Trips and Adventures
At Smithdon we believe that trips are more than just an outing away from School (or home). What appears to be a simple ‘trip’ is much more than that: it is a learning opportunity; it is a chance to gain a new and exciting experience; it is an opportunity to go on an adventure – whether for a few hours or a few days (or, in at least one case, a few weeks!)
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience life and activities outside of their normal environment, and sometimes in a challenging situation, at least once in their educational journey at school. As such, while there have been numerous opportunities to gain these experiences in the past (see below), we are always trying to increase the number of these experiences available to students and also in a range of areas of interest – so that everyone wants to attend at least one ‘trip’ with us.
If the cost of trips is a concern for you, please do contact our Finance Officer – see the Learner Support Fund page – as there is help available to subsidise trips, subject to certain criteria.
Under the current Covid-19 Government measures, it is not possible to run anything other than day trips at present (and even those have added safety measures limiting the type of trips that can take place); however we are hopeful of a vaccine, and a reduction in the virus, changing the required safety measures and enabling our planned trips for later in the year to still be able to go ahead. Please do contact your trip leaders if you have any questions or concerns and do keep checking back to this page for updated information, as we get it.
Year 7 Norfolk Lakes Adventure
Year 7 are given the opportunity to get to know their new peers even better, learn how to support one another, and discover previously unknown personal strengths – as well as see their tutors and some of their teachers in a whole different environment, at Norfolk Lakes Manor Adventure Outdoor Residential Centre.
The students take part in team-building activities, dorm-room experiences, fun games and (often) their first days away from home without family members. The outdoor pursuits include climbing, high ropes and kayaking, which require plenty of energy, so the students are also provided with three tasty, hot meals each day cooked by the resident chefs.
Norfolk Lakes adventures can be seen here.
Geography Fieldwork – various dates
Years 10 and 11 are required to carry out field work as part of the GCSE course – one is a Coastal Unit, the other an Urban Unit. The purpose of the day is to see the aspects of physical and environmental geography in situ, to carry out research and gain a greater understanding of the theory taught in lessons.
Previous fieldwork adventures can be seen here.
Kenya – July/August 2021 - Cancelled due to COVID
A four-week experience with Camps International for students in Years 10 and 11. While in Kenya, students will be helping local communities by a range of activities, including: digging animal watering holes, building classrooms, installing freshwater tanks for the community, supporting maintenance in the animal sanctuaries, assisting in the local farming environment, and other conservation work.
Students will also get the opportunity to go on safari, spend time with the local children to experience how different their lives are to ours, and swim in the Indian Ocean.
As a charity, Camps International support the students (over an 18 month period) to carryout fundraising activities to cover the cost of the trip and their equipment, as well as to support the projects they will be helping.
For more information, please see Camps International’s website: https://www.campsinternational.com/
Paris – July 2022
An opportunity to explore a major foreign city, experience a different culture, and practise the French language skills that have been learnt during MFL lessons.
Below is just a sample of some of our recent adventures – both in school and further afield:
Visitors to / Events at Smithdon
- The COSMOS Science Roadshow (Science)
- Performance of Macbeth (English)
- Performance of A Christmas Carol (English)
- Various Health and Social Care speakers
- from UEA, Norwich
- from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (several departments)
- Bikeability team – for cycling safety certificates
- Art Workshops with specialists (e.g. Paint Me Ceramics)
- Maths Challenge (Maths)
- Dow Projects (Science/Maths)