After School Clubs and Activities
Often some of our happiest school memories are the after school clubs and activities we were involved in. It’s time for pupils to mix socially with other children from across the school and helps develop interests in sports and activities that can last a lifetime.
How it works
Clubs and activities run after school hours during term times, and the programme is managed by our full-time After School and Holiday Club Manager. Some clubs are run by teachers and school staff, are provided free of charge and run on a more informal basis, so that children are free to choose what interests them on the day.
Our externally run clubs are coordinated by the PTA but provided by specialist organisations and teachers, with some offering the chance to gain grades or exams. As such these classes do incur an additional fee and require an ongoing commitment to attendance.
Externally provided clubs (additional fee payable)
Our external suppliers are selected for their quality of instruction and training, and we enjoy a close relationship with a range of local providers. Parents benefit from the convenience of all activities being provided on-site at the school, so no need for the Mum or Dad taxi service!
For budding ballerinas and ballerinos, our ballet classes teach basic steps and we also work on routines that the children perform inside and outside of School (with parental agreement). Ballet helps strengthen muscles, develops discipline and gives children a way to express themselves creatively and artistically.
Ballet classes are run by Tina Edwards Dance School. An experienced dance teacher, Tina (R.A.D, B.T.D.A, I.D.T.A) first began dancing at the age of three. She went on to train at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and the Arts Educational School where she was taught by Arlene Phillips.
Ballet outfits can be bought directly from Tina. You can also purchase items at the first class your child attends.
A Japanese martial art, Karate helps teach children the fundamental skills of avoiding danger, control, respect and self-discipline. It’s also a great way to boost self-confidence and to practice teamwork, not to mention fitness levels. Progress is recognised with certificates and badges on reaching specific levels of proficiency.
Karate classes are provided by Sensai Amy Tomalin at Kick Start Shotokan Karate, part of the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs.
Amy has come from Silwood Karate in Bracknell and has experience in working with children age 4 years and older. As well as teaching Karate, she develops confidence, discipline and determination in her students, which is carried with them into their everyday lives.
Children are invited to work through the official grading process as they develop their skills, but this is entirely a personal choice and is not a requirement of attending classes.
Children can wear normal school PE kit, their own Karate kit, or Karate suits can be purchased for £15. For grading, a fee of £25 applies plus an additional license fee of £10.
Our Drama Club is run by Bezerk Productions based in Reading. Classes offer highly professional and inspiring training in drama and LAMDA Coaching (nationally recognised performing arts examinations). Whether children want to gain new skills and qualifications or just to have fun, these classes are entertaining, practical and very popular.
Classes are run by Scott Jenkins, a qualified LAMDA and dance coach who trained at the Urdang Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre and has been involved in many shows including Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot, Chicago and Oklahoma.
None, just a sense of humour and a willingness to get involved and have fun!
Creation Station provides hands-on practical arts and crafts sessions helping children to develop creativity, and express their thoughts and imagination. Each term has a set theme, such as “Around the World Art” or “The Art of Science”, and the weekly activities reflect this through different mediums, tools, processes and creations. The children take home and share their creations with their families.
Activities include model making, design, inventions, printing and much more. The sessions are fun and receive excellent feedback from the children.
Sessions are delivered by Deepa Robinson and her team from Creation Station Camberley, Bracknell and Wokingham. Deepa has two children who attend Our Lady’s and therefore offers a reduced cost of £5 per child.
None. Overalls and materials are provided.
Internally provided clubs (free of charge)
We have so many clubs and activities available it’s impossible to provide details of them all here! Whether children want to play sport such as football, watch some of the latest releases in Film Club, or hone their creativity in Animation Club, there’s something for everyone!
All clubs and activities are run by the team at Our Lady’s and are provided on an informal basis. This means they do not incur any fee for attendance, and children can choose what activities they would like to do on the day.
Musicians at Our Lady’s can enjoy Recorder Club, run by Hannah Callaghan, our Infant I teacher. There is also the opportunity for children to take up private music lessons, as an individual or small group, through our specialist music teacher. And of course, our musicians have the chance to practice their performance skills at school events in front of other pupils, teachers and parents.
Run by Simon Cassell, our Infant II teacher, the Football Club is popular with both boys and girls helping them to learn the rules and skills of the ‘beautiful game’. Football helps children to improve coordination, provides a sense of camaraderie and also helps them learn tactics and strategy. Children play against each other in teams, and whilst there are great rivalries, everyone has fun in the process.
In animation club the children explore several different animation apps, including ‘ABCya Animation’ and ‘I Can Animate’, to create short films. Working individually or in small groups, they use the basic principles of stop-motion animation to make movies. The children are extremely proud of their creations and love sharing their films at the end of the club.
In ICT Club children are given the opportunity to play games and use apps that they may not get to access in their usual computing lessons, or at home. They can use Chromebooks or iPads to familiarise themselves with different computing skills. It is a social club as the children are able to work/play together on the apps ensuring lots of fun is had.
More clubs and activities
Music and Dance Club
Painting and Crafts Club
Board Games Club