ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT WELLINGTON COLLEGE

“Wellington gives you the chance to discover what you like and what you think you could be good at. CCA and the inter-house competitions give you a great chance to try out new things, like different sports, art or drama. Then, if you discover that you love something new then you have so many ways to commit to more heavily, by joining sports teams, bands or after school groups or even playing a part in a production.”

Lydia, (Lynedoch)

Co-Curricular Activities Programme

We fervently believe that our pupils should be given every chance to discover subjects and activities that genuinely appeal to them, and then allowed to pursue those passions in a supportive learning environment with every appropriate resource at their disposal. This is exactly what our co-curricular activities (CCA) programme aims to achieve. By allowing our pupils greater freedom to explore new activities, we believe that they will cultivate new interests and aptitudes which will aid both their personal and academic development.

The CCA programme is compulsory for years 1, 2 and 3 on Mondays and years 2 and 3 on Wednesdays (see CCA schedule below). The years 4 to 13 CCA programme is compulsory and places emphasis on academic enrichment and support alongside the physical and creative activities (see CCA schedule below). The programme is made up of three parts: prep sessions, enrichment and support (click the drop-down menu for further details), a combination designed to encourage academic progression, increase pastoral contact time and push pupils’ capabilities to a higher level.

The CCA options are selected online using SchoolsBuddy and pupils / parents are asked to indicate five choices for each day. We will try our best to accommodate a pupil’s first choice option; however, some activities are restricted to a maximum number of pupils, therefore some pupils will be allocated their second choice and so on. Allocations are random, not first come first serve. Although late or no submissions will be given lowest priority. Parents / pupils will receive an email from SchoolBuddy when the next term activities are available for selection.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME

CCA SCHEDULE

Year 1

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:40pm Academic Finish 3:25pm Finish 3:25pm Finish 3:25pm Finish 3:15pm
Period 8 3:40pm-4:45pm Physical, Creative & Academic

Year 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:40pm Academic Finish 3:25pm Academic Finish 3:25pm Finish 2:15pm
Period 8 3:40pm-4:45pm Physical, Creative & Academic Physical, Creative & Academic

Year 3

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:40pm Academic Finish 3:25pm Academic Finish 3:25pm Assembly
Period 8 3:40pm-4:45pm Physical, Creative & Academic Physical, Creative & Academic Finish 3:45pm

 

Set out below are examples of the types of activities on offer:

Physical Creative Academic
Multi-Sports
T-Ball
Kung Fu
Football
Ball skills
Learn to Swim L1-L2
Learn to Swim L3-L4
Rope Games
Just Dance
Touch Rugby
Yoga & Wellbeing
Golf
Field Hockey
Zumba
Magic Clay
3D Art
Make it – Take it
String Ensemble
Ballet
Latin Dance
Chinese Art
Sewing Club
Mindful Colouring
Musical Theatre
Chinese Art & Craft
Lego & Meccano
Choir
Bead Art & Rainbow Loom
Line Drawing
Chinese Painting
Science & Engineering
Cold Kitchen
Fun with Phonics
Chinese Reading & Stories
Math Games
Teddy Bear Passport
Chinese Games
Globetrotters
Chess
Robotics & Programming
English Storytelling
Maths Challenge


Pupils will be involved in one of four aspects:

– Prep sessions: these will be held in the class/form or houserooms and will be run by tutors, which will encourage greater pastoral contact time. This will also create a better working environment so that pupils can be productive in getting their prep done. It is expected that pupils work in silence.

– Enrichment: these sessions are meant as an exciting opportunity for pupils to take their level of understanding beyond that of the specification and to challenge themselves. Pupils will be invited to attend by the relevant heads of department.

– Support: those deemed in need of academic support will be invited to attend. The sessions will also happen during lunch periods.

− Focus sessions: To allow our sports teams and performing arts casts greater opportunities to train/rehearse together, there will be different sports/arts focuses each day. Pupils involved in focus sessions will carry out their activity during period 7 and 8.

