This is an obvious strand for our personal development/character education programme, The FSGBacc. Girls would benefit in terms of self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, resilience, talking points and from access to the many additional opportunities and skills offered through the CCF programme – canoeing, skiing, walking, climbing, training camps as well as core activities such as field-craft, navigation, shooting and drill.

There are overseas visits and expeditions, international exchanges and many opportunities more locally for residential camps, leadership courses, etc

The key aims of moral courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty are surely noble aims for us all.

An obvious opportunity for personal development and character education.

Cheerleading, much like many other team sport, requires athleticism, teamwork, dedication, commitment, and good communication skills. Through choreographed routines, tumbling, stunts and jumps, it also improves muscular strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination.

Why not try mountain biking on our new purpose built trail?

Year group: All year groups via PE lessons & Trail Club

There are, of course, many physical health benefits to mountain biking but there are also many mental health benefits – being out in the open air with time to switch off and focus only on the ride. Immersing yourself in the natural world, completing a new challenge, a new trail or a faster time. The feeling you get when out with friends in the open air – in these moments mountain biking becomes a powerful force for your overall mood, presence, and perspective on life.

This activity:

• Offers a total body workout – whilst having fun and getting you out into the fresh air!

• Increases brain power

• Improves co-ordination

• Decreases stress

• Improves problem solving skills

• Improves creativity

• Improves self esteem


This activity:

Builds Confidence - Most people find talking to a 'mic' in a closed room far less intimidating than appearing on camera or on stage. This allows students to express their views and build their confidence whether it is discussing important issues or sharing ideas, radio gives students a confident voice within their school.

Develops Speaking & Listening Skills - Radio is about speaking and listening. Whether you are presenting or just listening to a show, these vital skills are not only fundamental in radio but are essential for 'real world' skills

Improves Literacy - Seems strange to be talking about writing skills in radio but the first time a student looks at the 'mic' and then asks what they should say, they realise they need to write scripts and prepare between links. Extend this to preparation for talk shows, radio drama or telephone interviews and it is clear that writing plays a big role in radio – as does research, factual accuracy, impartiality.

Improving oracy - We all need great to be able to speak for a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences. Talk at work is different to talk with friends. Certainly most jobs will require the ability to communicate effectively (even just at the interview stage) and many will involve presenting to clients/customers. Radio provides genuine opportunities to hone this important life skill. Can you speak in audience appropriate language? Can you speak articulately?

Giving Students a Voice and Empowerment- School Radio offers a platform for your students to discuss the issues that matter to them in a non-confrontational format. Whether it is discussing important issues or sharing the music they love, radio gives your students a voice within your school. Many find talking on the radio far less intimidating than performing live events or recording video. This helps presenters to express their views and ideas in ways they might otherwise never do. School Radio provides a fantastic platform for individuals and groups to voice opinions and involve fellow students in discussions, interviews, shows and radio drama.

Teamwork - Planning and presenting radio shows requires a great deal of teamwork. We run our School Radio station like a ‘real’ station assigning roles and responsibilities for presenters, engineers and station management. Producing great programmes is a real team effort



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Year group: All year groups via PE lessons & Climbing Club

Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport.

Physically, have you got the strength to haul yourself up?

Mentally, have you got guts to?

Rock climbing requires strength, agility, endurance. It pits you against the mountain! It’s you versus your fear. Can you overcome your own fears to reach the top.

This activity:

• Builds muscle and endurance

• Boosts brain function

• Reduces stress

It also teaches valuable life skills – like setting and achieving goals, problem solving, self-awareness and self-confidence.
After all, if you can climb a mountain and conquer your fears you can do anything – public speaking, job interviews, anything! It also teaches resilience – you will never reach the top without NEVER GIVING UP.

Rock climbing is just you against yourself and this is a valuable life skill – in life most of the time it is our own self confidence that holds us back. Rock climbing is about challenging and pushing yourself. It makes you want to go higher, climb harder and achieve more and that’s not just useful on the climbing wall but in every aspect of your life. The most common fear is fear of heights (and falling from them). Conquering this fear empowers climbers and builds self-esteem and self-confidence.



The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125