Open Minds: Evening
The evening activities programme has been carefully designed to provide a balanced and enriching extension to the academic programme. The confidence and enthusiasm for learning and trying new things discussed in the classroom is taken outside and developed in the natural environment and in challenging or thought-provoking situations.
The programme of evening activities is largely based on the Aysgarth campus and makes use of the spacious grounds, as well as the many facilities and natural spaces around the campus. The programme is carefully curated to complement the learning and development that takes place in the classroom and integrates a range of activities including:
Sports and outdoor adventures, thought-provoking team challenges and exit games, wide games, special guest speakers and performances, workshops, student-led performances and an end-of-course party!
The programme is designed to help students step out of their comfort zone and try new, unique activities designed by the Open Minds staff. However, we are also keen to allow students to pursue and develop their interests and 'Options Evenings' are included in each week of the programme. On these evenings, students will be offered a selection of activities and have the chance to choose the one that most appeals to them. Previous years' Options Evenings have included:
Life drawing workshops, photography, climbing, baking, creative writing, street dance, yoga and relaxation and sports tournaments.
The stunning countryside around Aysgarth offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. The school is nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and is just a short walk away from Aysgarth Falls, a beautiful waterfall that tumbles down from the surrounding mountains and provides an incredible backdrop for our evening activities, as well as providing safe and sheltered pools for swimming. The Yorkshire Dales have long been a favourite with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts and it's not hard to see why - from the impressive mountains to the idyllic rural villages, there is no shortage of places to explore here!
SAMPLE TWO-WEEK EVENING AND WEEKEND ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME FROM 2019
*Options Evenings give students the chance to select their evening activity from a range on offer. The activities offered may include: Climbing, Creative Writing, Baking, Yoga and Meditation, Life Drawing, among others.