Our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 9th October, and we are delighted that we are going to be able to run this as an onsite event for prospective families.
This term’s Whole Day Enterprises once again involved a busy mix of visitors to Canford and pupils going offsite spending an entire day, or the whole weekend, engaged in group challenges, outdoor activity and community action work.
The weather was not kind to the Army and Marines sections of the CCF on exercise overnight on Sunday in the rain and wind at Lulworth, and the Fifth Form Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition training took place in the New Forest after the planned trip to Wales was relocated due to the flooding in the aftermath of ‘Storm Callum’. The Royal Navy section of the CCF were in Portsmouth, canoeing on the Chichester Ship Canal before spending the Sunday night on HMS Bristol, a former battleship. They also spent time on HMS Collingwood where they took part in leadership and teamwork tasks before finishing with the formidable obstacle course as used on the Royal Navy’s own leadership programme. Sports scholars spent a day at AFC Bournemouth, where coach Eddie Howe generously allowed access to the training ground even though the team has started its build up to their next Premier League match against Southampton. The aim of the visit was to give our pupils the opportunity to see what a high performance environment is like and, in particular, to see the kind of behaviours and characteristics which help create a culture of success. The regular Monday afternoon Community Action projects also continued with Sixth Formers at High Mead Farm and Colehill Community Library and the weekly Bridge Club for the over 60s.
At Canford, the Festival of Ideas was in full swing under the theme of ‘What is Work?’ with thought provoking presentations from Leila Singh and Sarah Sparks, two prominent life trainers who held interactive sessions with Sixth Formers on career options and developing strong mental health during one’s working life. Later in the day OC Ben Chapple, a zoology specialist and his mother Alice, an economist, took a look at work from the human and animal perspective – do we work to follow an instinct, to make money, to improve the world or to just follow the crowd? Ed Smith concluded the day at the festival drawing on his experience as a professional sportsman, writer and England Cricket National Selector to discuss key concerns we have about work such as what we are trying to achieve, apathy and productivity.
Other activities included a History talk for the local community, the Shells taking part in a whole day Crystal Maze activity including a blindfold assault course and human chain and a quiz around Canford. All in all, it was another varied, challenging and rewarding Whole Day Enterprises for Canfordians involving many members of the wider community.
David Neill, Deputy Head Co-Curricular, commented: “Whole Day Enterprises allows pupils from across the school to exhibit the skills and behaviours they are developing in the programmes we provide such as working with others, leadership, communication skills and empathy.”