Pupils are asked to consider developing the Wellington Aptitudes when selecting their CCAs and pick a broad range of activities from the physical and creative options. Activity choices change three times per year at the start of each new term and there is no guarantee that all activities will be offered from term to term.

CCA SCHEDULE

Years 4 to 5

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:50pm Prep Physical Prep Prep Assembly Finish 3:45pm
Period 8 3:55pm-4:45pm Creative & Academic Physical Creative & Academic Prep

Years 6 to 8

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:50pm Prep Creative & Academic Creative & Academic Academic & Prep Assembly Finish 3:45pm
Period 8 3:55pm-4:45pm Physical, Creative & Academic Prep Prep Physical

Years 9 to 13

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 7 3pm-3:50pm Physical, Creative & Academic Creative & Academic Physical Academic & Prep Prep Finish 3:45pm
Period 8 3:55pm-4:45pm Prep Prep Physical Assembly

 

Set out below are examples of the types of activities on offer:

Physical Creative Academic
Advanced Ballet
Archery
Badminton
Ballet & Jazz
Basketball
Circuit Training
Football
Football Development
Games
Hip Hop Dance
Intense Spinning
Learn to Swim L1-L2
Learn to Swim L3-L4
Learn to Swim L5-L6
Multi Sports
Team Netball
Korfball
Recreational Netball
Recreational Volleyball
Running Club
Self-Defence (beginners)
Softball
Spinning
Swim Advanced
Swim Development Group
Swim Elite
Table Tennis
Tennis
Volleyball
African Music
Art Appreciation
Art Beading
Art Cloth DYI
Art Club
Chinese Animation
Chinese Dance
Chinese Drama
Chinese Hand Craft
Chinese Movies
Chinese Painting
Christmas Choir
Circus Skills
Creative Writing Club
Cross Stitch
DT Hobbies
Dungeons and Dragons
Fashion Illustration
Folk Group
Jazz Band
Knit and Natter
Latin / Ballroom
Made from Clay
Meccano Engineering
Media Production
Musical Band
Musical Children’s Choir
Musical Sing Rehearsal
Musical Theatre Club
Origami
Panto Double
Puzzle Club
Shakespeare through Drama
Sketching
Strategic Board Games
String Ensemble
Technical Theatre
Ukulele Group
Urban Cross Stich
Wardrobe Management
Warhammer
Whole School Musical
Year in a Scrap Book
Astronomy Club
Augmented Reality
Chess Club
Chinese Book Club
Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese Debating
Chinese Magazine
Chinese Reading
Competition Maths
Computer aided Design Club
Current Affairs
Debating
Doodlemaths Club
Educational Research Y12
English Literature
English Typing
First News Club
French Beginners
French Film Festival
Fun with English
Global Champions
Handwriting
History Magazine
Math Games Medicine Society
Mythbusters
Public Speaking
Robotics
Science Challenge
Science Documentary
Shakespeare Club
Spanish Beginners
STEAM
STEP Maths
TED Talks
Virtual Reality

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Academic Results

 

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Learn to Swim L1-L2

A foundation session for the development of correct technique and skill levels necessary to swim competently across most strokes.

Learn to Swim L3-L4

A foundation session for the development of correct technique and skill levels necessary to swim competently across most strokes.

Advanced Ballet

This class focuses on developing a strong base of classical ballet techniques both at barre and in the centre. Emphasis is placed on correct alignment and use of strength; musicality and expression; and the ability to learn complex sequences of movements.

Archery

Pupils will be introduced to the basics of archery, its equipment and techniques. They will be instructed in safety and how to alter their technique to increase accuracy. They will also look at the history of archery and how it has developed throughout the years.

Badminton

Here is your chance to hone your badminton skills and become lightning-fast on the court! Ideally, this activity is for those familiar with the sport who would like to improve by playing competitive games against other, likeminded, players. Boys and girls both welcome.

