The annual RBAI Open Day took place on Saturday 12th January 2013. A large number of P6 and P7 pupils, accompanied by their parents, took the opportunity to visit the school and experience a taste of what Inst has to offer. As per usual the Common Hall was the hub of the action during the morning. A large number of the school’s Clubs and Societies were on display in the Hall including the Rugby and Hockey Clubs, the school Scout Troop, the Mountaineers, the CCF and RAF sections, the Angling Club and the Rowing Club. Elsewhere in the school, visiting guests had the opportunity to climb the school’s very own climbing wall; take part in a table-tennis match and play cricket in the nets in the recently constructed sports hall.
The Principal's Address.
Having taken in the Principal’s address it was time, for many people, to venture onwards into other areas of the school environment. The Christchurch building is always a popular venue on Open Day; the home of the well-stocked school library and the ICT facilities. The Art and Technology Departments enjoyed a steady stream of visitors throughout the morning as did the Sixth Form Centre (particularly popular with pupils considering entering Inst in the sixth form) and the Home Economics room. In addition the ‘W’ and ‘S’ Blocks (the home of Geography, Mathematics, History, English and Drama) witnessed a large number of people passing through. The ever-popular experiments attracted large numbers to the Science Department; so too the demonstrations in the swimming pool and the rugby practices taking place on the front lawn.
Fascinating experiments in the Science Department.
Having made their way around the school, pupils and parents concluded their visit in the Dining Hall where they were able to enjoy some light refreshment whilst they spoke to a large number of current Year 8 pupils about their experiences at Inst.
Demonstrations were held throughout the morning.
The Scouts station was a popular attraction for prospective pupils.