Wider Curricular activities

All pupils are encouraged to get actively involved in school life as it is a fantastic way to work as a team and make new friends. Joining clubs is also a great opportunity to really experience the wider life of school, to become more fully involved in the life of our Christian family and it is part of the way in which we strive to educate the ‘whole child’ in body, mind and spirit. It is also a key part of the personal development provision at St Michael’s.

Wider curricular activities are run voluntarily by various staff and the days for these do change, sometimes on a weekly basis. Pupils should listen to announcements by tutors for any alterations or cancellations and speak to the member of staff organising the activity to discover when and where they are running.

The PE department run seasonal sporting activities and pupils should regularly check the PE noticeboard for weekly practices. These practices are also sent out to parents / carers via Synergy on a Friday afternoon for the following week.

As the clubs are at the discretion of staff, activities may be cancelled but where this occurs, teachers will offer suggestions as to how pupils can contact parents, if necessary.

 The following clubs are available at St Michael’s at times throughout the year. They are open to both boys and girls, unless specified. Some are only offered to certain year groups.

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Wider Curricular Activities - February 2024 updated

 

These are the clubs which will run in 2023-24.

 

Club 

  

  

  

Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award  Simon 

Armstrong Choir 

Mrs Brotherton

Art Club 

Mrs Cardwell 

Athletics 

PE staff 

Badminton 

PE staff 

Band

Mr White / Music Council

Basketball 

PE staff 

Bible Study

Mr Neville

Big Choir 

Mr White 

Chapel Choir (Hughes) 

Mr White 

Christmas Cake decorating  

Mrs Faulkner / Mrs Smith 

Charities Committee / Zambia fundraising

Simon 

Computer Club 

Mr Hooley 

Debate Club 

Mr Banks 

Cricket 

PE staff 

Creative Writing

Mr Roome

Cross Country 

PE staff 

 Dance Academies 

Mrs Burgess / Mrs Walsh 

Discovery Club 

Simon

Drama Clubs 

Miss Forrest / Drama Council

Duke of Edinburgh 

Miss Curtis 

DofE(Silver Club)

Miss Curtis

Fairtrade 

Simon 

Football 

PE staff 

Gaming Club 

Mr Cree / Mr Leadbeater 

Geography Club

Miss O’Malley

Gymnastics 

Mrs Brunsden 

Handball 

PE staff 

Hockey 

PE staff 

Holocaust Project

Mr Egelnick

Indoor Athletics 

PE staff 

Instrumental lessons 

Mr White 

IT and Computing

Miss Williams

Karting 

External (see Mr Hooley) 

MFL Film Club 

Mrs Cattell 

Music Theory 

Mr White 

Netball 

PE staff 

PE for All

Mrs Tait

Rock / Pop Band

Mr White / Mr Hurley

Rounders 

PE staff 

Rugby 

PE staff 

School Council 

Various

School Production

Performing Arts staff

Steel Pans

Mr White / Music Council

STEM Club 

Miss Callander 

Strings

Mr White / Music Council

Swimming 

PE staff 

Table Tennis 

PE staff 

Tag Rugby (girls)

Miss Simons

Tennis 

PE staff 

Textiles Club

Mrs Burrow

Ukelele group

Mr White / Music Council

Worship Band 

Mr White 

Science Club 

Mrs Blair 

Youth Speaks 

Mrs Smith 

 

 

 

Wider curricular activity

Details

(please note – Sports practices are advertised on the noticeboard in the PE department and these change regularly. They are also sent to parents / carers on Friday via Synergy. Pupils should check the notice board on a Friday in the PE department each week.)

Netball / girls’ football / hockey / badminton / tag rugby / swimming / table tennis

Open to all girls, no experience necessary. Teams are selected and the teams play in matches in the region and county. See PE notice board weekly for details.

Football / basketball / rugby / hockey / swimming / table tennis

Open to all boys, no experience necessary. Teams are selected and the teams play in matches in the region and county. See PE noticeboard weekly for details.

Athletics / indoor athletics / rounders / tennis / cricket / handball / cross country

These are seasonal and pupils will be informed when these are running. They will not be running in the first term.

