Extra Curricular Activities at Newlands
Children at Newlands School will have a wide a variety of extra-curricular activities to choose from. Extra-curricular provision will be strong and, in keeping with our philosophy, students will be expected to challenge themselves in a variety of ways. It is envisaged that the school will grow to offer a number of extra-curricular clubs and societies – some of which will be run by students, either for students of their own age, or for those in the younger years – but each with a teacher in charge providing support and guidance to ensure a high quality of delivery.
Many of these extra-curricular clubs and societies will be academic in nature, such as a Debating Society. Others will have a less academic focus. Weekly sessions for clubs and societies will generally run either immediately after school, or during lunch and other breaks. A key reason for the extended lunch break (up to one hour) is so that extra-curricular sessions (particularly for older students) can run at this time. Clubs for younger students will take place both in and after their school day when older students are having added lessons and will include activities such as drama, choir, sports, dance, chess, etc. Tutors will take a close interest in student’s choice of activity, so that they can guide them towards a balanced programme that mixes areas and forms of learning.
Extra-curricular activities will be run by the English (drama), Music, PE and Art departments, to ensure there is a level of extra-curricular provision in keeping with a good school. Activities will include drama productions, music performances, art shows and fashion shows and a good range of extra-curricular sport. FS1 and FS2 students will have extra-curricular options, during and after the school day.
All students will be expected to participate in at least two clubs, societies and activities each term. Tutors will engage students in discussion about their interests and strengths, and will guide individuals to make choices and “try things out”.
The combined effect of all of the extra-curricular provision is intended to:
- provide students with a more rounded education
- give students increasing choice and control over their learning
- lead students, in particular, to experience the value of contributing to service in their communities