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The Big Camp Special!


After months of meetings and planning, the Big Camp was finally upon us and on a bright sunny July day Year 7 descended on the Nevill Campus, to experience a range of activities and camp overnight.

Throughout the day students had the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, including; festival flag making, team building, shelter building, fire skills and ‘Stomp’ style percussion workshops.

The students excelled and enjoyed all the activities. The day whizzed by and we were all grateful for the pasta supper cooked by our parent volunteers. There was little time for rest though as the evening activities got underway. A great obstacle course, Capture the flag and football, all accompanied by our own Hove Park music festival with over three hours of music provided by our student bands, from across all year groups. It was an exhausting but enjoyable day and evening… where did the girls get the energy to still be chatting in their tents at 2:30am?!



The first morning voices were heard at around 4am, so with less than a couple of hours rest and with bleary eyes we enjoyed the sunrise on another fine July day. The morning was a chilled out time as students emerged from their tents – some having spent their first night under canvas and some their first night away from home and family.

It was an amazing experience for all involved. Thank you to all the staff who helped on the day to make it so successful, the parents who gave up their time to feed us all, the students who embraced the opportunity and engaged in the day and those that spent many an hour planning and organising the event to make it the success it was and a legacy that the students will always remember.



Of the event our Head Teacher, Jim Roberts, said: 

"Student outcomes will always remain a key priority at Hove Park because exam results so often dictate future pathways and opportunities for young people.

However, my vision for our school also relates very much to the school experience each and every student will have.

It is about identifying the skills, values and attributes that we believe students should develop during their time with us and the things they will see, hear, try and explore at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

I have always been very clear that I want to ensure we provide experiences that all students can access and be part of, and over time, this would develop into an entitlement that all students could expect in coming to Hove Park.

At the beginning of the autumn term we came together as a community and won the OneFamily community grant of £25,000 for our Valley Campus outdoor gym. ‘The Big Camp’ is another opportunity for us to come together as a community to support all students in Year 7 to have the opportunity to spend the night under canvas and take part in a range of Forest School-type activities".



Hove MP Peter Kyle attended the event and said:

"Hove Park School has just finished its amazing 'Big Camp'! Year 7 students spent the whole day doing projects, exercises and challenges, mostly outside.

By the time I popped along yesterday evening there had been obstacle courses, musical performances, and fire building to cook marshmallows over. A 'wide game' was just getting underway as I left, which filled me with nostalgia for my days as a Scout when I was growing up.

Many of the students I spoke to hadn't been camping before, let alone cooked over an open fire. This kind of thing is a brilliant thing for young people to do and I'm so pleased that the teachers, staff, volunteer parents, and the police cadets all put so much effort into making it happen. I'm sure it wasn't easy for them but from what I saw every student was very, very grateful that you did".


Nice Words From Parents and Carers


"I hope you have a relaxing weekend planned after Big Camp- thank you so much! Milo looked as though he was really enjoying himself and was cementing new friendships- he has definitely settled in now and enjoys school. It was also great for me to meet other parents whilst helping".

Year 7 Parent

"I just wanted to drop you both a note to say thank you.

Xavier had an absolutely wonderful time and it was clear there was so much thought, time and effort put into the event".

Year 7 Parent


With Special Thanks To


Special thanks must go to all the local companies that supported our Big Camp:

The Southern Co-operative (Portland Road)

Coral Health and Fitness

Tesco Boundary Road

Sainsbury Local (Portland Road)

Tesco Church Road

The Rotary Club of Brighton

Howie Jevons and his parents

Downs Baptist Church

The John Laing Charitable Trust (courtesy of Stuart Colvin)

Woods For Learning -

Beat Goes On -

And all our lovely parents / helpers (in no particular order!):

Gaby Casemore
Selene Rull-Usano
Tamar Underhill
Kirsty Cooper
Lucy Jukes
Anita Fahey
Rosie Scott
Kellie Bryan
Scarlett Bryan
Sally Swann
Zoe Matthewson-Sharpe
Roland Marden
Jo Regan
Carrie Bowen
Tristan Roddis
Tom Wilde
Tash Warburton
Caroline Henderson
Clare Roberts

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