The School’s trips calendar provides a rich variety of opportunities for pupils to participate in a wide range of cultural experiences and outdoor adventure throughout their time at Oundle. Almost every department offers a trip that extends the pupils’ educational and personal horizons.
The annual History trips to pivotal cities on Europe’s historical map are keenly anticipated, while the Modern Language department sends pupils on invaluable cultural exchanges and language study visits, traveling to cities in France, Spain, Germany, Morocco, Argentina and China. Science and Geography pupils have explored regions in Honduras, Ecuador and Borneo, and participate in the annual trip to the AAAS Convention in the United States, where pupils mix with top scientists from around the world.
In addition, the School has long-standing links with overseas communities where pupils have contributed time and funds to projects that have aimed to improve opportunities and living standards.
The School has been developing links in Kenya since 2001 through annual trips. The first project involving a partnership with Murindati School resulted in the completion of a number of school facilities as well scholarship funding for pupils. We now work with a variety of partners including three primary schools, a secondary school, an orphanage, an educational environmental trust and a hostel for children with physical and mental disabilities. Our work has also broadened into partnerships in the Masai Mara region and more recently, Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nanyuki.
AfricaLink has been raising money for community aid projects in Southern Africa since 2004. The first project was a community hydroponic farm for local villagers near Inhambane, Mozambique. Over the years, other projects included a health clinic and staff accommodation, a bridge and a school building in villages on the coast of Mozambique. The School has recently partnered with an Oundle town-based charity, Nongoma Friendship, and most recently, pupils travelled to a rural community in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa to help at the Bhekenani Community Centre, which was built by Nongoma Friendship.
In a new initiative, pupils partnered with the UK based charity, Supporting Dalit Children, and have visited a group of schools in India that provide educational opportunities for the poorest and most excluded children in the country.