developing a sense of belonging to a team.

Recently Year 6 spent 5 unforgettable days away in Osmington Bay PGL Centre in Dorset. They experienced activities including climbing walls, a large sports hall and immense activity zone and travelled to the Isle of Portland at the multi-million pound facility where the Olympic 2012 sailing events were held for their watersports.

Year 5 had their residential trip to Braeside Outdoor Learning Centre where they enjoyed getting rather wet kayaking and pushing themselves to complete the high ropes trail, including the heart-thumping leap of faith! Of course a residential wouldn’t be complete without a spooky night-hike finished off with songs around the campfire.

After an exhausting few days everyone always returns to school with huge smiles and lots of fantastic memories to treasure.

The cost for these trips include transport, accommodation, food and all the activities.  Payments are made via ParentPay in full or by installments.