BEYOND THE CURRICULUM
From Year 3, clubs are embedded within the timetable rather than being after school, so that boys who travel a distance and choristers can all take part.
Boys are given a choice of activities and the selection is regularly refreshed throughout the year, with recent offerings including Chess, Real Tennis, Robotics, Sewing, Photography, Ancient Greek, Architecture Club, Making the Most of Oxford and Movie-making.
Drama is incorporated into a range of subjects across the curriculum and is taught as a subject in its own right.
In Years 3 – 6, Prep boys are offered the chance to take part in LAMDA. Year 3 and 4 boys work together once a year to perform a musical, and higher up in the school, the main School Play takes place each Hilary term. All boys in Year 8 perform an annual play in French, an abridged Shakespeare play or adaptation of a classic novel is staged every summer, (see our photo album of A Midsummer Night's Dream), and a Prep School Poetry Recitation Competition is contested before an external adjudicator every February. The highlight for Pre-Prep and Nursery is the Infant Nativity, which is set to music and is ambitious in scope, with pupils regularly tackling different languages and singing in parts.
TRIPS AND TOURS
We firmly believe that education should not be confined to the four walls of the classroom, and there is a busy schedule of trips which enrich our pupils’ learning. Amongst these is the annual summer French Trip, habitually involving over a third of boys in the Prep School. In recent years, boys have visited the D-Day beaches, the battlefields of the Somme, and Le Mont St-Michel. There are also regular Classics events, with recent excursions to Naples and Provence which enabled boys to explore these important corners of the Roman Empire. Residential trips begin early in Years 3 and 4, with a three-day visit to an outdoor activity centre, placing an emphasis on team-building and fostering independence.
Pupils participate in regular trips to the many museums and monuments on our doorstep in historic Oxford, including the Natural History Museum, the Ashmolean, and the Botanical Gardens, with unrivalled access to the spaces of Christ Church itself, lying beyond the reach of most visitors. Choristers take part in an Outreach programme involving local schools, while regular concerts by our celebrated choirs are held throughout Oxford and far beyond. Recent choir tours have taken boys to Germany, China, North America, Oman and Sweden, affording our choristers an extraordinary opportunity to perform as professionals on the international stage.