We currently offer around 40 or so after school activities each week, known as 'Commoners'. Mostly, these are run by staff and are free. They form an important aspect of a Pilgrims’ broader education, giving boys and staff alike the opportunity to extend and share interests beyond the classroom. Juniors and Seniors generally follow the same programme, which creates a great opportunity for boys to socialise and integrate across all the year groups.
Your son can look forward to enjoying a diverse programme of opportunities, such as Winchester Fives, sailing, origami, swimming, computer coding, fishing, karate, judo, knitting, chess, Mandarin, role-playing, board games, pasta making, photography, fencing, or rowing. The list changes from term to term, to reflect current interests and enthusiasms of staff and boys, and to make the most of seasonal weather.
If there is an activity which your son would like to pursue, and it is not currently offered, he is actively encouraged to ask if it could be added to the programme. We will do our best to include it.
There is another programme of activities which runs during the school day. Some are sport-oriented, for boys who are keen sportsmen, and others provide a range of diverse opportunities for boys with a different focus.
LENT TERM COMMONERS
|Debating||Scattergories||Cartoon drawing||Music Theory||Quizzing|
|Illustration (Seniors)||Story Time||Maths puzzles||
Decisive battles of the
|Making greetings cards||Digital photography||Dungeons and dragons||Junk modelling|
|Touch typing||Construction (Juniors)||Online animation|
|Pre-Prep story time||Illustration (Juniors)||Chaplaincy|
Break times each morning and afternoon provide another opportunity for socialising and fun with friends. After an energising snack, inventive play takes over all three of the Quads, with games of football, basketball, mini-cricket, diabolos, conkers, hide and seek – whatever is the favourite of the day.
The Library is a popular destination for many, with chess, magazines and a quiet corner in which to read.
The Priory, a well-equipped games room, provides another source of relaxation, with table tennis, snooker, pool and table football.
In addition to the educational day trips enjoyed by every year group, there are skiing holidays, sports tours (the 2019 cricket tour to Sri Lanka, for example), geography and classics trips, Easter and summer activity camps, and other opportunities throughout the year.