The Wider Curriculum
Children leave Longacre happy, with a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and having discovered something for which they feel genuine passion. It is this discovery which makes life a fulfilled and happy one. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible to assist children in finding their passion through extra-curricular activities, trips and outings and the wider curriculum.
After all, a child may be a high-flyer but without having found something they enjoy and escape with, they have truly missed their niche.
PERFORMANCES AND CONCERTS
All children relish the opportunity to perform in concerts and plays during their time in the Prep School. This does not mean that every child s expected to enjoy the limelight; some may find designing scenery, working lighting structures or being a stage hand preferable and they are encouraged to explore where their forte lies.
At the end of the Michaelmas term all children participate in our festive Carol Service. As well as productions there are concerts throughout the year. All children have the opportunity to perform in the informal concerts, which are a wonderful way of celebrating all children’s talents.
Every year all Forms participate in a Form assembly and a joint Form assembly (with another Form). These assemblies are on Thursday mornings and are a collaborative way for every child to perform; to present different ideas, to show the rest of the school what they have been learning or simply to encourage their creativity and self-expression. A weekly highlight!
Longacre welcomes a multitude of visitors from authors to artists, grandparents to charitable agents; each contributes to a broader personality, a human being who will inevitably achieve success in life.
Children from the age of 2½ journey out of school once a term to further compliment the curriculum. Our youngest pupils visit the farmyard, pick strawberries. etc. whilst our older children visit galleries in London, historic dockyards, world war trenches and their penpals in Paris! The whole school enjoys a visit together along with parents; Marwell Zoo, the beach and Fishers Farm have been memorable occasions for all.
Residential trips are offered to children in Forms III, IV, V and VI; these are of great benefit to the children and always much enjoyed.
Children begin with the opportunity of spending two nights away with their peer group in the local vicinity. This will assist children in developing their skills of independence in addition to vital bonding with their peer group.
Form III children spend two nights at Sayers Croft in Ewhurst
Form IV children spend two nights at Lodge Hill near Pulborough.
Both are outdoor pursuits centres which have a wide range of activities from abseiling to sand karting.
In Forms V and VI, a week is spent in an outdoor pursuits centre one year and a week in Paris the following year providing a realistic opportunity to apply the conversational French they have been learning in lessons.