The activities for this year’s field day ranged far and wide as the whole of the senior school was off-timetable to allow for the CCF training day.
Several groups of students spent the day off-site with the CCF leaving first on Monday afternoon for Bramley Training Area. Here they camped out on Monday night before spending Tuesday taking part in team building and CCF training. The Third Form were next to leave as they departed early on Tuesday morning for Youlbury Scout Camp where over 80 pupils enjoyed a day in the woods taking part in Adventurous Activities including climbing, high ropes, giant swings, archery, and even tomahawk throwing. The instruction was first-class, including expert tuition from an Everest mountaineer and the boys worked brilliantly in teams and rose to the challenges together! The fifth form had a similarly outdoorsy day as they spent it at Blenheim Palace completing puzzle trails in teams.
On a different track, field day was focused on university preparation for the Upper Sixth. Those applying to Cambridge spent the day at The Perse School in Cambridge doing interview practise and exploring the city and colleges whilst the Oxford candidates had a similar experience at Rugby School where they also took part in mock interviews. Those not applying to Oxbridge spent the day in school with teachers doing further university preparation.
The Lower and Upper Fourth also stayed closer to home as they spent the day doing either an enterprise day (U4th) or a newsroom day (L4th) which included interviewing OWs John Leighfield (1957), Dylan Harvey (1989) and Tom Gould (2017). These interviews took place in the school archive and ranged from discussing current events and school life to MCS lunches! The boys put into practice the journalism skills that they had learnt earlier in the day from a talk by parent Oliver Holt (Chief Sports Writer for the Mail on Sunday), and wrote up their conversation into articles for publication later that day. The second form also remained in school and took part in a series of PSHCE workshops, whilst the lower sixth spent the morning doing life skills and the afternoon focused on CSO.
Overall, it was an incredibly successful day with lots of fun to be had!