Extra Curricular

 

As a school community we believe that there is far more to education than the learning that takes place in the classroom and the collection of qualifications. Participation and engagement in extra-curricular activities allows students to develop their passions and interests, encourages the creation of new friendships and enables our students to experience different challenges. These experiences outside of the classroom help to build the strong community that we have here at King Edward VI Handsworth. There is always an activity available for those who want to get involved. From debate club, dissection society to musical theatre club, there really is something for everyone one and, as most of these clubs take place during our lunch break, all pupils can participate.

The extracurricular timetable changes termly to allow seasonal activities to be included, but it always includes a good mix of subject-based events, sports activities and musical ensembles. There is also the opportunity to experience activities that are completely different – for example the debating society, where we compete against each other and neighbouring schools. The extra-curricular timetables for sport, music and clubs is shared with students and parents on a termly basis.

In addition, there are many activities linked to the performing arts, culminating in the annual school production which is performed over several evenings in collaboration with King Edward VI Aston School. Our most recent productions have included Hairspray, Our House, and most recently Guys and Dolls.

In addition to the activities that take place on a weekly basis, there are many opportunities to travel a little further afield.

ski trip for years 10-13 runs every 2 years where possible, most recently travelling to New England in America and Quebec, Canada after many years on the slopes of Europe.

During the summer of 2017 and 2019 a group of students went on a “Far Frontiers” expedition to Sri Lanka and Borneo. Students raised their own funds during the 2 years of planning. The expeditions included a mix of exploration of different areas and a community project in a small village.

Year 9 have a residential week each year, and pupils are able to choose which residential they go on. In 2019 there were outdoor pursuit activities at Whitemoor Lakes in Statffordshire, a German subject based trip to the Rhineland, a History subject based trip to the Battlefields in Belgium and a French subject based trip to Paris.

Restricted due to Covid19 – For the Sports Extra-Curricular Timetable please click here

For information about our Music Ensembles please see emails and nortices in the Music Block as group playing is reintroduced.

Please note, many of the detailes below have changed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Latest information and updates are emailed to students or included in form time notices.

In addition to the normal curriculum we offer a wide variety of extracurricular clubs, societies and activities. Most of these take place in our lunch break to allow all pupils to participate, including those who catch school buses home at 3:35. Most activities are led by members of staff, often with assistance from Sixth Formers.

There is always an activity available for those who want to get involved. We believe pupils should take advantage of the opportunities provided; they will meet new friends from other classes and years; and learn a new skill or see a subject in a different light.

The extracurricular timetable changes termly to allow seasonal activities to be included, but it always includes a good mix of subject-based events, sports activities and musical ensembles. There is also the opportunity to experience activities that are completely different – for example the debating society, where we compete against each other and neighbouring schools.

In addition there are many activities linked to the performing arts, culminating in the annual school production which is performed over several evenings in collaboration with King Edward VI Aston School. Our most recent productions have included Hairspray, Our House, and most recently Guys and Dolls.

In addition to the activities that take place on a weekly basis, there are many opportunities to travel a little further afield.

ski trip for years 10-13 runs every 2 years where possible, most recently travelling to New England in America after many years on the slopes of Europe. The next is planned for Easter 2018 near Quebec, Canada.

During the summer of 2017 a group of girls went on a “Far Frontiers” expedition to Sri Lanka, and we are planning 2 weeks in Borneo in the summer of 2019, students will be raising their own funds during the 2 years of planning. The expeditions include a mix of exploration of different area and a community project in a small village.

Year 9 have a residential week each year, and pupils are able to choose which residential they go on. In 2017 there were outdoor pursuit activities at Whitemoor Lakes in Statffordshire, as well as a German subject based trip to the Rhineland.

There are also three “Activity Days” throughout the year. These allow departments to spend time on extended projects and develop new skills and they also give departments time to take whole year groups out of school for visits to, for example, universities, historical sites or the theatre.