Social activities are arranged every evening for each age group. Activities are carefully organised to help pupils have fun, make new friends, develop confidence and practise their English. Examples of evening activities are:
7 - 10 year olds:
disco party games, parachute games, Bear Hunt, talent show, camp fire and songs, obstacle course, Where's Wally, crazy sports, water slide, fashion show, Hunt the Teacher, movie night.
11 - 14 & 14 - 17 year olds:
sushi-making, formal dinner and photo shoot, Karaoke, James Bond Casino, talent shows, camp fire, obstacle course, Team Challenge, quiz night, Blind Date, Selfie Challenge, movie night, International Evening, yoga and relaxation, girls' pamper night, crazy sports, Capture the Flag - and more!
Sometimes all three age groups come together for an extravaganza such as The ECS English Country Fayre: coconut shy, face painting, bouncy castle, apple bobbing, guess the number of sweets..
For the End of Course review each class creates, rehearses and present a short performance and in addition there are presentations by pupils from workshops such as drama and photography and individual performances of music and dance. Certificates are awarded for notable contributions and achievements. The review usually finishes with a musical slideshow showing highlights from the course; memories are made and, with the course drawing to an end, many tears are shed..
Teams of pupils are given a list of places / situations in which they must take a 'selfie' photo of everyone in their team. For example the photo must include:
- The whole of the main school building
- The Course Manager
- Everyone jumping in the air at the same time
- A work of art
- Everyone wearing fancy dress
- A water feature
- An animal
Pupils have to work closely together to get the best photos. Lots of English is spoken, it's great fun and the activity encourages teamwork and social bonding. The photos are judged by a student panel to make sure they include everyone in the team. Extra marks are given for originality and creative merit. The winning team gets a prize, the best photos are displayed on the school photo blog and everyone ends up with crazy and funny photos that will provide memories for a lifetime!