We offer students a rich and varied programme of activities to build and extend the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. These activities take place at lunchtime, in the evenings or at weekends. From time to time longer residential visits are arranged.
The PE Department provide a range of extra curricular opportunities throughout the year including netball, dance, table tennis, rounders, tennis, and athletics. We also have our Fitness Suite available at lunchtime and after school. During lunchtimes those students who have not joined a sports club are encouraged to participate in physical activity by taking advantage of our ‘positive play’ equipment. Students can borrow a whole variety of equipment ranging from giant jenga and swing ball, through to netball and footballs, for use throughout lunchtime.
We also provide students with an opportunity to compete against other Plymouth schools in netball, rounders, football and athletics, as well as staging an annual dance show.
Among the many musical activities offered is membership of the school Harmony Choir. Students can also participate in musical productions for public performances. We have large choirs in Christmas Concerts and have produced alongside Dance and Drama many musicals including “Grease” and "An Evening of Musicals". Come and enjoy participating in the school orchestra for concerts and if you are a rock and pop performer come and be part of the new school band.
“Catch-up” and extension lessons are available at lunchtimes for most year groups each week. Life Drawing classes are run after school for KS4 and KS5 and opportunities to work in other schools in workshop conditions are available each year. Years 9, 10 and 11 can have a Residential Arts week at Beaford most years.
Catch up and revision lessons are available at lunchtimes and after school during exam periods for all students. We offer Book Club, Film Club and also a Debating Club as well as a visiting author who works with a range of different students. We take part in workshops involving the Carnegie Award and there are numerous competitions which take place throughout the year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 – 25. By undertaking the award students make new friends, discover new activities and develop new skills. The award is undertaken during lunchtimes, after school and weekends. The award has been running in the school for a number of years and is very successful.
Technology provides a variety of opportunities for pupils to enhance their learning by allowing pupils to work on personal projects as well as contributing to whole school projects at designated lunchtimes and evenings every week. This could take any form such as making delicious and skilful products in Cookery Club to building a boat to compete against other schools in the Southwest. With this department being at the forefront of new technologies, the possibilities are endless for a budding innovator.
There is a computer club, and access to ICT facilities during lunchtime and after school.
A liturgy group is being developed to support worship and assemblies in the school. Years 10, 12 and 13 have the opportunity to go to The Cassian Centre in Kintbury for a four day retreat. Years 12 and 13 have the opportunity for a one day follow-up after Kintbury. The Year 10 Kintbury Group will also develop mission in the school.
The school has a Lay Chaplain, Miss Emma Pooley who is supported by Father Trevor Jordan. The liturgy and worship of the school is central to its ethos as a Catholic Church School. There are many activities to support faith led by Emma and the “Life to the Full” MaD Group.
There are Year 10 and Sixth Form residential retreats to Kintbury each year. There will be a joint Mission in 2011 with St Boniface’s College.
Students of other faiths are welcome and there is a joint Christian-Muslim group in school who network with others across the city.
Future plans also include more ecumenical collaboration with other Church denominations as lead up to Mission 2011.
The Learning Support team run a breakfast and lunchtime club daily for students wishing to complete homework or coursework with the added support of Teaching Assistants.
All year groups attend this well structured and friendly environment, building social skills and widening friendships.
There are lunchtime Latin club for those that like a challenge. Come along and test yourself against the best linguists in the school to see if you have the ability to go on and earn a fortune at the E.U.!
Year 10 and Year 12 pupils have the opportunity to follow a nationally recognised programme, where they learn with first hand experience, the reality of running their own business and possibly even making a bit of money for themselves in the meantime.
During one week in the summer term the normal timetable is stopped and the students take part in a wide range of different activities, for example water sports, horse riding, scrap booking, skiing, discovery days. The students choose which activity they will take part in and this may involve a residential experience such as a week in the UK or abroad. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and take on exciting challenges that encourage their own personal and social development, enabling them to learn about themselves, other people and the world in which we live.
Her Majesty's Schools Heroes is a unique pupil voice group, affiliated to the Royal British Legion (Devon), for the support of Service children and young people. This group works, actively, in harmony, to ensure that every member has a voice and is able to use it for the benefit of all. Members of HMS Heroes are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families. Most importantly, they are friends for each other, especially in times of need. Please see the link below for more infomation.