After School Clubs
Often some of our happiest school memories are the after school clubs and activities we were involved in. This is a time for pupils to mix socially with other children from across the school and helps develop interests in sports and activities.
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 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.
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 classes are run by Tina Edwards Dance School.
Equipment required: 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.
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.
Equipment required: 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.
Willingness to get involved and have fun!
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.
Equipment required: None.
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.
Equipment required: 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 or watch some of the latest releases in Film 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 Miss Callaghan, our prep II 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 Mr McKay, Director of Sport, 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.
Taking place after school on Friday each week, Film Club gives children the chance to vote for one of three films, and the most popular film is screened. Children are split into two groups; Reception/Pre-Prep and Prep. Reception and Pre-Prep watch Certificate U films and parents of Prep children sign a permission slip at the beginning of the year which permits us to screen PG films.