Friday 30 August - Sunday 1 September 2019
Moving to Senior School is a very important step for all young people and their parents. Looking at websites and going on visits is all well and good, but how much better to have a real taste of what it is like to live in the School and find out about the people and the place? The Year 9 Taster Weekend provides just this experience.
The weekend takes place just at the end of the summer holidays, either one or two years before a Year 9 entrant is due to join the School. It is open to those who are fully committed to a Gordonstoun education; those who have expressed an interest and are still making up their mind; and those who are perhaps intrigued and want to discover what the School is all about. There is no charge for the weekend and attendance implies no obligation for the future.
The boys and girls will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities which reflect the breadth of the Gordonstoun curriculum, including:
- Adventure Sessions
- Games Coaching and shooting
- Beach games
- Scottish dancing (reels)
- Drama or Art
- Music, Media or Design
Although it is not the main purpose of the weekend, we do take the opportunity to do a gentle and informal assessment of the boys and girls. It is also an excellent chance for prospective students to get to know each other and we have found that the foundation of many friendships are laid during the weekend.
Parents are very welcome to join us for part of the weekend. As well as a local outing on the Saturday afternoon, there will be a presentation and dinner with the school leadership team and pastoral staff. On Sunday there will be tours of the school and individual meetings can also be arranged.
The benefits for the students who progress to Gordonstoun are real and long lasting. They are motivated for their final year of Prep or Junior School and confident about their future. They will have made some real friendships and, when they arrive at Gordonstoun a year later, they know the School’s geography, the staff and already have friends. They instantly feel part of the Gordonstoun family and are prepared for five happy and fulfilling years in the School.
For further informaiton please contact Shona Sutherland on 01343 837827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year 9 Scholarships (for Autumn 2020 entry) will take place on the Friday of the Taster Weekend. Please visit the Year 9 Scholarship page for further information.