Selkirk High School's Exodus programme takes place in May/June each session when the usual timetable is suspended. The programme involves students taking part in a wide range of experiences that are aimed at developing important personal and social skills. The programme is very successful and, not surprisingly, popular with students.
All First year students will be offered the opportunity in late May/early June to go away together to Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, Newcastleton for one week.
The aim of the week is to provide opportunities for students to develop important personal and social skills and to allow staff and students to continue to develop positive relationship in a structured yet less formal setting.
Whithaugh Park consists of an estate of over 100 acres. Pupils will be living in wooden chalets and activities include swimming, mountain biking, high ropes, kayaking, teambuilding, zip wire and much more! The structured programme followed during the week is intended to keep them busy all of the time. The activities are organised to bring out many aspects of personal development such as working as part of a team and being able to get on with others. It is intended to be a lot of fun and it is hoped that all of first year will attend.
The teacher in charge for S1 Exodus is Miss Douglas.
As part of the Exodus programme all second year students participate in a Health Week where activities explore a wide range of issues aimed at encouraging a healthy life style.
All third year students are offered the opportunity of a week long excursion as part of the Exodus programme. Usually, at least one foreign trip is included in the menu. The following are examples of what has been on offer in the past:-
Ardeche - Outdoor pursuits - Mr Lyall (teacher in charge)
Scottish Cities - Outdoor pursuits - Miss Swan (teacher in charge)
Home Based - Various activities - Mr Marshall (teacher in charge)
Plattling in Bavaria - Miss Mitchell (teacher in charge)
Fourth Year students attend a Work Experience placement giving them a flavour of 'the real world'. The placements provide all with the opportunity to develop skills for work and helps some make decisions about future employment or career paths.
The aim of the senior challenge is to build an effective 6th Year team who will be better prepared to meet the special challenges they will face as prefects at Selkirk High School. The group go to Comrie in Perthshire where they participate in a wide range of activities ranging from visits to Stirling to outdoor team building activities.
The teacher in charge is Mr Cove