Our activity programme is not a bolt-on extra, but central to the all round development of our pupils. Interest and achievement outside class builds confidence inside – confidence in self as well as confidence in each other.
Simply walking around the School, any day of any term, there is an extraordinary sense of enthusiastic activity, broad smiles and lively companionship.
In the 45 acres our pupils are privileged to enjoy, Woodbridge has an astonishing range of sports, cultural and recreational facilities.
We have an impressive record of team successes, individual performances and personal triumphs.
On Friday afternoons, classroom activity ends and activities for all begin.
In Year 7 & 8 pupils participate in PE lessons.
In Year 9 nearly all pupils join the CCF or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In Year 10 and above get to choose from a number of activities devised to aid the development of useful skills like leadership, organisation and communication. Most activities will lead to nationally recognised awards and certificates which will complement pupils extra-curricular section, which is becoming increasing important for University entrance.
Pupils are expected to show commitment and dedication to their chosen activity.
Options at present include:
- CCF (Army, Navy, RAF sections)
- Art for All
- Strategic Thinking
- Community Service
- Digital Photography
- European Culture
- Current Affairs
- Horse Riding
- Community Sports Leadership
- Language Leaders Course
- Seckford Theatre Support
- Special School Link (Thomas Wolsey)
- Amnesty International
- Song Writing Workshop
- Music Extra
Further information on these activities can be found below …
Seckford Scheme Activities
Foreign Language Leader Award, Mrs Chandler
The Foreign Language Leader Award is a programme open to Year 10 students and above that teaches young people how to lead others through basic languages activities by working to develop their communication, organisation and motivational skills.
Through a series of lessons delivered in the Michaelmas term, students will work together as a group to develop suitable techniques for teaching before then working in pairs to devise a series of twenty minute lessons (three in total). Students would be expected to teach in either French or Spanish and the lessons would be delivered to Year 6 or Year 7 pupils in the Lent and Trinity terms, following which a certificate would be awarded stating that they had passed the Language Leader Award.
The cost of registering for the course is £21 and more details can be found at the following website address: http://www.sportsleaders.org/courses/awards/foreign-language-leader-award/introduction/ Alternatively, please contact Mrs Chandler for further details.
Horse Riding, Mrs Gill
Riding at Poplar Park
Lesson and/or hacks through the forest. Beginners, intermediate or advanced riders welcome.
Leave school at 2pm
Cost £30 per week (may go to £35 depending on charge for next year from stable and for taxis)
Music Extra, Mr Penny
Music on Friday afternoons is designed for the advanced musician who needs more practice time. It is particularly important for those attending London Junior college departments. It is mainly available for those in year 9 and above.
6th formers are also welcome if they want to run their own bands.
Community Service, Ms Gardner
At present we have four schools that you could be placed in: Queens, St Mary’s School, Woodbridge Primary and The Abbey. If you are accepted on a placement you are usually placed with a particular teacher to assist. You usually attend from 1.30-3.30. This experience can be an excellent addition to your personal statement when applying for University, further education or employment because you are expected to show professionalism, willingness and adaptability. As competition for a placement in a school is intense you should only apply if you intend to work with young children in the future. Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer for a local business or charity shop, you may make your suggestions to Ms Gardner (located in E2 – bgardner @woodbridgeschool.org.uk) and she will explore the possibility, or even approach them yourselves and then inform Ms Gardner to make the necessary checks and arrangements.
Art for All, Mr Hutchinson
This is a painting activity which would suit year 9-11. It is basically painting big pictures and they can choose the style and subject. It has worked very well with year 9 GCSEs art hopefuls and it would be a good opportunity for any GCSEs student or interested person.
Chess, Dr Wharam
Friday afternoon chess is for anyone who would enjoy ending the week with some chessboard battles. It takes place in B1 and the atmosphere is relaxed and very sociable. It doesn’t matter if you are an absolute beginner or already an expert. Both Dr Wharam and Mr Hunt are International Masters so you’ll be well coached and you will improve rapidly –Justin Tan gained his IM title whilst he was a sixth form boarder and three Woodbridge pupils have started as complete novices in year 7 and gone on to represent England. We play all sorts of chess from fun 3 minute blitz through to longer, more serious games; and of course chess variants such as the ever popular exchange chess!
