Trips & Visits

 
R ichmond is ideally situated to allow us to make use of the many historic sites, museums, theatres and facilities of London and its surroundings.  All the girls are taken on regular trips to support their work in the classroom, extend their knowledge and provide challenges as well as new experiences.  We regularly visit the British Museum, Science Museum, Hindu Temple, Toy Museum, Hampton Court Palace, the Wallace Collection and many more and each year add different visits to our repertoire.

Many weeks we are welcoming a visitor to the school to play a different musical instrument, to explain about how the Police service works, to bring in artefacts from a country we are studying or to tell us about a charity, a profession or an event.  Many of these visitors are our parents and we welcome their involvement in the girls’ education.

Residential trips

All girls in the Upper School go away on a residential trip of a progressively longer duration, with the aim of linking it into a part of their work at school but more importantly, to develop independence, confidence and organisation.

Year 3 generally go for two nights to a PGL centre, Marchants Hill, nearby.  They will have two action packed days of outdoor adventures, team building and games.  They return glowing, having developed more self-confidence, independence and also had a great deal of fun.

Year 4 will spend two nights away and their trip links with their study of the Celts and Romans. Recently we have visited a reconstruction of an iron age settlement in Dorset where their girls have understood the importance of a hillfort and practised their own storming, have ground corn and made butter, made wattle and daub bricks, ploughed, minted coins and looked after rare breed livestock.

The intrepid spirit continues in Year 5 when the girls ‘go wild’ in the woods; building their own shelters and fires, tracking, learning first aid skills, climbing trees and lake swimming. The increase in confidence among the girls on their return is palpable.

Year 6 finish their time at the Old Vicarage with a week-long trip to a chateau in northern France to enable them to practise their French, visit the Normandy landing beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry and sample French markets. The accents vary but vocabulary increases noticeably.

A highlight for many girls in Years 4, 5, and 6 is the biennial week-long ski trip in the Easter holidays, which in recent years has been to Flogarida in Italy. As many as 50 girls and 10 staff and their partners have enjoyed the quiet slopes, excellent snow, delicious food and camaraderie. Swimming, skating, treasure hunts, talent shows and a disco have all added to a tremendous week.

OVS Lower School Virtual Marathon

As this year’s London Marathon was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, our lower school girls were challenged by Mrs Russell to take on the 26.2 miles themselves.  The girls could run, jog, walk, scoot or even cycle around the block or in their garden with the...

Soldier visits Little Vic

When a trip to Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the Little Vic girls were very disappointed. However, Miss Grayson quickly organised a surprise visit by a friendly soldier to the pre-school instead. The girls had a great time dressing their...

Alumnae Event – Thursday 30th April 6.00 – 8.00pm – POSTPONED

To mark our 90th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, we will be hosting a number of events to celebrate our school, teachers and pupils, past and present.  With this in mind, we would like to invite former pupils and teachers to attend our first Alumnae...

Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Tournament

On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough,...

Year 3 Spring Concert – Peter Pan

Our Year 3 took us on a magical Neverland adventure in which fairies, pirates and mermaids exist, children never grow up and people fly.  Along the way we met Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbella, the lost boys and the horrible Captain Hook.  As...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year 4s performed the Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the main characters Jack , his mum, auntie and Daisy the cow, all contributing to the humorous take of this popular fairy story. Jack, (definitely whiffy) and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant's...

Chinese New Year

The girls at Old Vicarage School celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Rat in style this year on Friday 24th January.  The school was decorated with red lucky messages and pictures and the girls came to school dressed in traditional Chinese outfits or wearing...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was three great Christmas stories told by the Lower School in their own unique ways.  The Reception girls performed to their parents, for the very first time, and delighted them with “Shine, Star, Shine” which was performed...

Year 5 Viking Day

Year 5 had a wonderful time experiencing elements of Viking life and spent the day working together in small groups.  They each tried making wooden shields and sewing sails that would eventually attach to a 6 metre scaled longship.  The rivets of the ship were tricky...
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