At FBS we are very proud of the range of activities we offer outside the classroom, during the school day and in trips and excursions. The list below gives you some idea of the scope and ambition of what we offer and we are always looking for ways to develop and enrich this part of our curriculum.
As fun and exciting as these activities are, providing a shift of focus and skills from the regular classroom, it is a mistake to see them simply as a way of letting off steam and providing a break from traditional academic pursuits. The oral fluency and confidence needed for debating, the resilience and commitment required for drama, the focus and creativity that are essential in arts and crafts are just some of the key skills and mindset that will take our children that much further in their chosen careers, not just as actors, musicians and designers, vital and lucrative careers, but also in the fields of accountancy, banking, engineering, law and medicine.
The below is from the address given by the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, to the graduating class of Stanford university in 2005.
“I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to [learn calligraphy]. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture. And I found it fascinating. None of this had any hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them.”