Beyond the Classroom
Children are actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities outwith the classroom. These activities are an important part of our School’s philosophy of educating the whole child.
Following on from the example of our Founder Robert Gordon, charity work is an important focus and the Junior School supports a wide range of local and national charities. Our pupils also have the opportunity to participate in the wider work of the school through the Pupil Council with representatives from Nursery to Primary 7.
Our youngest pupils charm the audience with the Infant Nativity. In Primary 4 the pupils entertain their families with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and in Primary 5 our pupils present a night Celebration from the USA. Our Primary 6 pupils make links with their Social Studies topic on Japan and Primary 7 pupils delight both their families and the local community with a stage production (recent productions include ‘Fame’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘The Lion King’). These activities have an important role to play in developing qualities of co-operation, responsibility for self and to others, loyalty, leadership and enterprise.
Sport is an important part of life at Robert Gordon's College. As well as curricular sport, our pupils have the choice of a variety of extra curricular clubs including netball, karate, gymnastics, basketball, cricket, tennis, football and ski race training.
From Primary 6, pupils can participate in hockey or rugby at Countesswells on a Saturday morning during the winter months. These are beneficial for developing tactical awareness skills and teamwork. They are also an opportunity to develop social skills, improve fitness and have fun. We have a comprehensive Saturday morning rugby and hockey fixture list.
Our pupils participate in a wide range of athletics events and use the Sports Village in Aberdeen for field and track events. Pupils compete in a variety of Cross Country races including the Grampian Championships and the Scottish Schools Championships.
Our annual Sports day at Countesswells is always a highlight of the school calendar with all children from Primary 1 – 7 actively involved.
The pupils have the opportunity in participating in the Junior School Swimming Gala which is held annually. Several pupils have gone on to have success at the Scottish School Swimming Championships.
Our P6 pupils participate in two days Bikeability Training ensuring that they are safe when cycling on the road and providing them with a skill for life.
Robert Gordon's has always believed in educating the whole child. Encouraging children to enjoy and excel at a wide range of activities nurtures the self-esteem which leads to academic success. Extra-curricular activities are an important element in school life and complement the more formal curriculum.
In Junior School we have over 50 clubs for our pupils. Clubs are held either at lunchtimes or after school and sometimes at the weekend. Pupils can choose from choirs, team games, solo sports, art, dancing and drama, not to mention a huge range of clubs representing all sorts of interests such as Quiz Club, P7 Show Club, Bridge, Recorder Club, Knitting, Mini Boppers, Construction, Movie Club, K'Nex, Rugby, Hockey and Netball - to name but a few!
From the first trips into the local community in Nursery, through to Primary class visits to places of historical, cultural, geographical or scientific interest in the local and wider community, there are many day trips beyond the school gates for our pupils. They add richness to the curriculum and are an important part of education in the Junior School.
The School’s strong Outdoor Education programme integrates with core curriculum. Junior School pupils pursue the John Muir Award, an environmental scheme which encourages awareness, conservation and knowledge sharing.
As well as these, we have an exciting programme of residential trips for our P5 - P7 pupils where they can stretch their experience and self-confidence away from home. Staff and pupils can interact away from the classroom and the benefits are immense.
Residential trips for our Primary 5 classes involve a two night stay at Alltnacriche Outdoor Centre in May each year. The Primary 6 year group go for four nights to Dalguise Activity Centre in October. Primary 7 children enjoy their activity week during April/May to Glasgow. There is also an optional P7 Ski Trip to Glenshee in January/February.
When starting at RGC all children are placed in one of our 4 School Houses - Blackfriars, Collyhill, Sillerton and Straloch. Two Primary 7 House Captains are appointed for each House after Hustings, where every pupil votes for their preferred candidate. During the year various House events are organised for the children eg RGC Talent Show, Swimming Gala, Sports Day, Egg Decorating competition. At the end of the school year the House Cup is presented at Prize Giving to the House with the most points.
Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education, 2016
Amy, P7 pupil