Service in the Community forms an important element in the training for life of every young person and we aim to foster a community spirit and a willingness to help others. At Bromsgrove a graduated scheme of service is spread over a number of years from Bromsgrove Badge to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force and Community Service.
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In the Lower Fourth all pupils work towards the Bromsgrove Badge, which offers a variety of experiences from campcraft, orienteering and climbing to public speaking, local history and knowledge. One of the first challenges involves a challenging map-reading and walking exercise across the Malvern Hills. The course culminates in a weekend camp at Symond's Yat on the River Wye, where the pupils apply the skills they have acquired in a range of activities which include abseiling, camping, canoeing, cooking, and rock climbing.
The School has an outstanding tradition of military service as reflected in the roll of the fallen commemorated in the Memorial Chapel and the selflessness of the five Bromsgrovians who were awarded the Victoria Cross. The endeavour of the CCF today is to reflect these values and to encourage the young to discover themselves through teamwork, challenge and disciplined good fun. It may be considered as a source of practical experience which follows up the theories expounded in Chapel, in Head of Year and in Personal and Social Education, and in parallel with the other opportunities for development available in sport and cultural activities. It is accessible to all, whatever their gender, skill or temperament. All that is required is a willingness to succeed.
Often those apparently least suited have the most to gain by joining what is at one and the same time a superb vehicle for personal development, for fulfilment of dreams, for learning skills, for visiting beautiful places, for discovering hobbies for a lifetime, and also the most wonderful nationwide club which builds friendships far and wide. It is noteworthy that some universities are now shaping to amend offers to candidates who have contributed in character developing activities such as CCF and D of E. Further qualifications such as the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, and the Standard (Adult) First Aid Certificate are obtainable through the CCF.
Beyond CCF, D of E and Community Service, Clubs and Societies play a big part at Bromsgrove.
Take, for example the thriving Debating Society. In 2008 the team won the National competition and represented the country in the International Final of the European Youth Parliament in Kiev. On a local level, it regularly takes part in district competitions such as the Three Counties Debate in Malvern as well as the English-Speaking Union Competition and University debates at Oxford and Cambridge.
Or consider the Chapel Choir and Choral Society which regularly perform at venues such as Pershore and Bath Abbeys. Or Drama Club, where pupils get the chance to work towards The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) certificate at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.
And on the list goes, demonstrating that a Bromsgrove is education is as much about what happens outside a classrom as within.
Community Service at Bromsgrove involves pupils from the Upper Fourth through to the Sixth Form. Many undertake a service as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award, but some get involved out of a real desire to make a difference in the community.
The areas of involvement include schools (nursery, first, middle), running a youth club and supporting pupils in lessons at a special school, visiting the elderly, conservation work at a local nature reserve, assisting in charity shops, assisting at an animal sanctuary, humanitarian aid (both working with a charity and producing knitted toys for orphans), a Fair Trade Café, recycling projects and Duke of Edinburgh leadership assistance with younger Bromsgrove pupils.
Hundreds of Bromsgrove pupils are involved in the Civilian Duke of Edinburgh ’s Award scheme at Bromsgrove School. It is also possible to work towards the awards through the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). There are three levels of the award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
All Upper Fourths are given the opportunity to complete their Bronze Award. At Silver and Gold level, participation is voluntary. All levels of the award require participants to undertake four sections:
The Skill and Physical Recreation requirements can be met through our extensive extra-curricular programme. However, pupils with interests outside of the School are equally encouraged to develop these further. Community Service is a rewarding activity for all pupils and meets the requirements of the Service section.
The expedition programme begins in the Lower Fourth Form with Bromsgrove Badge and runs throughout the years, becoming increasingly more challenging At Gold level, there is an additional section to be completed: the Residential. This involves a 5 day, 4 night experience, in unfamiliar surroundings and aims to broaden young people's experiences through involvement with others who are not known to them.
Further information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can be found on the Award website: www.theaward.org
For information regarding the Award at Bromsgrove please contact the Duke of Edinburgh’s Co-ordinator, Mrs Sarah Ascough: email@example.com
Bromsgrove has exchange links with schools in France, Germany and Spain. Pupils visit the schools and stay with a host family at Easter and receive a foreign guest at various times in the year. The pupils find the experience enjoyable and make huge progress linguistically.
Bromsgrove's field trips and cultural visits acknowledge that we live in a global community, though the School does not ignore the many riches on its own doorstep.
From Art and Drama trips to such places as New York, Bilbao and Barcelona, to Business Studies tours to cities in Eastern and Central Europe, travel is varied and extensive. Recent expeditions to Asia and South America were especially successful. Annual fixtures include exchanges with pupils from European schools.
The School takes full advantage of its position in an area rich and varied in culture, history and geography. Pupils regularly attend concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, productions by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and exhibitions at the National Exhibition Centre. Visits are also made to Art Galleries and Museums. Field Trips in Biology and Geography are also arranged as an extension of the Curriculum.
In keeping with Bromsgrove's philosophy that stimulation outside the classroom is as important as hard work within, field trips and cultural visits are a fundamental component of the Bromsgrove life. Breadth of experience is simply essential.
During activity sessions timetabled during the School Week, pupils make good use of specialist facilities and staff expertise in Art, Design, Technology, Computing, Drama, Electronics and Music. The options for all Bromsgrovians are huge.
Bromsgrove runs extensive and intensive Saturday activitiy programmes which encourage initiative, discipline, qualities of leadership, self-motivation and the ability to work with and for others. In many respects the skills acquired from activities are as important as those gleaned from academic work.
So important is the programme that the following sample list includes many activities that require long hours of dedication and commitment from pupils and staff. Competitive activities such as Debating and Young Enterprise involve healthy competition against other schools and colleges. Indeed many of the following could fill a website of their own.
Present options include: Young Enterprise, World Language Club, Weights, Tae Kwondo, Sub Aqua, Studio Recording, Street Dancing, Sailing, Riding, RADA, Photography, Music Appreciation, Kayaking, Jewellery Making, Italian, Guitar Workshops, Film Club, Debating, Crafts, Chess, Ceramics, Aerobics.
All Bromsgrove pupils come to realise the School values breadth as an essential route to adulthood. Happy young people need challenging options outside the classroom.
Activities Information is published in the document library.