The Howard firmly believes in the importance of activities which enhance the learning of students in the classroom. These activities range from educational visits firmly linked to classroom based work, such as the Year 8 visit to Christchurch Bay to study geographical coastal features and numerous trips to the theatre linked to texts studied in English and plays performed in Drama. There are a number of residential visits that take place throughout the school year, such as History visits to Ireland, Biology visits to Suffolk and Geography visits to the Lake District. All of these trips enable students to study their subject in the ‘field’ and therefore deepen their understanding.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme is run in school at Bronze and Silver level. This award which students can participate in from Year 10 encourages students to participate in skills and activities that they had never previously considered. It also encourages team work, especially when the students are walking through the countryside as a group in inclement weather. It certainly helps the students who participate in the award to become much more self-reliant but also to understand the needs of others and support their peers.
There are many other opportunities in school to learn something new. We run a wide variety of extra-curricular activities before school, at lunch time and after school. These include art club, chess club, glee club, film club and geography club. For the past two years, a number of students who have attended geography club have attended the Commonwealth celebrations at Westminster Abbey. We also run a large variety of music and PE clubs. There is a KS3 Musical and whole school Musical that runs every year. Previous musicals have included Guys and Dolls, Singing in the Rain and We Will Rock You. Our students have the opportunity to be involved in every stage of the production from back stage to front of house and the productions themselves are truly magnificent. All these clubs and activities are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn a new skill or improve on a skill they have already developed and make many new friends. We are very proud of the number of enrichment activities we offer to our students and we firmly believe that these activities enable our students to develop both in and out of the classroom.
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