The sky is the limit when it comes to visits. The college has a long history of trips which combine overt educational objectives with good, old-fashioned fun. We are mindful of the worth of developing maturity through responsibility and of the irreplaceable value of broadening social skills which is a natural by-product of going away for an extended period of time with those outside your regular friendship group. To this end, educational visits are highly prized by students and staff alike.
From residential trips to Osmington bay to the more ambitious Ski Trips to Austria or the altruistic work done by Camp International, the opportunity is there to see the world and pick up life-long skills along the way.
Not all visits, like the Duke of Edinburgh programme, will yield a tangible qualification, but all will open a student’s eyes to what is out there in the wider world of which we are a part.
Family Evening began some years ago as ‘Lads and dad’s/Mums and sons evenings. They have grown in popularity and scope to their present incarnation today. The evening is always themed and is hosted by a variety of faculties over the course of the year. Activities include things like Castle construction; Earthquake shelter building or gaining simple computer skills.
The classes give a chance for parents and children to work together. The hidden curriculum here is to build confidence and pride in the student as they work to show their family member what they can do together. This role reversal of child leading the adult builds confidence and a sense of belonging while at the same time cementing positive relationships between parent and son and teacher and family. They are popular evenings and are not to be missed!
‘An excellent evening, the staff were all really friendly…’ DC
‘I was dreading coming back to school, but it was a great night. Good fun. Well done to all.’ JW
‘We enjoyed working together as a family team.’ RH
‘Great teaching, good atmosphere, good fun.’ AB
One of the mantras in the college is ‘every child a leader,’ and opportunities for developing leadership begin in year seven. We have the Student council, which gives opportunities to give feedback and ideas in one of 5 categories:
Teaching and Learning
Site and resources
We also have the Eco Council for those with an interest in promoting sustainable living and the environmental issues espoused by the Earth Charter.
We have leaders of subjects such as the Language and Sports Leaders who promote the subject both within the school and in the wider community, assisting and teaching in feeder schools and colleges in the locale.
The Olympic pin award encourages students to lead in one of 5 areas-Curriculum, attendance, personal preparation, clubs and Teams and Service. Winning one of these pins qualifies that person as a leader in the field. As a result, there is not a single student that cannot excel and lead in one of these areas.
The pinnacle of leadership within the school is to be selected as a college captain. These students, selected from year 10 and above, will lead in lessons and beyond, acting as an example of a model Harewood student. We are extremely proud of our leaders as they continue to inspire others with their efforts and diligence.
We are looking to develop a Combined Cadet Force for the future which will also enhance our students’ leadership capacity. Watch this space.
Every year, during Harvest Festival assembly, the head boys present the four charities which they have selected and that we as a school then pledge to support. Often our students will have a personal connection which often adds meaning and poignancy to our efforts. In recent times our charities have included:
- Young Carers
- Help for Heroes
- Alopecia Society
- Homeless Shelter
- Jeans for Genes
- Sam’s Haven
In addition to this, the school is quick to react to disasters around the world and regularly participate in efforts to raise funds or supplies to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Whether that is in the form of hygiene kits and water purification sets, the goal is the same-to help the vulnerable at home or abroad.
This is a position of high trust and reflects the hard work and responsible attitude that the student has displayed throughout his time with us.
This role will develop leadership potential and will improve the students’ profile to future colleges and employers, as it will show that they are young men who have initiative and a strong team ethic. As all students leave the school, they will compile a National Record of Achievement (NRA). The title of college captain will be a significant advantage to students and may give them the edge over another student in this competitive world.
A Captain’s duties are as follows:
- Get to know everyone in your form: Learn their names, interests and help students to resolve concerns
- Watch out for younger students: Keep an eye out for them at break/lunch
- Be the example: Show them how to behave and set the standard for attendance and punctuality
- Work closely with your tutor: Help them to organise the form and be a presence in their absence
- Assist staff in social time: Help ensure smooth movement around the school and help move students in at break/lunch
- Act as a mentor: Review reports, diaries, attendance and punctuality
Please note, an advantage of being a college captain is that students get to wear a different uniform in the form of a black business suit and a white shirt. The school, in recognition of the student’s hard work, will pay for the tie and tie pin which will be presented to the student on their first day back in September.
In this position students will be a role model, fitting them with skills for life.
The student council is drawn from all years in the college. It is supervised by students from year 11 and gives opportunities for students to give feedback and ideas in one of 5 categories:
- General council - this is a whole council meeting and sets the tone and agenda for the coming year. During this meeting the allocation for each sub-committee is given. It meets twice a year.
- Teaching and Learning - this group meet termly and report back on successes and areas of challenge in the realm of teaching and learning. Curriculum ideas are also discussed in this venue.
- Site and resources - this sub-committee look at the physical environment, both the interior and exterior of the school. They will make suggestions for improvements and highlight any areas for change. The recent toilet refurbishment is an example of their work in action. They meet termly.
- Young Ambassadors - This group meet termly and provide support to the school through conducting tours, assisting in interviews and helping out at after-hours events.
- Communications - This group meet termly and provide regular communications between all the committees and the fellow students and staff in the college. They are responsible for running surveys and otherwise gauging opinion of the college body.
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