Ballet & Jazz

In this class participants will engage with the techniques and choreography of classical ballet and Broadway/West End style theatre jazz.

Basketball

For those of us that like to play a little B-ball and shoot some hoops, this is a fun and sociable basketball session. All abilities are welcome, although some experience is preferable since this isn't a training session.

Games

Lower Prep games enable pupils to expend their energy physically and challenge their mental strength. A strong body creates a strong mind and vice versa. The session is split into three sections; running activities to build endurance and enhance fitness levels. Long jump activities to work the hamstrings, thighs, back, abs, hips, and glutes. Finally, ball games to help improve pupils' motor skills, hand-eye coordination, timing and tactics, which are essential parts of the developmental progression.

Hip Hop Dance

Learn to dance Hip Hop using proper techniques taught by a specialist. Suitable for boys and girls whether they are beginners or more advanced dancers.

Intense Spinning

Work your legs with seated sprints, standing climbs and much more to the beats of great music in this high-energy and fun workout. Your arms will also get toned with the use of weights mid-way through the session.

Learn to Swim L1-L2

A foundation session for the development of correct technique and skill levels necessary to swim competently across most strokes.

Learn to Swim L3-L4

A foundation session for the development of correct technique and skill levels necessary to swim competently across most strokes.

Learn to Swim L5-L6

A foundation session for the development of correct technique and skill levels necessary to swim competently across most strokes.

Team Netball

Squad training is for further development of netballing skills with a particular focus on seasonal competitive preparation. We will continue to focus on strengthening fitness, and efficient gameplay all in a strong team-based working environment. Pupils will be given the opportunity to lead training sessions to improve game knowledge and understanding.

Recreational Netball

Play netball at a recreation level through matches against your peers. Ideally suited to those who have payed netball before as this will be a chance to improve your skills by playing matches in a friendly setting.

Recreational Volleyball

Play volleyball and take it to the net! This is ideally suited to those who have played volleyball before as it gives a chance to improve your skills by playing matches in a friendly setting.

Running Club

In this action-packed, fun and popular CCA, pupils will have the opportunity to engage in a circuit run by an external instructor or use the gym's equipment to enhance their overall fitness.

Self-Defence (beginners)

Self defence for beginners is a fun martial discipline carried out in a safe, controlled environment.

Spinning

Work your legs with seated sprints, standing climbs and much more to the beats of great music in this high-energy and fun workout. Your arms will also get toned with the use of weights mid-way through the session.

Swim Advanced

Pupils must be able to display all the technical skills confidently associated with competitive swimming. They will continue to work on the four strokes and all race elements, preparing them for the Elite Squad.

Swim Elite

Previous competitive swimming experience and good technical skills in all four strokes will be required for this CCA. Training will improve stroke technique and speed to prepare pupils to compete at the highest level available to them.

Tennis

Played on the school outdoor tennis courts and led by professional tennis instructors.

African Music

Pupils will learn to play an African song on a variety of instruments and will compose their own African pieces.

Art Appreciation

What is art? Why do you like art? Explore different types of art, including painting, movies, creative drawing and more. This CCA will develop your interest, knowledge and appreciation of art in ways you might not even have considered.

Art Club

Pupils will learn how to use a range of different media in art to create beautiful artwork. They will learn how to use paints, collage, chalk, paper, ink, textured artwork, create patterns with tape and how to mix watercolours. This will give pupils the chance to work in teams on a collaborative piece.

Chinese Animation

In this CCA dedicated to appreciating and understanding traditional Chinese animation, pupils will watch the 10 best Chinese animations of all time and will then create posters based on their own interpretation and inspiration.

Chinese Dance

The pupils will learn different types of Chinese dance, ranging from fan dances to Xin Jiang dances and more. There is no need to have previous dance experience and ability. There may also be a possibility to perform at the end of each term. Come and join us!

Chinese Hand Craft

There are no limits to your imagination, and paper hand craft is a great way for you to turn that endless imagination into something beautiful and productive. There are many materials, colours, shapes, and activities you can choose from, allowing you to explore different artistic paths and create something truly memorable.

