Although academic time at St Richard's finishes at 5.15 most day children choose to stay until 6pm in order to take part in a wide variety of activities. Often lead by their form tutors, they embark on a huge range of primarily skill-based tasks. The emphasis is normally on fun with recent projects including hand puppet production, summer games (including the infamous Frisbee golf) biscuit designing, treasure hunting and felt-making, as well as golfing, canoeing and orienteering. The big event this term is a whole school talent contest : we are quickly seeing that St Richard’s really does have talent!


On Wednesday evenings the boarders enjoy a fifty minute session of a chosen hobby. It is a credit to the school that the staff have such a diverse range of outside interests to share with the children on a weekly basis. Hobby sessions recently run have included : cookery, gardening, film-making, bridge, table tennis, model building, photography and card making.

Hardy’s ROC sessions also take place in hobby time.  Dressed in a wide array of camouflage and outdoor apparel, the children venture into the unknown whilst being expertly guided in a whole host of survival skills including den-building, fire-making and the correct use of tools. The fact that day children return to school on a Wednesday evening simply to take part in these sessions is testament to their popularity.