Amnesty International, Mr Gilbert
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 7 million members and supporters around the world. The stated objective of the organisation is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.” The idea of the school group is to give pupils the opportunity to stand up for human rights and to take action to help those in need of protection, who are at risk, and whose human rights have been violated. Membership of Amnesty International for 1 year costs £5 if you are aged 14-18. It is common for a school to have an Amnesty International group for young activists, who campaign and fundraise together for human rights. You can also develop great skills and experience for your future career and job or university applications. The cost would be an optional £5 membership of Amnesty International.
Further information can be found on the Amnesty International website: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/About-Amnesty
Special School Link, Thomas Wolsey School, Mr Edwards
Senior students at Woodbridge volunteer to work at the Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich, a special school for pupils aged 3-16 with complex physical needs and associated learning difficulties. Each is attached to a class and supported by professionals there in how to offer learning support. Participants need to bring empathy, a desire to learn and commitment. Productive working relationships are built over time so pupils must commit for a minimum of two terms. Participants will gain sophisticated communication skills, understanding of the wider world and evidence of a social conscience having led them to service in the community. It’s a cheerful and friendly environment.
The activity is best suited to sixth form students, but sometimes those in Year 10 – 11 with the necessary depth of understanding can also be accommodated.
We leave from Marryott House at 1.15 (so unless a sixth form participant has a study period at 12.35, we eat a packed lunch on the way), travelling by minibus and returning at 4.0. No cost is involved.
Photography, Mr Cottrell
Basic camera controls, the physics of lenses, depth of field, image adjustment using photoshop and explaining the mathematics behind processes such as red-eye reduction, sharpening, and noise reduction.
Song writing workshop, Mr Allen
Turning lyrics, tunes and backing into masterpieces (maybe). Opportunity to compose and work with other songwriters with the aim of recording new and exciting songs.
European Culture for Arts Enthusiasts, Mr Stafford
This activity will appeal to those who have a special, or even just passing, interest in one or more areas of the Arts: Painting, Literature, Music, Film etc.
We aim to explore the principal European artistic, cultural and religious movements in relation to each of these fields. Following an initial outline of each topic, participants will research and deliver short presentations on whatever area holds interest for them, building through discussion a body of knowledge to provide the cultural context essential to a true understanding and appreciation of the arts.
Current Affairs, Dr Renshaw
This is when topical discussions and activities enabling students to become fully informed about and engaged with current affairs (as well as the world of the arts) will take place. For example, depending on the hot topics of the day, students are likely to be thinking about: arts funding, modern economics, ethics, politics and the public, education reform, international conflict, our environment and globalisation. We aim to remain topical so the course outline will not be predetermined; each week will provide something new and stimulating for the student who likes to keep their finger on the pulse.
Textiles, Mrs Hillman
Textiles is art with material. We do everything from fabric painting to felt-making, Batik to embroidery. This year we are starting off with designing and making shoulder bags.
Sports Leadership, Mrs Scahill
For pupils in Year 11 and above.
Here are just a few of the benefits of a Sports Leaders UK award or qualification for a student
- A fun and practical course that focuses on leading rather than technical ability.
- Potential stepping stone into employment, further education or training.
- A good foundation to progress onto other Sports Leaders UK awards or qualifications, and/or a National Governing Body award.
- Develops generic leadership skills that will be vital in other areas of life.
- Allows those who are not sports superstars to take a full and active role in sport and physical activity.
- Increased self-confidence that comes through taking responsibility for own and others learning and enjoyment.
Golf, Mr Brous
Golf lessons are provided by the senior professional at Ufford Park Golf Club.
Beginners are taken through the basics of golf and taught the etiquette and rules of golf in the custom built facilities at the Ufford Park Driving Range. When competent they are then taken onto the course itself and taught some of the finer points of the game. There is a small change for this of around £12 pw to cover the coaching and transportation.
Handicapped Players are allowed onto the course and are able to play a round of golf at Ufford. Most handicapped players are members of clubs and Woodbridge Golf Club also permits us to use their facilities on a Friday afternoon for the more seasoned players. The request is that competent players are junior members of Woodbridge Golf club itself for us to use their facilities. There is also a nominal charge of £10 a term to cover the cost of practice balls at Ufford Golf Club when there is inclement weather.