Recent educational trips have included:
Form 1 Trip to Venice
Form 2 Trip to Prague
Form 3 Trip to Hong Kong
Pre-GCSE Tall Ship Sailing Experience
A rich programme of outings and trips augments a student’s educational experience at Buckswood. With excellent rail and road connections to London, Brighton and Canterbury, a world of opportunity awaits the inquisitive mind.
We often say at Buckswood that travel is the ‘fourth dimension’ in education. It assists in placing education in context, for it broadens minds and horizons, breaks down barriers, destroys misconception, enhances knowledge and promotes cultural understanding. It is for those reasons that the junior school has a well-established programme of annual trips, graded in such a way that the trips on offer are entirely appropriate for each of the age groups.
In form 1 (Year 7) the students have the opportunity of visiting the cultural Italian cities of Venice and Florence. The four-day trip incorporates some of the finest landmarks and attractions in Italy, and for many it offers an opportunity to travel overseas without parents! It is, for that reason that our youngest students grow in knowledge, confidence and independence, and for many it heralds a life-long love for Italy and its culture. Among the highlights of the trip is a journey by express train from Venice to Florence, visits to the
Palazzo Vecchio, the famous red-domed cathedral built by Brunelleschi, the Babtistry with its magnificent golden doors, the famous Piazza della Signoria, the breathaking Ponte Vecchio, and the Da Vince Museum. In Venice, the students visit the island of Murano, St. Marks Square, and enjoy a tour of the Grand Canal by gondola.
In Form 2 (Year 8) students have the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic, where they stay in the enchanting city of Prague, and where the emphasis is placed on experiencing Czech culture and learning something of its incredible history, particularly during the Second World War and Communist years. The four-day trip includes visits to Prague Castle, the wartime ghetto of Theresienstadt, the memorial at Lidice, and the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. On Buckswood trips there is time for fun too, and in Prague the students visit the Black Light Theatre, Prague Zoo, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Petrin hill.
In Form 3 (Year 9) students are offered further opportunities to grow and learn beyond the classroom, and we have designed trips to foster team building, character development and independence.
We offer the pre-GCSE students in Form 3 the opportunity to experience four nights aboard a “tall ship”, working as a team of mariners learning seamanship skills. Additional team-building programmes are being introduced in the summer of 2015 to complement the aims of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (an established component of the Buckswood difference), with emphasis on rock-climbing, orienteering, camping, hiking, Kayaking and sailing.
These opportunities for personal growth and character building place Buckswood students ahead of the rest, as they prepare to face the rigours and demands of the two-year GCSE course in the senior school, and where maturity, self-discipline, personal organisation and the ability to prioritise are essential qualities necessary to enhance success. The programme of trips on offer in the junior school is ideally suited to the acquisition of these qualities.