Life at a good boarding school doesn't stop after lessons on Saturday - indeed, it is about to get going: just look at all the sports fixtures and other events in the Fasti. But then there is Saturday evening and Sunday. These times can be as vital to a child's experience of school as any other, and at Shrewsbury we are very keen that these times are given our full attention.
Of course, we recognise that children need to have some free time - even time to waste - and maybe to do a bit of work: to catch up, or get ahead. And whilst we also recognise that weekend activities should be voluntary, we also feel that a little encouragement to experience is no bad thing!
The friends that pupils make in Houses and the activities they share together are especially important. Housemasters, therefore, organise their own outings and activities and publish these to the pupils in their house and to their parents.
The School programme of Weekend Activities
During the course of the year, we provide a variety of cultural, social and recreational activities appropriate for each year group, which will broaden a child's experience. Each Housemaster appoints a member of staff as a Weekend Activity Rep who coordinates the bookings, and pupils are free to join provided they have no other formal School commitment such as a rehearsal or an event organised by one of the academic faculties. Bookings need to be made with the house reps or housemaster during the first week of each term.
Weekend activities form an important part of life here at Shrewsbury. The Weekend activity programme is open to all the boys and girls across the School including the Sixth Form - both boarders and day pupils.
We welcome feedback from boys and girls about the trips they go on and we are always interested in suggestions for future trips.
Whilst we are sure that you will want us to provide interesting things for your children to do, we are also aware that you will expect good value for these "extras". The School, therefore, has undertaken to pay a portion of accommodation, travel and food costs, including a meal out when necessary. Pupils will be advised if they need any extra pocket money for programmes, snacks, meals and so on. Certain activities may have to be capped for reasons of safety.
The cost of trips will be charged on the end of term bill.