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Our Lady of Compassion 11 by 11 Experiences: Empowering Young Minds by Age 11


In today's rapidly changing world, providing enriching experiences for children at Our Lady of Compassion is crucial for their development. By the age of 11, young minds are at a critical stage of growth, curiosity, and exploration. These 11 enrichment experiences offer Our Lady of Compassion pupils the building blocks for becoming well-rounded, empowered, and intellectually curious individuals. By nurturing these experiences, we pave the way for a brighter future and equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. This journey of discovery, growth, and enrichment empowers our young ones to flourish by age 11 and beyond.


The great outdoors serves as a dynamic classroom for young minds. Through our forest school, nature walks, gardening activities, and environmental projects, pupils develop a direct connection to the natural world. These experiences foster physical fitness, teamwork, and a sense of wonder about God's creation, encouraging a lifelong appreciation for the environment.

  • Forest School

  • Residentials

  • Outdoor Learning

  • Beach Visits


Cultural Experiences at Our Lady of Compassion introduces children to the vast tapestry of our global community. Whether through visits to places of worship, participation in multicultural festivals, or language lessons, these experiences expand young minds and promote cultural awareness. Children learn to respect and embrace differences, developing empathy and a sense of interconnectedness with people from various backgrounds. Cultural experiences at Our Lady of Compassion lay the foundation for becoming responsible, open-minded global citizens.

  •   Attend places of worship

  •   Museums/Landmarks

  •   Learn to speak Spanish

  • Spanish Link School

  •  Theatre

  •   Museums/Landmark 



Nurturing creativity and skill-building from a young age sparks a passion for lifelong learning. At Our Lady of Compassion, children have the opportunity to explore various forms of artistic expression, including music, visual arts, and drama. They also begin to develop practical skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and basic computer literacy. These creative and skill-building activities help children discover their unique talents and interests, setting the stage for future personal and academic achievements.

  •   Solve a problem 

  •   Conduct an experiment

  •   Build something for a purpose

  •   Compose Music

  •   Photography 


Life skills are the essential abilities that equip children with the knowledge and capabilities to navigate the challenges and opportunities they encounter in everyday life. These skills are fundamental for personal development and success in various aspects of life. 


  • Budgeting (personal finance)

  • Using public transport (where applicable)

  • Map reading (where applicable)


Public speaking is a crucial skill that empowers pupils to communicate effectively and confidently. Opportunities for public speaking at Our Lady of Compassion, such as class presentations and debates, enable pupils to overcome stage fright, develop clear articulation, body language, and voice modulation, and foster leadership skills. Public speaking equips pupils with the ability to convey their messages persuasively and advocate for their ideas, both within the classroom and in the broader community.

  • Present 

  • Debate  

  • Perform 


Guiding pupils to explore their vocational aspirations, even at a young age, helps them envision their future paths and cultivate ambition and goal-setting skills. Our Lady of Compassion sets the stage for pupils to dream big, discover their passions, and consider a vast array of career possibilities. By exposing pupils to different professions, teaching them about the importance of education, and nurturing their curiosity, Our Lady of Compassion lays the foundation for a lifelong journey of learning and career exploration.


  • Employability Day

  • Invite Parents and past pupils


Connecting pupils with nature through environmental education promotes environmental awareness, empathy for the natural world, and a sense of responsibility to protect it. Activities like planting trees, wildlife observation, and conservation projects instill a deep appreciation for the Earth and its ecosystems. Pupils learn about sustainability, the importance of reducing waste, and the significance of preserving our planet for future generations.

  • Gardening/planting

  •   Grow something

  •   Interactions with animals 


Participation in sports and competitions fosters physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship, and a drive for excellence, instilling values that extend beyond the playing field. Through sports, pupils at Our Lady of Compassion learn the importance of discipline, perseverance, and fair play. Competing in various events and games hones their athletic abilities. It fosters a sense of healthy competition, camaraderie, and a lifelong appreciation for an active and healthy lifestyle.

  • Sports competitions for all

  •   Take part in a range of sports

  •   After school sports clubs 



Education on personal safety and well-being empowers pupils with the knowledge and skills to make safe choices, navigate challenges, and protect themselves. Pupils at Our Lady of Compassion learn about personal boundaries, safe online behavior, and how to recognize and respond to potential dangers. These skills enable children to confidently navigate the world while fostering a sense of self-reliance and independence.

  •   First aid

  •   E-safety

  •   Swimming 


Exploring the expressive arts, including visual arts, music, drama, dance, and creative writing, allows pupils to tap into their creativity, enhance self-expression, and develop a deep appreciation for the arts. Through these experiences, pupils gain a profound understanding of the power of artistic expression to convey emotions, ideas, and cultural significance. They learn to appreciate different forms of art and gain the confidence to create their own, fostering a lifelong passion for creativity and artistic exploration. 

  •   Act/sing/dance to an audience

  •   Production

  •   Visit galleries 


Cooking experiences are not just about preparing meals; they also provide essential life skills. Pupils at Gifford learn about nutrition, meal planning, food safety, and the joy of creating delicious dishes from scratch. Cooking activities encourage teamwork, communication, and problem-solving as pupils work together to prepare meals. These skills empower pupils to make healthy choices, contribute to family meals, and develop a lifelong love for culinary exploration and creativity in the kitchen. 


  •   Cooking

  •   Bake a cake

  •   Kitchen hygiene and safety 

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