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Clubbing together for all sorts of new activities

Published on 21/12/18

More and more students enjoying a wide range of amazing activities

There is a growth industry at Orchard School which shows no sign of stopping.

Lunchtime clubs are proving a roaring success with students who are able to find a range of activities to suit their own likes.

The clubs include chess, linguistics, piano, foreign language films, debating and a range of sports, all at lunchtime.

After school there is a homework club and revision in GCSE subjects as well as cross country, rehearsals for Bugsy Malone the musical, rugby, gymnastics and even American Football.

Some sports clubs have proved so popular staff are having to make new arrangements to ensure they can run.

This is all in addition to our regular Y7 and 8 enrichment sessions on Wednesdays from 3pm.

This popular session gives students the chance to try things they might not normally choose.

They include circus skills, alternative sports, modern art, ‘myths and monsters’, yoga and forest school.

Mr Keeling-Burton, who runs the clubs, said: “Our range of clubs offers something for everyone. We have board games and Lego construction at lunchtime as well as sports, drama and music.

“In particular the sport clubs is helping feed into teams for competitive fixtures.

“The clubs are a great way of building friendships, encouraging new activities and improving students’ sociability away from the academic work. All the clubs are supervised by volunteers from among the staff and we are incredibly grateful for their efforts.”

Mr Grafton, who runs enrichment, said: “We have been building a strong programme of popular enrichment activities for several years now and the choice is fantastic. There really is something for everyone and all the sessions help to expand minds and push students out of their comfort zone.”