Proving that learning can be fun - even during the summer holidays! - the Study Centre welcomed young learners from Northamptonshire during July and August to boost their self-esteem, confidence and key learning and team building skills.
Sessions ranged from ICT, circus skills and tag rugby based at Franklin’s Gardens, to using the highly renowned trampolining facilities at Benham Sports Centre and a trip to Wembley Stadium. And with the likes of puppet making, archery and zip-lining also included, the Holiday Challenge gave students a varied and engaging programme of activities throughout the week.
Invaluable support was provided by Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Councillors Arthur McCutcheon, Brandon Eldred, Suresh Patel, David Mackintosh, Tim Hadland and Matthew Goldby, the Wooden Spoon Charity, the staff of Deston Eldean, St James Primary, Simon de Senlis schools and Eastfield Academy, and the parents and carers who transported the children to and from the Study Centre each day!
Comments made during the summer included:
Kayleigh: “It’s been fun because I did things that I don’t get to do at home”
Jamal: “The Saints week has been amazing - I loved trampolining! I would love to do this again for an entire year and see all my new friends again. The mentors here are lovely!”
Parental comment: “We were both really pleased with how Kian came on at the Saints Study Centre in August, he appeared to settle really well. We both remarked on how confident he was, how easily he settled in compared to other clubs we take him to. He really enjoyed it”
September now sees the Saints Study Centre return to its term-time support of local schools, with available activities including Reward Days, Playing for Success, and the match day Extra Time programme. The Study Centre will also welcome some Czech students who are learning English!
Bookings are also being taken for the twice-yearly ‘Shakespeare Works’ festival, in which students explore the period, the people and how Shakespeare’s plays and language captured the Elizabethan moment for all time! Students also perform one of Shakespeare’s plays using authentic language, music and costume.
‘Shakespeare Works’ is relevant to both Key Stages 1 and 2, and includes lesson plans for follow-up work in the classroom. CLICK HERE to download more information about this programme.
Another interactive history project that can be undertaken both at the Study Centre or in schools is ‘Following Edgar Into No-Man’s Land’, in which the life and legacy of Saints hero Edgar Mobbs is used to bring World War I to life, giving students a glimpse into the life of a soldier in the trenches and families back at home. CLICK HERE to download more information!