The students have an extremely busy time here during the working week. Fulfilling the unique curriculum can move one person from music practice to the middle of the Moray Firth in minutes. Students thrive on this and the pace is exciting and makes for an interesting day.
The opportunity for choice is available at all levels, both on the curricular and extra-curricular front and actively encouraged. Being able to voice an opinion is also extremely important and is at the heart of our student body. Year group councils, inter-house council systems and the colour bearer body, all form voices for the students to put across their opinions and discuss relevant issues. Students are keen to take responsibility and this is offered in a wide range of roles that mix non and teaching staff groups with the students, ensuring that the voice continues through at all levels.
A Typical School Day
During the week the formal school day begins after breakfast with morning assembly at 8.15 am in St Christopher's chapel. We operate a two-week academic timetable, consisting of five or six one-hour lessons per day, depending on the year group.
A diet of sport, activities, services and outdoor education is offered during the afternoons until supper is served at 6.00 pm. Thereafter students will do prep (homework) in houses until 8.45 pm. After prep, students will be able to relax or take part in one of the many voluntary clubs, recreational activities or drama rehearsals/music practices on offer. Bedtime is from 9.30 pm depending on year group.
On Saturdays there are lessons until 12.15pm and after lunch there are team games fixtures, organised activities and weekend expeditions. Social events are organised for all age groups in the evenings.
On Sunday, breakfast is a little later at 9.30am followed by the school chapel service in St Christopher's chapel. Catholic mass is also available for those who choose to go.
The School's curriculum runs throughout all seven days of the week and therefore much of the curriculum - such as expeditions and voyages on the school's sail training vessel - takes place at the weekend. Some clubs meet during the day on Sundays and there are frequent inter-house sports competitions as well as drama and music rehearsals and performances.
Through a quiet period in houses between chapel and lunch, we ensure that students have some quality time for academic work. Voluntary outings and activities also take place on either a school or house basis.
At the end of the weekend, all students return to the houses at 8.15pm on Sunday evenings to prepare for the new week ahead.