Gymnastics

Open to everyone. No experience necessary.

PE for All

A fun PE club – this will be by invitation only

Orchestras / wind band / strings / ukelele group / steel pans

All organised by Mr White. Music teachers will inform pupils of when these are and whether prior experience is necessary.

Big Choir

Open to everyone. Singing songs and medleys of popular music and musical theatre.

Armstrong Choir

Formerly the ‘Training Choir.’ This is a choir for pupils in Years 7-9 who enjoy singing. The choir will be involved in the larger school services at Christmas and Easter as well as various worships during the year.

Rock / Pop Band

Guitar, bass, keyboard and drumkit players along with vocalists of all year groups are welcome to take part in creating performances of rock and pop songs.

Instrumental lessons

Music staff will explain these to pupils. Pupils can start a new instrument in Year 7. Music lessons have a cost.

Music Theory lessons

For pupils who play an instrument wishing to extend their musical knowledge. Pupils approaching Grade 6 instrumental exams will need a pass in Grade 5 theory.

Dance Academies

Dance Academies are open to all and are held on various lunchtimes. Pupils will be informed when these start.

Drama Club

Drama Club is open to all years on different days but due to its popularity, in the first half term pupils in Year 7 will attend depending on their tutorial (01-04 on Tuesday and 05-08 on Thursday.) If pupils wish to attend on the other day due to friendship groups they can discuss this with Miss Forrest. After the first half term, the group is usually amalgamated.

Geography Club

A club for all pupils who enjoy their geography lessons and are interested in all things geographical and environmental.

History Club

A club for all pupils who enjoy learning about History.

Gaming Club

Open to all. Pupils play a variety of tabletop and board games. Run by Mr Leadbeater and Mr Cree.

Science Club

Open to all. Pupils who have an interest in practical Science can come and do experiments and learn more about the world!

Discovery Club

The school Christian Youth Group. Run by Simon, our Christian Youth Worker.

ICT Club

This club builds on the IT lessons and will have a half termly focus, e.g. Scratch, Photoshop, Raspberry Pi's etc.

Computer Club

For pupils with an interest in advanced computer programming. Open to all years.

Creative Writing Club

A club for aspiring young writers.

MFL Film Club

Films with English subtitles –open to all. Films are in either German or French.

Holocaust Project

Pupils in 2021-22 had the opportunity to work on a project with academics at University College London as part of our Holocaust Beacon School Award. We are hoping this will be available again to pupils this year. Mr Egelnick will inform pupils of how and when they can be involved.

Bible Study

This is a club for pupils with a particular interest in learning more and having a deeper understanding about the messages of the Bible. Only open to upper school.

Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award

This is open to Year 8 pupils. Pupils take part in a variety of community projects culminating in them achieving the Archbishop of York Award. More information will be shared by our Christian Youth Worker Simon.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award

All pupils in Year 9 complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as part of their Curriculum Enrichment programme. There is a cost to this programme.

DofE Silver Club

Pupils who have a particular interest in the DofE after completing the Year 9 programme can work more independently towards their Silver Award. Pupils interested should speak to Miss Curtis.

Debate Club

Pupils meet to discuss current and topical issues and learn debating techniques. Pupils in upper school can take part in the Youth Speaks competition.

Fairtrade

Simon will inform pupils of when the Fairtrade Cafes run in 2023-24 and how pupils can be involved.

Charities Committee

Simon will inform pupils about these meetings. This year we are particularly looking for pupils interested in leading and organising fund raising for the school Zambia project.

Karting

School has a Go-Kart Club that meets weekly and attends national competitions. It is run by an external group. If pupils are interested in joining they should speak to Mr Hooley.

STEM Club

Only open to Year 8. Pupils take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) activities and competitions.

Shakespeare for Schools Festival

This is held biennially and will take place in 2022-23. Pupils will be informed of how to audition and there will also be Dance and Music involvement.

School Production

We have a whole school musical production biennially. The next school production will take place in 2023-24 and will be We Will Rock You.

School Council

School Council is made up of elected representatives from each tutorial and meet to discuss current events and raise issues in school. It is led by the Student Leaders.