Last week, over 200 fresh new Year 11 recruits, straight out of their GCSE examinations, were welcomed by members of the Challoner's Sixth Form for their academic induction and team building day.

The induction kicked off on Thursday morning, when applicants for the sixth form were greeted by the prefect team and coerced together for an introductory talk by the Headmaster and the Director of Sixth Form. Kate Zamburlin, the Senior Prefect for Induction, then expertly shepherded them into groups for their academic taster sessions.

The day consisted of staff from across all departments providing 20 minute sessions as an introduction to the array of subjects offered. These proved to be of great use to prospective students, whose initial nerves were calmed as they interacted with current Year 12 prefects and peers who had been offered places to study similar subjects.

However, even with Thursday over, the induction process was not over. Offer holders returned on Friday at the ungodly hour of 8:15am to take part in a day of team building activities, including sports like archery. Organised into subject groups, students - both new to Challoner's and old - had the opportunity to get to know each other and bond over some exciting challenges. Even the DCGS welfare dog made a visit to the students!

Furthermore, during the afternoon, there was an activity that was slightly more unique, where the students had to work together in their teams to make a car using vegetables that they had won at an auction. This was as interesting as it was messy, and was a cause for the most shouting. Overall, it was a successful, but most importantly enjoyable day for all.

Whilst Challoner’s may have been welcoming new members into the family, commemorations and reminisces were being held at the outgoing Year 13’s Leavers’ dinner at the Stoke Place. It was a lovely evening and a great way to say a fond farewell to the year.