Chinese Painting

This workshop allows pupils to try the traditional and unique Chinese techniques for painting landscapes, figures and bird-and-flower pieces.

Christmas Choir

Pupils will learn to sing in different parts ready for Christmas carolling around Shanghai during November. We will also learn other appropriate songs to build related singing skills.

Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing CCA aims to offer pupils the opportunity to develop their creative flair. We will explore different generic conventions of writing styles before trying to emulate them. Write amazing stories and improve your writing! If you love writing - or reading - then you'll certainly enjoy this CCA.

Cross Stitch

This CCA is aimed at those looking to extend their needlecraft skills and branch out into cross stitch. Also appropriate for those new to any form of stitching.

Fashion Illustration

In this CCA, we will study fashion designers and illustrators, looking at how they use shape and texture in their work. Pupils will explore how to use a variety of artistic techniques, including watercolour, collage and mixed media. Pupils will complete the CCA by developing their own collection, considering the design process and creating a mood board and illustration board.

Folk Group

This ensemble CCA explores music from a variety of European folk traditions, including Scotland, Ireland, Spain and the Balkans. For those interested in melody instruments (e.g. recorder, accordion, flute, violin, cello) the ability to read music is important, to at least a Grade 3 (ABRSM) standard. Guitar/ukulele players are welcome and should have some prior knowledge of the basic major and minor chords. Pupils interested in playing percussion are also welcome to join.

Jazz Band

This is a demanding, invite-only CCA that focusses on jazz music and improvisation. Interested parties should contact Mr Muzyczka for more details. We would particularly like to welcome any new melody instruments, particularly clarinet, trumpet, flute, trombone and saxophone players.

Latin / Ballroom

Come and explore the wonders of Latin dance and ballroom dance. Suitable for both boys and girls, this fun class will keep you fit while teaching you some serious moves! This class is taught by highly trained specialist teachers.

Made from Clay

Learn how to slab and coil and glaze to make a variety of fantastic clay objects. Projects will use clay that needs to be fired in the kiln to achieve a high-quality finish.

Media Production

Music technology gives pupils the opportunity to develop skills in music production (through industry-standard software), engineering (recording techniques) and sound design. Our curriculum is flexible, accommodating a range of interests and often works in tandem with the Podcasting CCA, producing sound effects and creating ambient music.

Musical Sing Rehearsal

This is an invitation-only singing rehearsal for main characters in the musical.

Musical Theatre Club

A fun popular club taking pupils on a theatrical journey. They will sing, act and dance along to songs from hit musicals like Matilda, Mary Poppins and The Lion King. They will become more confident all round performers. This term we are working with the language department to develop cross-curriculum links. We will be looking at songs and dances from Spain and South America. This CCA will also focus on developing your child’s communication and social skills.

Panto Double

The cast will be developing their performance skills over several weeks ready to perform our fabulous show in December! Jack and the Bean Tin is a panto for all the family. Children will learn how to act in an over-the-top manner, while singing and dancing to popular Christmas tunes. This CCA will give them a good understanding of the pantomime genre as well as a general love of theatre.

Shakespeare through Drama

Using drama techniques formulated by The Royal Shakespeare Company, pupils will explore the play of Macbeth, while thinking about staging, key ideas and playing around with Shakespearean language. Shakespeare through drama is a challenging yet fun introduction to one of the bard’s most well-known tragedies.

Sketching

Pupils will learn to improve their sketching skills through a variety of different themes, from still life objects to cartoon characters. Pupils will learn how to create depth and add realistic elements to their pictures.

Strategic Board Games

Come and play anything from quintessential board game classics to innovative modern strategy games. If it uses cards, dice or counters, we'll give it a go.

String Ensemble

Ensemble playing is more than the sum of its individual parts. Whether pupils are entrusted with the melody or harmony, they will learn to listen and non-verbally communicate with each other so they can create their best music as a team.

