We offer a wide range of sporting, musical, cultural, linguistic and scientific activities – both at lunchtime and after school. All these activities are free of charge and we encourage students to make the most of these amazing opportunities.
Please note: After-school activities will last for one hour. Football will commence on Tuesday 26th September. Basketball will commence on Tuesday 2nd October.
Timetable download: Co-curricular Programme
Enterprise Club with Paul: The Student Enterprise involves students developing a business idea or product which we will then put in to action and bring that product to market. Students will come up with a prototype, carry out market research on their idea, manufacture, market and distribute their product to willing local stockists. If the product is successful, we will then enter a local competition, and a national competition if successful at local level. Students learn essential life and business skills from this activity including collaboration, communication, design, marketing, planning and manufacturing.
Football Club with Mick: The football club is open to all students regardless of previous experience and skill level. Each training session will focus on one of the following skills; shooting, dribbling, passing, defending, fitness and decision making. We will take part in competitive games if students demonstrate the relevant commitment in training sessions. The main aim of the club is to give all involved the opportunity to develop in an inclusive and friendly environment. Football will commence on Tuesday 26th September.
Learning Club with Fiona: Learning club provides a supervised environment in which students can spend time on their homework and projects. Computer devices are available for use at this time.
Rock Band with Dara and Neil: This music performance club will involve singing in small and large groups and a rock/ instrumental clinic. We aim to promote a love of music performance and to see music-making part of the social fabric of the school. Performance events will take place during the school year.
Choir with Dara: Choir involves group singing in a fun, relaxed environment with performance opportunities for school occasions and throughout the year. Choir is open to all students who enjoy singing. Learning music has many proven academic and health benefits, with membership of a choir being among the best practices for positive impacts on wellbeing and mental health. Members will gain most benefit from attending rehearsals regularly. Through choir we aim to build confidence and promote a love of music.
Music Instrument Tasters with Dara: These are short introductions to a variety of instruments. Interested students are invited to come and try out instruments, e.g. the piano, violin, ukulele or guitar, at lunchtimes on Mondays and Thursdays. Each instrument trial will last a number of weeks and then graduate to a new instrument. Students with prior experience are invited to lend a hand and share their expertise with the groups. Those with their own, or spare, instruments are encouraged to bring them along in order to get the most from the taster lesson. We aim to promote a love of music through performance and to help inform those interested in taking up an instrument.
Basketball Club with Emer: Students need to wear shorts or tracksuit bottoms and runners. All equipment will be provided but please bring a bottle of water. Students will learn: shooting, dribbling, passing, defending, to play offence, team work, fitness and agility. There will be minor and junior boys and girls teams participating in the South East Basketball League. Basketball will commence on Tuesday 2nd October.
Green Schools with Kate: This activity will have two main focuses: Green Flag & Young Environmentalist Awards. We will work together to set up our ‘Green’ school, through practical & fun tasks, to highlight to the school community important ways to help the environment. We will work towards getting the first Green Flag for NWETSS for ‘Waste & Litter’ and prepare and carry out an action in the local community, decided by the students, which we will enter into the 2018 Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards in Dublin. This club will run on Wednesdays each week after school.
Drama and Music Production Club with Emer and Dara: Students need to wear comfortable clothes that will allow them to move freely. Club content: improvisation, accents, tone, expression, monologues, dialogues and use of props. Students will have the opportunity to perform a piece of work for the teachers and staff.
Mindfulness with Aisling, Kate and Pádraig: This will be a half-hour quite space where students can choose to do some meditation, yoga, breathing techniques or just relax in a quiet space one lunch time per week. Yoga mats, cushions, blankets and music will be provided. The space will be made available for students to choose what they would like to do. All that we ask is once the session begins students will respect others by being silent and not communicating with each other.
Debating Club with Beartla: The Debating Club will give its members a chance to examine interesting and contentious issues in a safe space, to develop their critical reasoning abilities and to gain confidence in their ideas and their public speaking abilities. As the public discourse becomes increasingly polarised it is important that the students are equipped with the tools to deconstruct ideas and to deal with people who think differently to them in a pleasant, constructive and respectful manner.
Model-making and Wargaming Club with Beartla: The Model-making and Wargaming Club’s primary interest will be the construction of scale models of buildings ranging from simple houses to massive castles and palaces. The purpose of the Wargaming club is to look at strategy games like Stratego and chess, as well as some table top games. These games are designed to promote logical thinking and critical reasoning.
Student Council with Aisling and Kate: The Student Council is a representative body through which students in the school can make a valuable contribution and become involved in the affairs of the school. The student council works in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. The Student Council provides an opportunity for students to make their voice heard . The committed students will also learn to develop their communication, planning and organisational skills which will be of benefit to them in their future lives. Moreover, the contribution made by a Student Council to the development of school policy in a number of areas can have significant benefits for students and the school.