Pupils are appreciative of the broad range of extra-curricular activities available to them. These activities play an important role in developing pupils’ confidence and wider skills.
Over 75% of pupils in Key Stage 2 chose to learn an instrument with one of our visiting specialist staff: brass, clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, violin, cello, guitar and drumkit. As well as taking grades, playing in groups and joining school orchestra, some of the pupils progress to playing in local area music groups.
A wide range of extra curricular activities are organised during lunchtimes and after school for different pupils.
Instrumental teachers are funded by school to offer an ensemble in their particular instrument, so pupils have a goal to work towards when they start learning instruments. They have the opportunity to experience playing different parts within the same piece of music, as well as playing in unison. Clubs are run for: recorders, flute choir, string group, brass group, guitar groups and the school orchestra, who also play regularly in assembly to accompany hymns.
The orchestra and choir go out to entertain at local events at Christmas:
The choir have taken part in local and county events:
Winners of the Lea Valley Choir of the Year for two consecutive years
Singing with the Hertford Symphony Orchestra.
Taking part in the Hertfordshire Schools Gala at the Royal Albert Hall
Being awarded the Activemark for Sports reflects our high level of commitment to a wide range of PE for all, contributing to a healthy lifestyle for all. The school belongs to the Hoddesdon & Broxbourne District Primary Schools Association. Sports clubs are offered to children in different year groups. Some are run by school staff and others by specialist teachers and coaches, such as Saracens supporting tag rugby and football and athletics run by our own sports coach who also teaches whole classes during the school day. Some clubs are seasonal, such as netball, cricket and rounders. Teams are created from the clubs and enter all the local tournaments and events, paying against other local schools in events and leagues.
Clubs are run as an extension to the normal curriculum. Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities. In addition to sports and music clubs there are clubs for gardening, coding, board games and art.
The school is affiliated to the Herts Young Mariners base at Cheshunt where sailing, canoeing and climbing are part of an annual Summer Camp for Year 6 pupils.