Sixth Form Extracurricular Activities
In the Sixth Form, pupils are encouraged to engage in a variety of the extracurricular activities. These are offered to develop further their interests, but also to persuade them to move outside their comfort zones, challenging themselves as individuals. Through the opportunities offered, pupils may extend their academic studies, engage in charitable work or take part in international sports or cultural visits. The opportunities are endless.
Recent educational visits for Sixth Formers have included a cultural trip to Rome, political fact-finding in Strasbourg, ski trips to Austria and California and a senior rugby tour to South Africa. There are many activities regularly taking place during the school year which help to make our Sixth Form experience so special. For example, the Birkfield Society is a cultural group that meets on most Fridays after school throughout the year; all of the Sixth Form, Year 11 and staff are invited. Under its auspices, a range of highly entertaining and thought-provoking speakers challenge pupils' perceptions. Topics include the world of work, military service, gender equality and medical ethics. Many of the speakers are former students of St Joseph's - Old Birkfeldians - who return to pass on wit and wisdom to the next generation.
Excitingly, our Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to take part in a Lasallian Developing World/ ‘Reaching the Unreached’ project which involves spending a summer working abroad on community improvement schemes. This has included India, Uganda, Ghana and Kenya. The participating students have helped to organise a wide variety of fund-raising events to facilitate these trips including a whole College sponsored Wwalk, an Aerobathon, staff versus Sixth Form football matches, Art Auction, sunflower seed planting, cake baking and supporting shoppers packing their groceries, amongst many other events.