Technical Theatre

Behind the scenes at the College's productions. In this CCA you will help to make props, special effects, costume parts and scenery for our pantomime and musical productions.

Ukulele Group

This CCA is open to all lower prep pupils who are interested in learning to play the ukulele. We will build towards putting on performances in the second half of term.

Urban Cross Stich

Cross stitch is cool! We're taking a fresh approach to cross stitch, looking at graffiti as our inspiration while developing our needlework together.

Whole School Musical

This CCA is by audition only and will give those who are successful the chance to be in a major musical, greatly developing their singing, acting and dancing skills.

Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club is about going beyond the physics curriculum into the astrophysics. This club is about discovering space through documentaries. Pupils are expected to produce material for informing their younger peers about the fascinating realities of space.

 

Chinese Calligraphy

This session will focus on letting pupils explore the highly precise art of writing perfect Chinese characters.

Chinese Magazine 

Pupils will be divided into several groups to perform editing, designing, interviewing and news writing tasks in Chinese to collaboratively create a magazine.

Current Affairs

The focus of this CCA is to help pupils expand their knowledge of the world around them. Topical news items will be discussed, enabling pupils to gain a better understanding of local, national and international issues.

Debating

This club provides instruction and practice in the art of public speaking, with an emphasis on debate. Pupils will learn how to plan and deliver a debate in a collaborative and respectful manner. They will improve their listening skills while learning how to identify and respond to key information delivered by their opponents and teammates. This CCA will improve your child's confidence while also giving them a greater awareness of current global issues.

Educational Research Y12

This CCA offers year 12 pupils the chance to extend their academic research skills related to their IAs and EEs, as well as providing guidance and help in writing them.

First News Club

Read UK and International news from the UK's leading children's newspaper; First News. Pupils complete activities associated with global events as they occur, providing them with a truly international understanding of non-fiction texts.

Fun with English

Fun with English aims to provide pupils with more exposure to English through an English language environment that will familiarise them with various language skills and functions. It also aims to create a fun English-rich environment through various activities, which will include speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Global Champions

This CCA is an opportunity for the global champions to meet and develop their priorities and plans for the academic year. The inaugural group of global champions will be raising awareness of current affairs and global issues throughout the whole College.

Medicine Society

Are you interested in applying for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science? We will be covering how to write personal statements; entrance exams; how to gain relevant work experience and much more. This CCA will also allow pupils to discuss important ethical dilemmas in the world of medicine, as well as relevant arguments for and against socialised healthcare and privatised healthcare systems.

Mythbusters

Have you ever wondered if something you heard is actually true or not? If so, come to the MythBusters CCA. By applying a scientific method and building equipment, you can test a myth just like the MythBusters team as seen on TV.

Public Speaking

A chance to develop speech and voice work using fun drama techniques to help make you confident and build your skills. These are essential skills for life beyond a child's education years.

Science ChallengePupils are set challenges on everyday subjects. They must then use their scientific skills and understanding to develop designs and overcome challenges.

Shakespeare Club

Become acquainted with a wider range of Shakespeare's plays by reading, performing and discussing the Bard's work. Get involved in creative writing inspired by Shakespeare's tales.

STEP Maths

STEP mathematics and MAT are used for entry into Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial and Warwick mathematics courses. Some colleges at Cambridge require STEP mathematics for economics and engineering courses. Available to year 11 to 13 pupils only.

TED Talks

TED Club is about inspiring change through public speaking. Pupils choose a topic they feel passionate about, research it thoroughly, write a script, diligently rehearse its delivery and, finally, perform it. The club is based on the book: Talk Like TED, The 9 public-speaking secrets of the world’s top minds by Carmine Gallo.

 

Virtual Reality

Pupils choosing virtual reality (VR) club will learn how to use the college’s newly installed VR system. They will experience biology, chemistry, physics, geography and history in an extremely immersive virtual environment. Pupils will also learn to use 360-degree cameras to upload their own creations.