The Mount Kelly Shackleton Programme is designed to develop and celebrate leadership, practical skills and teamwork with a universal focus on four main themes:
- To inspire, encourage and support a spirit of adventure
- To develop proficiency and skills in outdoor activities
- To encourage an ability to risk assess and remain safe
- To introduce pupils to the intrinsic reward of helping others through community projects both at school and in the wider community.
In the Lower Prep, two lessons per week are timetabled for Forest School. Pupils learn about their natural environment outside and conduct a variety of activities aimed at enhancing their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
In the Middle and Upper Prep, pupils spend five days per year when they are challenged with a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking on the moor, survival, compass reading, lighting fires, gorge walking and navigation.
Many of our After School Clubs compliment the Shackleton programme in encouraging a love of the outdoors.
Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was a renowned Antarctic explorer who demonstrated great courage and leadership, particularly during his epic Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 -17. Although he never completed his aim of being the first to cross the continent via the South Pole his exploration and leadership skills ensured that his 28-strong crew returned home safely after almost three years in one of the most challenging climates known to man. His story remains one of the greatest feats of human survival and cements his place as one of the principal figures of “the heroic age of Antarctic exploration”.
This is a popular and highly enjoyable aspect of Mount Kelly life where children can explore a diverse range of projects in the fresh air in the School’s extensive grounds or those of adjacent Dartmoor National Park, guided by dedicated School staff, broadening and developing their experience in a structured and safe environment.