There are a multitude of fantastic opportunities for the girls at Wimbledon High which broaden their horizons and help them see the world.
Learning outside the classroom brings learning to life and below is an outline of some of our regular trips, though in any one year, they will vary, depending on staff available…
Read more about the range of exciting trips on offer throughout the year, below:
This biennial Year 12 trip offers an opportunity to experience new cultures, take on leadership roles and face challenges during a 4 week expedition through the Silk Route. The trip takes place over the summer holidays and is certainly a life-changing experience that students highly recommend.
Girls from Years 10 to 13 have the opportunity to go to Salamanca in north-west Spain for a week’s study visit. After immersing themselves in Spanish for four hours each day in the classroom, the girls enjoy a range of cultural and fun activities each evening, including learning to dance flamenco and salsa.
Year 11 & 12 headed out to Colombo and Kandy to play against the local teams at hockey and netball. They enjoyed playing in a different climate as well as experiencing the local culture, with visits to the Temple of the Tooth and the Elephant orphanage in-between those all-important matches. We offer a Senior sports tour along these lines every two years. Other destinations have included Trinidad and Tobago.
Year 9 girls have the option of week-long World Challenge expeditions in Morocco and Croatia during the autumn half term. In Morocco this year, they trekked in the Atlas Mountains for four days, covering some challenging terrain, and one day helping out at a local orphanage. In both this and the Croatia trip, girls built independence, resilience, stamina and learnt to get the best out of effective teamwork.
Around fifteen of our Year 13 girls typically complete the expedition part of their Gold D of E in the Lake District. The expedition covers four days and three nights camping and trekking (at least 8 hours during the daytime) covering some challenging terrain. They plan and train to be unaccompanied and self-reliant. This follows an earlier practice expedition in the Brecon Beacons.
We regularly offer the chance for our Year 11 and 12 girls to explore the wonderful island of Iceland. They visit many fantastic and famous geographical sites such as the Blue Lagoon and Gulfoss waterfall, and the island of Heimaey, whose main town was threatened by a volcanic eruption in 1973 but was saved when the locals sprayed sea water onto the lava! The hope is always to catch a glimpse of the magical aurora borealis or Northern Lights. This trip supports the girls' knowledge and understanding as they work towards their GCSE and A level Geography exams and is always great fun too.
During the first week of the October half-term, the French Department takes girls studying IGCSE French to Rouen in Normandy, France. Every morning the girls have intensive language lessons in French and then in the afternoons they have the chance to get to know Rouen, observe lessons in a French school, go to the cinema and visit Paris.
The German Department heads to Radolfzell on Lake Constance during the first week of the October Half-Term. This trip is always a huge success, with students from year 10 to 13 benefiting from intensive German language courses in the mornings, combined with day trips to the magnificently beautiful neighbouring towns and cities such as Konstanz and Meersburg. Students will also meet their German peers when they visit a local grammar school. The aim of the trip is to immerse pupils in the German language – to broaden their horizons culturally and linguistically speaking and to give them the opportunity to think on their feet in a relaxing and supportive environment.