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.

Reindeer Visit

Despite their busy schedule, we were very lucky to have a special visit from Santa’s reindeer today! All the girls were able to meet them and learn all about life at the North Pole!

Year 2 trip – Science Museum

As part of their topic on Space, our Year 2 girls recently visited the Science Museum! They visited the Space gallery and watched “Our Beautiful Planet 3D” in the IMAX, a fully immersive experience on board the International Space Station. They finished their day with...

Annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre

Today we were blessed to be able host our annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre for the first time in 3 years – a truly wonderful occasion to celebrate our OVS girls’ incredible achievements over the past 12 months and say farewell to our remarkable Year 6 girls. ...

Matilda Jnr

After weeks of hard work and rehearsals, our Year 6 girls performed their Leavers’ Play “Matilda Jnr” over two evenings at the Queen Charlotte’s theatre in the Richmond Adult Community College.  The girls excelled themselves with performances full of individual...

Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Bawdsey Manor

Last week saw the return of our Upper School residential trips! Our Year 6 girls had a brilliant week at PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They did many exciting activities including orienteering, climbing, archery and assault courses. In the evenings there were...

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt!

Our girls braved the cold weather this morning for their annual Buddy Easter Egg Hunt at Terrace Gardens. It was great to see so many chocolate smiles! 🐣🍫

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Lorax

Year 3 brought one of Dr Seuss’ most powerful stories to life for their Spring Concert this year, ‘The Lorax’. The story detailed a cautionary tale about our duty to protect our precious planet. The girls mastered the whimsical Seussical rhymes and sang their hearts...

Lights, Music, Action…ABBA!

Our Year 4 girls delivered an amazing performance on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as they sang five of ABBA’s most popular hits from the seventies.  The stage was awash with colour, bling and smiles as the girls swayed and twirled their way through the songs.  Their...

Chinese New Year

This week our girls filled the corridors with their brightly coloured outfits as we celebrated Chinese New Year.  They had a fun filled day making paper lanterns, dragon puppets and calligraphy writing.  They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at...

Year 3 trip to the Science Museum

This week our Year 3 girls visited the London Science Museum. They explored Space, The Science City, Information Age and Mathematics exhibitions before engaging in the interactive Wonderlab! The girls thoroughly loved the hands on FUN science activities, which engaged...