Orwell pupils enjoy activities week

VARIETY is the spice of life – and there was certainly a varied line-up to a Felixstowe school's activities week.For three days the normal school timetable was suspended at Orwell High School in Maidstone Road, with students give the chance to take part in a wide range of pursuits.

VARIETY is the spice of life – and there was certainly a varied line-up to a Felixstowe school's activities week.

For three days the normal school timetable was suspended at Orwell High School in Maidstone Road, with students give the chance to take part in a wide range of pursuits.

The annual event is considered a very important slot in the school year – and was again hailed as a remarkable success.

Activities ranged from making, wearing and performing in African costume to dry slope skiing, from coarse fishing to amateur radio, sports to IT projects.

Minibuses and coaches filled the playground every morning destined for places as far apart as the Globe Theatre in London, The Newmarket Experience, Chelmsford Ice Rink, Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and Felixstowe's Brackenbury Sports Centre.

Other courses took place in school, with students learning new skills such as jam and lemon curd making, pressed flower cards, designing web pages to make a small magazine, and building a flying a simple model plane.

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There were also taster sessions for a variety of relaxation and health techniques, a course on building a pocket radio, cooking and running a barbecue, and sessions learning about grooming, hair, beauty, health and fitness.

The art, dance and drama departments combined to give students an African Experience, which included being joined by the Osgyefo Dance and Music Group from Ghana who did workshops with the students on dance, drumming and singing in preparation for a performance to the public.

The students did all their make-up, and made their beads and costumes from ideas they had gleaned from their visit to the Sainsbury Centre.

The audience of parents very much appreciated all the work done by staff and by students and it was very obvious that they had all enjoyed the experience and gained enormously from finding out about a culture so different from their own.

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