In one room students discuss how they will approach debating the motion, “This House believes that children should be paid to attend school”. In another, more children are getting to grips with the basics of Spanish vocabulary.
Across the school, more and more clubs are starting up to offer ‘extra-curricular’ activities to students.
Debate Club is introducing students to the world of proposing and opposing, developing their skills in putting together a reasoned argument, as well as successfully critiquing their opponents’ propositions. Before the pandemic we had taken part in national debating competitions, travelling to universities around the country. As the club develops, we hope to get back to this level of involvement, offering our students incredible opportunities.
Spanish club offers students in KS3 the chance to sample a new language, or even to refresh their knowledge if they have spoken some before. Though at present we are unable to offer Spanish as an option on the curriculum, an after school club is a great way to get an introduction to a language spoken by more than 485 million people around the world.
And now for something completely different! The origami club is allowing students to make some wonderful creations. The students follow simple video instructions to make everything from butterflies to birds, tulips to dinosaurs.
These are just a few of the opportunities available, with more expected to follow. Watch out in future editions for the activities that students are getting up to, learning new talents, and for older students passing them on to their younger peers.
We will take a look at Drama Club, revisit Geek Club, find out the experiments that Science Club are doing, and if we can keep up, find out more about all our extra-curricular sports activity.